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The iPhone 3GS turns three this summer.
You’ll be able to update it to Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 6, this fall.
That means once the New iPhone or iPhone 5 or whatever you want to call it launches later this year, there will be four generations of iPhones running the most up-to-date software.
Now, let’s compare that to Android.
According to Google’s own numbers, a measly 7% of Android devices are running version 4.0, AKA “Ice Cream Sandwich.” Keep in mind Google released Ice Cream Sandwich almost seven months ago.
And still, after seven months, a vast majority of Android devices don’t run that software. And still, many of those devices never will, even some that were released less than a year ago. And still, there’s been absolutely zero followup on Google’s pledge last year to work with carriers and manufacturers to make sure Android devices stay up to date for at least 18 months.
(By the way, I’ll be at Google’s developers conference at the end of the month. You can bet the first question I’ll be asking Google is what hap pend to its promise to keep Android phones updated.)
Ice Cream Sandwich is packed with a ton of amazing features. In some ways, I think it’s better than iOS. But if your Android phone was purchased in 2011 or earlier, you’ll still have to wait for the upgrade, assuming you get it at all.
On the other hand, the upgrade process to new versions of iOS has become nearly frictionless. If you own an iPhone, you get the update the day it’s available. You don’t have to wait months for software updates like Android owners do. That’s why more than 80% of iOS users are running iOS 5, the latest version, right now.
And that’s just one of the many reasons iOS is consistently the best choice for most people.
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