Android 2.3 Gingerbread still tops Android OS market


Is it a cause for alarm that Google’s latest operating systems, the 4.1 Jelly Bean and the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, have been lagging behind the old 2.3 Gingerbread OS?

According to reports, the Gingerbread OS only feel by 2% from the previous month. This number still puts it on top of the most used Android OS. This figure also shows that devices running on 2.3 Gingerbread OS are still being used by half of Android users all over the world.

Google’s latest Jelly Bean went up by only 0.6%, while the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich only gained 3%.

Interestingly enough, tech companies running on Google’s Android OS have been using the Ice cream Sandwich for their new smartphones and not the Jelly Bean. Though they have been slowly rolling out updates, many are still stuck with the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Do you want to know how bad it is for Jelly Bean? Even the Froyo, the Android 2.2 OS, is ahead of it with 12.9% of Android users that are still using it.

Is there something wrong with the 4.1 Jelly Bean OS or is it really because of the slow roll out of the upgrades that Jelly Bean is lagging behind?

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich not embraced the way Google hoped

Google’s Android operating system is still the most preferred OS when it comes to smartphones. Still, Google is making a lot of improvements to their latest OS, the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

According to Google, about 10% of the Android devices worldwide run only on the Ice Cream Sandwich. This is a dismal number considering that the operating system is much hyped when it was first unveiled.

The most used Android version is the Android 2.3 also called the Gingerbread. It was released last 2010 and is being run on 64% of Android devices worldwide. It is followed by the Android 2.2 or Froyo with 17.3% and Android 2.1 or Éclair.

Google says that Gingerbread-run smartphones is compatible with the Ice Cream Sandwich.

One of the possible reasons that people aren’t jumping to the Ice Cream Sandwich is Fragmentation. Manufacturers need to tweak their hardware more in order to make the Ice Cream Sandwich compatible with their device. So it means added work for developers.

Add to that, telecommunication companies heed to agree to roll out each version of Android to different devices individually.

Google’s next OS, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean could even be used more than the Ice cream Sandwich when it is released in the future.

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich update to rise in a few months

Android’s latest Ice Cream Sandwich has been slowly trickling to smartphones the world over and statistics say that figures have doubled in only two months.

In a blog post in the website of Google’s Android Developers, they said that the Ice Cream Sandwich is now running on 7.9 percent of Android devices.

In a post last April, the website said that only 2.9 percent of devices run on Android 4.0.

Previous Android operating systems such as Froyo (Android 2.2) and Éclair (Android 2.1) have slowly lost a number of users.

But Android’s Gingerbread (Android 2.3) operating system has seen an increase in its user-base as its share rose by 1.3 percent.

Last year, 44 percent of smartphones ran on Android compared to only 23 percent from iOS.

The company is slowly rolling out their Android 4.0 update to smartphones.

Devices such as Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab (both 8.9 and 10.1), Galaxy S2 LTE has already received their Ice Cream Sandwich update. Samsung’s latest Galaxy S3 is preinstalled with the latter.

HTC on the other hand, is planning to roll out Ice Cream Sandwich for the EVO 3D, Desire S, Desire HD, Incredible S and Sensation XL.

Other companies are also planning to update their operating systems to Ice Cream Sandwich in the future.

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