iOS 10 now powers 79% of active devices, Android Nougat’s adoption barely 1%

By , Feb 22, 2017

iOS 10 now powers nearly eight out of ten active devices—less than six months since officially releasing to the public in September of last year, as measured by App Store on February 20, 2017.

To be precise—iOS 10 now powers 79 percent of active iPhone, iPad and iPod touch device out there, representing a three-point increase over iOS 10’s adoption rate of 76 percent recorded 48 days ago on January 5, 2017.

Contrast the rapid pace of iOS adoption to Google, whose latest and greatest version of Android is currently found on less than one percent of active devices. Over and over again, Google’s lack of control over hardware and other factors are hurting its ability to deploy the latest Android features to its customers.

iOS 9’s adoption has dropped from eighteen percent in January to sixteen percent, with older iOS editions (labeled “Earlier” on Apple’s pie chart) going from six to five percent.

How do these stats compared to Nougat, the seventh major version of the Android operating system (codenamed Android N during development)? According to Google, Nougat (versions 7.0 – 7.1.2) was found on barely one percent of active devices based on data collected during a seven-day period ending on February 6, 2017.

Both Android Nougat and iOS 10 were released roughly around the same time.

Android Nougat was first released as a beta build at Google I/O on March 9, 2016.

The software update officially released on August 22, 2016, with Nexus devices being the first to receive it. The first developer-only beta of iOS 10 was released at WWDC 2016 on June 13, 2016 ahead of its public release on September 13, 2016.

Unlike with Android, Apple’s carrier partners don’t control how iOS software updates are distributed to consumers so the iPhone maker is able to release a new version of the mobile operating system to all active devices at once.

On the other hand, Android updates must be certified by a number of players, including handset makers and carriers. Despite all the talk about guaranteeing major software updates for up to two years, most Android vendors don’t bother to update sold devices to the latest and greatest version of Google’s operating system.

As a result, the three most recent versions of Android—Nougat, Marshmallow and Lollipop (which was released back in 2014)—lumped together are found on less than two-thirds of active Android devices that run the Google Play Store app (excluding devices that use third-party stores or don’t run Google services).

Source: Apple, Google

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  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    Still on iOS 9 on my daily driver, and on iOS 6 and 5 on older devices 😛

    • Kamran Mackey

      Why are you still on those versions? :/

      • 电天堂

        Jailbreak probably

      • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

        iOS 9 because it has a stable jailbreak, iOS 5 because it is rather fast on the iPod Touch 4, and iOS 6 because it is much faster than 7 on the iPhone 4.

      • Jayy

        I’m on iOS 9 cause of its untethed jailbreak. 9.0.2 to be exact!

      • Kamran Mackey

        Oh god…now that’s too old for an iOS 9 version.

    • Cerberus The Wise
    • White Michael Jackson

      Same. iOS 9. If it works don’t fix it.

  • Syjic_666

    To be honest the main reason I’m on iOS 10 is because of the constant nagging and popups I get from my iPhone asking me to update. And I hate how I’m unable to disable this as well as disable the automatic downloading of the latest iOS software without my permission when I’m on wifi – I come from a place where data costs money, there’s no such thing as unlimited data, I get charged with each mb! I don’t know how it is for Android but my intuition tells me they have more freedom – but honestly I don’t know I could be wrong. Someone should confirm this.

    • AMB_07

      Well also it’s because OS updates are much more streamlined on iOS whereas with Android they need to go through the manufacturer and then the network provider to reach you, unless of course you have a Nexus/Pixel.

      This delays some updates and in some cases the phones will keep getting updates but not ones that jumps it into the next version of Android, so just some security patches and bug fixes. That is primarily why you see some phones still on Kitkat/Lollipop.

      • caroline eadie

        Or you can buy an unlocked phone and get updated or not choice is yours

    • Cerberus The Wise

      Updates will only download when connected to wifi. It’s a good thing that its easy to update. You’ll never need to worry about not getting new features or updates. On android it is so difficult to get an update on a non pixel/nexus device, that you’re best chance at getting an update is to buy a new android phone altogether and hope it has the newest update.

      • Jeffrey

        I personally agree, but lots of people don’t like updating because every update makes your iPhone a little bit slower.

      • Blip dude

        Planned obsolescence. I know in the tech world, everyone will get left behind quick but as someone who always had to have the latest and greatest, I now see it as pointless to be doing that.

        I still have my iPad on iOS 9.3 and have had no reason to update at all. My iPhone is on iOS 10 solely because of a jailbreak. I don’t need the latest features or security patches. For some of us, whatever software features the device came with is more than enough. Sure it’s nice to have new features, but if I don’t need them and over time the updates will make my device slower than what’s the point??

    • caroline eadie

      With android you don’t have to accept updates to new android version the choice is yours Sony Motorola pixel all get them don’t know about the rest Samsung eventually but choice is yours to install or not

  • Wesh

    The jailbreak window closing must’ve also influenced tha adoption rate.
    I also updated, now that it was defenitly possible, the jailbreak future seemed unclear if one would’ve skipped 10.2. Better safe then sorry.

    And ios 10 seems nice enough 🙂 Just pressing home button to unlock is a bit of getting used to.

  • Josiah

    Not only does Google not have control over whether or not other companies phones get the updates, those companies have to build their own overlay on the base google software, and then a lot of Android devices out there are tablets and they are largely neglected when it comes to software updates. Google wants their phones updated first. Plus with each update, the Android software get’s bigger so it becomes unattractive when you have an android phone with 8GB of storage and being able only to use about 3 or 4GB of that for apps. Then the stock google apps taking up a couple more of those GB makes the newer android software very unattractive unless you want to spend the same money you would spend on an iPhone 5s or 6 that are up to date and just as fast if not faster and they have much more storage. iOS and the stock apple apps don’t take up that much space and the stock apps are only updated when apple sends out an overall update, not randomly like Android. Don’t get me wrong Android has it’s strong points, but when it comes to software size and distribution, it’s a far cry from iOS