Ice Cream Sandwich was released a year ago in October, but because of Android’s slow rolling update plan the platform version hadn’t gained a meaningful part of the marketshare – even by the time a new sweet took its place as new kid on the block. In June 2012 Ice Cream Sandwich had 7% of the Android market, in August it had gotten to 16%. But Ice Cream Sandwich has now officially captured a quarter of the market at 25.8%.
Gingerbread is still well in the lead with 54.2%. Ice Cream Sandwich clawed its way to the #2 place during its last major jump – barely dumping Froyo down to third by literally half a percentage point in August. But now Froyo is a distant third with only 12%.
As for other Android versions, they’re barely a whisper in the market. To put things clearly into perspective, let’s take a look at the platform versions in order of popularity:
- Gingerbread (2.3 – 2.3.2): 54.2%
- Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3 – 4.0.4): 25.8%
- Froyo (2.2): 12%
- Eclair (2.1): 3.1%
- Jelly Bean (4.1): 2.7%
- Honeycomb (3.1 – 3.2): 1.8%
- Donut (1.6): .3%
- Cupcake (1.5): .1%
And while it may seem odd to spend the time making sure your Android app works correctly on the low-adoption newest version, it’s still necessary. So test your apps often, particularly across Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Froyo and – for the moment – Jelly Bean.
You can keep an eye on the ever shifting marketshares at Android Developers.