While Android users continue voicing disgust at carriers and manufacturers for their ever increasing delays and reasons for not updating or launching a handset with the newest software, iOS users continue to enjoy a much better experience when it comes to software updates as the latest data by developer David Smith shows, whom uses the Audiobooks app which allows both iPhone (and iPod) and iPad tracking. As of yesterday, September 22nd, the entire iOS user base percentage that had upgraded to iOS 6 was pushing past 37% – and iOS 6 has been available for just 5 days! According to The Next Web, citing Chikita, iOS 5 adoption to the same level took 21 days. Meanwhile, for comparisons sake, Google latest OS (Jelly Bean) is still in the single digit percentages 2 months after being released. Of course, the nature of Android updates and the Android ecosystem in general means it is unlikely that we’ll see truly massive market share counts on any modern OS, ever. (A sad reality.)
Moving to a larger scale measurement, using Chikita’s data (link) for iOS 6 adoption still shows a healthy 25% of users upgrading to Apple’s latest OS.
As TNW notes, one of the biggest reasons iOS 6 adoption is so high and increasing so quickly is because this is in fact, the first major OS update available that can be downloaded over the air without having to plug into a computer and update via iTunes. And considering a pretty large amount of iOS users never plug their devices into their computers, it makes sense that the over the air method is aiding in overall iOS 6 upgrades.
Love it or hate it (iOS), the amount of people getting the latest software is impressive, no?