The plight of developers will soon come to an end as the industry will see more Android 4.0 phones launched in 2012.
According to Digitimes, "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."
The site also says that at the moment Android 4.0 account for only 2-3% of all Android phones. But this ratio will improve as leading manufactures are already rolling out ICS upgrades and the new model will be running on Android 4.0. According to reports Google will release Android 5.0 this year. Digitimes quoted sources that 'this rapid shift of OS may not be healthy for the development of the Android ecosystem.'
Apple also releases a new version of iOS every year so Google's Android upgrade cycle is not surprising. With the new hardware and technologies coming in at a rapid rate, Google's strategy is perfect.