Things move fast around here, and just because OEM’s can’t keep up with the latest versions of Android, this shouldn’t be taken as a hit against Google. Take Ice Cream Sandwich for example. It’s been about 8 months since Android 4.0 debuted, and it’s only today were finally officially seeing the Android distribution chart updated, showing us the new number of Android devices officially on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0, 4.02, 4.03). That number? 10.9%
That’s not half bad either. It took much longer for Gingerbread to make traction and whereas Ice Cream Sandwich needed some pretty hefty hardware to run properly, Android 2.3 could easily run on the lowest of devices. Of course, as we all know, Google has already moved along, not waiting a full calendar year to introduce the latest fruits (or desserts, rather) of their labor, debuting Jelly Bean on the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus.
I hope by now you’ve learned that if you want to stay on the bleeding edge of Android software, you’re going to want to stick with a Nexus device — no matter how outdated those specs may look — we’re well taken care of. My question for those of you still on Gingerbread: are you still eagerly anticipating Ice Cream Sandwich? Or have your eyes shifted towards Jelly Bean?