On Monday, an article came out of TechCrunch comparing the OS update statuses for both i*hone and Android users, making them look worlds apart and actually, a little silly. According to iOS developer stats, almost 90% (89.73% to be exact) of users are on the current version which they describe as 4.X. The article then goes on to claim that Android users would be lucky to ever see the most current OS version (Android 2.3) seeing as only 0.4% are on it at this time. Sounds bad right? Except that there is one major flaw with that argument and it has to do with that “.X”.
If we look at the iOS developer stats, they are taking every single version of iOS 4 and combining them into one percentage, meaning 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, etc. are all wrapped up into the same little package. But for Android, we’re not allowed to do that? Because if we do combine 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3, that puts Android users at 87.4% and only 2% behind iOS users in the “current” category. Silly TechCrunch.