“Just three weeks after Apple launched the new iPhone 5c and 5s, total iPhone Web traffic share attributed to iPhone 5 or newer models is up more than four percentage points to 40.6 percent, highlighting a rapid transition to modern hardware that’s the exact opposite of the fragmentation occurring on Android,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.
“Data from Web ad network Chitika tracking the source of mobile web requests in North America indicates what the company called a ‘remarkable achievement’ and represents a ‘significant impact on the iPhone ecosystem,’ with ‘obvious implications for mobile application and Web developers in terms of compatibility and functionality issues, but also for the technology industry as a whole,'” Dilger reports. “In stark contrast, Android’s growth, primarily through its leading licensee Samsung, was won through shipments of large volumes of low end, budget-priced devices equipped with old versions of Google’s OS. Sales of higher end, iPhone-class smartphones, such as the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, have fallen significantly below expectations.”
Dilger reports, “That’s perpetuating fragmentation on the Android platform, most obviously in software. Developers have little incentive to take advantage of new features and must write for the lowest common denominator to reach a wide installed base of users, as even relatively new phones often ship with an old OS and rarely get software upgrades… Most apps are aimed at running on Android 2.x devices, from the paleolithic era of Apple’s iOS 3.0.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: This is hardly surprising. Everybody knows the Hee Haw demographic ain’t too quick on the uptake.