The supply of smartphones running on Android 4.0 will increase substantially starting the second quarter of 2012, with mid-range to high-end models coming from brand vendors including HTC, Samsung Electronics, and Sony Mobile Communications, while China-based handset makers may launch models based on Qualcomm's 7227a solution and MediaTek's MT6565 platform for the entry-level segment, according to industry sources.
Smartphones running on Android 4.0 account for only 2-3% of all Android phones in use currently, the sources indicated.
However, the ratio will pick up soon as most major players are planning to roll out new Android 4.0 models, or have begun to offer upgrades to Android 4.0 for existing models, the sources noted.
Meanwhile, a portion of new Android phones rolled out by China-based brand vendors as well as white-box handset makers will also support Android 4.0, using chipset solutions from Qualcomm and MediaTek, the sources revealed.
Although the adoption of Android 4.0 has just begun to gain momentum, recent market speculation also indicates that Google may release its new platform, Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean), in the third quarter of 2012. The rapid shift of OS may not be healthy for the development of the Android ecosystem, the sources commented.