Zack Epstein on where Android falls behind Apple’s iOS.
Android 7.0 Nougat was first released on August 22nd, 2016, and the latest version, Android 7.1.2 Nougat, was released in late February. Google’s new OS is now six months old, and it’s well on its way to becoming the world’s most popular version of Android… at some point in late 2018.
As of now, Apple’s iOS 10, released about the same time as Android Nougat, has about an 80-percent penetration rate vs. Android Nougat at less than 2-percent.
That’s right, it’ll be two years before the majority of Android phones gain access to some version of Android 7, and by then Android 9 will have been released. According to Google’s own data, the most common version of Android right now is Android Lollipop, which was first released two years ago back in 2014. Meanwhile, the six-month-old Android Nougat is currently installed on a whopping 1.2% of active Android devices.
Android is more than 10 years old and still cannot update most Android-based smartphones with the latest version, let alone security updates and bug fixes.