Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 23:00 UTC
Google Yes, it's been a long road, but Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has achieved a major milestone. Just over half a year since it's been released, Google's latest Android version has crossed the all-important 7% installed base barrier. This is a major achievement for Android, so Google has reason to celebrate. I'm proud to be part of the 7.1%.
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by unoengborg on Mon 4th Jun 2012 09:44 UTC
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Nice, it looks like ICS usage almost doubles each month now.

However, the main problem in the Android world is not that many people run old OS versions. The main problem is that many people run old hardware, that wont get much better no matter how much the OS is upgraded.

From a software perspective you can write apps that looks and feels like ICS on Android 2.1 and later using the google support packages and libraries like actionbar sherlock. If you are willing to sacrifice some action bar features you could make that 1.6 and later.

Further more, from a developer perspective it is not so interesting how many people that run iCS, the more interesting figure is how many people run Honeycomb or ICS, as they together would constitute what we can call modern Android, where you don't meed to use all the compatibility libs I mentioned above, and then we cover 9.8% of the user base.

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