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The miserable operating system known as Android is only getting worse and worse.
Only around a fifth of Android users are on the latest version. In 2013, about a third of Android users were on the latest version. It's actually going down!
That figure is actually going down as more and more poor people are flocking to Android as Android continues to be adopted by certain users in very poor countries, also known as "developing" countries, or basically the third world, as I prefer to call it. And for those who are offended my by factual statement, I will of course provide proof for these ignorant people.
OpenSignal’s data indicates that over a third (35 percent) of Android devices in countries with GDP/capita of greater than $20,000 are on the latest version of Android vs just 12 percent in less economically developed countries.
Android fragmentation or diversity as some like to call it, is just absolutely out of control and totally disgusting!
Who says that diversity is a good thing? Well, Apple does for starters, but I don't think that this is what they have in mind when Apple speaks of diversity.
Here is proof that diversity is a terrible thing.
This chart is just unbelievable!
18,796 unique Android devices! Holy f-ucking crap! What a goddam mess!http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/21/opensignal-2014-android-ecosystem-report/
When comparing Android to iOS, I think we need to look at what each OS is designed for, phone-wise. If we make a comparison between iOS for the iPhone and want to compare it with Android devices, we should only look at the nexus, made
by Google. Not the ones from 3rd party HW makers who need to tailer the Android software to each specific device, which many don't.
While it’s nice to see your enthusiasm here, I think you are not fully informed. I’m sure @Gatorguy
can explain this better to you than I can, but it’s not the latest version of the OS itself that is important since most security issues are now being updated within the apps themselves. Google Play Services
Although it acts as a system-level process, it can automatically be updated through Google Play Store, and is automatically installed on any Android device that runs Android 2.2 or higher. As a result, Google can update certain aspects of Android independently of the operating system itself, combating the "fragmentation" and inconsistent availability of new OS versions on certain devices, an issue that the platform had become infamous for.
Security is one reason to upgrade a device, features is another. And while many features are embedded into ‘the latest version’ of an OS, many features can be added to older versions of Android as well, probably because of the open nature of it.
Google provides major upgrades every six to nine months. That’s more frequent than Apple.
You really ought to read this piece, and then draw your own conclusion:
The meaning of 'fragmentation' tends to mold to whatever the argument is, for good or bad
I'm sick of it, you're sick of it, everyone who knows much of anything about Android is sick of it. "Fragmentation" is a word that gets bandied about when it comes to Android more frequently than just about anything else. It turns out that an open source operating system installed on devices made by hundreds of manufacturers all over the world, many of which don't really care whether Google releases an update, creates an unstable ecosystem.
We all know the answer we want to see in response to suggestions that Android is too fragmented to be functionally compared to other platforms in the world today. It took a little while, but Google came up with an Answer. The almighty Google Play Services, a suite of apps and tools that glue multiple versions of Android together into a mostly similar experience that any manufacturer can have access to. All those manufacturers have to do is agree to play nice in Google's sandbox, and basically do whatever Google says.
And Google says that 93% of all Android devices that they monitor are using the most recent version of Google Play Services, which means even if those devices aren't using the most recent version of Android they have access to almost all of the new features Google has announced within the last year. And 93% isn't bad at all, right?
Of course number are difficult to relate to as there are so many devices using the Android platform while we here are merely speaking about phones. Well, I am. And some dipAndroidStick4TV should not count here.
There are also things like this, that makes running the latest version not necessary:
Android Verify Apps feature, which will now run in background to detect malicious processes
Note that The Android apps verify feature is available on all android operating systems from android 2.2 and above.
Here’s an article on fragmentation:
Here’s a list with devices running 4.4:
Finally, if iOS7 is installed on ≈ 92% of Apple iPhones (/devices?) than Google is doing much better: ≈ 98% on all Nexus phones run the latest version of Android. Note that it isn’t only the latest major version, it’s running 4.4.4 where Apple doesn’t release the number of iOS users that are on 7.1; they only state iOS7 which therefore includes 7.0. When talking about numbers, it needs to be exact when the exact numbers can be found.
As for Android itself, I think it sucks on many levels. Supposedly it has taken them no less than 6 years to finally make ebooks full screen, a feature that came with KitKat (4.4, from Oct 31, 2013) That is pathetic slow, and strange to not have it work in full screen from day one. But I digress, was merely responding to the fragmentation. Which I think is way less of an issue as you are describing it.