Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Keeps Slapping Alphabet Inc (GOOG) OS Metrics

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Apple Inc. doesn’t pass up a chance to gloat about the superiority of its iOS platform over Alphabet Inc , Google Android OS. A new report suggests that Apple’s iOS has new points over Google’s Android as users find it easier to embrace newer versions of iOS than Android users upgrade to newer versions of the OS. It was reported that more than sixty-six percent of devices compatible with iOS 9 have installed the latest version of the software.

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In August, analysts at Oppenheimer have hinted that Apple has the power to kill off Google’s Android within its reach. The analysts made this assertion to quell growing fears about how the slowdown in the Chinese economy could affect Apple’s business.

They opined that Apple has a strong rate of adoption in the newer versions of the iOS that this dynamic would help the firm gain in market share in “high-growth, low-penetration emerging markets,” at the expense of Google’s declining share in the premium market.

Apple boasts strong adoption rates

A glance at Apple’s App(Dev support) Store  this morning shows that 66% of Apple devices out there are running iOS9. 25% of its mobile devices (iPad and iPhones) are running the previous gen iOS 8 and only 9% of Apple devices are running older versions of iOS. Independent analysis from Mixpanel shows that the adoption rates of new iOS versions is actually higher. Mixpanel opines that iOS 9 runs on 72.59 of Apple mobile devices, iOS 8 runs on 21.58% of Apple devices, and only 5.84% devices run older iOS.

In contrast, you’ll find a very wide distribution in the number of devices running different versions of Google’s Android. To start with, the latest Android Lollipop (5.0 and 5.1) runs on 23.5% of compatible Android devices. The previous Android KitKat (4.4) still has a bigger market share as it runs on 38.9% of compatible devices. Android Jelly Bean from three gens ago (4.1, 4.2, and 4.3) runs on 30.2% of compatible devices.

One of the reasons Apple have been able to attract users to newer versions of its iOS is its ability to rollouts seamless updates, bug fixes, and deal with issues as they arise. Google on the other hand fights a single battle on many fronts of its Android OS; hence, the firm is unable to offer timely updates as it navigates the complex world between OEMs, users, and carriers.

Apple dominates across the board

Google’s Android controls the smartphone space worldwide, at least based on Q2 2015 data. Android has an 82.8% market share globally while Apple’s iOS has a 22.3% global market share. Yet Apple has a strong lead over Android in the business side of the smartphone market.

Apple currently takes 92% of profits in the smartphone market and the firm has maintained that it has no interest in selling to 90% of the world. In contrast, the sales of Android flagship phones are dropping and it doesn’t appear as it Apple’s iOS is ready to yield ground to Android in the smartphone wars.

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