After struggling to gain a single percentage point over a four-week period, the adoption rate of iOS 8 now appears to have accelerated as iOS 8 now powers 87 percent of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild, as measured by the App Store on Monday, August 31, 2015.
That growth came at the expense of iOS 7, which has gone from powering thirteen percent of iOS devices two weeks ago to accounting for twelve percent of hardware in active use.
A month ago, iOS 8 adoption sat at 85 percent and iOS 7 comprised thirteen percent of iOS gadgets in the wild. Pre-iOS hardware continues to scrape out a mere two percent.
Apple’s adoption rate stats are obtained by monitoring devices that have accessed the App Store recently, meaning only devices in active use are counted.
iOS 8’s adoption has been slowing: the mobile operating system struggled to pick up five percentage points over the past three and a half months. This isn’t entirely unexpected: iOS 8 has been available for nearly a year now and iOS 9 is just weeks away from being released for public consumption.
Google has not yet updated Android’s distribution stats and their latest data still covers a 7-day period ending on August 3, 2015.
Based on the numbers, Android Lollipop editions (Android 5.0 and 5.1) accounted for approximately one-fifth of hardware out there. About 39.3 percent of devices are still on KitKat (Android 4.4) and an additional 33.6 percent of hardware is running Jelly Bean versions (Android 4.1.x, 4.2.x and 4.3).
Google’s data counts only devices that run the Play Store and excludes hardware powered by forked Android versions like Amazon’s Fire tablets and devices sold in China that run third-party application stores and those that don’t support Google’s official Play Store app.