Dave Farrington on where Android is bad for customers.
Apple released iOS 10 to approximately one billion customers just a few weeks ago. Already, about 50-percent of all iOS devices have upgraded to the latest, iOS 10.x, even more than are using iOS 9 on their iPhones and iPads.
How does Android compare? It’s not pretty.
Android Marshmallow, version 6.x, was launched about the same time as iOS 9 last year and has yet to top 20-percent market penetration. Prior to iOS 10 being launched a few weeks ago, iOS 9 had reached about 90-percent of all iPhones and iPads in the world.
Android Lollipop, released two years ago and around the same time as iOS 8.x has about 35-percent market penetration. That’s much higher than iOS 8 which is less than 5-percent now because all those older iPhones and iPads have moved on to iOS 9 and iOS 10.
The latest Android version is called Nougat and was released just before Apple launched iOS 10, which now has been installed on about 50-percent of all iPhones and iPads.
Android 7.x Nougat? Not even 1-percent. Not even one-half of 1-percent. Not even half of that.
Those who peddle Android phones would prefer that customers upgrade by purchasing a new smartphone, not by upgrading to the new Android OS version.