Apple iOS 9 to lick Android Lollipop adoption rate, mobile app watcher predicts

Apple rolls out iOS 9 software today for its iPhones and iPads (See Review here), and according to one industry tracker, the upgrade is expected to go much more smoothly than past ones.

Crittercism, which sells mobile app management technology, gathers intelligence from its deployments to help it get a feel for software rollouts and performance.

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It says the crash rate for those downloading early versions of iOS 9 -- which promises improved switching between apps, power-saving features and split-screen mode for newer iPads -- has been less than that for iOS 8, and the company expects a 31% adoption rate over the next week. That's actually a little slower pace than for iOS 8, and Crittercism explains this is because "public perception of upgrading has been a bit tarnished and users are becoming more cautious about upgrading."

However, Crittercism expects the public to cast such caution aside before long, and that 50% adoption will take place by Day 25. It took 28 days for iOS 8 to hit that mark.

The stinger for rival Android is this: Crittercism expects iOS 9 adoption to hit 20% by Sunday, and that's equal to Android 5.0 (Lollipop) adoption some 11 months after that software hit the market.

(Among others tracking iOS 9 adoption is analytics firm Mixpanel (see early adoption chart here). CEO Suhail Doshi expects a pretty fast adoption rate for iOS 9.)

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