It is once again time to gather round and take a look at the Android platform distribution chart, Google's periodic pie chart which records the distribution of our friend Andy's various versions.

This time around, there isn't a whole lot to be surprised about – Gingerbread (2.3-2.3.7) handily outweighs all other Android versions, snatching up 65% of the overall pie. Froyo (2.2), which deftly dominated the chart just under a year ago, has shrunk to a comparatively teeny 19.1%. 

Meanwhile, Android's latest (and greatest) iteration – Ice Cream Sandwich – is slowly making progress, having clawed its way up to 7.1% of the chart.

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Of course, Ice Cream Sandwich's relatively poky progress isn't necessarily news to many viewers, especially after seeing Ron's work on the Big Android Chart. That being said, progress is being made – last month, ICS was running on 4.9% of all active devices, meaning it was powering about one out of twenty devices. This month, at just over 7%, ICS is running on about 1 out of every 14 devices.

As we barrel toward the summer releases of various new ICS-powered devices (the much anticipated stateside release of Samsung's Galaxy SIII included), and as more carriers and manufacturers promise Ice Cream-flavored updates for existing devices, this number is sure to increase.

Overall, the chart appears to show what one may expect: out with the old and in with the new, even if it's taking a little longer than some users might like.

Source: Google

Liam Spradlin
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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    7.1%, not too bad, but we're what, 5-6 months past release already, it's
    definitely not where it should be yet. I have a feeling the next few
    updates will show much bigger upticks.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Agreed. Based on rumors, Jellybean will not be overhauling internal pieces, so driver updates shouldn't be necessary in most cases (or they will be minor tweaks).  I have a feeling that the major aspects of the launcher and other user-facing features that the OEM custom overlays make use of will also remain fairly unchanged, also meaning there's less that they have to update just for compatibility.  That's all rumor and speculation, but it would be nice if it's true.

  • Anthony Garrett

    actually the progress seems to be inline with how the transition to 2.3 and what is being overlooked is the overhaul that is ICS compared to previous versions incremental updates. ICS is really make use of the GPU now so more thought and testing is probably going into that.

    2.2 & 2.3 will be around for a while due to overseas production of tablets based off of them that will never get updated then there are a whole lot of prepaid phones on 2.2

  • Ryan Officer

    Had Google's first HTC (Dream) G1 and I find it absolutely amazing how much Android has evolved. When I owned the G1 to me it was just a phone. Today it is a platform worth defending.    

    • http://artspotcafe.com/ Arnold D.

       7.1%, not too bad, but we're what, 5-6 months past release already

  • Robert Kohari

    just goes to show that, people are getting rid of old device and buying newer ones, it does not mean old devices got upgraded to gingerbread or ics, tho some did. I still think it's because people stopped using older devices.

  • FrillArtist

    A 2% increase. What a joke. It all comes down to the manufacturers anyway. I mean look at Orange in the UK. They are releasing a GB phone this month. 6 months after ICS!

    • luisnascar

      I agree with you but up to a point... I thinks it is in part the manufacturers but also the carriers. For example Sprint is now releasing their new flagship cell, the EVO,  and I bet you they will 'forget' about the other units they already sold like the SG S2. We are still waiting for the OTA update to ICS,  and they just keep saying it's comming soon... just like the end of the world.

      I thinks this is unacceptable since it would be like General Motors releasing the 2013 Camaro and telling the 2012 Camaro owners they don't have parts or are no longer providing service for the previous models and to go look for only after market parts and service for their cars. 

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        I'm about to get some cheering and jeering for this one, but amen to that. I will totally be cool with them abandoning support and telling people to find aftermarket 'parts'. In this case, 'parts' will mean CyanogenMod or other custom ROMs. The only conditions are that they release open source drivers and unlockable bootloaders got abandoned devices. Would this solution work for everybody, no. It's not perfect. I'm not pretending it is perfect, but its really no worse than what we have now. After a device has been out for a year it shouldn't take 6-9 months to be updated to the current (read: about to be, or already old) version of the OS. To restate (hoping to avoid obviously redundant arguments), I don't think this solves all of the problems and I'm perfectly aware that (as things stand today) the average person doesn't stand a chance of managing custom firmware for themselves... It's still a really interesting idea that would be like a blessing for some of us.

  • pHyR3

    It will be at 25% within 2 months for sure, now that the HTC One X and Galaxy S III are out and people coming off iPhone 4 and Galaxy S contracts can purchase a new phone ICS will shoot up dramatically.

    Also, the S II is now shipping with ICS :D

  • Guest

    7% ????
    You call that "on its way up" ????
    Google released it in October 2011