The latest Android distribution numbers have been released by Google and Ice Cream Sandwich now accounts for 15.9 percent of all Android devices. That’s about a 50% increase from the 10.9 percent stake ICS had last month. This big leap can be at least partially attributed to devices like the new Samsung Galaxy S III, which comes with ICS right out of the box. It also helps that the Galaxy Nexus got slashed in price down to $349 unsubsidized too and many major devices from 2011 are finally getting their carrier-pushed ICS updates.
Not surprisingly, Android 2.3 Gingerbread still holds the lion’s share with more than 60 percent of the Android market. It is a little surprising that Android 2.2 is still on 15.5 percent of devices, though I imagine that number is shrinking. The new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean makes its debut at just 0.8 percent, which is likely almost entirely from the Nexus 7 tablet.
Given the timeline, we should probably expect the next Nexus smartphone to launch in the fall. Since the Nexus 7 debuted Jelly Bean, though, it’s unclear whether we’ll see an Android 4.2 make its debut with the new device.