By 4 July 2012 | Categories: news


Web search giant Google has released the latest Android mobile operating system (OS) usage information, indicating which version of the mobile OS is the most used.

Despite the fact that Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) has been on the market for some time now, and available for some manufacturer’s devices, Gingerbread (Android 2.3 - 2.3.7) powered smartphones still dominate the Android mobile OS landscape. The smartphone platform obtained the biggest slice (64%) of the Android usage pie, but is one percentage point down on June’s figure (65%).

Coming in a distant second place is Froyo (Android 2.2), which sees its share of the user pie crumbling from 19.1% in June to 17.3% for July.

Last month Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS, Android 4.0 - 4.0.4) managed to land a spot on the Android podium by pushing its way passed Eclair (Android 2.1). This month ICS boosted its stake from 7.1% of Android-running mobile devices in June to 10.9% smartphones during July.  

It would appear that Android users have finally had enough of the outdated Eclair, Donut (Android 1.6) and Cupcake (Android 1.5) versions. User shares for these editions have dropped to 4.7% (from 5.2%), 0.5% (from 0.6%) and 0.2% (from 0.3%) respectively. The tablet-only Honeycomb (Android 3.1-3.2) saw its usage pie slice cut from 2.7% to 2.4% in June.

Pie chart: Google's Android Developers site

In related news, Google also recently announced the next iteration of its Android mobile OS called Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), which will be rolling out to the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Xoom mobile devices during mid-July.


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