Google Android smartphone manufacturers have rolled out enough Android 4.0 devices and upgrades to push the OS towards a 40 percent share of the Android market.
News of the marketshare increase arrives just as Android 4.0+ users near ever closer to outnumbering legacy users. In fact, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and 4.1/4.2 increased in marketshare by 5.1 percent in the last month.
Google notes that most of its recent marketshare gains have derived from Android version 4.1, which climbed by 3.1 percentage points while 4.2 added 0.4 points.
Despite more smartphones sporting the Google Android 4.0 platform, the leader is still Android version 2.3 Gingerbread, which is installed on nearly 46.6 percent of all Android devices. Currently more than 500 million Android based products have been sold. Google Android 2.3 numbers include versions 2.3 through 2.3.7.
While Google Android 2.3 still dominates the market, its numbers are down from 50.8 percent just one month earlier.
Despite Google Android 4.0+ making a big push for market space, 60 percent of Android devices are still installed with an Android version other than 4.0.
With marketshare numbers drastically changing in favor of new Android OS’, it appears that manufacturers may finally be getting a hold on fragmentation issues, which in the past caused long delays in the release of new mobile OS options.
Do you think Google Android updates will eventually start to roll out at faster rates as the platform continues to mature?