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We know that Android and iOS dominate the market right now, but just how much of the US smartphone market have they consumed in the last three months? Well, since May, Android has gone from 50.1% marketshare, to 52.6%, enjoying over half of the US smartphone market.
iOS has also done well, going from 31.9% in May to 34.3% in August. Apple's numbers are interesting, as this was all pre-iPhone 5, meaning that we should see somewhat of a jump for the iOS numbers in another couple of months.
Microsoft, Research in Motion (RIM) and Symbian are all bleeding out right now, losing customers everywhere. Microsoft dropped from 4.0% to 3.6% of the US smartphone share, RIM went from 11.4% to 8.3%, representing a huge drop in users, and Symbian, the little engine that could, dropped from 1.1% to just 0.7%.
Apple has always seen good adoption of its latest operating system, and iOS 6 is doesn't break away from this norm. Undoubtedly, the over-the-air nature of this latest update improved adoption rates and shortened the time it took for the adoption rate to hit 50 percent and other benchmark numbers.
iPhone users were most likely to upgrade to the latest operating system, with roughly 60 percent of owners having upgraded to the latest and greatest operating system as of Sunday. iPad users are also upgrade happy, though not quite as much as their iPhone-owning counterparts as only 45 percent had upgraded as of Sunday.
iPod touch users seem a bit more disinterested in upgrading, and this could be due, in part, to them having to be connected to Wi-Fi. It limits the locations that upgrades can take place, and I would venture to guess hampered upgrades. They reached 40 percent as of last Sunday, which still blows away Android's adoption rate.
Android may be popular, but the latest versions of Android are still lagging behind the most-adopted version of Android: version 2.3.3 Gingerbread. This is a huge problem, but it looks to be something that is slowly losing its steam.
As of October 1, devices running Android 4.0 or higher, meaning Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, represent a little over 25% of Android devices. Just 1.8% of these devices are running Jelly Bean, but that is quite new and only on a few devices right now, leaving ICS with nearly a quarter of users on the OS.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread really does dominate, with 55.8% of users on the OS. All previous versions of Android take up the remaining 16.8%.
XP has long held the most market share out of any operating system. That was the case until it was overtaken in August by Windows 7 and a small margin. However, that once tiny margin has continued to grow and Windows 7 is now nearly 3 percent higher than XP in terms of market share and it shows no signs of stopping.
For the month of September, Windows 7 saw 44 percent of all web traffic, as recorded by Net Applications. XP was a close second, taking 41.2 percent. XP was a great operating system when it came out and businesses, who are slow to change, flocked to the operating system. Now, 10 years later, those businesses have reached their refresh cycle and are starting to upgrade to Windows 7-based devices.
Microsoft is helping to push the transition along, making Internet Explorer 9 and 10 not supported on the older operating system. The long-term support will also cease in April 2014, so users will no longer receive patches and bug fixes. Microsoft is also pushing the end of Vista, but not as hard as it only has 6 percent of the market.
After sitting on a ROM manager, CyanogenMod are moving to an over-the-air (OTA) updating system. Android Police report that the CyanogenMod team wanted to go down the route of an update solution that didn't revolve around closed source software.
This will make the entire ecosystem of the OS completely open source, so the team decided to build one themselves. The new updater is a revised version of the older version, which we saw in CyanogenMod versions 5 and 6. CyanogenMod 9 and above, will have the system look for an update at pre-selected times, and download the ROM if it is new.
The new updater will come backed into an update that should be available pretty soon - after you flash to the new update, go into Settings, then About, where you'll be able to set your update preferences.
Getting the nod of approval by someone like Bill Gates should make yourself feel quite proud, with the co-founder of Microsoft saying that he is happy with Windows 8, and is already using it, according to his recent interview with the Associated Press.
The AP was interviewing Gates to talk about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's participation in a global mission to end polio, where he also talked about the upcoming OS from Microsoft.
Gates' comments were in favor of the touch-friendly OS, and he believes that Windows 8 will be a big thing when its out, because hardware partners are doing "great things" to take advantage of Windows 8's new features.
Minecraft creator disses Windows 8 again, after Microsoft asked Notch to help certify Minecraft for Windows 8
We know that Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson isn't too happy with Windows 8, but in the last few weeks the developer was asked by Microsoft if he wanted him certifying Minecraft for Windows 8.
He declined, telling the company to instead stop trying to ruin the PC as an open platform. That wasn't all, either - Notch also took to Twitter to say that he'd rather have Minecraft not work on Windows 8 at all, than to play along with Microsoft.
Notch hopes that he can swing the decisions of others too, swaying users from Windows 8. I personally will only be moving because I'm a tech junkie, and I want to test it out - but I have absolutely no plans to push my multiple systems to the new OS. I wouldn't mind buying a new Windows 8-based Ultrabook, but that's completely different.
Apple released iOS 6 last week, just ahead of their iPhone 5 and since then we have seen an absolutely mind-blowing 100 million iOS device owners update to iOS 6. According to mobile customer research firm On Device, iPhone satisfaction with users on iOS 6 is lower than it is with users on iOS 5.
A survey of 16,000 US iPhone owners was conducted by the firm, where they've said that customer satisfaction average dropped from 7.75 (iOS 5) to 7.65 (iOS 6). On Device CEO, Alistair Hill, says that the company has "always seen an increase in device satisfaction as consumer upgrade their mobile operating system from one version to another", and that it is unusual that iPhone satisfaction decreased with iOS 6.
The drop is tiny, so it's nothing to write home about - but it is something to consider. The iPhone, and its reception, has usually increased, as On Device have found - but with iOS 6 it has dropped. Could it be that people expected more? The whole Google Maps app debacle? Something else entirely?
Here is a full list of official changes and additions by Apple as presented in the update process in iTunes.
iOS 6 Software Update
This update contains over 200 new features, including the following:
◦ Apple designed vector based maps
◦ Turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (2nd and 3rd generation)
◦ Real-time traffic information
◦ Flyover for photo-realistic, interactive 3D views of major metro areas on iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd generation), and iPod touch (5th generation)
◦ Local search results with Yelp photos, ratings, reviews, and available deals
◦ Siri integration for requesting directions and finding places along a route
◦ Sports: scores, player stats, game schedules, team rosters, and league standings for baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey
◦ Movies: trailers, showtimes, reviews and facts
◦ Restaurants: reservations, reviews, photos and information
◦ Send a Tweet
◦ Post on Facebook
◦ App launch
◦ Eyes Free in supported automobiles
◦ Local search available in Siri supported countries (availability may be limited during initial rollout)
Apple has just let iOS 6 out to the world and I'm sure it's servers are getting a thrashing right about now. Keep in mind the rollout will occur at slightly different times. If it's not ready for you now, keep trying.
Below is a list of some of the new features found inside Apple's latest mobile OS which has been designed mainly for the new iPhone 5 smartphone.
iOS 6 can be installed over-the-air via a Wi-Fi connection, but you may be required to be connected to AC power. Otherwise, make sure you have iTunes 10.7 and you can update the old fashioned way.
We'll have a review of iOS 6 as soon as we get our hands on our pre-ordered iPhone 5, but until then, get downloading and tell us what you think by commenting below.