iOS 8 adoption rate 82 percent

After passing the eighty percent mark two weeks ago on the heels of Apple Watch launch, and less than a month before WWDC 2015, Apple’s mobile operating system has been found to now power 82 percent of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild.

The new data comes via the official App Store Distribution dashboard, which is publicly available on Apple’s portal for developers. iOS 7 has kept its seventeen percent share from two weeks ago while older versions of the software continue to comprise about two percent of legacy hardware out there.

It’s worth reiterating that these numbers were derived from iOS devices that accessed the App Store on May 11, 2015.

The numbers suggest that the latest iOS 8 gains may be contributed to new device purchases rather than people upgrading their existing iPhones, iPads and iPods from iOS 7 to iOS 8.

Indeed, Apple earlier this month reported stronger-than-expected iPhone sales, shipping nearly 62 million handsets during its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28.

As for Google, the official Android dashboard indicates that Android 5.x Lollipop is now on 9.7 percent of Android smartphones and tablets in the wild.

Android adoption rate 20150513

Android 4.4 KitKat is powering nearly 40 percent of devices while the various Android Jelly Bean installations comprise an additional 40 percent of Android smartphones and tablets.

These stats were collected during a seven-day period ending on May 4, 2015, and include only Android devices running Google services and accessing Play Store. Each snapshot of data represents all the devices that visited the Play Store in the prior seven days.

Because the data is gathered from the new Google Play Store app, which supports Android 2.2 and above, devices running older versions are not included. In addition, forked Android versions and those which don’t run Google Play services, like the low-cost handsets predominantly used in China, are also excluded from Google’s official numbers.

Source: Apple

  • Admin001

    Does this chart include devices (like iPhone 4) that can’t run iOS 8?

    • I can’t believe people are still using the iPhone 4.

      • Admin001

        Hahaha I know right. My uncle uses a 4 and my aunt uses a 3GS because ‘its firm and solid’ what ever that means 🙂

        Edit: i use an iPhone 5S

      • leart

        I’m using one still on 6.1.3. still very enjoyable, especially jailbroken. zephyr+ncsettings probably the best mobile experience I had + very good battery life

    • It’s the number gathered from the App Store, so it includes older devices as long as you are downloading new apps on them.

      Apple is using the number to convince developers to use the latest technologies without need to concern about older systems.

      • leart

        but older firmwares cant download new apps since every new app now requires at least ios 7? older devices like my ipod 2/4 can download only the latest version compatible!!

      • Version doesn’t matter. It’s new as in newly purchased.

      • leart

        basically impossible, to be able to install a new app on my older ios devices, im forced to download the app through itunes since it wont let me directly from the device.
        after is recorded to my purchases from itunes (PC), im able to download a compatible version for my old firmware from the device

  • Why doesn’t Google care about their adoption rate? The only devices that currently have Lollipop are the Moto G second gen, Galaxy S6, LG G4, and the HTC One M9. Have they even released Lollipop to the previous gen phones?

    • Manor

      They do care. If this chart only showed Nexus and Motorola (which is one of the only companies that deliver fast software updates) devices, Lollipop would have the same market share as iOS 8. Google can’t control how fast other companies release their upgrades.

      • Lollipop would have the same market share as iOS 8. Google can’t control how fast other companies release their upgrades.

        This is like saying Microsoft can’t control how fast other companies release their updates…

        Windows updates are made available for all devices at the same time (at least as far as I’m aware they are). There’s really no reason why Google couldn’t do the same thing. I guess the only reason they don’t is because carriers and manufacturers customise Android so updates to Android could break these customisations if they aren’t first tested by companies and carriers.

      • Kr00

        And this is where google and the whole android ecosystem fails. Allowing manufacturers and the cell companies to control updates is the least productive way to roll out OS updates. Except we all know its all about selling new phones and abandoning older users to push them to buy a new phone. It lets users down and developers down. Users having to root their devices just to update is utter stupidity.

  • Manor


    • 919263

      LOL… So does that mean some Android devices are using iOS???

    • Anmol Malhotra

      These values are rounded off that’s why the total is crossing 100%.

  • Andrew

    I remember first jailbreaking at 3.1.3

  • Apple will announce iOS 10 by the time we get a jailbreak for iOS 8.3.

  • Andy

    I’d like to think that the iOS 7 percentage is the amount of people on A5 devices (and to a lesser extent, iPhone 4 users) that haven’t updated to 8 due to performance issues.

  • leart

    how to update those devices, especially that in the middle which is still on ios 4.2.1?

  • Rares

    Doesn’t matter, ios 8 still sucks.

    • Not really. The version of iOS 8 I’m using sucks but it’s my understanding that many of the issues are now fixed but because I refuse to lose my jailbreak I’m stuck with a slightly buggy OS…