Apple iOS 8 distribution hits 77% as Google's Android remains bifurcated

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in iPhone edited March 2015
Earlier this week, Apple released fresh statistics regarding iOS 8 distribution, showing 77 percent of devices run the latest version of its most recent operating system.




Apple on Monday revealed iOS 8 is now running on 77 percent of iPhones and iPads registered with the App Store, up five percent from early February. Last year's iOS 7 accounts for another 20 percent, while earlier versions make up the remaining 3 percent.

Apple's numbers are in stark comparison to Google's Android operating system. According to Google's developer webpage, 2013's Android 4.4 KitKat accounts for 40.9 percent of installs, while versions 4.1.x, 4.2.x and 4.3 Jelly Bean combine to take up another 42.6 percent. Distribution of Android's latest 5.0 Lollipop, released in 2014 and most recently updated this month, stands at only 3.3 percent.

Judging by this week's statistics, Apple's iOS 8 is steadily gaining ground after a brief period of stagnation in early October following the botched iOS 8.0.1 update that disabled cellular connectivity and Touch ID on then-new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets.

Most recently, Apple released iOS 8.2 on the same day as its "Spring Forward" event earlier this month, adding a new Apple Watch app for managing the upcoming wearable device. The update also addressed an SSL/TSL flaw dubbed"FREAK."
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  • Reply 1 of 73
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 42,968member

    An iOS 8 breakdown would also be nice to see. I imagine there are more on 8.2 than on Kit Kat.

  • Reply 2 of 73
    pfisherpfisher Posts: 758member
    There is not a lot of difference in latest versions of Android. Maybe less or about the same as iOS.
  • Reply 3 of 73
    genovellegenovelle Posts: 701member
    pfisher wrote: »
    There is not a lot of difference in latest versions of Android. Maybe less or about the same as iOS.

    One huge one. Google has dropped support for the older one even though there are still new devices being sold with it.
  • Reply 4 of 73
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member

    I bet that the average person does not know what bifurcated means.

     

    I would like to suggest an alternate title that is easier for the common person on the street to comprehend what this topic is about:

     

    Apple iOS 8 distribution hits 77% as Google's Android remains fucked

  • Reply 5 of 73
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,931member
    apple ][ wrote: »
    I bet that the average person does not know what bifurcated means.

    Of course we do, it's when you have two cat furs. :lol:
  • Reply 6 of 73
    cash907cash907 Posts: 893member
    ... and? I wonder if it's possible to discuss Apple on its own merits, without comparing it to the competition constantly.

    "iOS 8 adoption rates remain strong, and is evidence that many device owners are carrying newer hardware that supports it. This is a positive indicator for both the update itself and hardware sales in general."

    There, is that so painful? Giving positive facts versus laying them out like we're still in high school. Do fanboy egos need to be constantly stroked?
  • Reply 7 of 73
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,472member
    Comparing 8.x to 4.1-4.4 doesn't seem to be fair. Why not just compare 8.x to 4.x?
  • Reply 8 of 73
    magman1979magman1979 Posts: 1,009member
    pfisher wrote: »
    There is not a lot of difference in latest versions of Android. Maybe less or about the same as iOS.

    How about the fact that not ONLY has Google dropped support for the versions of Android that now make up the VAST majority of users, but that those versions also suffer from SERIOUS security vulnerabilities that Google has now refused to patch!

    http://www.extremetech.com/mobile/197346-google-throws-nearly-a-billion-android-users-under-the-bus-refuses-to-patch-os-vulnerability

    And their latest POS OS build only stands at 3.3% after being on the market nearly the same amount of time as iOS 8.x? ROTFL!!!

    Educate yourself before speaking again, you'll save yourself from looking like a fool, but then, everyone here already knows that.
  • Reply 9 of 73
    I couldn't care less what the uptake of iOS 8 is. I can't wait to see the back of it.

    A thousand bug fixes and no new features is what is required of iOS 9.
  • Reply 10 of 73
    mjtomlinmjtomlin Posts: 1,709member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jd_in_sb View Post



    Comparing 8.x to 4.1-4.4 doesn't seem to be fair. Why not just compare 8.x to 4.x?



    Sure it is when you understand what an update consists of. Google doesn't follow conventions as far as versioning; major releases are based on API level. The version number is just that - a number. It doesn't really mean anything other than to signify progression.

     

    If all you consider is that number, consider that OS X has been on version 10.x for 15 years now. Different companies use their own versioning system and they should never be compared to another company's system.

  • Reply 11 of 73
    magman1979magman1979 Posts: 1,009member
    I couldn't care less what the uptake of iOS 8 is. I can't wait to see the back of it.

    A thousand bug fixes and no new features is what is required of iOS 9.
    iOS 8.2 has been the best iOS release since iOS 7 was released. Battery life went thru the roof, system fluidity and stability are fantastic, and bugs are minimal.

    Please stop spreading your usual vitriol, I'm getting fucking tired of it. You're just as mindless as pfisher is sometimes.
  • Reply 12 of 73
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MagMan1979 View Post





    iOS 8.2 has been the best iOS release since iOS 7 was released. Battery life went thru the roof, system fluidity and stability are fantastic, and bugs are minimal.



    Please stop spreading your usual vitriol, I'm getting fucking tired of it. You're just as mindless as pfisher is sometimes.



    Just add them to the block list, my blood pressure dropped ten points when I did that. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" /> 

  • Reply 13 of 73
    magman1979 wrote: »
    I couldn't care less what the uptake of iOS 8 is. I can't wait to see the back of it.

    A thousand bug fixes and no new features is what is required of iOS 9.
    iOS 8.2 has been the best iOS release since iOS 7 was released. Battery life went thru the roof, system fluidity and stability are fantastic, and bugs are minimal.

    Please stop spreading your usual vitriol, I'm getting fucking tired of it. You're just as mindless as pfisher is sometimes.

    iOS 8 is the most unstable OS I've had the misfortune to endure. It's the worst iOS that Apple have released.

    Yosemite is a lot better. The Mac has the upper hand these days.
  • Reply 14 of 73
    dickprinterdickprinter Posts: 1,060member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Benjamin Frost View Post



    I couldn't care less what the uptake of iOS 8 is. I can't wait to see the back of it.



    A thousand bug fixes and no new features is what is required of iOS 9.

    1000 posts allows you to give yourself a nickname, which will appear under your current username. AI members sometimes use this nickname option to exemplify their personas.

     

    For example: Apple ][ is "Fandroid Killer" and dasanman69 is "Naysayer Extraordinaire"

     

    May I suggest a nickname for you….Mr. Happypants? :D 

     

    Edit: Added an article of clothing to my nickname suggestion…..because it sounded funnier!

  • Reply 15 of 73
    magman1979magman1979 Posts: 1,009member

    Just add them to the block list, my blood pressure dropped ten points when I did that. :lol:  

    I already did that to pfisher, but the problem is, people still quote his sorry arse on replies, same with MR. BF Moron here, and those don't get blocked, so we still end up seeing their stupidity!
    iOS 8 is the most unstable OS I've had the misfortune to endure. It's the worst iOS that Apple have released.

    Yosemite is a lot better. The Mac has the upper hand these days.

    OMG, please don't tell me you're for real... The most unstable OS? Do you realize how utterly STUPID and IGNORANT you just made yourself out to be??? My god, can't wait for Slurpy to come in here and rip you a new one for your bullshit!
    1000 posts allows you to give yourself a nickname, which will appear under your current username. AI members sometimes use this nickname option to exemplify their personas.

    For example: Apple ][ is "Fandroid Killer" and dasanman69 is "Naysayer Extraordinaire"

    May I suggest a nickname for you….Mr. Happypants? :D  

    Edit: Added an article of clothing to my nickname suggestion…..because it sounded funnier!

    I would actually suggest the nickname "Mr. Oblivious Troll" instead, sounds more fitting!
  • Reply 16 of 73
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    1000 posts allows you to give yourself a nickname, which will appear under your current username. AI members sometimes use this nickname option to exemplify their personas.

    For example: Apple ][ is "Fandroid Killer" and dasanman69 is "Naysayer Extraordinaire"

    May I suggest a nickname for you….Mr. Happypants? :D  

    Edit: Added an article of clothing to my nickname suggestion…..because it sounded funnier!

    1) I think that was [@]Tallest Skil[/@] being kind. I don't think that option is open to board members any longer.

    2) I liked my (Mogul Gaberator) and [@]Dick Applebaum[/@]'s (Renal Attentive)… and others, but I can't recall any others off hand).
  • Reply 17 of 73
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 42,968member
    Originally Posted by SolipsismY View Post

    1) I think that was @Tallest Skil being kind. I don't think that option is open to board members any longer.

     

    Only because we don’t have any active admins anymore. It’s actually a setting that can be flipped to allow users to do it themselves, but it would require a server restart.

  • Reply 18 of 73
    paul94544paul94544 Posts: 1,027member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Benjamin Frost View Post



    I couldn't care less what the uptake of iOS 8 is. I can't wait to see the back of it.



    A thousand bug fixes and no new features is what is required of iOS 9.

    GO away you troll, no-one care  sweet Fanny Adams what  YOU think!

  • Reply 19 of 73
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,931member
    1000 posts allows you to give yourself a nickname, which will appear under your current username. AI members sometimes use this nickname option to exemplify their personas.

    For example: Apple ][ is "Fandroid Killer" and dasanman69 is "Naysayer Extraordinaire"

    May I suggest a nickname for you….Mr. Happypants? :D  

    Edit: Added an article of clothing to my nickname suggestion…..because it sounded funnier!

    We got those when [@]Tallest Skil[/@] was a mod, which I often times wish he still was. I don't know if any of the current ones would honor any such requests.
  • Reply 20 of 73
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MagMan1979 View Post



    iOS 8.2 has been the best iOS release since iOS 7 was released. Battery life went thru the roof, system fluidity and stability are fantastic, and bugs are minimal.

     

     

    What hardware are you running it on?  This is the first I've heard of battery usage improvement (but admittedly, I haven't researched heavily).

     

    I've enjoyed iOS 8 from the start on my Air 2, but I've been hesitant to move away from iOS 7 on my 4S... which I still love so much, it's nearly real.

     

    - Edited for clarity -

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