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iOS 7 Adoption Rates Beating Android, Other iOS Versions
iOS 7 Adoption Rates Beating Android, Other iOS Versions

By Seth Fitzgerald
September 19, 2013 2:19PM

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The fact that Apple's iOS 7 came close to outperforming the Android operating system -- in terms of adoption rates -- in just one day says a lot about the fragmentation issues present with Android. There are still eight different versions of Android in use. Some of these versions of Android are many years old.
 



With the major changes in iOS 7, analysts expected the adoption rate for the operating system to be quite high. However, calling it "high" is a slight understatement, according to data collected from various agencies regarding iOS 7 adoption in the first 10 and 24 hours of its availability.

By looking at data put together by Chitika and MixPanel, it is easy to see that iOS 7 is on pace to become more prevalent than iOS 6 in just two days. This is based on Chitika's statistics suggesting that iOS 7 saw an adoption rate that was 3 percent higher on its first day than iOS 6.

iOS 7 Beating Android

Google's Android operating system has had a re-occurring problem when it comes to low adoption rates. This seems to stem from the fact that some Android devices simply do not receive updates in a timely manner but most current phones do receive Android updates within six months after a new version is released.

Even though most phones are able to update, Jelly Bean (the latest version of Android) is on a fewer Android devices than iOS 7 already is on iOS devices. This may not seem too amazing, until you realize that iOS 7 has only been out for one day whereas Android Jelly Bean was released 450 days ago.

Analytics provider MixPanel says that in the first 24 hours after iOS 7 was released, the new operating system accounted for 35 percent of all iOS devices in their analytics. If this trend continues -- which many analysts expect to see -- then iOS 7 will be on more iOS devices than iOS 6 in a matter of hours.

This is quite impressive considering that even after being out for more than a year, Android Jelly Bean is on just fifty-seven percent of all Android devices that MixPanel has been able to track.

The Android Fragmentation Dilemma

In a way, the data released from MixPanel almost says more about Android than it does about iOS. Everyone expects iOS adoption rates to be high since almost all users can update immediately and the process is very simply (not to mention Apple's marketing for new iOS versions is impressive).

However, iOS' ability to come close to outperforming Android -- in terms of adoption rates -- in just one day says a lot about the fragmentation issues present with Android. According to OpenSignal's July data, there are still eight different versions of Android in use. Some of these versions of Android are many years old.

Plus, when around half of all Android users (at best) are using an operating system that is less than a year old, fragmentation is a big problem. Apple CEO Tim Cook actually mentioned the same issue with Android during an interview earlier today.

"And so by the time [customers] exit, they're using an operating system that's three or four years old. That would be like me right now having in my pocket iOS 3. I can't imagine it," said Cook. Luckily for Apple, fragmentation will likely never be an issue with iOS -- and iOS 7 is a great example of that.
 

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banana:

Posted: 2013-09-22 @ 3:26am PT
It's amazing the number of people who think apple copied from android.

Really??:

Posted: 2013-09-20 @ 11:47pm PT
Apple only make high end devices and have a large number of users who 'must buy' the latest model. Android is running on many more devices of varying specs and amongst varying degree of users. You can prove anything with simple statistics. How is it fair to compare the percentage of devices running the latest version? Couldn't that also mean that some people are happy to use their 4 year old phone - certainly some older users who have bought much cheaper lower spec phones for £40 don't care about upgrading the OS and those cheap phones are providing the developing markets in poorer nations to see smart phones at affordable prices. The number of users are higher so of course the spread is wider. How many android devices are there compared to iOS available to buy and how many users are there worldwide? It would be more fair to compare the flagship devices in terms of OS update or even just the nexus devices as apple only release a couple of devices a year the same as the nexus

razorNW:

Posted: 2013-09-20 @ 12:21pm PT
Want to know what's really sad? You buy a phone and you're stuck with an OS that doesn't stay current because your service provider lacks the resources or the desire to, you know, provide service. Fandroids simply don't want to acknowledge that the OS they love so much owes its very existence to Apple for creating the market and validating the touch device/UI. They get hung up on incremental (though certainly useful) features and specs (specs that are necessary to compensate for an architecturally performance-constained OS). What happens when the next great Android hardware-independent feature comes only in the current release? Buy a new phone sucker. But do keep feeling superior while the iOS market share continues to climb when people give up on a laggy, buggy, bloated, and insecure whatever version of a Java VM called an OS.

Frank:

Posted: 2013-09-20 @ 8:29am PT
The sad part is, that even though iOS7 is the newest OS from Apple it has finally adopted a few features that's been in Android for years. Something that Apple is marketing trying to portray that its a new and killer feature. I.e. accessing the settings from a drop down menu. So these "old" versions of Android is still more feature packed than iOS 7 so who cares how "old" the OS is if its still superior to the latest and greatest from Apple.

Common Sense:

Posted: 2013-09-20 @ 6:37am PT
Ice Cream Sandwich already had a lot of usability, which IOS7 just recieved. The reason users haven't upgraded to jelly bean in droves is because there isn't a pressing need. Apple users are converging over more quickly because their OS now has android features that everyone else has had for years.



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