We’re all familiar with Google’s pie charts that explain the fragmentation of Android on Google Play Store. Apple has gone down a similar road, creating its first pie chart that depicts iOS fragmentation on App Store.
Just last week at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2013 Apple announced that 93% of all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users had updated their devices to iOS 6, which is currently the latest firmware that’s publicly available. iOS 7 is only in developer beta right now. This pie chart has been added on Apple’s public developer site, with the aim of letting developers know exactly which OS version they should be targeting/optimizing for (i.e always the latest).
According to the chart only 6% of all iOS devices are currently running on iOS 5, which was released back in 2011 with support for the original iPad and the 2009 iPod touch. Just 1% of all users are on iOS versions even older than iOS 5. If you compare all of this with Android, its evident that Google’s OS sees far greater fragmentation.
As per Google’s data, currently a staggering 36.4% of all Android users run Gingerbread OS which was released in late 2010. Adoption of the latest Jelly Bean OS stands at 29.4%. Of all users, 4.8% are running firmware older than Gingerbread. There are advocates both for and against this level of fragmentation, but the fact remains though, Apple sees greater adoption of its latest firmware because the company itself is in charge of both hardware and software. Google distributes Android to a wide variety of manufacturers, who create their own products with varying internal specifications and software customizations, and some devices don’t necessarily support the latest OS.