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Apple pokes at Google's Android by posting iOS 'fragmentation' chart

During his opening keynote at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple CEO Tim Cook was quick to point out that Android fragmentation was alive and well, whereas more than 90 per cent of iOS users were using the most recent version of Cupertino's mobile OS.

Apple, he said, provides iOS updates that are easy and available to as many users as possible.

To drive home this point, Apple has added a pie chart to its developer website that highlights what percentage of people are using the different versions of iOS. The stats show that in the two-week period ending 3 June, 93 per cent were using iOS 6, six per cent were on iOS 5, and one per cent were on an earlier iOS.

The pie chart, of course, is a nod to the charts featured on Google's Android developer website. During the same time period, approximately 33 per cent of Android users were on Jelly Bean, 25.6 per cent were on Ice Cream Sandwich, and 36.5 per cent were on Gingerbread.

During his WWDC speech (around the 1:11 mark above), Cook said this shows how iOS is in "stark contrast to the world of Android." Broken down by operating system version, he continued, iOS 6 is the most popular mobile OS, while Gingerbread - "a version of Android that was released in 2010" - is in position two.

The fragmentation debate is nothing new, of course. Apple has a tightly controlled environment and a limited lineup of iPhones, making the rollout of a new version of iOS relatively uncomplicated. Android, on the other hand, runs on multiple handsets from multiple phone makers, all of whom are at the mercy of the carriers.

Still, the open nature of Google's Android has helped it become the most popular mobile OS in the world.