iOS 8 hits 85 percent adoption as Google goes dark on Lollipop figures

22 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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APPLE HAS REVEALED that 85 percent of iPhone and iPad users are running iOS 8, while Google is keeping mysteriously quiet on Lollipop adoption figures. Apple upset a significant portion of its user base (case in point: the excellent email below) when it disabled Home Sharing for iOS devices in iOS 8.4. Apple, as it does monthly, has updated its iOS developer portal to show that more and more people are updating to the newest version of its mobile software. App makers typically focus on optimizing their software for the latest commercial release of Apple’s operating system — currently iOS 8.4 — and then make the necessary updates and changes as a new major iOS update approaches every fall.

This is a feature that has, unsurprisingly, never been welcomed by developers, who are unable to submit patches for problems discovered in iOS 9, for example, which means that faults will remain unfixed until the operating system’s full release. iOS 9 is also the first version of Apple’s mobile operating system to have been made available for public beta testing, meaning that hundreds of thousands of people have been able to complain about these pre-release glitches. The figures don’t yet reveal how many iDevice users have signed up to Apple’s Beta Programme to give iOS 9 a spin ahead of its likely release in September.

But as Apple Insider notes, Apple has inexplicably allowed iOS beta users to publish reviews in years past, when the pool of testers was mostly limited to app developers and hardcore enthusiasts. However, in a move that will have iOS developers dancing in the streets, Apple has seemingly yanked this feature, banning those running beta versions of the software from heading over to the App Store to complain.

The reinstatement isn’t really a surprise — Apple VP Eddy Cue had publicly promised to bring back the feature before; most likely, it was disabled while Apple hashed out an agreement with music labels. Thought leaders from the biggest brands and most disruptive companies will share winning growth strategies on the most pressing challenges marketing leaders face today.] The new Watch OS 2 beta continues to refine and bug-fix the OS that will bring native apps, Wi-Fi access, and other improvements to the Apple Watch. Now that we’ve had the chance to play with the iOS 9 public beta, here are some of our favorite features—both big and small—that have changed our lives for the better.

Like Apple, the firm typically updates its adoption figures monthly, but a quick visit to Google’s Android developer portal shows that the firm hasn’t done so since 1 June. Apple has had the good sense to shut down app reviews for anyone using prerelease builds and now displays a message saying “this feature isn’t available” and that users “can’t write reviews while using a prerelease version of iOS.” Of course, this also means those beta testers can’t post positive reviews for new apps they’ve downloaded that are working fine. New features to iOS9 in general are major improvements to Siri and search, tablet multitasking and a redesigned News app, among a variety of other features. The software allows those plucky enough to download it to take Apple’s new Maps app for a spin, along with the revamped multitasking menu, Notes app, Proactive Siri and Split View for iPad. µ The almost two month old figures also show that Android 4.4 Kitkat is still sitting pretty on 39.2 percent of Android devices, while Jelly Bean has a 37.4 percent share.

While watchOS 2 is still unavailable to the public, both iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan are available to the general populace of anxious users through Apple’s public beta program. El Capitan, which was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, will bring split-screen functionality and refined search to Apple laptops and desktop computers, among other things.

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