Travel CEO offers theory of slow-but-rising Android web growth
In survey after survey, Apple's iOS platform wallops its rival Android in a number of key metrics other than overall sales, but nowhere is the disparity so lopsided as in web use. Although Android phones (in combination) outsell iOS phones most of the time, and are heavily pushed by carriers because Android allows the experience fragmentation and customization that Apple will not, looking at web usage stats most people would conclude that Android phones are little-used beyond the most basic phone, game and music-player functions.
Android 4.0 now on over one in three Android devices
Google today released the latest figures for install bases of its various Android versions, revealing that devices running Android 4.0 and higher now account for almost 40 percent of all Android devices. The new figures represent a considerable jump for Android 4.x in terms of overall share, as 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and 4.1/4.2 (Jelly Bean) gained 5.1 percentage points over the last month. Much of the gain appears to have come from newer devices, with version 4.1 accounting for 3.1 of those percentage points, while version 4.2 added another 0.4 points.
Jelly Bean under 1 percent, Gingerbread at 60 percent
Version 4.0 of Google's Android operating system is now installed on about 16 percent of Android devices. The news was revealed yesterday in a post on the official Android site. Android 4.0 moved past Android 2.2 into the second-place spot, but version 2.2 remains the most widely-installed version of Android by a large margin.