Chart shows Android users update software more than Apple users

Chart shows Android users update software more than Apple users
Google’s Android OS and Apple’s iOS are two of the premier platforms for mobile devices today. They are constantly being updated to make the experience better for the user. These updates however, are more likely to find their way to Android devices than iOS devices because of the OTA process.

Most iPhone, iPad and iPod users know that to update their software they need to plug it in to iTunes and let the computer do all the work. While this may not be the most difficult process, it is something that many people don’t bother to do as the charts below will show. Being able to receive and install a new software update over-the-air is a simpler and easier process. For that reason, Android phones are more likely to be updated than any iOS device.

The chart compares two past generation phones of current popular devices, the Apple iPhone 3GS and the Motorola Droid. The software updates being compared are Android 2.2 and iOS 4.0. The difference in upgrade rate is staggering. After only two weeks of availability, 96% of Motorola Droid users had been updated to Android 2.2 Froyo. Only 56% of iPhone 3GS users had upgraded to iOS 4.0 in the first two weeks.

Are OTA updates the way to go? Tell us what you think in the comments below. 

source: Apple Insider



1. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

If the updates come automatically then this is kind of a pointless article... obviously more people update Android phones they f'ing update automatically. That's like writing an entire article about why people have more dropped calls on AT&T's network.

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

"That's like writing an entire article about why people have more dropped calls on AT&T's network." For me personally, I've had Verizon and AT&T, and both performed well.....the reason APPLE users do not update as often is because usually their app or phone gets messed up, especially after an ITUNES update.

4. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

Oh i'm not blaming AT&T's network for the lack of updates or anything, I was just joking about the fact that writing an article about how more Android users upgrade is just as pointless as writing about AT&T's dropped calls. It's something relatively obvious in both cases...

5. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Updates over iTunes rarely ever have detrimental Effects. Since iOS 1.2 the only problem ive ever had was the 4.0 update on the 3G. But my app data was never messed up other wise. When I upgraded to new phones it even transferred via backups. Almost every time when someone has issues updating thru iTunes they have had a jailbroken device.

3. nismo unregistered

I think the number would be closer but when you have a jailbroken iphone and an update will break that jailbreak your not going to do it, over the air or not. My iphone 4 is jailbroken and before my 3gs was still runnning 3.1.3 even after the 4 came out. The jailbreak is too sweet to update for features you probably already have..

6. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Dumb story. Android updates right now are a little more ground breaking for the user. Plus apple's update take a much longer time. Android is done in like seconds probably cause the updates are only patches.

7. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Coupe reasons: 1, android is a newer platform, so there are more bugs to work out. 2, there are multiple verisons of the Android OS, and multiple hardware platforms that need updates. Much like #1, this will decline as the market grows. 3, multiple carriers mean even more software builds and varying time frames on deployment. I prefer OTA updates, though I would like the option of turning them off, as on my root hacked phones, they can cause problems.

8. anakin78z unregistered

Wow, weird comments. A few things: 1. Android updates are NOT automatic, though you do get a notification that it's available. 2. The update from 2.1 to 2.2 was significant, not just 'bug fixes' or a patch. Also, it's a heck of a lot better than introducing new bugs with every new version :) I think this article and chart simply shows that OTA updates are much more effective and convenient.

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