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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 triadone on 9/16/2010 5:46:24 AM , Rating: 3
Very funny to see this meme persist after the PPC to Intel/x86 switch. Not to take the bait but early assessments of the Intel based Macs placed them on par with comparably equipped Windows counterparts. In fact, the Mac Pro from a hardware standpoint was actually markedly cheaper than offerings from Dell et al.'s high end workstation offerings. That trend continues with editor's choice awards for products like the iMac and Mac Pro (via Computer World, I believe).

Your argument is pretty common for those who don't really have a good idea as to the actual hardware and engineering that goes into these products. And by "these products" I don't simply mean Apple. I'm referring more to whether you can understand the difference in quality between a Dell Studio and an Adamo, for example, and not just run off on some rampage about how "It's the same thing, just cheaper!" No, they're not the same, and if you don't get that little nugget of truth, then you're arguing from a "just enough" mindset. e.g., One who knows just enough to think their informed but hasn't reached a threshold by which they have perspective to understand the difference between themselves and someone who does know better.


By Alexstarfire on 9/16/2010 3:38:40 PM , Rating: 2
I would hope they'd be on par if they have the same parts. Would be sad otherwise.


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