If there’s an aspect in smartphones where Apple has always had an edge over Android then it is software updates. While Google suffers from a drawback that despite pushing OEMs to adopt the latest OS – Android Oreo – there is always a delay on the part of most brands. Apple has no such issues and hence the latest distribution comes as no surprise.
According to data released on its App Store, iOS 11, the latest update is running on 76% of devices. iOS 10 and iOS 9 are running on 19% and 5% of devices respectively. The latest numbers are based on the number of iOS devices that connect to Apple’s App Store.
With Apple, users have always got the latest software update on time and is adopted by the majority of user base. Add to it the fact that all the new iPhones – iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X – come pre-installed with the latest software.
Google, on the other hand, does make a sincere attempt to give timely updates to OEMs. For its own smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel 2 XL, both came loaded with Android Oreo. Other flagship phones from Samsung, Nokia among others also have Android Oreo running out-of-the-box. Yet, according to the latest distribution numbers released two weeks back, Android Oreo is running on a mere 4.6% of devices. If you further break down the numbers, the latest version of Oreo is 8.1 which is running on just 0.5% of Android smartphones.Compare it with Apple’s previous versions and the difference is stark. Last year’s Android Nougat is running on almost 60% of the smartphones whereas Android 6.0 Marshmallow is still running on 26% of devices. Google might say that it’s the OEMs which are the late adopters but the truth is that when it comes to Android smartphones, the latest OS is still hard to find. It is something that Google can perhaps learn from Apple.