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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 9/16/2010 12:47:02 PM , Rating: -1
Oh I'll tell you what it is to maintain your fucking Windows 7 network, I'll tell ya all about that shit. Imagine this: you have all your PCs connected to one central wireless router, everything works ok. Then you need some extra bandwidth between two of your PCs so you connect them via a gigabit ethernet cable since they have extra gigabit ethernet NICs inside. You think Windows 7 will just allow ya to network between them quickly, understanding that this path is much faster than wireless and these two PCs should talk only over the cable while everything else should continue to go via wireless? Nah-ah. No. Fucking. Microsoft. Way. It won't work like this, why? Because it's too fucking simple and intuitive and hence it is ANTI-MICROSOFT way, they'll never allow you to have fun while using your fucking PC!

Hence you have to do a lot of FUCKING MANUAL MAINTENANCE! First: you have to disconnect the wireless network on both of the PCs, then on one of the you bring up the network and sharing center, click on the home group link on the left and only THEN the stupid fucking Windows asks you "is your new network home or public?". It just CAN'T ask this question or allow me to change the ethernet network type WITHOUT fucking disabling the other (wireless) network. No way! This is TOO SIMPLE, AND HENCE ANTI-MICROSOFT! Second: only after you do this mambo jumbo dance stupid Windows will see the network, then you have to go to the other PC, DISABLE WIRELESS THERE TOO, and click on the network icon in the Explorer there, it'll ask if you want your network private, you click through a few dialogs and it's FUCKING DONE WOOHOO NOW BOTH MACHINES SEE EACH OTHER!!!

FUCK THAT FUCKING APESHIT MAN!!! I gonna go to one of my buddies or to the nearest Apple store, check out Mac networking some day, and if I fucking see anything intuitive there, something like you connect two Macs by cable and they AUTOMATICALLY CONFIGURE THEMSELVES AND SEE EACH OTHER WITHOUT FUCKING WINDOWS 7 DANCE - I gonna fucking start saving on buying Macs, man, I'm starting to get old and tired and all these stupid clicks and dances Windows 7 forces me to do to just connect two PCs are wearing on me. Fuck Ballmer, fuck Windows, I gonna go consoles and Macs just like a lot of my US buddies did recently. FUCK THAT SHIT, if Ballmer and his apes are that unfriendly - they're not going to get my fucking money, plain and simple.

You Ballmer just fucking pray that Mac networking is as dumb and non-intuitive as your fucking Windows 7 shit is, you just pray moron, this is the only thing that's gonna save your fucking bald sweaty ass now 8-EEEEE grrrrr

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