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Ice Cream Sandwich Continues To Gain Android Share

Android 4.0 and 4.1 each ticked upwards in the last few weeks, taking another bite from 2.3's share of the Android pie.

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Google's latest report on Android versions shows that Ice Cream Sandwich is slowly stealing ground from the older Gingerbread version of the operating system. Android 4.0's share of the Android universe climbed from 20.9% last month to 23.7% this month. Nearly one in four Android devices is running the year-old version of Google's smartphone platform.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean also gained a teensy bit of ground, growing from 1.2% last month to 1.8% this month.

Google compiles this data based on what devices access the Google Play Store over a 14-day period. Google provided this snapshot from Sept. 16 to Oct. 1.

Looking at the rest of the Android OS field, Android 2.3 Gingerbread is still winning big, with 55.8% of the total Android device base. That soundly trounces Ice Cream Sandwich's share, but it has edged down from last month's 57.5%.

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Android 2.2 Froyo is still out there, installed on 12.9% of all Android devices. That's down from 14% last month. Similarly, Android 2.1 Eclair dropped a bit, from 3.7% to 3.4%. Android 1.6 Donut carries over the same amount of share at 0.4%, but Android 1.5 Cupcake dropped from 0.2% to 0.1%.

Android 3.x Honeycomb dropped in share, too, from 2.1% to 1.9% Motorola recently updated its Xyboard 10.1 and Xyboard 8.2 tablets from Honeycomb to Ice Cream Sandwich, further reducing the number of Honeycomb devices left in the market.

Every version of Android below 2.3 Gingerbread will continue to decline slowly as Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean ramp up. Ice Cream Sandwich is available on more and more new smartphones, and devices already in the market are being updated to Android 4.0 at a faster rate. We can also expect brand new devices with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to begin arriving in the next month.

Keep in mind that Android 4.0 was announced in October 2011, and Android 4.1 in June 2012. In comparison, iOS 6 was announced in June, and within four days of its release on September 19, 20% of iOS device users upgraded to the newest platform.

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