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Apple iOS users Update to iOS6 – But Android users do Not, What’s the Beef? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🍎🍎🍎

June 8, 2013

Apple iOS users Update to iOS6 – But Android users do Not, What’s the Beef? This topic is really Important Stuff, particularly since SmartPhones, and which one should you invest your Time and Money.

Apple announced at WWDC Conference this week, that iOS 6 is now operating on 558 million of the approximately 600 million iOS devices, including the iPhone and iPad. This accounts for 93% of the total number of all iOS devices in circulation globally; This is a very impressive statistic for any mobile OS that’s been released, particularly for Apple’s iOS6 which was released only seven months ago.

Android smartphones, only 25% of Android handsets have Jelly Bean installed, according to Android.com. But nearly ten months after its initial release, the adoption figure for Google’s latest and most secure Android OS should be much higher, especially given all the malware that is now targeting Androids. Like most things, it’s complicated. Unlike the typical PC ecosystem, the mobile ecosystem is quite fractured for Androids.

Apple and Androids, in both worlds, you have hardware and OS, but in the mobile world you also have the cellular carrier. Each of these FORCES have the opportunity to tweak something in the Android OS. This makes it hard for Google Android to adopt Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday model for maintenance and security. This is a big headache. If you are a “Computer Tinkerer” then dealing with this can be a way of life you are willing to live with; for many others, the “non-Terkering” folks, who simply want their Smart Phone to Work, the iPhone and iPad stands out somewhat from the Crowd.

Released on Monday, 1/18/2013, Apple’s latest iOS6.1 update was downloaded by 21.8% of iOS users within just 36 hours. Among the iOS users tracked by Onswipe, 24% were iPhone owners and 21% iPad owners.

Apple’s iOS6 adoption rate of 93% blows Android (and their App developers) out of the water, which has struggled to get customers to adopt the latest version of their OS. The latest versions of Android include version 4.1 and 4.2 (together named Jelly Bean) which is powering only 10.2% of Android devices. The bulk of Android devices (47%) are still on version 2.3 (nicknamed Gingerbread) which is many years old.

In the world of computing, main-frame computers, desk-tops, lap-tops, etc, the Operating System, the OS, is the “System Software behind the Application Software.” The Operating System is machine-language programs designed by equipment manufacturers (by their internal programmers). The Operating System tells the machine, the iPhone, the iPad, the lap-top, how to communicate within itself. The Application Software are programs written by internal and external Programmers, that communicate with Users, on doing things; answering the phone, talking on the phone, transcribing voice to text, displaying books to read, turning pages…

In my early days in business, 40 years ago, I trained at IBM’s offices located in Boca Raton, FL in 1972, learning COBOL and RPG, two very popular DOS operating system application programming languages. In the world of computing, the technology of the Device is Important; however, “its the Software Stupid” recalling James Carville’s advice to President Bill Clinton, “its the Economy Stupid.” No matter how exciting the Hardware is crafted, its speed, options, memory capacity… It is simply a dumb-box of technology, in the absence of an effective Software package.

Recall that the overall Software Package is generally comprised of 2 basic components, the Operating System, (like iOS6 in the world of Apple iPads, iPods, and iPhones and Jelly Bean 4.2 for Android devices), and Application Software, (like the Apple Apps available on their App Store, and the Applications one can download onto Android devices.

One of the reasons that Android users are not very anxious to update their OS system software, is the new OS version may ruin the operation of their Applications on exist on their devices. Conversely, Apple users are generally very anxious to upgrade quickly, self included, to a New Apple iOS releases. The iOS improvements delivered are carefully tested with the list of API’s that all the App Developers use to interface with the iOS, to make sure the Apps do not conflict with the Apps on everyone’s Apple devices, assuming it has not been “hacked” or “Jail-Broken” by the user.

Android operating system “fragmentation” is one of the major reasons why APP developers flock to Apple iOS products, as iOS users are confident that when Apple releases a new iOS version, it WORKS… Android users do not have that confidence, and are even known to be fearful of making Android OS changes. This Android OS fragmentation inhibits the independent App Developers in developing Android Apps. Typically the App Development Community engineers their App designs and concepts for Apple’s iOS, and thereafter spends their time on the latest version of Andrid 4.2 nicknamed JellyBean, which less than 50% of Andriod Users are using JellyBean OS.

Personally, the last time I had these feelings, is when I was a WINDOWS personal computer user for some 20+ years… I’d wait a year or more, before I would migrate any of our computers to a new Windows OS. The theory being, let everyone else be the guinea-pigs suffering with the buggy new OS release. Apparently, Android users are suffering from the similar buggy upgrade issues I faced with Windows.

7 years ago, I gave up on WINDOWS completely, and went with APPLE MACs, and never looked back. Apple’s OS improvements were very reliable, therefor all/most of MAC users migrated almost immediately, to take advantage of all the nifty functional and stability improvements the new OS would offer.

For Android users, watch out you wish for, “the open App architecture.” These folks are damned by their own desires; When a new iOS is made available to them, a super-majority of these users, like 90%, are “fearful of louse up” their devices, because of the possible APP conflicts with the new operating system update. This is evidenced by the fact that only 10.2% of Android Users are using the current Jelly Bean iOS version, where as 300 million, over 60% of Apple users, are using the most current iOS6.

For the average Apple iDevice users, most any Smart-Phone users, primarily want their device to WORK; As Apple iPhone owners, we are delighted with relatively error-free updates; but there is a small clan of Apple Geeks that are always complaining about Apple’s strict control of the Application Developers’ work product.

Why is Apple so Strict? Because simply, if the iPhone “freezes up” the user “blames the iPhone,” blames Apple, rather than the user’s APP, the users are using, causing the conflicts within the Operating System. Apple App developers must follow Apple’s API interface protocols; there are thousands of these “API call-up routines” that App developers must use, in creating an APP; If Apple sees a “foreign API” within an App, the App will not be placed in the Apple App Store; if Apple finds an unauthentic API, after the App is published on the App Store, the App is pulled from the Store.

Apple’s App Store now has over 800,000 Apps for the iPhone (we have 200 of them) and 300,000 Apps built specifically for the iPad’s larger “real estate.” Apple has sold more than 125 million iPads, according to the company. Apple says their iDevice owners, have downloaded more than 40 billion Apps on for the iPhones, iPads and iPods, nearly 20 Billion downloads just in 2012. And for the record these figures do not include App version updates, nor re-downloads when moving to a new iPhone. Apple Inc. said Monday, Jan 7th, that just for December, 2012 saw a record number of downloads, of more than 2 billion new App download sales. Apple says it has paid app developers more than $7 billion.

In sum, its the software stupid… the hardware technology in the container, in the device, is important… the screen size, screen resolution, the memory, the processor, its speed, the camera, the pixels… all these ingredients are important; However, if the System Software is flakey, and the “market place” for the user APPs is not carefully controlled, then the APPs may become “flakey” and the Smart-Phone may “freeze” when the iOS is updated. IMHO, these issues are why Android users do not migrate to the most advanced Operating System, as the overall Software platform combined with the “Open App Development” are an unreliable mix, which makes Users scared to Update, which is a shame, as Android/Google, really wants its users to have their most advanced iOS.

These Images below were abstracted from Apple’s Keynote address by Tim Cook, June, 2012, therefore the figures are dated. For example 700,000 Apps is now 800,000 Apps; 400 Million iDevices is now over 500 Million iDevices; and 84 million iPads is now over 125 million iPads, that’s a lot of iPads in 6 months; Apple is expected to sell over 190 million iPhones in 2013.


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2 Comments
  1. That’s because there are so many Android manufacturers and those manufacturers don’t feel like testing their devices on the latest and greatest of Android. Think of the 100 if not almost 1000’s of hardware bases Android would have to cover to cover all Android devices. Apple has to cover what, a handful? iPhone 4, 4s and 5? And maybe some older iPhones?

    I have 16 Android hardware models on my desk.

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