Yesterday we revealed that Android Lollipop is on just 1.6% of devices, three months after it was released. Today the latest figures for Apple’s latest operating system continue grow and show that iOS 8 is now on 72% of Apple devices.
iOS 8 adoption reaches new high
According to the Apple developer website, adoption of iOS 8 has reached an impressive 72% of the company’s active iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. This is in start contrast to Android, where no single versions has surpassed 40% adoption and highlights the difference between the two platforms.
The figures are based on App Store distribution data, which measures the percentage of iOS devices which access the App Store.
The latest statistics represents a 4% increase in usage for iOS 7, which was at 68% when the figures were last updated in January. In total, 97% of iOS devices now run versions of the operating system that were released during the past two years.
However, it’s not all great news, as iOS 7 adoption was already at 85% as can be seen in the chart below from Mixpanel.
In comparison, the Google Play Store shows the same metric is just 41.3% of devices. Android KitKat (Android 4.4) which was released in 2013, still accounts for most Android devices with 39.7%, while the latest version called Lollipop chocks up a measly 1.6%.
There is no single reason for the difference between iOS 8 and Android adoption rates, but the control that Apple has over the release process is definitely a major factor. The mobile operators that partner with Apple are not allowed to alter or interfere with iOS, which is not the case with Android.
Apart from the Nexus line of smartphones and tablets which are sold directly by Google, all Android devices can be customised by handset manufacturers and mobile operators however they choose (within a few guidelines), which always leads to delays as the various customisations have to be ported onto the latest version.
Samsung’s one year old Galaxy S5 for instance, is just beginning to receive Android Lollipop. But other phones never receive the updates, which is highlighted by the fact that almost 14% of devices are still running versions of Android that were released in 2011 or earlier.