Remember earlier this week when iOS 6.1 came out that Phil Schiller talked about the nearly 300 million devices running iOS 6? Right. And how about 80% (roughly) of capable devices have been updated? Right. This gives iOS developers a really solid base to build and offer iOS 6 only apps. They know they will still have millions of potential customers, and more every day. Yeah Android developers aren’t so lucky. In fact only about 10% are running Jellybean and a solid 47% are running two-year-old Gingerbread.
This isn’t going to be a “here’s why iOS is better…” kind of post, it’s more like “this is why we get the best and coolest apps first” kind of post. Here is the intro from iDownload Blog that sets the scene (and where the chart came from…via Google):
I just stumbled upon a nice post by Doug Hamlin highlighting how Android fragmentation seriously derails Google’s ability to deploy the latest and greatest version of its mobile operating system to as many devices as possible, especially compared to Apple’s iOS software. At the time of this writing, and based on Google’s own numbers, Jelly Bean (both Android version 4.1 and 4.2) powers a total of 10.2 percent of devices in the wild. By contrast, 300 million Apple devices (out of 500 million) upgraded to iOS 6 and above in just five months…
It gets worse, says David, noting how the now outdated Android versions 2.3 and 2.3.2 – collectively known as Gingerbread – to this date remains an undisputed leader with a whopping 47.4 percent share.
I don’t think this version lag has much to do with the users. I think people would love to have all the best and newest features. I blame the handset makers and carriers.
I remember when I had a BlackBerry that trying to find and update my BlackBerry to the latest version of BBOS was tedious at best. Did my carrier help? Nope. They only “supported” certain versions. RIM? Yeah not as helpful as you’d think.
I see Google/Android is in the same position. They push out updates, but it’s up to the handset makers and carriers to support the update, make sure it works, and such.