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Apple Highlights Low Fragmentation Among iOS Devices in Direct Jab at Android

Apple recently updated its "Optimizing Apps for iOS 6"developer page with a new pie chart highlighting the lack of fragmentation among iOS versions being run on active mobile devices (via AppleInsider). According to the chart, 93% of iOS devices accessing the App Store over a two-week period ending on June 3 were running some version of iOS 6, with 6% running iOS 5 and just 1% running earlier versions of the operating system software.

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Apple's chart appears to be a direct jab at Google, which has long published its own pie chart that currently shows just 33% of devices visiting the Google Play store over the same time period running the company's latest Android 4.1-4.2 Jelly Bean versions, which began appearing last July. In fact, the most popular version of Android remains 2.3.x Gingerbread, which first appeared in December 2010.

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Apple executives have increasingly focused on Android's fragmentation as a major weakness of the platform, with developers having to target many different versions of Android and numerous different devices with their apps. Apple contrasts that experience with developing for iOS, which supports a limited number of display sizes and for which the vast majority of users are running the most recent major version.

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16 months ago
How many of us smug bastards are going to be linking this story to our android friends? :)
Rating: 60 Votes
16 months ago
Android is the new Windows
Rating: 58 Votes
16 months ago

It's going to be more fragmented now once iOS7 is released. I have a feeling adoption rates will not be as high as previous iOS, people are afraid of change.


I think this is going to be the fastest adoption rate on record.
Rating: 41 Votes
16 months ago
As someone who has developed for Android and iOS, I can tell you first hand, the fragmentation effing sucks. Google does pretty well at helping you manage it, but it still takes at least twice as long to write and test code to run on all Android devices as it does to do so with iOS devices.

And with the much smaller payoff... why bother? You're spending a lot of effort to get your app in a market that's only willing to spend 10% of what iOS users are.
Rating: 34 Votes
16 months ago

Yeah but all of iOS's new features aren't available on all devices. iOS will have even more features that won't be available on older devices.


So what? This article isn't about hardware or features. This is about developers being able to count on API consistency.
Rating: 31 Votes
16 months ago

My Gosh! who dubbed those Android codenames?


Incredibly unhealthy eaters?
Rating: 29 Votes
16 months ago

Honestly, who is the 1% on an OS older than 6? Either get a new device or upgrade. Its not safe to live in the stone age. :D


Weird attitude. I have an age old iPod Touch, still playing music fine, and can't be upgraded from iOS 3. It does exactly what it always did: Play music. And I can get on the internet through WiFi if I feel the desire to do so. Can you give me any sane reason why I should stop using it?
Rating: 23 Votes
16 months ago
It's going to be more fragmented now once iOS7 is released. I have a feeling adoption rates will not be as high as previous iOS, people are afraid of change.
Rating: 21 Votes
16 months ago

Yeah but all of iOS's new features aren't available on all devices. iOS will have even more features that won't be available on older devices.


This doesn't even make sense as a knock against Apple.....

How many 1 year old devices have or will get the latest version of Android (minus rooting and ROMs)?

There are plenty of Android devices that get left out in the cold - heck most only receive a year's worth of software updates before being thrown out for the latest flagship. Apple might hold back a feature or two, but at least they support devices for 3 years.....(iPhone 4 may not get all the features, but it will still get iOS 7). Plus - if an Android device doesn't get the software update, it won't have ANY new features.....

Apple has the best "official" software support out there. Android can make up the difference with "unofficial" support (meaning ports and roms and such).

The difference is, a vast majority of iOS users can simply accept the OTA update when it comes out - a much smaller portion of Android users roots and roms their device for the latest Android version.
Rating: 21 Votes
16 months ago
If you look at feature set of the OSes - Android 2.3 had all of the features of iOS7 :p So big deal Apple - same OS from 2007-2013 and ONE relatively significant iOS7 update that even tries to match Android 2.3!

Besides, Android people don't need to wait for an OS update to update most of their OS - it's called modularization peeps! (Chrome, Google Services(GMail, Play Store, various frameworks), Launchers, Keyboards - everything updates outside of the OS. So yeah, big deal with the numbers Apple - they don't mean as much as you make it sound they do.
Rating: 20 Votes

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