iOS 9 adoption jumps to 79 percent of devices

By , Mar 14, 2016

iOS 9 adoption 79 percent

After being stuck at the 77 percent mark for a full four weeks, Apple on Monday updated its App Store dashboard for developers with the latest stats on iOS 9 adoption. As per the newest device logs captured on March 7, 2016, iOS 9 is installed on 79 percent of devices that recently accessed the App Store.

The two-point increase versus the 77 percent adoption rate recorded a month ago came at the expense of iOS 8 and earlier versions that have lost ground to iOS 9.

iOS 9 now powers nearly eight out of each ten devices

Specifically, iOS 8 dropped from a seventeen percent share a month ago to sixteen percent of devices, a one-point decrease. Older iOS versions, collectively reported in the ‘Other’ category, now represent five percent of devices versus six percent a month ago.

The numbers indicate that much of iOS 9’s growth now comes from existing users who continue to upgrade from earlier iOS versions to iOS 9, which isn’t surprising given that iPhone sales are traditionally weak in the quarters following the lucrative holiday shopping season.

During its most recent earnings call, Apple said its active installed base has passed one billion total iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod touch, Apple TV and Apple Watch devices.

What about Android

In the meantime, the freshest Android stats straight from Google show that the latest and greatest edition of Android, called Marshmallow, is currently installed on 2.3 percent of devices. Marshmallow started appearing in Android devices last fall, when iOS 9 was released for public consumption.

Android Lollipop versions accounted for 36.1 percent of Android devices, as determined by the Play Store app during a seven-day period ending on March 7, 2016. Android KitKat accounted for 34.3 percent of Android devices that run the Play Store app.

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Android editions from 2.2 Froyo to 4.3 Jelly Bean collectively accounted for 27.3 percent of Android hardware. The Play Store app supports Android 2.2 and above so devices running older versions are not included in Android adoption figures.

Android hardware powered by forked versions of Android (such as Amazon’s Fire devices) and devices that come preloaded with third-party application stores, like tens of millions of smartphones and tablets sold in China, are absent from Google’s stats, too.

Source: Apple

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  • Michael Bemelmans

    I’ve always wondered why Android devices don’t have the same updating mechanisme as iOS. It would make Android more reliable I guess?

    • Burge

      It’s because it’s pushed out by the carriers if you got the device from a network. The networks test there inbuilt software on the devices first then push it out to each device when there ready. This can be one device at a time. Apple on the other hand control all software updates and don’t allow carriers to put anything on iOS.

      • Michael Bemelmans

        Thanks for the information, but why doesn’t Google do the same thing with Android. Shall never know I guess ^^

      • Jose Rivera

        They do… That’s where the Nexus devices play in. Those are the only Android phones that come stock if you purchase them directly form Google. I have always preferred Nexus devices over anything else because they aren’t skinned, and they don’t have carrier bloatware. This is also why I make iOS my main driver.

      • Burge

        If you buy directly from the manufacturer like Samsung you will get updates with out the bloatware and you get these updates before any network bought device but the downside with this is you might not get some of the network related feature I.e wifi calling. And you have the initial outlay for the device. But you will save in the long run if you get a sim only contract or PAYG.

  • Don OConnor

    Android fragmentation is just terrible !!

    • Burge

      Some of the Andriod fragmentation is because some users don’t know how to update or don’t update their device. Apple on the other hand make sure you know about it and even put a icon on the settings app if it’s enable and if it’s not it sits there in settings so you can not get away from it.

  • Benedict

    Android Marshmallow, Lollipop are not compatible with all devices. Due to that, you can’t include them when giving percentages. This is different with iphones.

    • Burge

      No it’s not, My old 3GS is on 6.1.6 The iPhone 4 is not on iOS 8. Just like the iPhone if you want the newest OS on Andriod then you get a device that can run it.

      • Benedict

        No. What you mentioned are the rest of the 79% which are compatible. There are always just a few device on android which would support the latest version compared to the rest. There are around 24.000 different devices compared to a hand full of iphones.

      • Burge

        And this goes back to the iPhone 4s how old is that device. No other iPhone has had 5 OS’s. If A Andriod device can not have the lastest OS what can it be compared to .