We heard a few digs about Android fragmentation at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) a couple of weeks ago, and the Californians have again stressed just how united the iOS user base is.
This time we’re seeing a lovely blue pie chart, indicating that 93% of customers are on the latest version of Apple’s operating system, namely iOS 6.
The pie chart appears over on the iOS Dev Center, and reading between the lines, the implication seems to be that it’s remarkably easy to reach the majority of iDevices in one fell iOS 6-flavoured swoop.
Meanwhile, over in Android world, it’s a significantly more complex story.
The dominant version of Android is still Gingerbread (Android 2.3) on 36.5%. It first appeared in late 2010. Not far behind it is 2011’s Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) with 25.6% share.
As for the latest version of Mountain View’s OS, Jelly Bean, it accounts for 33% when combining Android 4.1 and Android 4.2. Android 4.3 is lurking in the shadows, and Key Lime Pie (Android 5.0) is expected later in the year. Oh dear.
The problem is that there are hundreds and hundreds of Android devices, and inevitably some get left behind in favour of the latest models.
On the plus side, it’s the vast array of devices that has helped Android secure its position as the world’s most popular smartphone operating system.