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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 StevoLincolnite on 9/15/2010 8:49:39 PM , Rating: 2
I was reading this post... Then it dawned on me.

I have actually -never- owned an Apple device in my life!
I have used a few Mac's, but I have never used an iPod or an iPhone at all. (Being in a country area of Australia probably does that.)

Plus I think the Mac's cases look ugly as well, I would prefer a good Antec case with the side window, Neons and all the flashy stuff, but that is of-course personal preference.

Never owned an iPod because I liked my Creative Zen and never saw the need to replace it, plus I didn't need software installed to transfer music to the device.

Never owned an iPhone as I have an Android phone.

Never even had Apple's Quicktime or iTunes installed on my Windows PC as I have never needed to use it, VLC plays everything, Music is handled with Winamp and a bunch of plugins.

I honestly do not see the attraction or point in spending the extra price premium for there products when there are alternatives that work just as well if not better. - Or am I missing something?


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/16/10, Rating: 0
RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By chripuck on 9/16/2010 12:04:31 PM , Rating: 2
I've owned a Chevy, Toyota, Acura and a Lexus. The Chevy drove just as well as the Acura and Lexus for EVERYDAY use. If I wanted high performance, sure, I'd be far happier with my Acura or Lexus. The interior quality is far superior in the Acura and Lexus, but at double the cost premium it should be. I see the same being true with Mac's, which is why their market share will never grow exponentially.

I have no doubts you'll come back with some jackass reply about Mac's being the be all end all product, but bottom line is most people only NEED a Chevy.

Also, everybody has the "coolness" factored into their Apple purchase. They may have many other reasons to buy it, but there's no denying that Apple products are the hip thing to own.


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/16/2010 12:51:27 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I have no doubts you'll come back with some jackass reply about Mac's being the be all end all product, but bottom line is most people only NEED a Chevy.
Nah, I don't think Macs are real mass product, I agree with you - they are niche machines because of their high price.


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By StevoLincolnite on 9/16/2010 10:41:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
yeah, try to think about why people buy expensive Lexus cars when they could drive exactly the same way with cheaper Chevy


The difference there is I like the look of a Lexus, I think the Macs look ugly, so for me they are non-camparable.
And for the record I am content with my Holden Commodore VE, great car.


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/17/2010 10:37:14 AM , Rating: 2
noticed I said "people" not "you"?
read more carefully next time
also people choose cars and computers not just by the looks no matter what you say


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