Android 4.0.x Market Share Now at 15.9%

Android 4.0.x Market Share Now at 15.9%

Google has released the latest usage statistics of the various versions of Android, and compared to iOS, the usage share on Android is much more fragmented. However, the latest statistics, as shown below, show that Android 4.0.x now has a collective market share of 15.9% (15.8% 4.0.3 to 4.0.4 and 0.1% 4.0 to 4.0.2).

Android 2.2 (Froyo) still has a large usage share at 15.5% whereas Android 2.3.3 to 2.3.7 has the largest usage share with 60.3%. It’s fair to say that even if Android wasn’t open source, there would still be a fragmentation issue when you have multiple manufacturers involved unless Google imposed strict standards on what features and functions smartphones would have if they would have Android installed.

While Windows Phone may not have as much of a fragmentation issue as Android does, and Microsoft does impose strict rules on what features and functions any smartphone that has Windows Phone installed must have.

However, because of the nature of having multiple hardware vendors producing Windows Phones, there will be cases where customers with certain Windows Phones or with certain carriers will not have their software updates as fast or at the same time as everyone else, unlike what occurs with Apple’s iOS platform; any iOS device that is compatible with a newest version of iOS will have the software update available at the same time as soon as Apple releases the software update.

Apple are able to do this because they do not produce iOS for anyone else except for their own hardware and so it naturally means fragmentation is reduced as a result of their mobile platform and software updates are rolled out immediately to all compatible devices.

Android 4.0.x market share at 15.9%

It is good news that adoption of Android 4.0.x is increasing. It’s not entirely known as to whether this is primarily as a result of software updates being installed by Android users or as a result of Android sales; because Android smartphones are by far at the top of most smartphone sales nowadays.

Market share of Android “Jellybean”

June 27 marked Google’s introduction of the next version of Android – Android 4.1 Jellybean. It’s fair to say that Android 4.1 has only been available for over a month hence the market share is minimal as of August 1. And the statistical illustration above is for data ending 1 August 2012, so it’s very recent data from Google.

As of now, Android 4.1 Jellybean has 0.8% market share.

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