iOS 7 installed on 90 percent of all devices; miles ahead of latest Android release

iOS 7 installed on 90 percent of all devices; miles ahead of latest Android release

Summary: Compared to Google's own statistics, iOS 7's install base puts the latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat to shame.

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TOPICS: Apple, Android, Google, iOS, iPhone
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Nine out of ten iPhones and iPads are running the latest version of Apple's mobile software, according to new company statistics.

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As measured by the App Store during a 7‑day period ending July 13. (Image: Apple)

Apple's measurement of App Store usage showed just 9 percent of all iOS-compatible devices are running the older version, iOS 6, with less than 2 percent running even older versions — though, the numbers do not add up due to a rounding error.

iOS 7's install base grew by 2 percentage points from May.

Compare that to Google's figures, which has long been criticized for having "fragmentation" issues, puts the search giant's mobile platform Android to shame.

At the beginning of July, the latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat was on just 18 percent of devices, up from 14 percent from the previous month. 

That said, the wider 4.x release powers about 60 percent of all Android devices, making it the most popular major iteration of the software to date.

Fragmentation remains an important issue for mobile manufacturers to tackle. Not only do the latest software versions land with new features, they also land with security and vulnerability fixes for a platform increasingly targeted by hackers and malware writers.

But because carriers and manufacturers are reluctant to dish out the latest software goods to users, many are left behind. Ensuring that the latest software runs on the latest devices means end-customer upgrade cycles are hit, but carriers and manufacturers can hold on to their lucrative profit margins.

ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes warned earlier this month, following the developer preview of the next-generation Android L software, that fragmentation will face the same fragmentation problems that dogged earlier versions of Android.

"The majority of Android users won't see it, and by the time it gains any real traction it will be old, obsolete, and won't be seeing any further updates," he said.

Apple is expected to release its next mobile software iteration iOS 8 later this year, around August or September, in line with the iPhone 6 launch.

Topics: Apple, Android, Google, iOS, iPhone

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  • I don't care.

    My phone does everything I need it to do regardless if it's running the latest version of Android. The same for my fourth generation iPad which is still running iOS 6.x.
    ye
    • It isn't about you

      having the devices largely up to speed makes life easier on developers, who can do things like switch to Swift from Objective C without worrying about whether their apps will run on peoples' devices.

      It is a definite advantage for anyone who targets the ecosystem. It isn't about you.
      Mac_PC_FenceSitter
      • It *IS* about the consumer

        How could it not possibly be about the consumer? If Apple forced its employees to use their products, then who cares about the consumer? There are plenty of consumers who don't need to and don't WANT to update (not using the word "upgrade" since some don't consider it to be an upgrade) to iOS7. It's like Microsoft trying to force me to "upgrade" to Windows 8. Do I really want to risk any incompatibility with my MOTU PCI card, my Universal Audio VST plugins, my Focusrite LiquidMix hardware, and all of the other studio software I have? All an "upgrade" would do is feed Microsoft's ego (and inflate their pockets). Do consumers actually gain anything that they want? Heck, my development box is SuSE Linux 11.4, and they're already up to 13.x
        davidr69
        • Ye is not "the consumer"

          we can bandy about the words "plenty of consumers" all we want, but it doesn't matter, because if you did indeed read the article, that's clearly not so. The consumer obviously understands the benefits of the upgrade, or they wouldn't be in a "90% of us did it" situation. It isn't like the device destroys itself if you don't upgrade, or upgrades itself - the consumer must proactively choose to do this from the settings icon, and evidently 9 out of ten have elected to do so.

          Consumers benefit when developers are able to drop cool apps based on advanced technologies in short order. And clearly, most grasp that.
          Mac_PC_FenceSitter
          • "The consumer obviously understands the benefits of the upgrade..."

            If the consumer is knowledgeable enough to understand the benefits of an upgrade then it stands to reason they're knowledgeable enough to understand the benefits of not upgrading.
            ye
          • Which clearly aren't many

            as so few elect to do so, when given the choice.
            Mac_PC_FenceSitter
    • This from the guy who b******

      about people who want to stay on XP.
      baggins_z
      • Supporting references please.

        "This from the guy who b****** about people who want to stay on XP."
        ye
        • Please

          A google search of site:zdnet.com ye XP makes abundantly clear where you stand, and have stood for a while. You're not being mischaracterized, and you well know it.
          Mac_PC_FenceSitter
          • Lack of supporting evidence noted.

            Why am I not surprised?
            ye
    • You are not sensitive enough to minor problems

      My device upgraded itself to 4.4.2 from 4.2.2 and the difference is evident. Android is emerging from beta, so each new version is a mile stone. 4.3 - sane handling of flash memory, 4.4 - full screen mode...
      gak@...
  • Unfortunetely

    90% of people now hate the iOS7 ugly washed out interface.
    Sean Foley
    • iOS 7 satisfaction rate

      Really? I read recently that 97 percent of iOS 7 users (which apparently is around 90 percent of all iPhone and iPad users in the world) are satisfied with it.
      OhPlease987
      • To whomever found my post offensive enough to flag it...

        Here is a link to the article that I was referring to. The author fact-checked Tim Cook's assertion at the WWDC last month that overall satisfaction with iOS 7 stands at 97 percent:
        http://reckoner.com.au/2014/06/fact-checking-3-minutes-and-37-seconds-of-the-wwdc14-keynote/

        Although the author could neither confirm nor discredit the 97 percent claim (because he could not get a copy of the specific report Cook was quoting), after finding other research that also indicated iOS satisfaction was very high, he concluded that Tim Cook's statement is believable.
        OhPlease987
    • 99.375% of statistics posted in comments are fabricated

      Got a link for your source?
      jimoro
      • Not true

        29% of internet users know the real percentage is 81.29174%
        DJL64
  • And?

    I'm not sure what the point here is.
    Buster Friendly
    • Exactly

      If android owners could "just upgrade" there devices, they would. We all know the Apple is the special little snow flake that can bypass the carriers and directly allow their customers upgrade their devices.

      Maybe a better article would be how carrier blocking and manufacturer indifference is holding back android upgrades as evidenced by iOS 7's adaption rate.
      Panthro90
      • Sorry should say "better headline"

        ...
        Panthro90
      • Apple isn't the special little snowflake.

        Apple leaned on AT&T and made it a requirement. Google, on the other hand, was more than happy to toss their users back into the land of Carrier lock.
        baggins_z