Android 4.0 grows its market share

Android 4.0 ice cream sandwichAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now present on 16 per cent of devices running a version of Google’s mobile operating system, according to stats published by the search giant.

While Android 4.0 has recently been superseded by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it seems that the 10 per cent month on month increase in the former’s market share is helping to edge out much older iterations of the software.

Android 2.3 is still by far the most used version, accounting for 60.6 per cent of the market, despite the fact that it is over a year and a half old, which, in the world of smartphones, is a very long period.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is managing to grow at a decent pace, accounting for 0.8 per cent of the market, after just a few weeks of availability, but still lagging far behind other iterations.

It could get a real boost once the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X handsets receive an update at some point in the next few months.

However, critics will surely question Google’s continual rollout of new versions of Android, since this leaves the market rather fragmented as a result.

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