Then there’s Google’s Android OS which the search engine giant was forced to give away to cellphone makers for free because, yes, iOS was that good. But barely a decade later, Apple just cannot keep up with Android. Except in the name, of course.
iOS 12 is what about 90-percent of all iPhone and iPad users run these days. That’s the latest version. The latest version of Android is Pie which has penetrated a whole 10-percent of Android smartphone customers. The previous version, Oreo sits at about 25-percent. The one before that is Nougat at nearly 20-percent. I could go on but you get the idea.
A new version of Android OS is no big deal for smartphone customers for about three years, whereas Apple makes older iPhone and iPad models even better than when they were new with frequent iOS updates.
What’s the latest Android? Android Q. I thought it would be Android Quiche but I was wrong. It’s Android 10. iOS 13 vs. Android 10. According to anti-Apple screed writers, Android is ahead, but I did the math. 13 is higher than 10.
Oh, we’re talking about market share. Well, there’s that, yes. Android smartphones have an installed base that exceeds 2.5-billion while Apple’s iPhone is only 1-billion. Wait. That math can’t be right, either, because those anti-Apple members of the technorati elite politburo put iPhone’s market share at barely 10-percent, not 30-percent as the math suggests.
Where does Apple not keep up with Android? Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has a list:
High Megapixel Cameras – Some Android smartphones have up to 48-megapixels. iPhone has only 12. Sad.
Battery Battery Life – Motorola’s G7 Power lasts more than a day. Just like my iPhone XS Max. Not sure of the problem there. All smartphones could use better battery life, huh, Samsung?
Always-On Display – I thought battery life was an issue? But always on seems dumb when it’s in your pocket.
In-Display Fingerprint Scanner – Sounds cool. Where can you buy a smartphone that has that?
Fast Charger Included – Somehow Apple is cheap to include a slow charger, but if you charge it every night or use a wireless charging pard, what’s the problem?
Switch To USB-C – Remember, Apple’s Lightning inspired USB-C, and Apple influenced the combo of USB-C to Thunderbolt (found on every new Mac), but somehow the great unwashed masses of iPhone users need it now because Android smartphones have it. Well, at least three of them do.
Fair enough. Interesting list. But it sounds contrived coming from an anti-Apple screed writer. The vast, vast majority of Android smartphone owners have none of those items, either. Why not complain to those cellphone makers, too?