iOs 8 adoption rate 20150202

According to the official App Store Distribution data as of yesterday, iOS 8 is now running on 72 percent of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild.

That’s up notably over the 69 percent figure recorded just two weeks ago, when iOS 8 adoption rates were slowing in the post-holiday season.

By comparison, Google’s own Developer Dashboards webpage was refreshed yesterday and now shows Android 5.0 Lollipop as finally making a blip on the radar, with the operating system recording a tiny 1.6 percent share of the current Android install base.

Compared to two weeks ago, iOS 7 has dropped from 28 percent to 25 percent of iPhones, iPod touches and iPads, with older versions of iOS still found on three percent of devices like before.

For context: on December 22, iOS 8 adoption sat at 64 percent.

Last week, Apple released the iOS 8.1.3 software update which, among other fixes, addresses a major complaint concerning storage requirements to install future updates.

iOS 8.1.3 “reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update,” as per release notes. Still, it won’t be of much help to owners of 8 or 16-gigabyte devices that run iOS 7: they’re still going to experience issues upgrading to iOS 8 over-the-air due to insufficient free storage.

PhoneExpander for Mac Clear Caches

The problem can be mitigated by applying the software update through desktop iTunes, or by freeing up ‘Other’ storage on an iOS device using third-party software like Phone Expander for Mac, pictured right above.

Both Apple and Google measure their stats by capturing data from devices that access their respective application stores. In the case of Google, however, their data excludes devices running versions of Android older than 2.2 and any hardware which doesn’t access Google Play service.

Android adoption rate 20150102

For example, gadgets like Amazon’s Fire tablets and phones, which run a forked version of Android, are not counted. Nor are inexpensive Chinese handsets that come preloaded with third-party application stores.

Research firms like IDC and Gartner typically tuck the devices without Google Play services under the ‘Other’ category, collectively responsible for as much as forty percent of total Android device shipments.

Following a developer preview of Android Lollipop was rolled out last summer, the first device with Lollipop preloaded hit three months ago. It wasn’t until today that Verizon Wireless finally began rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Galaxy S5 owners in the United States.

Meanwhile, HTC said yesterday that the carrier versions of the One (M8) and One (M7) won’t be getting their Lollipop update because the Taiwanese handset maker has missed its self-imposed 90 day goal for Lollipop updates.

Source: Apple

  • mordechai eliyahu

    im guessing its counting the ipad 1 thats its latest version is ios 5.1.1

  • Nice. Wonder where it’ll be if firmware upgrades were totally the device owner’s choice…

    • leart

      50% ios 7
      30% ios 6
      15% ios 8
      5% ios 5

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      They did have that.. it was the SHBlobs that made it possible.

      • leart

        Downgrading with shsh blobs, was made possible from hackers , not from apple and that method is over since iphone 4s

    • Exactly the same. They could sign all versions of iOS and most people wouldn’t have the know-how to downgrade even if they wanted to. Also software updates are the users choice. The user gets prompted to upgrade but ultimately it’s their decision whether or not they upgrade.

      • They could sign all versions of iOS and most people wouldn’t have the know-how to downgrade even if they wanted to

        True, but that’s assuming they just start officially signing all iOS versions after iOS 8. Not the situation I’m talking about.

        Also software updates are the users choice.

        No need to pretend dude, you’re well aware that wasn’t the case prior to iOS 7. You even blogged about it (wp. me/p3K8t9-R).

      • I did blog about it because I was really f*****g annoyed 😛

        The situation has since changed though. iOS updates are no longer forced upon the user and firmware files that have automatically been downloaded can be deleted from the usage section of iOS.

      • leart

        yeah and the common user just cant figure out how to delete the update without spending hours in blog like this

      • It’s in the Usage section so yes the common user can (as long as their aware of the usage section which many people are).

      • leart

        Yeah now I know to, but the first two times I was forced to wait that my phone processed almost 4gb for about 2 hours, all this because I used erase all content and settings to clean up my phone and without any purpose to change my 4s firmware which is on 7.1.1. Wtf
        Why users are forced to go through this shit…

    • Cameron

      iOS 7 to iOS 8 was completely up to the users, the general users assume an update is always better, but there are some still too lazy to do so. The point of this article here is to show that Apples updates are available instantly and easy for the users to do so, Androids updates dont go to all devices so quickly and are much more annoying. The amount of iphone users who actually choose specifically what OS version they want is a tiny fraction. Most just update when they feel they have the patience to go through the process. Stop assuming that your way of thinking is a representation of the average consumer, its really far from it.

  • Filip Zíka

    Meanwhile in android world..
    Android 5 Lollipop adoption = 1.6%

  • iPodDroid

    I”m unfortunately still stuck with the 72%. iOS 8 still worst update in my books.

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    • jake kneller

      iOS 8 is much better than 7 so many bugs have been fixed

      • iPodDroid

        Not for me they haven’t.

      • jake kneller

        What bugs are you still experinceing

      • iPodDroid

        Well for starters, the wifi consistently and constantly is turning off. And before you ask, no I don’t disable wifi through the CC it happens randomly. Second, the freaking keyboard, for the love of god, they don’t show up on any of my apps, I have to restart just to get them to show up. Safari crashes on me constantly even when I don’t have a crap ton of apps open, it just freezes. I’m not making this up, this actually happens on my phone. iPhone 6+ iOS 8.1.3. I’ve restored multiple times and it just doesn’t work. :/

      • jake kneller

        I had the wifi issue you have mentioned I found the problem was in my router and I rest it it fixed the problem but as for keyboard try a third party keyboard and for safari I use chrome instead of safari it syncs with everything better unless you really need safari I suggest you give it a try

      • iPodDroid

        The fact that your recommending me to use third party applications/keyboards to fix my solutions just proves my point (Not that I’m complaining, really do appreciate your advice). I shouldn’t have to rely on third party apps to fix my problems when they shouldn’t even exist to begin with in iOS. #iOS8disappointment

      • jake kneller

        I have not had these problems on my 6plus but my sisters iPad had some and I fixed them that way

      • iPodDroid

        Different people=Different experiences Right? Well thanks for the advice, going to try out your advice and see if that’s better. Really appreciate your help. 🙂

      • jake kneller

        Oh sure thing

  • George

    Android has a bunch of distributors why even compare it to the one iPhone?

  • The Shoonchy 

    Won’t this survey be skewed with iPhone 4 (not upgradeable) and iPhone 4S (performance lagging behind others) not upgrading to iOS 8? Most will choose to stay at iOS 7. Not to mention iPad 2 and lower.