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This is the one reason Android users are actually jealous of iOS users

Published Dec 31st, 2013 10:00AM EST
iOS Android Software Upgrade Comparison

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Android users are a proud group and are typically not fond of admitting that they’re envious of iPhone users. However, there’s one area where even the most diehard Android fan has to admit that iPhone users have it better: Software upgrades. AppleInsider notes that 78% of iOS users have now upgraded to iOS 7, an impressive feat for an update that was released less than four months ago.

In contrast, the latest numbers released by Google show that only 55% of all Android users are using devices that run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher, even though Google first released Jelly Bean all the way back in the summer of 2012. What’s more, Google says that just over 1% of Android users have adopted Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of the platform that started rolling out to users in November. iOS 7, in contrast, reportedly hit a 60% adoption rate just one week after it was released.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.