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This chart demonstrates just how slow some of Apple's users are.  (Source: Loyalytics)

The study looked at upgrade rates for the iPhone 3GS (left) and the Android-powered Motorola Droid (right).  (Source: DailyMobile)
Android is handily beating iOS in terms of upgrade rates, making life easier for its developers

Market researchers at Localytics looked at the Apple iPhone 3GS and Motorola Droid and upgrade rates to the latest respective OS versions -- iOS 4.0 and Android 2.2 "Froyo"  -- over their first two weeks of availability.  What they found was that nearly twice as many Android users upgraded to the latest OS as iPhone users.

The study showed the dramatic benefits of Android's over-the-air OS updates -- something Apple has either been unable or unwilling to implement.  IOS 4.0 saw a steady crawl upwards in adoption rates, that allowed it to temporarily get ahead of Android 2.2.  

But when the Android OTA packages landed, in a single day the Android 2.2 adoption jumped incredibly from around 42 percent to around 92 percent.  By the end of two weeks, Android's upgrade totals had reached 96 percent, while Apple had a mere 56 percent.

One thing Loyalytics says the study shows is that iPhone users are using iTunes less.  If they had plugged into iTunes they would have been prompted to update, but many users still appeared not to have connected after almost two weeks.  This may be a result of Apple enabling over-the-air content downloads from its iTunes store, which is directly accessible from the iPhone.

However, the study brings mixed news to developers on both fronts.  For Android developers the rapid updates are good in a way, because they can be assured a homogeneous platform.  It can also be bad, because if an update breaks your app, you may only have have a couple of days to fix the problem before the majority of users can't use it.

For iPhone developers the opposite is true.  The platform is more heterogeneous in terms of OS versions, which can be confusing as to which versions to target and when.  On the other hand, iPhone devs have more time to fix bugs created by OS updates.

The researchers conclude:

The extent to which the iPad is or isn’t cannibalizing PC sales is being debated. But it seems reasonable to assume that even fewer iPads will be plugged into computers than iPhones, suggesting that iPad upgrades to iOS 4.2 later this year will lag iPhone upgrades. At some point, Apple will probably need/want to provide OTA upgrades to both the iPad and iPhone, at least over WiFi.

Of course as anyone who knows Apple could tell you, the company is sure to take adopting this new feature at its own pace, however fast or slow that may be.

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RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/15/2010 3:10:13 PM , Rating: 0
Idiots like yourself maybe buy Apple or other brands just for the "image". But I'm sure there are a lot of people buying said products for the comfort and features. People buy Lexus for extra comfort and silent smooth ride, people buy Macs for simplicity, nicer sturdy cases and longer battery life than typical PC, and/or because they like OS X more than Windows, for whatever PRACTICAL reasons (no malware, Unix inside, no worries about whether this software is 32-bit or 64-bit, etc etc).

Don't you measure all the people by you low standards, Mototroll. NOT EVERYONE is a brand/image whore like yourself, A LOT of people buy products for PRACTICAL reasons. I buy PCs for practical reasons, but the moment a Mac or an iPad starts satisfying my practical needs - I'll go for that brand. 'Cause it's PRACTICAL, dumbo.

You only claim that Apple consumers are image whores, but you have ZERO facts to support that. You're just barking, not biting. As usual.

P.S. not to say that among Apple users there are absolutely no image whores, but these are present for every brand, Apple is not a lonely exception here. I'm a bit of a brand whore for a newegg for example ;)) See, not only Apple has loyal brand followers. Buying from newegg is hip and cool too! :P

RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Alexstarfire on 9/15/2010 10:28:59 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, everyone I know who has bought Apple products, save for my father, has said "because it's cool" or "I like how it looks." I should say this is mostly for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Most of my friends don't have the money to get an iMac or MacBook. The ironic part being that after they use it for a week, or sometimes even less, is that they wished it could do something another product does along with all the stuff they already do.

Talking about Apple computers isn't even worth it since they have and always will have a small market share in that sector.

If people give me valid reasons for why they purchased a product, any product, then I don't even say anything unless on the very rare chance there happens to be a better product that fits those needs. They know what they want better than I do. When they give a piss poor excuse I'll tell them about a better product. That said, I usually don't even ask since it's not my decision to make.

RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By chick0n on 9/15/2010 10:46:53 PM , Rating: 2
its Pirks ... why bother replying ... he is one of the biggest prick on DT ... oh I mean troll ...

RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/16/10, Rating: -1
By Alexstarfire on 9/16/2010 3:03:13 PM , Rating: 2
Because he attempted a rational argument.

RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/16/10, Rating: 0
RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Alexstarfire on 9/16/2010 3:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
Can't exactly disagree with your first point since I know none of my friends are very technical minded.

While I could sit here and argue points on the computers, I'm not. It's been done time and time again between you and I, and tons of other people. I wasn't talking about computers and I explicitly said that so that you wouldn't starting arguing over them.

My point wasn't about the media, though I'd love for them to at least provide the same amount of coverage as other companies, either more coverage for others or less for Apple, but about talking with people like you about them.

If you'd like to talk about what I was talking about then I'd be more than happy to have a discussion. Until then, stop trolling.

RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/16/2010 4:15:23 PM , Rating: 1
So what were you talking about then?

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