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Based on Apple’s official data shared at its portal for developers, iOS 8 is now running on 75 percent of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, as measured by the App Store on March 3, 2015, good for a two percentage-point increase.

Two weeks ago, Apple’s mobile operating system was adopted by 73 percent of active device owners, representing a tiny one percentage point increase from the 72 percent mark recorded a month ago.

As seen on Apple’s pie chart below, iOS 7 is now powering 22 percent of devices, representing a decrease from 24 percent registered two weeks ago. Three percent of iPhones, iPod touches and iPads are on iOS versions older than iOS 7, same as before.

iOS 8 adoption rate at 75 percent

The numbers suggest that iOS 8 gains came at the expense of iOS 7 device owners who have upgraded to Apple’s latest and greatest mobile operating system. By comparison, Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop software saw an increase from 1.6 percent last month to 3.3 percent usage.

Android adoption rate 20150303

Android KitKat jumped slightly from 39.7 percent a month ago to 40.9 percent and Jelly Bean dropped from 44.5 percent to 42.6 percent. Older Android versions also continued declining as latest devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop hit the market.

The numbers are based on Google’s own Android distribution data as determined by data collected during a 7-day period ending on March 2, 2015. One thing to keep in mind: the data is gathered from the new Google Play Store app, which supports Android 2.2 and above.

This means that devices running older versions of Android are excluded, as are a myriad of white label phones sold in emerging markets like Asia that don’t come preloaded with the Google Play Store app and don’t run other Google services by default.

Google on its part claims that in August 2013 versions older than Android 2.2 accounted for about one percent of devices that checked in to Google servers (not those that actually visited Google Play Store).

Source: Apple

  • AnsonX10

    With so many devices unable to update to even iOS 7, I find that 3% a little suspicious. It feels like it’s a chart of devices that CAN run iOS 8, but aren’t. Or perhaps Apple’s only talking about iOS 5 and/or 6, ignoring previous versions because they don’t report their statistics correctly. Or something stupid like that.

    • Following the source link reveals the following:

      As measured by the App Store on March 2, 2015.

      Anotherwards they are counting active devices as apposed to total device activations.

    • iamzaidan

      If you’re doing a survey on whether non-veg prefer chicken or meat, you’re not gona be counting the vegetarians

      • AnsonX10

        But I guarantee that the Android statistics are including devices that can’t upgrade to 5.0.

        What the chart is really saying is that there are more working apps for older versions of Android than iOS, where you need to be running at least iOS 7 to use practically anything.

        The pie charts are showing which devices developers support. Not which version users choose to run.

        If all of a sudden, only Android 5.0 could download apps, the chart would change drastically. Especially if they’re only counting which devices are downloading apps.

  • Nathan

    I miss iOS 6.

    • You can’t live in the past 🙂

      • Juschan

        its always the same old story but somehow i was reeeaaally beautiful haha

      • Nathan

        Forstall’s leftovers

      • vista980622

        No, you actually can. All existing apps still work fine.

      • Capirexz

        It’s been awhile since..

      • GzyOnline

        We can certainly claw tooth & nail trying!!.. especially when Apple removes beloved features and graphics in their iOS updates! (like the ability to lock the phone during a call by pressing the sleep/wake button, or the lovely rectangles for Answer/End Call)

    • GzyOnline

      iOS 4.3.3, 5.1.1, and 7.0.4 are my favorite! 😀 jailbreak4life!!!

  • AnArcticMonkey

    I wonder what the numbers would be if Apple allowed you to downgrade.

    • WolfgangHoltz

      Somewhere between 30 and 40% at the most 45%
      And to call it Latest and Greatest is only one right of two and it’s not the second.

      • I reckon the figures would still be pretty high. Most people that aren’t technically minded aren’t going to go against Apples advice. If they recommend to upgrade (and they do) most people will…

      • igorsky

        Yay…let’s throw out numbers just for the hell of it!

    • GzyOnline

      GREAT mf*n point!!! Too bad our voices will never reach the media to point it out as well.. :-/

  • Benedict

    “This means that devices running older versions of Android are excluded, as are a myriad of white label phones sold in emerging markets like Asia that don’t come preloaded with the Google Play Store app and don’t run other Google services by default.”

    – This also include white label devices with newer versions, which also don’t show up in the statistics.

    • Juschan

      yes but it is not a secret that it takes way longer on android till the newest software is available and i guess that is the point

      • Benedict

        Yes, that’s the point of the article but if you make statements then they should be complete and not only mention the “useful” – in this case – negative overtones.
        Concerning the updates – it’s also no secret that it is easier to update 2-5 Apple devices (which have almost the same components) than to update e.g. 500 different ones.

      • it’s also no secret that it is easier to update 2-5 Apple devices (which have almost the same components) than to update e.g. 500 different ones.

        It doesn’t make much of a difference since in the case of Android, Google does all the hard work and testing. There should be no hold-up but of course there is since other than the Nexus devices and maybe some others most Android phones don’t run pure Android so assuming a device is going to get an update in the first place the OEM must test all of their bloat build on top of Android and then carriers must test all of their bloat that runs on top of Android…

      • Benedict

        The difference between stock android and OEMs. is not that simple e.g. a LG or HTC device has far more different features and options than a Google Nexus device because the rom is adjusted for the device and it’s components. Also there is a custom UI, camera, settings menu, home screen, widgets, sounds etc. If there would be only some “bloatware” apps installed, it would be no problem to update the new android version in a minute. (quicksettings/notifications: left: a LG, right: Google)

      • The example you’ve provided was precisely what I was referring to. OEMs really don’t need to completely change the UI and have custom camera apps and settings menus etc. I suppose they’re just looking to stand out from the crowd (even if it does mean making updates twice as hard)…

      • Benedict

        True. That’s why people prefer different brands and UIs I guess.
        Perhaps in some cases you don’t really need an update because you have already functions which are not on stock android. And the rest of new APIs get autoupdated through Google Services.

      • igorsky

        Well then isn’t that pretty damn smart of Apple to only produce two devices? And a pretty damn good selling point?

      • Benedict

        They are very smart. Less work, more profit. For them it’s the best they can think of. – for the unversed user it’s a compromise.

  • WolfgangHoltz

    Can’t compare iOS and Android because Apple more or less force you to update. And to call iOS 8 Latest and Greatest is just hilarious. Latest OK but Greatest NO.

    • Latest OK but Greatest NO.

      Do you mind expanding upon this? iOS 8 has more features than any other version of iOS so it seem a little odd that you do not consider it the greatest version of iOS. It isn’t the most stable build of iOS in the world but is most definitely the most feature rich. There’s so much features Apple has added that previously required jailbreaking or were just flat out impossible to achieve…

  • Rigs101

    If I switched from iOS to android what would be the best phone? Used for torrents and stuff like that itransmission could be better

    • George

      You can download utorrent on any android phone, if you want the best stock android software experience I suggest the nexus 6.

  • George

    So funny when you guys compare the android adoption rate as if it even compares to 500 manufacturers vs apple.

    • igorsky

      That’s the point…with Apple you get the latest updates whenever they’re available. With Android, this process is a mess.

      • GzyOnline

        Thank you!.. for sharing my dusty old opinion.. 😀

  • Sero Eskandaryan

    What’s up with all the iOS 8 adoption rate articles idb?