I keep seeing reports about this: ICS is only on ~3% of Android devices, despite having been released way back in October. Alongside these reports almost always comes the assumption that this is a terrible thing, and that so many Android users are being left in the dust with some obsolete dust.
But hold on. Is that true? See, my Samsung phone doesn’t have ICS yet, but it does have a stable version of Gingerbread, which is already a great mobile operating system that I’m very happy with. Aside from the more gimmicky features like a stock panoramic camera and a facial recognition unlock screen – which I can get apps for anyway – the biggest deals to me are the new UI and the hardware accelerated rendering.
But I can already customise the heck out of my phone’s UI, and chances are that when my phone gets its official upgrade the UI will still look like classic TouchWiz rather than Holo. As for hardware acceleration, that’s already built in to TouchWiz, so I’m not missing out on too much there, either.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to getting ICS at last. But I’m not greatly inconvenienced by not having it yet. What about you?