Slamming the Scales Back to Apple

Android Platform Versions

In my last post I commented that the restrictions imposed on iOS beta apps tilted the balance to Android development if I was doing both and didn’t have a reason to release iOS first.

Not an hour later, some device info comes out that drops an elephant on the iOS side of my scale. Time frames generously provided by MG Seigler, these numbers should make any Android developer cry:

  • Only 0.6% on the latest version of Android (Ice Cream Sandwich) after 2 months
  • Only  55% have upgraded to the previous version of Android (Gingerbread), which is 1 year old
  • Over 30% are still using Gingerbread, which is more than a 1.5 years old
  • Over 10% are still using Froyo or older versions of the OS, which are at least 2 years old

And here I was, on iOS, debating whether to keep supporting an operating system version that came out mid last year.

2 thoughts on “Slamming the Scales Back to Apple

  1. Elia, I have been an avid user of PowerOne for around 10 years, starting with the Palm OS, then Windows Mobile and currently the iPhone.

    I’ve recently gone Android for a Sony S home tablet (I just didn’t want what is essentially a large iPhone i.e. iPad, for this purpose).
    Apple’s app range is hard to beat, but I’m happy in all respects with the Sony, but for the lack of your app!

    The financial argument must have been hard at Palm when you were starting out, but I think you run the risk of someone else stealing your competitive advantage if you don’t plug the Android gap soon.

    Come on, give Android users the best financial calculator on the market!!

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