Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich share has grown to 4.4 per cent in Google's latest platform versions report, showing that the newest version of Android is growing in popularity, but by no means the most popular version of the mobile OS.

That crown goes to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a whopping 64.4 per cent of devices that have accessed Google Play in the last 14 days using it.

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The breakdown, provided by Google, also shows that while developers and supposedly customers were screaming out for Android tablets and its Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, take-up of the platform within the wider Android community has been weak. Honeycomb accounts for us 3.3 per cent of devices.

Not surprisingly, showing how diverse and fragmented Android is, more than a quarter of Android devices in use (27.5 per cent) use Android 2.2 Froyo (20.9 per cent), Android 2.1 Eclair (5.5 per cent), Android 1.6 Donut (0.7 per cent), or Android 1.5 Cupcake (0.3 per cent).

With recent Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich launches from Sony, HTC and the newly expected Samsung Galaxy S II we suspect that the Android 4.0 numbers next time will be very different.

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