Android is beating iOS in terms of upgrade rates, reports Localytics in its study. The researchers at Localytics compared two of the most popular phones -- Apple iPhone 3GS and Motorola Droid – and upgrade rates to the respective OS versions – iOS 4.0 and Android 2.2 -- over their first two weeks of availability. What they found was that “almost twice as many Droid users had upgraded to Android 2.2 than iPhone 3GS users who upgraded to Apple iOS 4.”
According to Localytics report, “Apple enjoyed an unsurprising and early spike with 30% of iPhone 3GS users upgrading in the first two days. Droid owners had to wait patiently for their over-the-air (OTA) upgrades, which were rolled out slowly at the start and then fully released around August 20, more than doubling the number of total upgrades in just one day. By the end of the first two weeks, 96% of Droids had been upgraded to Android 2.2 while just 56% of iPhone 3GS were running iOS 4. Two months after the release of iOS 4, over 20% of iPhone 3GS users still haven’t upgraded to iOS 4.”
The reason behind this slow upgrade rate is that iPhone upgrades require connecting your phone to your computer, feel researchers. “Upgrading an iPhone or iPad requires connecting to iTunes on a computer. There are good reasons to do this: Apple’s upgrade process is very easy and virtually foolproof. This works well for users who regularly plug-in their iPhone. However, the upgrade numbers suggest that many iPhone users are not regularly plugging-in, instead using their phone more independently of their Mac or PC.”
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