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A third party analytics firm is reporting that Apple's iOS 4 is now powering half of all iPhones, just one month after its release.

Chitika Research compiles its statistics by looking at 9 million ad impressions it has served to iPhone users running apps that incorporate its banners. The data does't include users who don't install apps with Chitika's ads, so may present a slight bias toward users who actively install apps, and therefore users who are more likely to install software updates.

Of the 50 percent running iOS 4, 10 percent have upgraded to 4.0.1, which Apple released July 15, just a week ago.

Of the other half of iPhone users running an earlier version of iOS, nearly 60% are running the latest 3.1.3 version predating iOS 4 (29.9 percent of all iPhone users). About 20 percent of all iPhone users have not updated their devices since at least last October, according to Chitka's data. One percent are still using 2.0. No users still using 1.0 would be running apps, and therefore would be invisible in Chitika's analytics.

Apple makes it relatively easy to upgrade to the latest version of iOS through iTunes, and all iPhone users are able to update, for free, to the latest version except for first generation iPhone users, which are stuck with iOS 3.1.3.



Android lags behind in updates

In contrast, Google reports that 55.5 percent of Android users are still using Android 2.1, which was officially released back in January, although it rolled out to users very slowly. Only 3.3 percent of Android users have the latest Android OS 2.2 Froyo, which was officially announced in May.

However, Android users aren't just failing to upgrade; Google and its hardware and carrier partners have not made 2.2 available on any new handsets apart from Google's own Nexus One, which is not even available for sale anymore.

Most modern Android phones can't officially be upgraded to the latest 2.2 yet either, due to problems being worked out between the vendors and mobile carriers, which hold up upgrade releases until they've added to or otherwise tweaked the standard distribution to fit their needs.

Another 41 percent of Android users are stuck with Android OS 1.5 or 1.6, but unlike iPhone users who haven't upgraded, in most cases those users won't ever be able to upgrade to the latest version of the Android OS, simply because neither Google nor the carriers nor handset makers see any need to create a custom version of the latest Android 2.x that can run on those phones.

The fractionalization of Android is a problem for developers, who must test their software titles against not just a variety of hardware devices with different specifications, but also against a wide variety of installed software versions that differ significantly in the APIs they support.
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I agree with your take on the fractionalization of Android, mathematically it is intuitively obvious to the most casual observer, but others in the tech media world seem to be glossing over this issue. With all the stick-poking-in-the-eye they are doing to Apple over the more recent issues, this seems to be a little unhelpful to all the consumers they seem to be trying to protect from Apple. I guess I can figure out why...

as an addendum, I am a new to AT&T iPhone 4 user, using 4.0.1 on four family-planned iPhone 4s
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It'll be interesting to see what approach games developers will take to cater the multitude of hardware and screen variations across Android devices.
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It'll be interesting to see what approach games developers will take to cater the multitude of hardware and screen variations across Android devices.

They likely won't. I imagine any game market on Android will proceed largely like existing gaming hardware, with developers releasing for the latest models only.
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So, if flash 10.1 only works on android 2.2, and if the only phone that can use android 2.2, the nexus one, is dead as a doornail, then mobile flash is dead too..stillborn. Anyone for a little HTML5?
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The dissenters were saying that iOS users won't update as often or as quickly as Android users because it's not an OTA update. Time to rewrite your positions on the matter, Trolls.

PS: In case a few of you missed the news, the only Android phone, the Nexus One, running the latest version of Android, Froyo v2.2, has been discontinued. How long before v2.2 is officially pushed to another Android phone on the market?
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post #7 of 33
Not this little black duck.

iOS4 practially bricked my 3G.

80 days outside of warranty, Apple replaced my handset.

Issues:

* iPhone restarting itself
* iPhone running at snail pace
* iPhone freezing with no response

Evidently, Sydney Morning Herald purported other users having similar issues, advising against the update. Happy the replacement has 3.1.3.
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The dissenters were saying that iOS users won't update as often or as quickly as Android users because it's not an OTA update. Time to rewrite your positions on the matter, Trolls.

PS: In case a few of you missed the news, the only Android phone, the Nexus One, running the latest version of Android, Froyo v2.2, has been discontinued. How long before v2.2 is officially pushed to another Android phone on the market?

Yeah, where are the trolls anyhow? I was expecting them to have already attempted to twist this story around in their favor.
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Originally Posted by extremeskater View Post

Most new Android phones will have 2.2 by the end of the year. Or at least thats the latest news.

In any case I would expect iOS updates to be faster then Android. While I like my Android phone history has already proven Android updates may never come.

The irony is that the flagship Android phone for the past 6 months, that all demos of Flash 10.1 and other advancements were done on a device that is now discontinued. Not even after a year and there is no Nexus One II or Nexus Two or whatever taking its place.

I’d like to think that most new Android-based phones will be getting v2.2 as it’s really a great improvement over v2.1, but the history of Android releases doesn’t seem to promising to me. Sure, the faster, higher end Android phones will get it out of the gate, but even now I think you can get a new Android phone running v1.6. Luckily for Android OS, Moto and HTC will be at the forefront making Android look pretty good.
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The dissenters were saying that iOS users won't update as often or as quickly as Android users because it's not an OTA update. Time to rewrite your positions on the matter, Trolls.

PS: In case a few of you missed the news, the only Android phone, the Nexus One, running the latest version of Android, Froyo v2.2, has been discontinued. How long before v2.2 is officially pushed to another Android phone on the market?

In case you've missed the news, the Nexus is no longer available from Google directly but it's still being manufactured, and can be purchased from Vodafone where that brand operates, such as the UK and even my little old stomping ground, New Zealand.

Being the reference platform for Android, I doubt it will be discontinued in the near future. That's just my opinion though.

Froyo is already available for those who wish to update manually, and the handset makers including Motorola and HTC have indicated that the OTA updates are on their way.

In other news, Gingerbread is being beta tested also, so there's no apparent shortage of OS development.

But I mention these things only because there seems to be a trend by some posters to repeat the extraordinary unsupported claims by the Super Apologist writer of the PR piece above, without making even cursory attempts to verify them.

(Why I bother attempting to put the record straight, I really don't know. Masochism, maybe...)

Meanwhile I'll point out that I have yet to update to iOS 4, but will do so once I'm sure that there's no issues with my 3Gs.
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In case you've missed the news, the Nexus is no longer available from Google directly but it's still being manufactured...

Talk about missing the news. Google announced they were no selling it online back in May, but last week the popular in name but not in sales handset was discontinued.
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On Friday, July 16th, Google confirmed that the Nexus One will be discontinued and that the company has received its final order of handsets from the phone maker HTC.
http://www.coated.com/google-nexus-one-discontinued/

Before you say it, a carrier still offering the device doesnt mean its still being produced, it only means they have stock to sell.

Of course, if you think that story is a lie by all means defend your position.
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50% of iPhones are using iOS4; I just wish I wasn't one of them!

On the iPhone 3G, the performance of iOS4 is terrible. Apple should either have optimized their code better or not released iOS4 for the 3G.
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Talk about missing the news. Google announced they were no selling it online back in May, but last week the popular in name — but not in sales — handset was discontinued.


Before you say it, a carrier still offering the device doesn’t mean it’s still being produced, it only means they have stock to sell.

Of course, if you think that story is a lie by all means defend your position.

For one thing, Vodafone New Zealand have just begun to sell the Nexus One (here) over the last couple of days, (look at the date of the PR announcement), an unlikely scenario for a handset that's not going to be in their supply chain owing to its being discontinued.

The announcement from Google was they had sold the last handset and were selling no more. Show me the manufacturer's announcement that they have discontinued making the Nexus One and I'll concede your point. Until then, you're just repeating the same old Android-Hater bollocks.

Pitiful.
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Wow ... 50 percent. That's an amazing stat if true.
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PS: In case a few of you missed the news, the only Android phone, the Nexus One, running the latest version of Android, Froyo v2.2, has been discontinued. How long before v2.2 is officially pushed to another Android phone on the market?

It hasn't been discontinued, Google has stopped direct selling the device, they are distributed it via partners now.
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Based on the pie charts pasted in the article, it looks like the iPhone is more fractured than the Android platform.

I guess the authors point is the iPhone will converge on its current platform faster than Android - but in the current state, there are more fractures and OS versions to develop against with the iPhone than the Android.
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Before I got the IP4, I upgraded my 3G to IOS4 and things actually felt snappier. same goes for 2 of my friends that upgraded with the same equipment. kinda strange.

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Originally Posted by Orlando View Post

50% of iPhones are using iOS4; I just wish I wasn't one of them!

On the iPhone 3G, the performance of iOS4 is terrible. Apple should either have optimized their code better or not released iOS4 for the 3G.
post #18 of 33
After I upgraded to OS4, my 3G feels slooooowwwwwww. Anyone know a solution for downgrading?
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Originally Posted by Orlando View Post

50% of iPhones are using iOS4; I just wish I wasn't one of them!

On the iPhone 3G, the performance of iOS4 is terrible. Apple should either have optimized their code better or not released iOS4 for the 3G.

Its funny, there is less backlash from shipping iOS 4.0 code for the 3G that it clearly cant handle than there would be if they simply limited the update features more to keep more responsive. I know this is a fact but there was general outcry over the lack of Home Screen backgrounds, which are more than a simple still image.


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After I upgraded to OS4, my 3G feels slooooowwwwwww. Anyone know a solution for downgrading?

Here you go.
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Originally Posted by rtm135 View Post

Before I got the IP4, I upgraded my 3G to IOS4 and things actually felt snappier. same goes for 2 of my friends that upgraded with the same equipment. kinda strange.

My 3G works great on iOS 4. Looking forward to getting the iPhone 4 though.
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Not this little black duck.

iOS4 practially bricked my 3G.

80 days outside of warranty, Apple replaced my handset.

Issues:

* iPhone restarting itself
* iPhone running at snail pace
* iPhone freezing with no response

Evidently, Sydney Morning Herald purported other users having similar issues, advising against the update. Happy the replacement has 3.1.3.

iOS has bricked my 3GS- I've been unable to sync/restore/backup/update since I upgraded to iOS 4.0
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Originally Posted by martimus3060 View Post

I agree with your take on the fractionalization of Android, mathematically it is intuitively obvious to the most casual observer, but others in the tech media world seem to be glossing over this issue. With all the stick-poking-in-the-eye they are doing to Apple over the more recent issues, this seems to be a little unhelpful to all the consumers they seem to be trying to protect from Apple. I guess I can figure out why...

as an addendum, I am a new to AT&T iPhone 4 user, using 4.0.1 on four family-planned iPhone 4s

Four Family planned iPhone 4s. That's on oxymoron!

< sorry just had to crack a super geek joke >
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Originally Posted by Chopper View Post

In case you've missed the news, the Nexus is no longer available from Google directly but it's still being manufactured, and can be purchased from Vodafone where that brand operates, such as the UK and even my little old stomping ground, New Zealand.

Being the reference platform for Android, I doubt it will be discontinued in the near future. That's just my opinion though.

Froyo is already available for those who wish to update manually, and the handset makers including Motorola and HTC have indicated that the OTA updates are on their way.

In other news, Gingerbread is being beta tested also, so there's no apparent shortage of OS development.

But I mention these things only because there seems to be a trend by some posters to repeat the extraordinary unsupported claims by the Super Apologist writer of the PR piece above, without making even cursory attempts to verify them.

(Why I bother attempting to put the record straight, I really don't know. Masochism, maybe...)

Meanwhile I'll point out that I have yet to update to iOS 4, but will do so once I'm sure that there's no issues with my 3Gs.

Don't hold your breath waiting to update to iOS4 on your 3Gs. I wish I hadn't, my iphone runs like treacle. I wish I had stayed with iOS3. iOS4 on the 3G is a dog and Apple doesn't seem interested in doing anything about it.
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Don't hold your breath waiting to update to iOS4 on your 3Gs. I wish I hadn't, my iphone runs like treacle. I wish I had stayed with iOS3. iOS4 on the 3G is a dog and Apple doesn't seem interested in doing anything about it.

To everybody with slow iOS4. You should have done a clean install and after you did that, you can restored from backup. Worked for me...
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Don't hold your breath waiting to update to iOS4 on your 3Gs. I wish I hadn't, my iphone runs like treacle. I wish I had stayed with iOS3. iOS4 on the 3G is a dog and Apple doesn't seem interested in doing anything about it.

OK. I'll watch developments and stick with iOS 3 for the meantime. To be frank, I tend to delay updates anyway as I've been bitten in the past. But I wasn't aware of any particular issues, so thanks for the tip.

I see that Solipsism has a link above that might help with a restore to 3. Haven't looked at it as I don't need it myself, but it may be a fix for you.

Cheers.
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I was one of the fools who upgraded my 3G. I now have a phone that is terribly slow, crashes often, and almost unusable. I'm goin to wait an see what the 4.1 update brings bit if there are no improvements the number of people running iOS 4 is going to go down by one while the number of 3.1.3 users will increase by one. I wish Apple would have just cut off 3G users with the original iPhone users.
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post #28 of 33
Chitika is the idiotic firm that had their ipad sold counter constantly off by 1/3.

You go to their website and you see 1 million ipad sold in the morning, then in the afternoon they would fix their counter back to 600K.
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Originally Posted by experiencemusic View Post

Based on the pie charts pasted in the article, it looks like the iPhone is more fractured than the Android platform.

I guess the authors point is the iPhone will converge on its current platform faster than Android - but in the current state, there are more fractures and OS versions to develop against with the iPhone than the Android.


With 99% of users on the last two major versions, and 96% users at/above version 3.1, you call that fractured? As iOS developer, the minimal version you really need to concern youself with is 3.1, really only one version behind. Where as an Android developer really have to keep track of all 4 versions, or he will loss significant chunk of market. Not to mention all those users below his version cutoff complaining his App is trash because it doesn't work on their phone.
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Originally Posted by Orlando View Post

50% of iPhones are using iOS4; I just wish I wasn't one of them!

On the iPhone 3G, the performance of iOS4 is terrible. Apple should either have optimized their code better or not released iOS4 for the 3G.

yeah really. Updating to OS4 was the biggest mistake I made on this 3G.

this parody is actually bang on.
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post #31 of 33
Only 3.3% on 2.2, wow...

Why does everyone use 2.2 as the basis for the feature comparisons then?
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Only 3.3% on 2.2, wow...

Why does everyone use 2.2 as the basis for the feature comparisons then?

The numbers are low presumably because Froyo has only just been officially released in the wild, the OTA update program from the handset manufacturers has yet to get any momentum, and the numbers reflect those things.

Your question about 2.2 beggars belief. Why wouldn't you compare the latest versions of each platform? That's the point, surely? Even if your phone is running 2.1 now, it's going to be running 2.2 in the near future.

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Originally Posted by Joe hs View Post

iOS has bricked my 3GS- I've been unable to sync/restore/backup/update since I upgraded to iOS 4.0

that's weird (and it sucks). mine became instantly snappier, and no problems syncing. however there are a couple of glitches i've noticed, such as toggling between language input sometimes freezes (just occasionally have to wait a few seconds to let it do it's thing), and the animation for sms's being sent isn't as smooth as previously. fairly minor.
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