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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 macthemechanic on 9/16/2010 11:13:43 AM , Rating: 2
Moto, get over it. This research is crap and we can all see that it doesn't have any sort of real world information built into the review. Not everyone is a follower or wowed by coolness. I know those who just run from cool thing to the next cool thing. I call them the "generic people". The world needs them. I have all Macs at home now after 35 years of building computers, writing assembly, debug, 4th generation and all sorts of coding (32 languages). I dumped my Windows and Linux network at home simply because I did not want to spend all of my free time maintaining it. It was not a "coolness" choice, but one of choosing to have the computer do what I wanted, not being forced to constantly interact with a device eternally wanting me to approve patches, or respond to the neediness of the operating system and its design philosophy of requiring confirmation for everything. Macs do the job and I am happy to let them own that. When I want to delve deeper into machine code, I can easily do it with a Mac, or if necessary run a virtual Windows or Linux OS to facilitate my study needs. In this, I have found many other people with similar stories wanting freedom of serving their PCs (patch management, virus management, spam management, constant patch Tuesday events, etc...) Macs have these issues to, but to a much lesser degree of input required by the end user. The iXXX devices are just an extension of the philosophy. If I wanted to manage every single aspect over all of my computing devices, then I would have probably bought another product like an Android. For me, it's about having other interests and not needing to control it all.


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By chripuck on 9/16/2010 11:57:26 AM , Rating: 2
What could you possibly have to do to maintain your network? You build the PC, load the software, set automatic updates per your need and you're done. I could see it maybe 10 years ago, but Windows 7 is a great piece of software and requires very little maintenance to keep running.

I'm genuinely confused what all of this extra work involves?


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/16/10, Rating: -1
RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By macthemechanic on 9/16/2010 10:42:21 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, to be that young and again... ;-)


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/17/2010 10:51:46 AM , Rating: 1
yeah, like this problem doesn't exist for the OLD users

your lies lead nowhere


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Motoman on 9/17/2010 11:24:16 AM , Rating: 2
BS.

As a guy who has mamy PCs and laptops in the house, networked to two outbuildings, and who runs his own web and email servers, your statement above is abysmally stupid.

Keeping such a network running requires zero work. Zero. Not even the slightest amount of my time is required to do any support or maintenance of this network.

Spare me with your "management" issues. There's not the smallest bit of validity to your post.


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/17/2010 11:41:03 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
Keeping such a network running requires zero work
People maintain all sorts of networks, not just the single configuration that's a clone of yours. And they run into serious issues with Windows legendary moronic stupidity. I wrote about an elaborate example of that a few posts above.

So don't you lie Mototroll, it may be VERY FAR from zero work. Depends on network topology.


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Motoman on 9/17/2010 1:03:26 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Depends on network topology.


In your case, I suspect it has to do with your catastrophic idiocy. Your "elaborate" post above demonstrates nothing other than your ability to foam at the mouth like the neuralectomy patient that you are. You have made no points at all, and frankly, you never do - and your rabid stupidity does nothing but further erode whatever legitimacy your viewpoint may have otherwise had.


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/17/2010 2:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
Your lies doesn't change the fact that this stupid Windows networking problem exists. It exists and it keeps laughing at you, dumb troll. Try harder next time.


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Motoman on 9/17/2010 2:52:12 PM , Rating: 2
What networking problem? You didn't even identify one.

The fact of the matter is that you haven't got the slightest clue what you're talking about, and you probably made up the entire tirade up there about your "networking problem" in an attempt to justify your Macolyte status.

As always, you've not got the slightest clue what you're talking about. There is plenty of laughter going on here...the whole world is laughing at *you*, the brainless poster child of Apple consumers. You are exactly the kind of consumer that Apple caters to...in every way. The kind that hasn't the slightest ability to think for themselves, but is incredibly eager to soak up all the propaganda that Apple can throw at you, then gleefully regurgitate it on command.

You're not a technophile. You're a trained dog. Sit. Stay. STFU.


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/17/2010 5:13:42 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
What networking problem? You didn't even identify one.
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=19632...


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Motoman on 9/18/2010 11:00:00 PM , Rating: 3
That's not an identified network problem.

That's you rabidly frothing about nothing...other than, probably, your own stupidity.


RE: Couldn't possibly be because...
By Pirks on 9/20/2010 9:41:29 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
That's not an identified network problem
Because you are unable to identify it, only speaks about your stupidity. Wanna check my words and try it out yourself? Nah you won't, coward, 'cause what are you gonna troll about when you see all of this dumbfuckd Windows 7 shit by yourself? ;-)


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