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iOS 8 Adoption Rate Hits 72% As Android Lollipop Distribution Reaches 1.6%

Apple’s newest operating system, iOS 8, is installed on 72 percent of iOS devices almost five months after it first launched in September of 2014, according to new numbers Apple shared on its App Store support page for developers.

Installation numbers are up 9 percent since mid-December and have jumped 3 percent since January 20, following the launch of iOS 8.1.3 at the end of the month. As iOS 8 adoption grows, the number of users running iOS 7 has dropped to 25 percent. 3 percent of users continue to use an earlier operating system.

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iOS 8 adoption has been somewhat slower than iOS 7 adoption, as iOS 7 was running on 80 percent of devices in January of 2014, compared to iOS 8’s 69 percent adoption rate at that same time. Possible explanations for the slower adoption rate include the large amount of storage space required to update to iOS 8 and the major bugs the operating system has experienced. Excitement over iOS 7’s complete visual redesign may have also driven a larger number of upgrades.

Apple has resolved many of the initial bugs that were found in iOS 8 with several operating system updates, including iOS 8.1, iOS 8.1.1, iOS 8.1.2, and iOS 8.1.3, which has led to an uptick in adoption, and the company has also made an effort to inform customers that it’s possible to install iOS 8 via iTunes to alleviate storage space issues.

Though adoption of iOS 8 has been slower than iOS 7 adoption rates, Apple is still way ahead of Android. The latest version of Android (5.0, aka Lollipop), released in November, is currently only installed on 1.6 percent of Android devices. The vast majority of Android users are still running KitKat, which was released in October 2013, or even Jelly Bean, which first debuted in June 2012.

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Android updates often take a long time to propagate to customers because of the large number of different Android-based devices on the market. Android updates must go through carriers and cell phone manufacturers, who like to build their own apps and interfaces into the operating system.



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20 months ago

The number suggest either:

(a) Android users are satisfied with KitKat and scared of updating to Lollipop because of fears of Google and/or bugs.

(b) Android users have gotten frustrated with the Android experience and stopped using their devices before Lollipop.


(c) Android Device manufacturers do not provide a proper upgrade plan.
Rating: 52 Votes
20 months ago
Typical troll feeding and Android bashing article.

I'm not using an Android phone but there is one thing I can tell you.
If Apple would let me go back to iOS7 I would do so immediately.

But Apple wants to keep showing figures like these while slowing down my device , so that I buy their newest product.
Let's praise them . Yay, Apple. Android sucks and so on and so forth..
Rating: 34 Votes
20 months ago

The number suggest either:

(a) Android users are satisfied with KitKat and scared of updating to Lollipop because of fears of Google and/or bugs.

(b) Android users have gotten frustrated with the Android experience and stopped using their devices before Lollipop.



(c) Google Play Services and Support Libraries make version less relevant
Rating: 29 Votes
20 months ago
That's totally irrelevant. I just hope lollipop gets to see more devices stock. That's one beautiful OS. on par with ios
Rating: 23 Votes
20 months ago
Now, if only they can get IOS 8 running efficiently. :rolleyes:
Rating: 18 Votes
20 months ago
Very hard to believe iOS 8 is at that kind of adoption. Such a horrible OS.
Rating: 16 Votes
20 months ago
And how many people reverted back to an older iOS after 8 made their device sluggish & open to security issues.

When the general public can't roll back their FW easily like Android, what can they do but take what has been forced on to them.
Rating: 15 Votes
20 months ago

So, people that have Android devices can't have Apple devices?


No, I have a Nexus myself to develop on....but if you watch the comments you'll see some of the same names just consistently pouring hatred on Apple and its products here and at some point you just have to wonder why they spend their time here - as its not something you see over on the droid\WP forums (for the most part) - however astroturfing (which Samsung, for example, has done in the past) would explain some of it quite well.
Rating: 13 Votes
20 months ago

You're free to find those comments in this thread. Or perhaps you can see the same hatred in the comment you quoted. But it seems that it only counts in one direction


want to see something amusing.

Go to the thread about the release of the Samsung Galaxy Gear, then go to the Apple Watch thread.

Galaxy gear thread: 1 day battery? THATS UNNACECEPTABLE!
same people
Apple watch: ONE DAY BATTERY? THATS ENOUGH! YOU DONT NEED MORE, APPLE NAILED IT!'
Rating: 12 Votes
20 months ago
This is the Google problem in a nutshell and to me the weakest link in the Android model. There is a price to be paid when you try to be too many things to too many people and you allow carriers to dictate your terms. Bad idea.
Rating: 11 Votes

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