Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich might have been launched this past year, but it’s taking its nice time making its rounds over the gamut of Android products available on the market. It’s become standard operating process of Android operating system releases, which often begin slow as manufacturers and carriers shift their strategies around an ever-changing market. But while ICS was just on 1 % of Android devices in the turn of the season, it’s making gains recently, reaching 2.9 %, based on the latest numbers from Google. Honeycomb isn’t much further ahead, with more than 3 % from the market.
The dominant Android operating system version remains 2.3.x Gingerbread, with only under 70 % share of the market. It requires some time for any full turnaround in Android operating system distribution, as we’ve observed in yesteryear 3 years. Over a last year, Android 2.2 was still being the very best version, though Honeycomb 3.0 would be a measly 0.2 percent. It appears the tablet-ready versions particularly are experiencing difficulty maintaining, and staggered roll-outs from device makers only enhances Android’s fragmentation.
The economics and allure of Android
But Google still advantages of its diverse device market, if perhaps with a margin. The search giant makes just $1.70 annually per Android device, when compared to $575 Apple creates every iOS device. The information originates from 2011 numbers, analyzed by Asymco’s Horace Dediu. Obviously, Google doesn’t manufacture or sell its very own devices (yet), generating the majority of its revenue from advertising, as well as constitutes a good buck from the presence on iOS devices too. Even though Deidu recognizes Android isn’t probably the most profitable business for Google at this time, he concludes it’s not necessarily a bad business either.
That not-so-bad Android clients are something Oracle is unquestionably after, having brought a case against Google because of its utilization of Java. The situation, which didn’t settle from court be going to trial April 16th, was the main topic of Dediu’s analysis. Oracle’s long term dispute with Google over Java patents alleged misuse on Android could’ve ended having a couple many years of royalty payments. But as Oracle’s placed the Android business design in the center of the lawsuit, it’s ready for Google’s bigger fish.