Apple hits Android under the belt once again, claims 54% of Android users run a 2-year old OS

Shots fired, all on target!

Apple's iPad event is already live and similar to its last two events, Cupertino did not miss the opportunity to take a straight jab at iOS's most fierce rival – Android. Apple's Craig Federighi boasted that the adoption rate of iOS 8, the latest rendition of the mobile platform, is 48% just after 26 days of being pushed to compatible devices.

Federighi then proceeded by bashing Android and claiming that merely 25% of the users of Google's OS are running the latest version, Android 4.4.x KitKat. He also delivered a final, critical blow under Android's belt by claiming that more than 54% of the users are boasting Android Jelly Bean, a version of the OS that is "more than 2 years old".

However, Craig Federighi forgot to mention that the adoption rate of iOS 8 has stalled during the last weeks. As a matter of fact, the OS had reached 46% only five days after its release on September 17. So, just 2% for 21 days? Well, blame the crippling bugs that made most iFans stay away from iOS 8. 



1. donjb

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

I am pretty upset with Google...they cancelled my Android dev account without a clear reason and it so hard to talk to a real person.

28. 5sApple

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

thats becoz iOS 8=Android 2.3

42. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

That has nothing to do with donjb's comment

63. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

He did that so that his comment would appear on page 1 and not be buried deep into the comment section.

58. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

iOS 7=Android 60 when it comes to fluidity.

59. Alcahas

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

True, but Android L will hopefully make the gap less noticeable.

61. manuel1992

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

Fluidity??have you seen nexus 5 with kitkat? every video on youtube that confront nexus 5 with iphone it's clearly everytime wins nexus 5. Do not see samsung or htc or lg or sony..... because they put their stuff on the android and make it with lags. You have to see the original android. And now with android L it is light years ahead of ios on every aspect. I dare you to tell me something that ios is better than android now

91. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Only you ignorant fool HTC devices don't lag. HTC doesn't put anything on their devices that lag. Samsung yes. LG sure. Sony no. HTC hell no. Try some research.

99. manuel1992

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

Of course they put their stuff you dumb. Maybe no lag but the original android is still the fastest version.

85. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

LOL! You're stuck in 2012 with iOS, dude.

92. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

I guess you have never used an HTC device running Sense 6 or Nexus device. Both are just as fluid as iOS if not more so and the epxerts agree.

87. Ducfranz

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Let's also note that Apple iPhones mysteriously begin to lag, malfunction and do whatever it wants once a new ios comes out. Then when they call in for technical support they say "ooo yeah you need to update your device to the latest software".

64. engineer-1701d unregistered

o this means war, apple lies again on graphs, where do they get these fake ass numbers from, google should sue them for false allegations, its so sad that apple people have to resort to this to help sell a non needed device.

82. durag1

Posts: 35; Member since: May 29, 2012

That just shows how stupid they are having graphs a year off. Guess that's why they are having trouble with their OS now! Security threats cause OS to change 2-3 times within a month. Seen a wireless web site, (not iphone arena), saying apple clearly doesn't test new OS updates enough before they release them. They have no clue. Anyone had their iphone hacked unchallenged? They say it's easy to do! Good luck iphone users!

65. engineer-1701d unregistered

HAHAHAHA THATS THE BEAUTIFUL TRASH CANS GUY HAHAHAHAHA, kitkat is 2014 not 2013 jb2013 not 2012 do they just guess at this.

81. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Shut up

86. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Kit Kat came out in October of 2013 showcased on the Nexus 5. Jelly Bean came out in June of 2012 and was released to AOSP in July of that same year. Do some research or perhaps follow software releases.

2. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

He has a point though, most tablet makers don't upgrade past a certain point. I do think that the data is flawed due to the fact that manufacturers do that; I have a nook+ that's running ICS (I think) and now there's a Samsung Nook.

29. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

True, but he's comparing "Android" to "Apple devices". If he showed a chart of Nexus, "Google Devices", the numbers would be very different. Variation and choice have a cost. Apple's velvet iron fist does as well. Meh, strokes and folks. I can imagine there's somebody at the WP division of MS wishing they'll be on that comparison chart one day.

40. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

You should put CM11 on your nook! I did it and it's so much nicer.

44. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Nook (and Kindle) are Android based, but are not Android.

49. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

No, he really doesn't. Considering google play services is now mostly independent of the OS level for android, this is focusing on something that isn't really a focus at all. It's simply begging the question: "Why hasn't android updated a part of android that isn't as critical as people think it is?"


Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Lol apple event seems like a rerun heard it before bring something new

10. Alcahas

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Like something that's actually innovative/useful/new ?


Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The most innovative is thing out is google now period... Turbo charging on the nexus6 is also..

13. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

right, 54% of Android users run a 2-year old OS but still ahead of iOS 8

62. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Their 48% is like 480,000 users and 25% is 25,000,000. They use percentage to make it seem they have the upper hand in installed base wherein reality they dont.

72. vhammoudeh

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

Your numbers seem a bit off but the point is valid; those 25% Kit Kat devices are more numerous than all 100% iOS devices, because 25% of 82% (if I am not mistaken) market share is more than the 15% market share iPhone has.

83. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah they may seem be the not exactly numbers. I put it just for scale or sampling.

93. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

84 percent marketshare at last count,

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