iOS 6 fragmentation more evident in iPhone, iPad and iPod touch universe, but is it really an issue?

September 22, 2012
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One of the valid arguments behind adopting an iOS device is the fact that Apple’s devices are always receiving updates on time and that carriers have no say in when these updates are rolled out – that also means they have no bloatware included in any iPhone version.

But the more iOS devices come out and the higher the iOS version, the more fragmentation elements appear in this mobile ecosystem.

Fragmentation, or ‘differentiation’ – the in-denial term Eric Schmidt used at CES 2012 to describe this phenomenon – is mostly an annoyance for Android fans and developers, and no matter what spin you put on it, at the end of the day you’ll find plenty of evidence that proves that annoyance. Just look for one of the latest Android updates for one of the recently launched devices and see what users are saying about it, especially if it’s being delayed without answer, or at the apps that take their time to become compatible with certain Android devices.

Today we’re going to look at Apple’s iOS 6 state of fragmentation, what’s causing it, and whether it’s comparable to the same phenomenon in the Android unverse.

Hardware fragmentation

Just like with any other operating system, whether mobile or not, it comes a time when older devices will no longer be able to run the features of the latest OS version. The same thing is valid for Android and iOS.

Looking at iOS 6, even if the OS still has the same overall look and feel, older devices will not support some of these features. According to Apple, iOS 6 will not be compatible with a variety of devices, including the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPod touch, iPod touch 2G, iPod touch 3G and the iPad. We’re especially surprised to see the iPad not get updated to iOS 6, despite being a newer device than the iPhone 3GS, which can be run iOS 6.

Marketing fragmentation

While devices from 2009 to 2012, including the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch 4G, iPod touch 5G, iPad 2 and iPad 3 will run iOS 6, the fact remains that not all iOS 6 features will be available on all these iOS devices.

Why is Apple doing this? Well, first of all the company may be interested to offer certain features only on certain devices, using them in its pitches and TV ads to convince buyers to buy that particular device in order to take advantage of said update. Take the 2011 iPhone 4S and its exclusive Siri feature that wasn’t officially available on any other iOS device that supported iOS 5.

iOS 6 – Siri

Secondly – and here the hardware fragmentation also plays a part – Apple maybe wants to avoid bad press and publicity that would result from allowing certain features to run on older devices. Its engineers have probably tested extensively some of these features on compatible devices to conclude they shouldn’t be supported on older gadgets.

So what are the iOS 6 features that you won’t be able to use on some older devices?

  • Siri – only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 3 and iPod touch 5G
  • Turn by turn navigation (Apple Maps feature) – only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2 and iPad 3 (only versions that have cellular connectivity)
  • Flyover (Apple Maps feature) – only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3 (only versions that have cellular connectivity), iPod touch 5G
  • FaceTime over cellular – only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 3 (only versions that have cellular connectivity)
  • Offline reading list – only on iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3
  • Panorama (Camera feature) – only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G
  • Made for iPhone hearing aids phone feature – only on iPhone 4S and iPhone 5
  • Passbook – only on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch 4G, iPod touch 5G
  • AirPlay Mirroring – only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPod touch 5G

From the looks of it, in order to get all the iOS 6 features (I have not included phone features in the list above except for the “made for iPhone hearing aids” thing, since they are available only on the iPhone), you’ll have to buy an iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 3 or iPod touch 5G.

Comparatively, when Jelly Bean becomes available on supported devices, we expect that all Jelly Bean features to be accessible on those devices, no matter what custom UI lies on top of the OS. Sadly though, not as many Android devices will be Jelly Bean-upgradeable – looking at numbers, we’ll probably conclude that a lot less Android devices will run Google’s latest mobile OS version compared to iOS devices that run the latest Android version.

iPhone 5 fragmentation

When it comes to apps though, all iOS 6 apps will be compatible with all iOS 6 supported devices, so there’s no reason to worry there. But does the iPhone 5 cause any app fragmentation? While Android fans would like to hear that it would, the real answer is that it won’t really happen.

All current iOS apps that have graphics optimized for 3.5-inch displays (no matter what resolution, because not all 3.5-inch iOS devices come with the same resolutions) will work on the iPhone 5. Yes, those apps will get a black frame at the top and bottom of the device, but they’ll still work – in case you have seen a black bar on an Android device that you desperately tried to get rid off then you’ll know what it means.

Considering the popularity of the App Store, and the revenue it drives to so many developers, chances are that the most used and downloaded apps, but not only, will soon support the new iPhone’s higher resolution, and eliminate those black bars.

iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3

Moreover, if its iPhone 5 fragmentation sounds familiar that’s because a couple of years ago the media was exploring the effects of the iPhone 4 would have on the app ecosystem, a device that came with a much higher resolution than its predecessor. It turned out that the introduction of that Retina display resolution was not exactly a major problem for developers.

Region-specific fragmentation

In addition to everything mentioned above, we’ll also point out the fact that some iOS 6 features won’t be available to users depending on where they live. The lists includes Apple Maps functionality, Siri support and Dictation (as long as you’re not happy using them in English) but also App Store and iTunes content (especially the later in certain markets.)

Comparatively, Android users will have access to Google Maps in any region of the world, but when it comes to Google Play content, especially movies and music, Google is yet to bring to various markets.

Jailbreak and user fragmentation

This last iOS fragmentation “tool” isn’t Apple’s doing, as the company does not condone jailbreaking/unlocking its iOS devices, even though such procedures are legal.

Jailbreaking lets users customize iOS to a greater extent than what Apple’s default OS permits. The procedure is also needed for unofficial carrier unlocks and for side-loading apps from a different source than the App Store, which is the only place where iOS users can get their apps from – and yes, that includes pirating paid apps from the App Store.

Because there are millions of iOS users that jailbreak their devices for various reasons, not all the eligible iOS devices will be upgraded to iOS 6 just yet, at least not until hackers give the go ahead. That means jailbreaking is another fragmentation factor, as a percentage of existing iOS devices will still run older iOS versions.

From a different point of view, sometimes jailbreaking allows developers to port some of the iOS features that are available by default on only certain iOS devices to unsupported devices.

Comparatively, Android users can always flash custom ROMs to their devices to take advantage of the latest Android OS released by Google which is used by developers to create such ports for Android handsets and tablets that would otherwise have to wait months to get updated.

One last thing that needs to be said is that not all smart device users are aware updates are coming, especially the less-savvy, less-interested ones. To those, the fragmentation problem does not exist no matter what mobile OS they choose, because chances are they may not be interested in timely updates in the first place.

Conclusion

iOS 6 further expands iOS fragmentation, although it’s worth noting that Apple is trying to minimize the impact of this process, and iOS fragmentation will not be felt as acutely by iOS device owners as Android handset and tablet buyers feel the effects of this phenomenon in the Android ecosystem.

Microsoft is taking a similar approach with its Windows Phone 8 OS, which won’t be available on current Windows Phone 7 handsets as WP8. Instead the Redmond-based company will offer users a WP7.8 version that will include some of the WP8 features, but not all of them.

Getting back to iOS 6 fragmentation, we’ll tell you again that it’s more pronounced than the fragmentation caused by previous software updates. At the same time we’ll tell you that the devices that aren’t supported by iOS 6 (iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPod touch, iPod touch 2G, iPod touch 3G, iPad) represent only a few millions from the over 400 million iOS devices out there – of those that are incompatible with iOS 6 most of them are probably original iPads.

But if you’re a hardcore Android fan that wants to finally use the fragmentation argument against iOS users, you’ll have to know you don’t have a very strong weapon in your hands, as Apple’s controlling its iOS fragmentation a lot better than Google, so use it wisely.

We’ll stop here before we get into the closed vs open model business for the two environments, which are the main factors that affect fragmentation.

It’s worth mentioning that while iOS 6 is used by millions of iOS users already, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean are taking their time to deploy, even on certain Nexus devices which should get updates as soon as Google releases them. Will Android fragmentation ever be fixed? While one can hope that ‘Yes’ is the answer, considering Google’s steps in that direction (see our PDK coverage here), the fact remains the Search giant can’t control the agendas of OEMs and carriers that are more interested in selling as many devices and cellular services, respectively, than updating past devices in a timely manner.

Has anyone given up on Android due to its fragmentation problem? And while we’re asking, are you moving to Android because of iOS 6 fragmentation? Hit us up in the comments section below!

Comments

  • http://rogerbinns.com/ Roger

    My Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″ has ICS but Samsung removed the face unlock feature despite the needed camera being present.

    It is obvious what Apple is doing – making sure higher end software features are only available on higher end (and more profitable) hardware. It is far easier to do market segmentation via software than by making numerous different variations of the same hardware. (Not that that hasn’t prevented some Android vendors from trying.)

    There have been a few attempts at Android software segmentation mostly via some launcher tweaking, but no consumer really cares about that. The irony is that the Android software segmentation has been via timely updates. If you buy the most profitable hardware you are most likely to get new Android versions.

  • http://twitter.com/btcutter Michael

    This article indirectly point out one important thing: Apple makes quality products that actually last.
    We still see 3-4 yr old iPhone 3G and 3GS working well.
    We don’t see Android phones lasting that long.

    • hettar

      My 3 year old galaxy s works perfectly. My daughter uses it now and thinks it is great. We might need to pop a new battery in it sometime but that is pretty cheap.

    • http://www.facebook.com/johndove John Dove

      My wife’s Droid Incredible still works well, as did my Droid X when I sold it. The only reason they aren’t in use anymore is because we “upgraded” to the DX2 last year.

      The step up from one generation of Android phone to the next is substantial, the iPhone, not so much.

      • phantom445

        I had a 3GS, then got a 4s last November which was stolen (sigh!). The last 2 iPhone upgrades (4 to 4s & 4s to 5) have been ok, but no significantly increased functionality, just decent enhancements. The iOS devices are engineered better than Android, but I upgrade every 2 years anyway, so that is not as big a deal. Given the ho-hum iPhone upgrades I preferred the Samsung S3 (Android) also for the bigger screen as I use my phone for email, browsing and other functions a lot. however, Android fragmentation has kept me away from Android. If they had cleaned up this problem, I probably would have had an S3. Instead I’ll be getting a Windows 8 phone (likely Samsung) in October … benefits of the Samsung hardware (large screen) and single source update like Apple. To me I get the best of both worlds.

        • Tito73

          What? Samsung s3 is followed very well and get jb soon! Android fragmentation is one thing but s3 is another! You made a bad decision not buying s3, for the needs you said s3 is just perfect!

    • smartroad

      have a htc Desire which is running ICS. Not bad for a 2.5 year phone.

      • Louis B

        and only because you rooted it.

    • GBGamer

      My brother uses my dad’s old G2x, despite it being a buggy phone for most people. It works well for him, and he likes it. It’s … 2 years old? Though, definitely never buying an LG again. TERRIBLE OEM SUPPORT!

    • obionekenobi

      my nexus one could beat even iphone5.. i can view the whole web experience complete with flash and still runs flawless

      • iDevice4Me1

        man you need to stop lying through your fingers that is a complete lie flash runs like complete garbage on cell phones.

        • obionekenobi

          lie with your mouth… obviously you never used a nexus device.. enjoy your crappy incapable os in your i tune controlled world

        • http://www.facebook.com/IgonOvabord Andus Mcabu

          actually it works just fine so don’t lie through your butt like that

    • shaynej95

      I’m no techno geek, but I must comment on your statement…The Apple apps are made specifically for Apple products, whereas, you have several phone makers that run Android apps, etc. so there is going to always be this issue… If there was only one phone maker that ran Android, upgrades, et al would be no problem.

    • http://www.facebook.com/IgonOvabord Andus Mcabu

      I had nothing to do with iphones again after trying android, had a few different ones over time and passed the old ones on to family which are still working great even after a number of years or so. your augment is invalid

  • PeterCaoBridge

    Eric Schmidt had lost his credibility when he got invovled into fascism crimes which had endangered human lives
    ——————————————————
    There is actually a war between fascism and anti-fascism, at this stage, fascism still prevails in our lives, Eric Schmidt, Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler are just front figures we could see in this fascism circle, there is a whole pack of fascists behind them
    Eric, as we can see, starting from Gabriele Scheler’s atrocity case on Stanford campus back in 2004, many people, including Gabriele Scheler, Sebastian Thrun, you Eric Schmidt, and also your collegue in China Kaifu Lee, had made contributions to such fascism crimes which had cost human life of Stanford student May Zhou and crimes which had retaliated on victims and almost cost life of the victim as I am
    … … and someone who had provided legal coverage for your fascism crimes, including a powerful officer from Santa Clara DA Office, namely ZZZ (and after ZZZ, another officer YYY), and the officer VVV who’s in charge of Gabriele Scheler’s case and who had further collateralled with your side(suspect Eric Schmidt, Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s side) to conspire and curse victims( Stanford, May Zhou, me) in every possible way since 2006 till today; and maybe include the officer RRR who insist on May Zhou’s death as a suicide or accident, even though I had clearly pointed out who’s involved in May Zhou’s murder case …
    … … and someone who could provide political support for your fascism crimes, including top politician from the country of Germany whom we all know — Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, and maybe include a retired top politician from UK as well, etc. and more and more to find out later …
    ———————————————————————————–
    I believe, though some names missed out, all names mentioned in the above comment are part of this fascism circle

    • PeterCaoBridge

      What I stated is based upon undeniable facts but not on pure thoughts. Obviously, certain malicious officers (e.g. ZZZ, YYY, VVV, RRR) do exist and I believe they had abused their judicial power to further victimize victims in reward to those fascism criminals. Something fishy is going behind. I also believe that, by law, I have the right to request to see the testimony and evidence they used against me along with their real identity, to clarify the case with confronation, and that’s what I am reqeusting.How much credibility would an officer have, if he/she underhandedly made up cases to curse you while hiding their evidence/testimony and their real
      identities from your eyes?Also, I’d tell whichever officer, especially officer VVV who’s in charge of
      Gabriele Scheler’s case, who put me on the “wanted list” that I want you, too.
      Bring them on directly to me. Let’s clarify the whole case with confrontation

      • Tito73

        What the hell is this? Check Google for the right site, consultez maybe an Israël’s one! They could help you,…

  • PeterCaoBridge

    oogle’s Eric Schmidt had lost his title of CEO and Sebastian Thrun had partially left Stanford in 2011 because of their involvment into a series of fascism crimes which related to the killing of an innocent Stanford student May Zhou as well as an unsuccessful plot on my life.
    Powers from this fascism circle had since then tried to reinstall Eric Schmidt’s control power over Google, and they had set up several coups in the past but without success.
    My observation is that they are plotting another round of coup recently: if they could not reinstall Eric Schmidt’s control power in Google, the best bet for this fascism circle to get tighter control of Google is to alienate the two Google founders, and install the one who would choose to take this fascism circle’s side while eliminating control power of the other one over Google. And by getting tighter control of Google, this fascism circle would get a power resource to further cover up their involvment into fascism crimes in the past, which is highlighted by the killing of this innocent Stanford student May Zhou and an unsuccessful plotted murder on me as well, and apply retaliations on victims easier.
    So did those from this fascism circle find that Sergey Brin would be the one, between the two founders, who tends to take side with this fascism circle and who tends to compromise with with powers on Angela Merkel, Sebastian Thrun, Eric Schmidt and Gabriele Scheler’s side? Would Sergey Brin fall in the trap of this fascism circle, like Eric Schmidt did to himself? Or would anyone count on powers on side of Angela Merke, or even lend hand to Angela Merkel’s side, to plot a coup to Google recently, like what they did to Stanford in 2010, though the 2010 Stanford coup was cracked down by California Judicial Authorities in time. Is such a plot from this fascism circle over Google close to make it at this moment? That’s interesting to learn.
    My advise to powers in this fascism circle: stop playing tricks or you will always loose; face the facts, clarify the case, and assume legal and moral responsibilities

  • PeterCaoBridge

    Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, top of the list here had provided political support for a series of fascism crimes which related to a cold-blooded killing of an innocent Stanford student May Zhou (a girl of U.S. citizen, Taiwan origin, MIT alumnus and Stanford Ph.D. candicate) as well as an unsuccssful plotted murder on me, all started from an on campus atrocity case in Stanford University [Stanford Police Case Number: IR #04-111-0335;Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler], in which an extremely irrational Germany lady named Gabriele Scheler had bitterly assaulted me. Chancellor Merkel might as well back up a coup in Stanford after she visited Stanford in 2010, though it was cracked down by California Judicial Authorities in time. It is an interesting question of how much Chancellor Angela Merkel had invovled into such series of facsism crimes on land of America. I bet with the intervention of Germany power into these cases, such series of fascism crimes would never be clarified and such fascism crimes on land of America would never be concurred by U.S. Authorities. A very serious offending to the dignity and sovereignty of people of the United States as well as to the whole world of humanity

  • Brian

    This is gloriously missing the point of what fragmentation means. It has nothing to do with OS features. It _does_ have to do with hardware and low-level OS support that developers can write apps to take advantage of. There’s minor differences in iOS 5 and 6 for a developer, but not a significant amount, and Siri et al don’t belong anywhere close to this list. Certainly it’s nothing like the various screen sizes and multitude of devices that Android runs on which creates a porting nightmare for any would-be Android developer.

    Take a look at Gamasutra’s “Dealing with Android’s fragmented market” article for more detail on this. But this article is at best misleading, and at worst just flat-out wrong.

    • Chris Dysart

      want to meet my OG droid?

  • Brian

    This is gloriously missing the point of what fragmentation means. It
    has nothing to do with OS features. It _does_ have to do with hardware
    and low-level OS support that developers can write apps to take
    advantage of. There’s minor differences in iOS 5 and 6 for a developer,
    but not a significant amount, and Siri et al don’t belong anywhere
    close to this list. Certainly it’s nothing like the various screen
    sizes and multitude of devices that Android runs on which creates a
    porting nightmare for any would-be Android developer.

    Take a look at Gamasutra’s “Dealing with Android’s fragmented market”
    article for more detail on this. But, this article is, at best,
    misleading, and, at worst, just flat-out wrong.

    • iDevice4Me1

      Yeah this article is crazy. This guy blatantly lied, when upgrading an Android phone you do not get all the features of the new upgrade on older devices

  • PeterCaoBridge

    *******************
    Also, other than Angela Merkel of Germany Chancellor, it seems there exist a
    power center of anti-authority in Stanford Computer Science department in this
    fascism circle to support unruly criminal behaviors of Sebastian Thrun’s side
    Someone (e.g. Sebastian Thrun, Ed Feigenbaum, big donor CCC and more, etc.) from inside of this department had made Stanford Computer Science department play a big role in such series of fascism crimes which is highlighted by the killing of an innocent Stanford student May Zhou as well as an unsuccessful plotted murder on me.
    But would anyone from Stanford Computer Science department be willing to live
    under its shadow of such fascism crimes? or would anyone from this department
    give moral or spiritual support to such fascists who’s misbehavior had caused
    cold-blooded killing of an innocent student from their own school of Stanford?
    Can anyone take place of these fascists to clarify their legal responsibilities
    and face legal consequences of their fascism crimes? Can anyone in this
    department answer the question: what’s the motivation behind May Zhou’s
    death?
    For sake of their own fame, Stanford Computer Science department has the
    responsibility to go after those fascists to make them pay for their crimes

    • PeterCaoBridge

      *******
      If such fascism circle would not be crashed by authorities, more and more figures would join in this fascism circle, such as Kaifu Lee, a quack and a treachery cleverer, who had served as a cat’s-paw for those fascists and tried to reap benefits out of such series of fascism crimes by messing up with those in this fascism circle;I personally would not allow such a despicable soul like Kaifu Lee, who had chosen to join this fascism circle and got support from those fascists by way of selling others, and who had habitually sacrificed others to gain his personal advancement, and who had betrayed the very employers of Microsoft and Google both of whom had put heavy trust on him and paid him well, and who had misled youth generation of Chinese with his treachery behaviors, to survive in Chinese society
      ***************************
      It is too humorous to get Kaifu Lee manipulate such a case happened in Stanford, which regards to the dignity and sovereignty of Stanford University, and which had further victimized victims; who the heaven is Kaifu Lee?

    • PeterCaoBridge

      ******
      Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, top of the list here had provided political support for a series of fascism crimes which related to a cold-blooded killing of an innocent Stanford student May Zhou (a girl of U.S. citizen, Taiwan origin, MIT alumnus and Stanford Ph.D. candicate) as well as an unsuccssful plotted murder on me, all started from an on campus atrocity case in Stanford University [Stanford Police Case Number: IR #04-111-0335;Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler], in which an extremely irrational Germany lady named Gabriele Scheler had bitterly assaulted me. Chancellor Merkel might as well back up a coup in Stanford after she visited Stanford in 2010, though it was cracked down by California Judicial Authorities in time. It is an interesting question of how much Chancellor Angela Merkel had invovled into such series of facsism crimes on land of America. I bet with the intervention of Germany power into these cases, such series of fascism crimes would never be clarified and such fascism crimes on land of America would never be concurred by U.S. Authorities. A very serious offending to the dignity and sovereignty of people of the United States as well as to the whole world of humanity

    • PeterCaoBridge

      ******
      Sebastian Thrun, a Germany Scholar who had got Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit when she visited Stanford in 2010, had partialy left Stanford Computer Science department because he is in debt to Stanford people with his involvment into Stanford student May Zhou’s death, he is not innocent in an unsuccessful plotted murder on me either and I have been cursed by powers from Sebastian Thrun’s side for many years. Sebastian Thrun dare not deny to the public his involvment into such fascism crimes till today and I am still waiting to see why he dare not
      I believe Chancellor Angela Merkel had monitored and invovled into Sebastian Thrun, Gabriele Scheler and Eric Schmidt’s fight against ruling from authorities of Stanford and authorities of U.S. over their unruly criminal behaviors on campus of Stanford, and which ensued a series of crimes, including killing the innocent, conspire life of the victim, terrorize/extort authorities, corruption, miscarriage of justice, discrimination against Asian, all on land of America, etc.

  • Jack Mabry Jr

    My Motorola Photon which came out about 5 months before may not even get ICS anymore. At first it was Q3 and then Q4 and now, no clear answer if it will ever be done. It’s the one point that fragmented OEM skins and carrier approval is a detriment to Android. I knew this coming in but it still pisses me off. I really would have loved Google Now on my Photon.

  • William

    That is my only big issue with Android. But I also wish there was a way to undo an update if you don’t like it. I updated my friend’s Razr Maxx, but for some reason, he doesn’t like ICS.

  • Roderick Beaton

    Got IOS 6 on my 3yr old 3gs and its an improvement over 5 with lots that will entice me to let go my beloved 3gs and upgrade to 5 when the time comes.

  • spunker88

    Everyone complains that Android devs have to support so many screen resolutions, but it makes apps scale much better. The same app will work on a 4:3 screen and a 16:9 screen without needing black bars. Windows mobile had this issue when going from VGA and QVGA diplays to WVGA, some apps didn’t work right. I’m glad at least Android has learned from this and works on nearly any screen.

  • Stan Kossen

    I’ve been an Apple fan boy for a long time, but about six or seven months ago I was curious so I bought a Samsung Galaxy Note smart phone.

    The way I compare the Samsung with Apple products, and I’ve given the Galaxy a good testing, is that the Samsung product is good, but the Apple product is excellent.
    I see so many little things that make a big difference between Android and the IOS systems, the kudos going to Apple. I plan to buy an iPhone 5 soon and use my Samsung as a sort of pod/tablet. It’s not as efficient as an Apple iPod, but it’s okay.

  • iDevice4Me1

    “Has anyone given up on Android due to its fragmentation problem? Yes! And while we’re asking, are you moving to Android because of iOS 6 fragmentation? What? No! The real question is when will android become so unclunky? When will oem’s stop producing crap android phones? When will Google/Android as a whole be on par with Apple/iOS?

  • windsage

    After being an Android user for my last two phones, I am leaving for iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 due to the fragmentation issue on Android, and the lack of polish on the apps that Android provides across their splintered ecosystem.

  • disappointed iphone user

    Bullshit!!! iPad 1 has same processor hardware as iPhone 4 – there is no hardware defragmentation reason to not support iOS 6 on iPad1. This is just a commercial reason to force iPad3 sales as iPad 1 owners get decoupled from new technology.
    Same with Siri on iPad2.

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  • kamal

    This is Apple sponsored website. Against android. Well done

  • Lyn Scott

    Apple control software and hardware, it’s easy for them to deploy their OS to a bunch of devices, we have to give some credit to Android for the thousands of devices that must support.. Even an old android phone can do everything that iPhone5 does today.

  • MaxKing

    Apple updated all devices younger than 3 years that have a phone/SMS attack vector. IOS 6 plugs all knows security holes for those gadgets that can be made to call toll numbers on the Grand Cayman’s or send expensive “Premium” SMS to a provider in Paraguay. For the other devices – if not jailbroken – a simple reboot will clear out most of the Javascript based exploits and there is no malicious code in the IOS universe that would survive a restore from backup.
    IOS 6 for older devices is about enhancing security, not features. And best of all – as an IOS dev, you have 50% of the target audience on IOS6 by the end of this month and 90%+ on either IOS5 or IOS6. Only 15% of all Android handsets are on 4.0 or 4.1, so you will use outdated API levels for at least another year or two.

  • Second

    Apple sucks, apple fanboys deserve to be shot.

    My ipod touch 4g can’t do anything without lag AND ITS ONLY ONE GENERATION BEHIND.

    Moved to the nexus 7, quad core gfx compared to dual core in the ipad mini. Ipad Mini owners, enjoy upgrading to the ipad mini 2 by Q2 2013 due to your shitty 2010 A5 cpu and 512MB of ram *lol.*

    Not going back, NOW IM FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Only costed me $200 for a quad core google nexus 7, 1gb ram and 32GB HD.