While I personally don’t think of myself as an aficionado of either Apple or Android in particular, it’s no secret that the Android OS is winning. It is no longer an idea that Apple fans can quash that easily: the numbers are in, and Android is currently the leading (by a large margin) in the OS systems competition for mobiles, smartphones, and tablets all around the world, making great leaps over the last two quarters.
Wait—the leading OS isn’t Apple anymore?
At first it seemed the race was neck and neck. According to various online polls, Apple’s iOS was holding onto its lead. However, as polls during the last quarter and the one before continued to roll in, it became apparent that Android is taking the lead. Even communications giant RingCentral got in on the action by canvassing their business-oriented user base with regards to which OS is actually the best for them; in their polls, Android won by a modest margin. A recent report on TechCrunch proved that Android was horse in the lead by a large margin.
The new question: Gingerbread versus Jellybean
When Android took the lead, the most prominent version of its OS is the Gingerbread. Before you leap in and say that it should be Ice Cream Sandwich—the version of Android that is currently circulating—remember that Ice Cream Sandwich is, by comparison, newer and not as widespread yet. Gingerbread may have been released in 2010, but it is currently the Android OS incarnation that majority of users have; and it apparently works well for people anyway. Ice Cream Sandwich, by comparison, is only owned by 20% of the market at the moment.
Not everyone likes to upgrade their OS, especially when things are working just fine for them. Many Android users may feel that there is no reason to upgrade from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich. They are even less interested in upgrading to Jelly Bean, which was released just this June.
Another problem with Jelly Bean is the fact that it is so new that only the most recent models of gadgetry are equipped with it by default, and many of these devices haven’t even been released yet. Jelly Bean will be default-equipped to the new Nexus handsets, and Motorola Xoom.
In an attempt to get Jellybean going against the older versions of Android, the newest OS will feature in Google’s current frontrunner device, Nexus 7. Nexus 7 seems to be THE device that Google is banking on. The Android-powered tablet is currently making waves in the tablet field for being a budget tablet that can perform with the best in the market. The fact that it is running on Jelly Bean should encourage a boost in Jelly Bean upgrades and usage.
Leslie Young spends most of her time exploring gadgets and almost everything about tech. She’s dreaming of going around the world on her very own plane.