It’s been about a year and a half since Google
4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
, yet a majority of Android devices still don’t run it. An even smaller percentage have the ‘tweener release, Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean
. There’s still a preponderance of Android devices stuck with Android 2.3 Gingerbread
, which is all the more striking when you consider that Android 5.0 (likely codenamed Key Lime Pie) is coming soon.
However, according to Android Developer data, all Android 4.0 versions (i.e., Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean) have finally overtaken Gingerbread on a majority of Android devices. The margin is slim--45.1% to 44/1%--but the gap is growing. (The numbers were culled from devices that accessed the Google Play Store over a 14-day period ending on March 4th.)
While it’s true that handsets running the newer Android OS are increasing, the midrange and lower-end smartphone market is a space where Gingerbread is likely to remain the go-to Android version for the time being, even as the next version of Android looms on the horizon.
In any case, Google probably isn’t too concerned; taken together, all versions of Android dominate the mobile landscape.