iOS 7 Adoption Figures Put Android To Shame

iOS usage stats (20140324)

85% of iOS devices are running iOS 7 or later, Apple claims.

Refreshing its iOS usage numbers on Monday, Apple measured usage of its most recent mobile OS for a seven‑day period ending March 23, 2014.

Next in line, unsurprisingly, is iOS 6 which currently represents 12% of all iOS devices — while just 3% are running older versions of Apple’s mobile OS.

The real comparison, however, is Google’s official Android version distribution — and the results don’t do Android any favors.

A side-by-side comparison between iOS and Android does Google no favors whatsoever.

A side-by-side comparison between iOS and Android does Google no favors whatsoever.

Based on data collected during a seven-day period ending on March 3, 2014, a miniscule 2.5% of Android devices which accessed the Play Store had installed KitKat, the latest version of Google’s mobile OS.

62% percent of devices had Jelly Bean installed, while 35.5% of Android devices were still running earlier releases.

Although Apple places more emphasis on users ugrading — providing firmware upgrades over the air and insisting that app developers keep up with the latest releases — it still serves as an example of how fragmented the Android OS is when compared to iOS.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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