Jan 04 AT 5:21 PM Dustin Earley 22 Comments

Latest Android distribution numbers show Android 4.0 with less than one percent of the market


The Android Developers website has just released the latest Android distribution report. The report details Android devices that have accessed the Android Market within a 14 day period, along with the version of Android they were running. This most recent report is the first one to include Android 4.0, which as of January 3rd, has yet to break one percent.

Coming in with just 0.6% of the total market, Android versions 4.0 through 4.0.3 have yet to make an impact on the market as a whole. To put Android 4.0′s numbers into perspective, the same amount of users are relying on Android 4.0 as they are Android 1.5. Android 4.0 is only available on two devices right now, the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, so we can use the Android distribution numbers to get a good idea of how many Galaxy Nexuses have been sold.

According to Bryan Bishop of the Verge, by looking at the total number of Android devices activated in November (200 million), the number of devices activated every day (700,000), Android’s holiday sales figures and the percent of Android users accessing the Market using Android 4.0 through 4.0.2, you can estimate that around 700,000 Galaxy Nexuses have been sold so far. Considering how long the Galaxy Nexus has been available in the US, the device certainly seems to be holding its own against the competition.

The most popular version of Android according to the distribution report is Gingerbread, Android 2.3.x, which accounts for 55.5% of the pie. There’s a good chance many current Gingerbread devices will be updated to Android 4.0, but don’t expect any monumental shift in numbers until at least six months from now.

Source: Android Developers

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  • madtnotn

    Still pretty early in the ICS life-cycle by comparison.

    • latouffe

      And?! theres so many Samsung Galaxy users with 2.3.3 who would love to more to the 4.0 or at least have the pack value! Imagine 10 millions ppl jumping into ICS :)

      • Varemenos

        just wait for CM9, everyone will be able to jump in an improved ICS bandwagon

        • 666

          With a pre-3.0 kernel. Worship custom ROMs all you want but they wont ever be stable without a OEM base.

          • redraider133

            I had team hacksungs ics on my fascinate and it was very stable.

    • jeff.j1990

      Yes and 700,000 Galaxy Nexus sold is pretty good considering its only on Verizon in US

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    Using those same numbers, you could estimate that there are around 2 million Android Tablets on the market running Honeycomb. Not really an impressive number, but it’s a lot better than I expected.

    • jeff.j1990

      Nice catch!

    • dark_funk

      I used the same methodology as The Verge and came up with 7.788 million Honeycomb tablets (236million devices x 3.3% on Honeycomb). That’s likely an overestimate, though, since an HC tablet is more likely to be connected to the Market in a given 2-week period than, say, a G1. Still, not bad at all, and if you include non-HC tablets into the equation the number is obviously way higher and I think shows that there’s a real market for non-iPad tablets.

  • vid500

    It’s a bit soon to talk about ICS in the statistics, becouse really there are devices sold now with older os and most of them will be updated to ICS in the next months. So as they said in a few months the statistic will be accurate.

  • stenzor

    Hopefully that number increases fast!

  • Billy

    That doesn’t sound unusual. ICS is new with only a single device officially carrying it. I do hope to see that number grow quickly!

  • Thomas Biard

    It took Foyo an incredibly long time to get a decent percentage of the market! Froyo was getting to be the majority at the same time the Droid X was receiving Gingerbread. I’m guessing ICS will move much quicker though.


    Consider me one of the one percent… Well be adding to that january 12th when my transformer prime is slated for its update.

  • 00quantameister

    Technically, a very small number of Nexus S devices were upgraded. The upgrade was halted by Google because of flaws & bugs. All of the Sprint Nexus S 4G line & many of the GSM Nexus S have not been upgraded to Android 4.0. ICS is not available right now to any Nexus S owners. I think it would be more accurate to say that only one device truly has Android 4.0. I think that’s important, because Nexus S owners are still waiting to get ICS.

    • David

      Flawless ICS Nexus S here, T-Mo version.

      Got the update on that leaked file on Google Plus a while ago.

  • Richard Yarrell

    It feels so good to be sitting on top for the first time no waiting for the best i already have it. Bet the Galaxy Nexus outsold that Droid Razr …..

  • weezeremo

    They need to start pushing the ICS update to devices, before i get bored root and push a rom myself

  • Hall Lo

    ICS is such a big improvement from Gingerbread, and sure it will get more popular! Just wait and see :D

  • lokidokie

    I am the 1%!! Oh… sorry ‘Occupy’ people…

  • BrownHornet72

    And the award for the “Most Pointless Statistic” goes too…….