Friday, June 21, 2013

Apple now charting App Store iOS fragmentation just like Google's Android

"Apple now charting App Store iOS fragmentation just like Google's Android

After first announcing that 93 percent of App Store customers are using the latest iOS 6 at WWDC last week, Apple has added the chart to its public developer site, mirroring Google's reporting of Android users in Google Play. 
Mobile OS installed base stats

Apple now portrays the data in the same pie chart format at Google, drawing increased attention to the fact that on iOS, developers need only target the latest operating system. Apple also expects that adoption of iOS 7 will follow the rapid pace of previous releases, due in large part to the company's aggressive efforts to upgrade users and to prepare developers for the update.

Just 1 percent of Apple's App Store visitors still use a version older than iOS 5, released in October 2011. And only six percent are still using last year's iOS 5, the last version supported by the original 2010 iPad and 2009 iPod touch.

Google currently reports that as of June, the largest segment of Android devices are still running version 2.3 Gingerbread (36.5 percent), which was released in winter 2010. Another 4.8 percent use even older software. ..."

Apple's iOS comes from Apple while Android OS comes from each individual vendor. If you have an Android device you are dependent on the vendor for any updates and they don't have to update it if they don't want too and you could be stuck with it. I have an iPhone 4 which is running the current version of iOS and all apps that are available. I don't 'have' to buy a new phone to get the upgrades.