Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has officially surpassed the 25% mark in terms of total Android device market share, though even at such a late juncture Android’s Gingerbread build continues to dominate.
According to the latest round of figures released by Google, just under 26% of all Android devices on the market today are running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, having once again upticked from the 23.7% recorded last month. However, no less than 54.2% of Android devices are still operating on Gingerbread, marking a rather modest slide from the 56% of the month prior.
By contrast, Android’s latest build known as Jelly Bean now accounts for only 2.7% of all Android devices on the market today, representing a climb oh just under 1% from the 1.8% of last month.
Also toward the bottom-end of the tablet like Android Honeycomb at 1.8%, along with Éclair at 3.1% and Donut at 0.3%.
The figures were released by Google shortly after the announcement that official app numbers available via the Google Play Store have now topped 700,000 – up from the 675,000 recorded last month to tie with Apple’s reported 700,000.
While the figures would certainly seem to suggest that Google is indeed moving in the right direction, the undeniably slow uptake of new Android builds is leading to the kind of fragmentation already used as ammo the company’s rivals and critics. It has been argued on many occasions that tens of millions of people the world over are having 100% different Android experiences due to the different versions in circulation, making the purchase and use of apps nothing short of a nightmare for some.
If true, Google has just this week made the problem even more significant by launching the new Nexus 10 tablet, the LG Nexus 4 and the revamped Nexus 7 – all of which are to use yet another Android build in the shape of 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Should the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie release date roll around as fast as some are expecting, chances are the picture won’t be a more unified one at any time in the near future at least.