Google’s latest platform figures indicate that Ice Cream Sandwich OS (Android 4.0) now sits on 10.9% of Android smartphones and tablets.
The report indicates a considerable rise for the mobile operating system, which up until recently was on just 7% of Android devices. The 4% rise is most likely to be down to a number of new Android 4.0 products coming to market, including new smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy III and HTC’s One X.
Nonetheless, it’s a sad case of Android fragmentation that not only has it taken Google’s most advanced OS ten months to reach this penetration, but that this news comes just as the search giant is preparing to unleash Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the successor to Ice Cream Sandwich.
This latest iteration of Android features on Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, and is also expected to come to a plethora of other tablet manufacturers on launch as part of a new Google strategy, factors which should ensure that Jelly Bean uptake is somewhat quicker than it has been for Ice Cream Sandwich.
As to be expected, Gingerbread (Android 2.3) remains the most popular Android OS, and accounts for nearly two in three Android devices.