Apple's iOS 7 reaches 87% adoption, still growing faster than Android 4.4 KitKat

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in iPhone edited April 2014
Apple has updated its App Store statistics for April, reporting that 87 percent of its users accessing the iTunes Store have now installed its latest iOS 7.

App Store iOS 7 87%


Apple first released iOS 7 in mid September alongside a new crop of iPhones. Six months later, there are more users on iOS 7 than any other mobile platform API level.

Google's Android 4.4 KitKat, also unveiled last year, still hasn't even officially rolled out to many owners of a variety of quite popular Android phones. Overall, Google reports that just 5.3 percent of its active Google Play users are now using KitKat.

Compared to the mobile OS figures from each company from early February, iOS 7 has jumped up by 5 percentage points, while KitKat has only improved by 3.5 percentage points in the same two month period.

Apple's customers are also leaving old software behind faster. Just 11 percent of App Store users are still on iOS 6, and only one percent are using an iOS version more than a year and a half old. On Android, a full 33.3 percent of the installed base is stranded on a version dating from earlier than the summer of 2012, prior to the release of iOS 6. Another 61.4 percent are on a version released during the span of iOS 6.

Android Fragmentation April 2014


Apart from operational and technical bragging rights, the fact that Apple can rapidly distribute the newest versions of its mobile platform also means that developers can be confident about using the latest features Apple releases.

In August, a survey taken by Twitterrific developer Craig Hockenberry of The Iconfactory indicated that 95 percent of developers were working to add support for iOS 7 in their apps, while 52 percent already planned to released iOS 7-only apps.

"The Fallacy of Android First"

In stark contrast, Emu chat app co-founder Dave Feldman just profiled for TechCrunch that his company's plans to release its app for Android first ran into a series of problems so significant that he observed, "Android didn't work out for us" and pulled the title from Google Play.

Feldman outlined that his company's initial market research indicated that Android had more users, was improving its user interface and that "a few high-profile influencers were switching to it from iPhone."

He also noted other "hopeful rumors: Android apps were easier to build. Adoption of recent Android versions was high enough that we could limit our backward compatibility, avoid serious fragmentation, and still have a large potential user base."

In reality however, Emu ran into "unanticipated technical hurdles" with Android's "open" chat architecture allowing any third party app to sit on top of the phone's SMS and found that "even when you don't support older Android versions, fragmentation is a huge drain on resources.""Even when you don't support older Android versions, fragmentation is a huge drain on resources" - Dave Feldman, Emu

He also concluded that "Google's tools and documentation are less advanced, and less stable, than Apple's," and that "Android's larger install base doesn't translate into a larger addressable market."

Feldman cited similar findings by Steve Cheney, who observed that "building and releasing on Android costs 2-3x more than iOS. This is due to a multitude of reasons: less sophisticated tools, generally more cumbersome APIs, fewer exposed advanced features, enormous QA issues brought on by fragmentation, etc. The rough rule of thumb is for every iOS engineer you actually need two Android engineers--or twice the development time."

Android security issues

In addition to erecting problems for app developers, Android's fragmentation and update lag also create security problems for users.

In February, a report by Cisco detailed that 99 percent of mobile malware targets Android.

That echoed the "staggering rate" of malware growth observed last summer by Juniper Networks in a report that noted that "77 percent of Android's threats could be largely eliminated today if all Android devices had the latest OS. Currently only 4 percent do."

Android Malware


In contrast, when an SSL flaw was discovered in Apple's iOS code, the company was able to fix the problem and distribute the update to its users within just a few days.

One specific critical security flaw in Android's WebView, addressed by Google in Android 4.2, is still open to exploit for the majority of Google's Android users many months later because they simply can't obtain the patch for their phone from the vendors, carriers or Google.

Many Android users don't even know they are at risk for exploits. The wide open nature of Android's Play Store just resulted in Google listing "Virus Shield" as its top performing app for over a week. However, despite positive reviews and a 4.5 star rating, the $3.99 app was found to do absolutely nothing but defraud the more than ten thousand users who paid to download it.
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  • Reply 1 of 81
    There's probably a limit to the % of iOS 7 devices that we might be about to reach. In my country there are quite a few 3GS still around. Add the iPad first gen (which I have). And you might get the percentage missing to 100%.
  • Reply 2 of 81
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    Somebody needs to ban the use of pie charts. :no:
  • Reply 3 of 81
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,976member
    There's probably a limit to the % of iOS 7 devices that we might be about to reach. In my country there are quite a few 3GS still around. Add the iPad first gen (which I have). And you might get the percentage missing to 100%.

    I'm sure that those older devices account for more than 13% of devices still in use. They're just not accessing the app store.
  • Reply 4 of 81
    ceek74ceek74 Posts: 323member
    But it's only 87% of iOS users running iOS 7, not 87% of iOS AND Android users. Check...and...mate.
  • Reply 5 of 81
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member

    Deja Vu

  • Reply 6 of 81
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post

     
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Drunkzombie View Post



    There's probably a limit to the % of iOS 7 devices that we might be about to reach. In my country there are quite a few 3GS still around. Add the iPad first gen (which I have). And you might get the percentage missing to 100%.




    I'm sure that those older devices account for more than 13% of devices still in use. They're just not accessing the app store.

    got data or just speculation?

  • Reply 7 of 81
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post



    Somebody needs to ban the use of pie charts. image

    why? 

    visualization can be more powerful then simply text. I'll happily take the pie charts over the tables. 

  • Reply 8 of 81
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    Originally Posted by snova View Post

     

    got data or just speculation?


     

    That has regularly been said about the Android distribution data, so I imagine he's simply applying the argument to Apple.

  • Reply 9 of 81
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    That's an amazing number for a mobile OS version that is worst thing to ever happen to humanity and proof Apple can't survive without Steve Jobs¡

    rogifan wrote: »
    Somebody needs to ban the use of pie charts. :no:

    I agree¡ We should replace pie charts with varying degrees of open Pac-Man mouthes.
  • Reply 10 of 81
    pdq2pdq2 Posts: 270member
    Quote:


    The wide open nature of Android's Play Store just resulted in Google listing "Virus Shield" as its top performing app for over a week. However, despite positive reviews and a 4.5 star rating, the $3.99 app was found to do absolutely nothing but defraud the more than ten thousand users who paid to download it.


     

    Hilarious! "Thank you, Android Police"...

  • Reply 11 of 81

    It's interesting to me how different authors spin the same data.  In this article http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/04/01/android-platform-distribution-numbers-updated-kitkat-more-than-doubles-to-5-3-gingerbread-continues-its-slow-decline/ the change in KitKat's penetration was highlighted as more than doubling over the last month.

     

    By that reasoning, KitKat grew by 112%  in one month while iOS 7 grew by 6% over the last two months.

  • Reply 12 of 81
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    It's interesting to me how different authors spin the same data.  In this article http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/04/01/android-platform-distribution-numbers-updated-kitkat-more-than-doubles-to-5-3-gingerbread-continues-its-slow-decline/ the change in KitKat's penetration was highlighted as more than doubling over the last month.

    By that reasoning, KitKat grew by 112%  in one month while iOS 7 grew by 6% over the last two months.

    Did you just compare a change from 4.3 to 4.4, a point update with a change from 6.x to 7.x instead of 7.0.x to 7.1, a point update? :\
  • Reply 13 of 81
    ddpacinoddpacino Posts: 17member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wakefinance View Post

     

    It's interesting to me how different authors spin the same data.  In this article http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/04/01/android-platform-distribution-numbers-updated-kitkat-more-than-doubles-to-5-3-gingerbread-continues-its-slow-decline/ the change in KitKat's penetration was highlighted as more than doubling over the last month.

     

    By that reasoning, KitKat grew by 112%  in one month while iOS 7 grew by 6% over the last two months.


     

    One must Always spin data in favor of Apple.

     

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post





    Did you just compare a change from 4.3 to 4.4, a point update with a change from 6.x to 7.x instead of 7.0.x to 7.1, a point update? image

     

    Uh.. No. The growth rates of the latest OSes, Period.

  • Reply 14 of 81
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    ddpacino wrote: »
    Uh.. No. The growth rates of the latest OSes, Period.

    He clearly wrote KitKat which is only 4.4 and iOS 7 and not iOS 7.1.
  • Reply 15 of 81
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,976member
    snova wrote: »
    got data or just speculation?

    2 devices of my own that can't be updated plus constant reminders of how long Apple devices last fo, all the iPods Touch that were sold until a little over a year ago, all the first gen iPads, and all the iPhones 3G(S) I still see people using. Do you really believe all those devices that sold for years makeup only 13% of active devices?
  • Reply 16 of 81
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    snova wrote: »
    why? 
    visualization can be more powerful then simply text. I'll happily take the pie charts over the tables. 
    Ok the iOS one isn't bad because it only has three data points. But the Android one is hideous. Bar charts are always preferable to pie charts.
  • Reply 17 of 81
    It's interesting to me how different authors spin the same data.  In this article http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/04/01/android-platform-distribution-numbers-updated-kitkat-more-than-doubles-to-5-3-gingerbread-continues-its-slow-decline/ the change in KitKat's penetration was highlighted as more than doubling over the last month.

    By that reasoning, KitKat grew by 112%  in one month while iOS 7 grew by 6% over the last two months.
    I'm guessing that you're buying into that interpretation. In the same way, I could interpret it by saying that the percentage of people open to malware infection are 97% android users and only 3% apple - in other words, android cares less about your safety than their market share. Also comparing androids adoption to itself rather than to apple makes android sound better - which is what they did. Saying their newest OS has doubled in users doesn't mean as much when the the number of users was small to begin with. It's not hard to see the facts though - Apple's users are using the most modern software, android users are on old software right now - leaving them open to malware and safety issues.
  • Reply 18 of 81
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,976member
    .....leaving them open to malware and safety issues.

    Gotta use the phone in order to be susceptible. We all know that by usage stats Android users don't use their phones. A pseudo danger at best.
  • Reply 19 of 81
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,782member

    I really, really, REALLY don’t care how many Android phones get updates. All I care about is getting iOS updates on my iPad.

  • Reply 20 of 81
    chipsychipsy Posts: 287member

    Am I the only one who has the feeling that DED's repeat button is stuck on 'on'? :)

    It's well known that the adoption of Android updates is slower then that of iOS updates and the reasons for that are also well known, there is really no reason in repeating it to no end :s.

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