iOS 8 adoption rate stays flat, iOS 7 continues to lose ground

iOS 7 (App Store teaser)

According to Apple’s dashboard for developers based on App Store access data, iOS 8 adoption rate has remained flat at 82 percent of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. By comparison, two weeks ago iOS 8 was found to power 82 percent of iOS gadgets.

As iOS 7 continues to lose ground, it’s lost a single percentage point compared with the seventeen percent mark two weeks ago. The latest stats arrive ahead of Apple’s iOS 9 preview due next month at the annual summer conference for developers in San Francisco.

Earlier iOS builds continue to comprise two percent of iOS devices in the wild. These numbers were measured by the App Store on May 25, 2015, and posted this morning.

Here’s the latest iOS 8 adoption rate pie chart.

iOS 8 adoption rate 82 percent

And this one’s from two weeks ago.

iOS 8 adoption rate 82 percent

The way you should read this, iOS 7 has lost enough ground to go from seventeen to sixteen percent of iOS devices, but the drop wasn’t enough to register meaningfully for iOS 8.

In spite of Apple’s botched iOS 8.0.1 release and issues with the installer size preventing iOS 8 installation on many people’s iPhones with eight gigabytes of storage, the software has been chugging along quite nicely and the adoption rates increasing since its fall 2014 debut.

Much of iOS 8’s steady growth comes from massive sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that show no sign of stopping. For instance, the company shipped nearly 62 million handsets during its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28.

Another factor is no doubt the Apple Watch.

Apple’s new category device requires an iPhone with iOS 8.3 or later so some prospective buyers on unsupported hardware—especially those who did not previously own an iPhone— likely bough a new iPhone to use the watch.

Android adoption rate 20150513

As for Google, its latest Android Lollipop software comprises less than ten percent of smartphones and tablets, as per the official Android dashboard. Stats collected during a seven-day period ending on May 4, 2015 suggest that Android 4.4 KitKat and Android Jelly Bean versions power about 40 percent of devices each.

Stats exclude Android gear without Google services and the Play Store, such as forked Android builds powering Amazon devices and the vast array of Chinese handsets.

Source: Apple