iOS and Android fanboys may argue for hours about which is better, but if there’s one thing where Apple definitely has a lead: Its updates often are compatible with devices several generations old, and its latest updates grab a large fraction of the userbase within days.
In fact, Apple’s iOS 9 is installed on over 84% of devices. There is no doubt that Apple knocks Android out of the park. Android updates take months to arrive on flagships, and the chances of updates to even slightly older phones are sparse. Heck, sometimes new phones release with old software. Support stops within a few months, and the entire Android update system is one huge fragmented disaster.
Now, Google has announced that Android Marshmallow has over 15% of the Android userbase, which is an abysmal amount compared to iOS 9’s adoption. Android’s low adoption rate is alone testament to the fact that Apple has a better update system.
Of course, there are thousands of Android devices available, and perhaps that’s why Android updates are so fragmented and confusing. Still, that isn’t an excuse for the Android ecosystem to be so discongruous.
The most surprising part of the new stats is the fact that Froyo and Gingerbread, versions of Android more than five years old, still have a place on the charts. They have a measly 0.1% and 1.7% of the pie respectively, but that’s still a sizable number of devices considering that over a billion devices run Android. Considering 1 billion devices as the install base, over 1 million devices still run Froyo and over 17 million devices still run Gingerbread, which is a huge number. Ideally these versions should not live on in 2016, and should be on a handful of devices, if any, but that’s the state of Android updates in 2016.
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