Tim Cook calls Android “a pretty bleak story”

On stage yesterday the Apple CEO stood to talk to developers about why they should choose iOS over anything.

Mentioning competitors directly, he showed the OS version fragmentation on Android and compared it to iOS. Some 93% of iOS users have iOS 6, whilst on Android there’s a mish-mash of Gingerbread (37%), Ice Cream Sandwich (26%) and Jelly Bean (33%). He also demonstrated (via an Experian study) that iPhone users use their phones more and are happier with them than any other OS. His chart only includes..

…versions of Android that talk to the Google Play store, so it doesn’t include things like Kindles and Nooks. But even then, it’s a pretty bleak story.

Tim Cook calls Android a pretty bleak story

Lastly, Cook got down and dirty to talk about what we all love… money. Apple have paid $10 billion to developers so far but, just to show how things are ramping up, $5 billion of that was paid in this last year alone.

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  • Aidanapword

    “Apple have paid $10 billion to developers” … another slant might be “Apple have forwarded $10 billion to developers” since the funds were for app dev not for the platform (iOS and the phone).
    He makes a point but the leaves that Apple-flavoured bad taste in my mouth by spinning stuff/speaking truths in deliberately misleading language.

  • pat

    why do android apps need access to my contacts for playing a game ?????

    only reason 2 of my mates have the s4 (which i do like) is to download cracked apps….

    just saying..

  • Anonymous

    Tim Cook always seems to put quite a spin on things, especially when it comes to the financials. For such a ‘bleak story’, Android doesn’t do bad at all. Most apps are compatible with most versions of Android, so in that way it doesn’t matter a great deal. I do wish it was a little more ‘together’ though. This is one of the reasons I still quite like iOS – you know things are going to work as intended.

    The Android situation reminds me a bit of the early days of Windows NT4, when most of your applications weren’t native 32-bit, and some people were using Windows 95, then 98, then ME. There weren’t exactly a lot of issues with newer applications, but there sure was a lot of confusion.

    I think the main strength of iOS is also its weakness. The Apple restrictions mean you always have good security, but at the same time you have a much less flexible device.