The latest version of Google’s Android operating system powers less than one in ten handsets, figures that lay bare the extent of the fragmentation problems that continue to blight the platform.
Of all the handsets used to access the Google Play download market in the 14 days to June 1st, just 7.1 per cent were running the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) version of Android.
This is despite the fact that ICS debuted over eight months ago on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and has since rolled out to huge-selling handsets such as the Galaxy S2 in most territories.
Gingerbread, the previous and now more than a little creaky version of the OS, which first breathed its way back in December 2010, is powering 65 per cent of Android smarties.
Meanwhile, Android 2.2, A.K.A Froyo, which is even more dusty than Gingerbread is on 19.1 per cent of handsets.
The stats underline the perils of Google’s free and easy approach to manufacturing partners and the splintering of the platform that has occurred as a result.
The irksome, time-consuming demands this puts on developers is hampering the creation of apps and has made turning a profit from Android applications much harder than it is on rival platforms, namely Apple's iOS.