Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Android Support vs iOS Support

We all know Android devices aren’t supported for as long as iOS devices; “Fidlee” has put together a chart which demonstrates the speed at which they lose support.

It’s a little more complicated than the chart makes it out to be, though: not all devices in either ecosystem necessarily support all of the features of each version of the OS. My iPhone 4S does not support AirDrop because it lacks the hardware for it, while a friend’s iPhone 4 doesn’t support all of the iOS 7 blurring, because it can’t be rendered quickly enough. But enough of the APIs are supported for developers on all devices that they can require the latest version of iOS for an app and still have a broad user base.