70% of iPhones now running on iOS 9, putting Android 6.0 Marshmallow to shame

70% of iPhones now running on iOS 9, putting Android 6.0 Marshmallow to shame
While the benefits of Android have permeated communities around the globe, its ubiquity comes at a price. Being open to third-parties to thinker with and customize, Android often ends up looking and running quite differently from one device to the next, and that means there's no uniform updates delivery system in place to ensure the vast majority of the population is using the latest code. Conversely, the walled-off garden that Apple's iOS ecosystem is makes a world of difference when it comes to getting the user base onto the new software, and as of November 30, 70% of the public is rocking iOS 9.

Courtesy of Apple, this data exemplifies just how much more efficient Cupertino's approach is when it comes to software updates. A quick Google search returned rather shocking results for the Android camp: only a lousy 0.3% of the world Android population is on the latest Marshmallow update. That's despite Android 6 being released shortly after iOS 9. In fact, even Android 5 Lollipop accounts for just 26% or so of the population, while Android 4.4 KitKat is the leader with a 38% share. That's software released over two years ago.

There's a score of reasons for Android's crappy performance in this area, and the majority of them are very much justifiable — specifically considering the overall quite positive effect the OS has had in terms of making smartphones nearly universally affordable. Nevertheless, a fragmented ecosystem benefits no one and can potentially even endanger users on older software, despite Google's efforts in decoupling a wide array of services from the core in order to be able to push timely updates to them. 

source: Apple, Google



1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

How many models are supporting iOS 9. and how many devices will support Marshmallow????

4. BobbyBusterII

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 01, 2015

Fine. How many different Marshmallow versions do you need? Vast majority of people only need one. Why should it matter how many different versions have to be available? By Apple's standard, GS2 should get Marshmallow and eventually more, but even GS4 / GN3 won't get it. That's what actually matters.

10. engineer-1701d unregistered

because old hardware cant keep up with new software just like ios devices bricked by ios8 and 9 update. and when u have 1200 different android devices or more and 500 different skins on top of that and oem and carrier added features u have to test everything or less u end up like apple a buggy os thats updated each month getting worse and worse. android gets the update late after its been polished and all major potential bugs ironed out

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Uhm, old hardware is no excuse for garbage OS programming. The Galaxy S1 will easily run Android Lollipop smoothly if Samsung cared to make it officially available. Have a look for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb6N3HvbmgQ


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Brother, don't get me started. I work at a facility and one of my patient's family members was telling me how he gave in to the constantly bugging update notifiction and winded up losing the ability to connect to WiFi in a lot of places. Another caretaker with an ipad turns around and tell him the same thing. Then, another one of my coworkers says the exact same thing! The guy had to go through a bunch of junk and eventually had to get a brand new phone that wasn't updated. With only a few devices and the same overlay, Apple has no excuse for bugginess in its releases. They better be delivering perfection for the prices they're charging.

113. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I wonder why they don't have the news were Spotify is th number one music steaming service and fruity is nowhere to be found. Just asking?

103. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

look how laggy it is though.

104. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Here is why ist stupid to shove newer OS on older hardware. Because you only get to share the version number. You dont get all or even 1/2 the features. Basically all you would get is the security fixes. What good is that. I rather wait 2 years and just buy a new device. I dont want my 4 year old GS3 running Lollipop. I dont want my iPhone 4 running IOS9. What benefits would I get? NEARLYNONE!!! Just because it can run it, doesn't mean it should. Watching your video, its laggy and slow. What would I want that. Then you'd be the first complaining about how laggy and slow your device is.

108. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Uhm, what feature was missing from that demo I linked to? The laggy touchwiz skin? There was: - the new material design/animations - new apps - new notification system - new settings etc. Even better performance than the stock Touchwiz Rom. That's a whole lot more than just "security updates". Plus it's still useable from my perspective for texting, calling, lite web browsing, youtube, and lite gaming. Not everyone needs top of the line hardware. Heck, most of Windows 10's new features, including Cortana, Windows Hello (fingerprint), Edge, multiple desktops, and many new Windows Store apps, work fine on my 2008 HP Pavilion dv3510nr Laptop that came with Vista and Intel Centrino. Plus it's overall faster than Vista it came with, mostly noticeable in boot up (now takes less than 30 seconds whereas before it'll take over a minute). Only features like Game DVR require better hardware...again, old hardware is no excuse for garbage OS programming.

36. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

You are kidding ,right ? How in the hell the S4 and Note 3 Can't handle Marshmallow and those overpriced overhyped snap 615 and 410 craps like the A3 and A5 and A7 and A8 will handle it ? .. Hell even the dead note 2 can handle Marshmallow with ease .. Samsung mainly and most android companies are being an @ss

106. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Question. Does it make sense to update a phone that most people dont even have anymore? How many people you think still have an S4 or Note 3 other than you? I would expect that a phone that is more than 2/3 years old isnt work updating because most would have traded/sold them. I said "most" not "all". But let me make this assumption. We do know Samsung sold over 60M S4's counting all selling models. Now I realize the S4 is only just over 2 years old. Let's just assume 50% of those phones are still in the hands of the original buyers. How many you think will be getting rid of such an old phone when the S7 comes out?Most people on average only hold on to a phone for 2 years. What si the point of updating it? Then you have to consider, how many OEM's make Android phones? if you get Lollipop on the S4, dont you think other OEM's would ahve to do the same for their 2 year old plus phone? Then consider? All these OEM's make several phone models in a single year. So how do you choose which ones get it or dont? Also consider the time and money to even have to create a firmware for each one. How big do you think software and development groups are in these companies? Maybe 20-30 people? consider the time to test and try to configure every single phone. STOP COPMPARING THIS TO APPLE...ITS STUPID. The reaosn is Apple makes 1 device in 3 sized. Small -iPod Touch Mediam - iPhone Larger - iPad. They all use the same OS, they all pretty much have the same hardware, the new OS may have new features, but they dont have to be shared with all 3 groups. In fact with iOS9 it appears only the Air 2 got most of the new features other than Force Junk. So just sharing the IOS version means what? NOTHING> Your device was designed and tested to work with what it came with. \So as with PC's, if your device came with 5.0, then yes you should get every firmware upgrade in the 5.x.x family. Shoudl you get 6.0? NOOOOOOOOOO! if your device came with 4.x.x then you should get every update or at least the very last one in the family. Should you get 5.x? NO!!! But if you do consider yoruself lucky. With a PC if your PC came with Windows XP, do you think you should get Vista or 7 free? NOOOOOO! Be happy Microsoft gave Windows 10 away for free for a year even for people who have Windows 7. apple makes one phone per year. Its easy to upgrade one phone per year when they all share the same hardware 2 years in a row. VS Android devices where each device is significantly different, you have 100's of OEM's with lots of devices. What you are asking for is nearly impossible to accomplish without spending a lot of money which you dont have.

105. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I actually know someone running ios9 on an iPhone 4 with no issues. So unless you actually own one don't make statements without first hand knowledge. A coworker still has the iPhone 3 with ios8 on it with no issues. Problem with android is they become obsolete after the next generations for an OS yet Apple can run 3-4 OS updates before they can no longer run properly. This is why so many Apple users can resell there phones for a much higher value than android users can.

16. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

ok... next question: how many companies Manufacture devices that support iOS 9.....?

22. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

i mean How many companies manufacture smartphones that runs iOS????

28. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

By Apple's standards, your old device will be running like a piece turd if it were supported with updates for that long. That's what happened with the 3g after iOS 4, the 3Gs after iOS 6, the i4 after iOS 7 (bit.ly/1ULkIA1), the i4s after iOS 8 (bit.ly/1TqJAva), etc. Worst of all, you have no choice to return to an iOS version of your choosing. It's literally planned obsolescence to force loyal iSheeps to buy another device. At least with Android, if you're so keen to get updates, you have easy access to custom ROMs, and Android just keeps getting lighter on resource demands (similar to Windows), so, even ancient hardware like the Galaxy S1 (bit.ly/1HHPYJ2) would run smoothly with it...unlike iOS. Plus, upgrade/downgrade as you please (goo.gl/0d9Tco), you're in control of the device you paid for, not the manufacturer.

47. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Who expects a 2 year old device to run as it did from day 1? Better yet who uses a device that's over 2 years old? The only person I know is my mother who is using my old 4s.

101. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Uhm, I'll still be using my 2008 HP Laptop with Windows 10 today, without any tablet, if it weren't for the Surface Pro 2 replacing it and enhancing my workflow in new ways. I plan on keeping my OnePlus One for at least 3 or more years... - works fine since I bought it over a year ago - plays the latest candy-crush-like time-killer games - keeps getting updates regardless of the manufacturer and carrier - runs smooth on the latest OS - takes decent pictures Don't see the point in throwing cash at a new device when they don't offer anything ground-breaking besides faster components. My OnePlus One is already fast enough..

53. TheYellowFlash

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Who cares?! At least my android device is stable. Unlike iphone4/4s/5 became trash after upgrading to ios8

57. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Even iPhone 6/6 Plus is absolute trash with iOS 9. Heck, iOS 9.1 seems to have fixed some issues, though not that stable. *Meh*

99. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Care to elaborate on that? I have an iPhone 6 Plus on the latest version of iOS 9 and I have no issues with it at all. Not saying others haven't had issues, but I've been extremely lucky and have never had the wifi problems, battery drain problems, or the other issues that ppl complained about with previous updates. Im completely satisfied with my phone, and to me thats what matters most.

78. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

My very old Lollipop device runs smoother than my buggy and problematic iOS 9.0. can't update via OTA.

102. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because OEM's aren't going to shove a firmware onto a phone and ruin its performnce to force you to buy another, liek Apple does. the iPhone 4S runs terrible with iOS9 and it doesnt even have all of the features. My iPhone 4 still runs like molasses with iOS7 and I cant even upgarde to anythign else. It has nothing on it but contacts, 2 games, no music or video and the stock apps and its still slower than my Galaxy S3 which I also still have which has over 100 apps and games installed and has my 128GB of music and video on an sdcard.

24. Nopers unregistered

What's you're point? There are less than 20 devices that support iOS, and there are thousands of android devices, all iOS devices will get iOS 9 so long as they aren't lesser than the iPhone 4S or iPad 2. If you put it in percentages 85% of iOS devices will be updated, about 10% of android devices will be updated, most of androids new OS percentages are made up by new devices.


Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

that thing called ratio and proportion!!!

97. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

Quote : "lousy" & "crappy" from author's article. Mmmm, that is the smell of biases.


Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

its a fact bruh, so accept it, lol!

112. Elfmonster unregistered

Android needs to start a new promise to push free offers to update any android device to the new level on day one from the Google Play Store. I was a fanbot but I'm just sick of this horsecrap, honestly. Android needs to take control of their lunacy.

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Android sucks....fragmentation is killing android

8. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

apple is a fragmented version of android. Don't worry, apple will get some more android features next year.

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

fragmentation is killing ios 70% of iphones running ios9 or higher lost finger print scanner and data and many other things dont work ip6 plus has to change frame rate to try and stop lag and stutter still a problem will be fixed with next iphone running 3 gb ram nobody makes money off of ios just apple

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