96.5% of PlayBook users on the newest version of the OS

PlayBookStatsDecember2012

As of December 96.5% of users were running OS 2.1.0 on their PlayBooks, making it the most quickly adopted PlayBook OS update over the past year. In fact a rapid adoption of new PlayBook OS versions is typical. The above chart shows the breakdown of PlayBook OS versions over the past year, and shows a far more aggressive adoption curve then the classic BlackBerry OS.

In fact only four out of every 1,000 PlayBook users are running an OS version prior to 2.0 and in fact over 89% of PlayBook users had already updated within 24 hours of it being released.

Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, and that users are equally as quick to upgrade on (the also QNX based) BlackBerry 10 phones when they are launched later this month.

The data in this post and the above chart was collected by BlackBerry AppWorld at the time of download, for downloads of the popular PlayBook strategy game Pixelated. Data shown on the chart is from the beginning of December 2011 through the end of December 2012.

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  1. I did as soon as I heard about it. Can’t wait for 10 on PB. That’s gonna be great!

    • I will have to say that I will miss how easy it is to switch apps on the current PlayBook OS. I can use the left & right bezels to peek at other running apps. I don’t have to return to the home screen to switch apps — no need to swipe up. I can also go between apps very easily by swiping left and right, watching the apps scroll by until I find the one I want.

      The PlayBook’s bezel makes this possible, but the phone can’t have a thick bezel, so I understand the need for change. However, the PlayBook does have a bezel, and perhaps there are other ways to accomplish the same function without the need of a bezel.

      BB10 just doesn’t do it as elegantly, but it is okay for the phone, which may have less running apps. I’ll have to play with it but it certainly doesn’t appear to be as elegant.

      What do you guys think?

  2. I am positive that the number would be higher – except that LTE based machines need to wait for a month or two after any software release for a Carrier to green-light that update.

    Even though there is nothing to do with the radio stack in the release.

    (Yes, I am speaking from experience).

  3. Yeah, and what about BB10? Will it be the same as the old BlackBerry platform, where we still have users running ancient versions of the OS because carriers don’t upgrade their users?

    It would be interesting to take a poll on BB7 to see how many have switched over to OS 7.1 from 7.0.

  4. These are nice stats that point to the success RIM can have if they manage upgrades themselves rather than through the carriers. RIM cannot cripple BlackBerry when compared to competition like iOS. When iPhone users want it, they get it. BlackBerry should offer the same.

    Certainly developers want and need a platform that has a high acceptance of uniformity. Having 96% of PlayBook users on OS 2.1 is fantastic for the platform and makes it easier to write and maintain software. If you only had 40% of users on OS 2.1, it isn’t as attractive a platform for developers as the market share is much smaller.

    The same holds true for the BlackBerry OS 4/5/6/7. It is very fragmented creating a nightmare for users and developers. Some apps are only available on some OSs, and some are only available on some phone models on that OS. Yeech!

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