The lower Android-upgrade rate is disappointing

Android has turned gigantic, but it disappoints in terms of upgrading the core software to a new version. Until now, millions of Android phones have been sold, but only 25 percent of them have been upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. Reports suggest that only 23.7 percent users upgraded their devices to Ice Cream Sandwich, whereas 1.8 percent upgraded to Jelly Bean. These are not big figures.
More than 50 percent users are still using some integration of Gingerbread that came almost two years back. About 12.9 percent users haven’t upgraded from Foryo to new versions, and only 2.9 percent users have upgraded to Honeycomb. The data was gathered from the devices accessing Google Play.
This issue is frequently popping up, because carriers or mobile manufacturers are not providing timely upgrades to the core software.
There are several reasons so that Android devices are not getting upgrades. Casual Android users aren’t too much concerned for a new OS in the device. But it’s not a big issue. The big issue is something else.
Apart from branded names, such as Samsung, HTC and Motorola, there are hundreds of local companies that use Android as the core software in their devices, and they hardly release upgrades. They either delay or never provide the new version of the Android OS used in their devices. Devices with old OS are causing issues for third party Android application developers as they have to customize their apps to run on all the versions which are currently being used by users.

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  1. It seems like long term this is an enormous problem for google/android. What is the percentage of Apple devices running the latest software?
    Android is too “open”

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