THE Apple closed the month of February with an impressive number in its division of mobile devices: the iOS 14, launched in September 2020, reached 80% of active iPhones. The proportion rises to 86% if we consider only the iPhones launched in the last four years.
The figures refer to the measurement made by the App Store on February 24 and also involve the iPadOS 14 which, as you may know, consists of a specific version of iOS 14 for iPad.
This version of the operating system is already present in 70% of active iPads or, if we consider only the models launched in the last four years, 84% of the units.
All of these indicators point to a consistent pace of updates in the iOS ecosystem. This is noticeable when we compare the figures for February with those at the end of last year.
In the December 15, 2020 measurement, Apple found that iOS 14 was present in 72% of active iPhones and iPadOS 14 in 61% of the base of iPads in use. These percentages rose to 81% and 75%, respectively, when only units sold in the last four years were taken into account.
Going back to the most recent measurement, Apple says that 12% of active iPhones currently run iOS 13 and 8% have older versions of the operating system.
Considering the iPad, 14% of active units run iPadOS 13 and 16% remain with an even older version, which is not necessarily surprising: as a rule, users change their iPad less often compared to the iPhone.
Google tries to decrease Android fragmentation
When it comes to updating the operating system, compare the Android with iOS it requires contextualization: Apple has the advantage of dealing with a proportionately low number of models, so maintaining the ecosystem with a high percentage of updates ends up being an easier task.
Android is available to dozens of companies and countless different devices. More than the efforts of the platform’s developers, keeping the operating system up to date requires manufacturers’ commitment. Despite this, Google has been trying to reduce fragmentation, although we cannot think of an Android update level similar to that of iOS.
This is clear when we look at Android 10, for example. In the middle of 2020, Google found that this was the version of the operating system that had the fastest adoption.
In part, this was possible thanks to Project Treble, a program that allows the manufacturer to make system updates available without worrying about drivers and other hardware-related aspects, and Project Mainline, which allows security and privacy updates to be released through Google Play Store.
It is likely that Android 11 and future versions will also be able to have rapid adoption. One of several factors that may contribute to this is the partnership that Google entered into with Qualcomm to allow Qualcomm’s chips to support at least three operating system updates.
At this point, Samsung deserves an honorable mention: recently, the company has pledged to update lines like Galaxy A, M and S for at least four years.
This measure applies to security updates. Regarding updates to the operating system itself, Samsung should keep its promise to guarantee releases for at least three years. Anyway, the expectation is that actions like this will become more frequent among manufacturers.
With information: MacRumors.