I like iOS a lot and I don’t regret making the switch from Android last year. That said, I do miss a lot of things about Android, particularly apps that let you do things like record your screen, read your notifications to you or give you special launchers that can completely change your experience with your phone. However, the latest Android distribution numbers released this month gave me a fresh reminder of why I’m sticking with iOS for now: Namely, I really like having new software as soon as it’s available.
Just look at this:
Marshmallow first started rolling out to devices in early October. In the nearly four months since its release, it is now on a whopping 1.2% of Android phones.
I know this is something that I harp on a lot, but there simply has to be a better way than this. Android 5.0 Lollipop released in the fall of 2014 and it still isn’t even on a plurality of Android devices, as it’s still a percentage point behind 2013’s Android 4.4 KitKat.
This sort of lag in updating devices is also a bummer for a lot of users — after all, why should they get excited about new features for their phones that get unveiled at Google I/O every year when there’s a good chance they won’t see them for at least another year?
At any rate, the reason I can’t envision myself switching back to Android is I don’t think Google will ever solve this problem. It is definitely a feature and not a bug.