Android 4.0 ICS Still Too Far Behind Gingerbread Installs
It's been 4 months now since we first heard about Google's new flagship smartphone, the Google Nexus, with Android 4.0 ICS installed. Since then, we have barely seen a dent in the deployment of ICS updates for Android devices, which is always the bane of Android smartphone owners. Some Android device owners could wait up to a full year before their carrier launches an update to the new operating system. This wouldn't be such an issue if Google didn't release at least 1 major version of Android per 9 months.
Currently, in the world of Android, Gingerbread still stands tall at the top of the install mountain, while Android 4.0 and Honeycomb combined only take 6.2% of the Android OS install mix. Android 2.3 Gingerbread has 63.7%. That's a fair amount of catching up to do for Android 4.0 ICS, which alone accounts for 2.9%, over the last 4 months since it's launch.
At that pace, it would take another year minimum for Android 4.0 to cover half of the Android devices on the market, and by that time, Android 5.0 Jelly Bean will already have been out for 4 months, as it's rumored to release this Fall 2012.
The thing that takes the cake here, and really puts a perspective on how long it tales to get upgrades for Android, is that the 2nd highest deployed version of Android is 2.2 Froyo at 23%. That is a sad stat, and one of the main reasons users are flocking back to Apple's iPhone and iPad. iOS updates are released, and your device, if supported, gets the update. No waiting 15 months, even though a new iPhone is launched every 8 - 10 months.
Source - Android Developers