When it comes to popular computer operating systems in the world, one can generalize and say they are all the same. They run on hardware. They run applications. They have many users.
Fair enough, right?
After that level we can slice and dice into various and sundry sub-groups. Android is the world’s most used operating system. Then comes Microsoft’s Windows, Apple’s iOS, and perhaps macOS.
What about Linux?
Everyone knows that
2016 2017 2018 will be The Year of Linux on the Desktop, but maybe not how we thought. Linux still hasn’t made inroads to compete against the likes of macOS or Windows, but one can argue that Linux is the world’s most popular operating system because Linux is the foundation of Google’s Android OS.
So, how is it that Android and iOS are the same?
Basically, both are mobile device operating systems. Apple’s latest iOS version, iOS 11.x, runs on nearly 90-percent of all iPhones and iPads on planet earth. Double digits. Just like Android OS Oreo version, released in August last year just before iOS 11, runs on, well, it’s now in double digits, too.
Apple has over 1-billion customers that use iOS and about 900-million of them have upgraded their devices to iOS 11.x, which means those iPhones and iPads actually work better and do more than they did when they were new and just out of the box.
How does that user base penetration compare to Android?
Nearly a year after release, Android Oreo runs on just over 12-percent of all Android smartphones, and with a user base of about 2-billion people, that’s barely 200-million users who get the latest and greatest, and most of those updates came with new smartphones, not upgrades to older models. That also means the vast majority of Android smartphone users will never see an upgrade to the latest Android, Oreo.
Never. Ever. Never.
So, are Android and iOS the same?
They both run on smartphones. They both have their latest and greatest versions running on double digits of their installed user base. Both are Unix-like. Both run applications.
Sure. They’re the same. Uh huh. Of course.