iOS 9 adoption rates nearing 20%, threatening to overtake Android Lollipop in just a few days

iOS 9 adoption rates nearing 20%, threatening to overtake Android Lollipop in just a few days
Even if you're the biggest Android fan on the face of Earth, you still likely admit that software updates on Google's OS take ages to permeate the general public. That's to be expected — after all, everybody and their mom seems to make Android devices nowadays, all choosing a different version, with varying commitments to software support. Like it or not, this is one problem Apple's walled-in iOS doesn't have, and the latest iOS 9 adoption rate numbers prove this.

According to figures from mixpanel, iOS9 adoption rates have already reached over 18% of the total population, in just 3 short days. Considering that iOS 8 peaked at a little bit over 90%, it doesn't take a stats whiz to forecast that the numbers will keep on climbing for some time to come.


Since we touched on Android's problem in this regard already, it also makes sense to point out that the latest major version — Android Lollipop — only recently went over the 20% threshold. The majority of users (39.2%) are still stuck on KitKat, which is kind of depressing with it having being made available some 2 years ago. Indeed, software updates are still a fundamental problem with Android and a noteworthy advantage of Apple devices.

source: mixpanel


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61 Comments

1. supracer

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

This article is just full of sh*t! Seriously...

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Although there may be inaccuracies in this article, e.g. Its a third party source, not accurate as, that same site says Lollipop is at about 40% adoptionhttps://mixpanel.com/trends/#report/android_os_adoption And I guess you could argue that there's far more Androids iOS is well known for quick adoption Its just a matter of time before iOS 9 overtakes iOS 8 and Lollipop That being said, IMO we shouldn't really compare iOS and Android adoption since they are different in too many aspects

6. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Because having the latest update makes people look so cool. #firsttechadopterproblems.

23. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

No having the latest update are important many updates contain bug fixs as well as security patches as well as the latest in security features. Having a device up to date with the latest software regardless if itd android or IOS is hugely important.

43. willard12 unregistered

Bug fix and security updates are done all the time and is separate matter than needing the latest OS version.

55. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Incorrect.

56. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

58. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

The issue is as new OS version are leaves, support for old OS versions are cut off. Have a look at Apple's "Rootless" system, it cant be added to older IOS versions it has to be added from the groud up from a new OS version, because of this, IOS 9 will forever be for more secure than IOS 8...something this big cant be added with a simple minor update as your article is talking about (minor updates). PS. every 6 weeks is still WAY to slow.

59. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

It adds new API to Play Services if you havent read the article. You cant give new updates faster than 6 weeks since there are not even APIs to update. I know iOS9 will be more secure than iOS9 but as you see thats not the case with Android. It gets new API no matter what.

57. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Updates from Android a random and are not done "all the time". And wrong, Latest OS version has improved security features, that can done be added to an outdated OS version. It is so important to be running the latest OS version for your own privacy and security.

61. Paximos

Posts: 282; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

No, there is only one apple and one ios but then, there are many OEMs and one Android....get it?

12. uktel3315

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

But not all the android phones are made by google. I guess above 90% of nexus 4+ phones have the latest os. its not possible to update 10,000 different devices to latest os, unlike 5-10 different iphones/ipads. And those who care about the latest OS, will buy either flagship phones or nexus.

49. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

some people can't get in their head, if you want to compare adaption rates you need to compare iPhones to Nexuses. Touchwiz, sense UI, Flyme, MIUI, etc. Are other OSes based on Android. They can compare iOS to Touchwiz for say, and bash Samsung, I would not object. But comparing all OSes based on Android with iOS and then pointing fingers to Google is weird. Note: my comment is not directed at this article.

54. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Most Android devices sold worldwide will never even receive a single version update. iPhone 4S is updated to iOS 9. Im not seeing a lot of Droid X updates these days. Apple is superior at keeping their devices updated and thus keeping their devices secure.

2. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

the actual unit count for 20% adoption of Android Lollipop are twice or trice(or even more) greater than the 18% adoption of ios9. That is percentage, count the actual unit count

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

20% of Androids are more than all iPhones combined.

10. trungtruces

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 18, 2015

Please don't let your madness fools you. The number of devices does not really matter considering the price of devices. iOS devices cost $650 each unit in average, compared to Android's device which is around $200 for each. The higher price the device is, the more high-end the device. This would help developers to do less on the compability work and focus more on making great apps. This adoption rates does not affect anyone but developers who are making apps. That is why in the app market share, iOS is still ahead of Android even though the number of iOS devices are far more behind Android counterparts.

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Great comparison of 24093+ Android devices vs 15 iOS devices

4. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Not threatening nor alarming, most people in developed countries are ok with jelly bean and kitkat. As long as the device is stable and works properly, not all people would want to update to the latest os. Just like in pc if windows 7 works why do the hassle of upgrading to windows 8?

15. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

you are correct but Why not upgrade to 10?

16. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

That's my point. Instead of jumping to windows 8 when it was launched, I'll just go straight to windows 10 since windows 7 is doing good and I can live with a 10 year old system that can still do the things it was supposed to do.

21. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Exactly. I jumped from 7 to 10. Tried 8 and 8.1 didnt like it.

36. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Luls. You guys are working really hard to convince yourselves

39. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

? Convince what? That Win 10 and Win 7 are better than Win 8?

20. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

1) Currently buggier than iOS 8 and Lollipop combined. Maybe will get fixed soon. 2) Automatic updates and no way to stop it in home version. Pain for slow internet. I prefer to update manually.

48. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

where do you get off comparing a fully fledged desktop OS to two moble os's.

50. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Its called example. I'm not comparing their features or functionality.

8. Kumar123 unregistered

Oh, the beauty of Android. 1 year Old and still at 20%. He he he. Good job google, s/

22. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

There are many factors to consider -There are more Android devices (Over 25000) compared to 15 iOS devices -Some manufacturers have many variants (i.e Samsung) and take some time to update or they don't update -People still use older devices which are out of support -20% means 260 million android devices (1.3 billion which is the no.of units sold till 2014) You have a good point but you should realize that not all device updates are controlled by Google. There are Manufacturer and Carriers blocking the way.

24. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

You're absolutely right that Google does not control the update process for Android devices and that the various vendors' customization makes updates more difficult and slow to roll out. But have you considered why Google has this model for Android? Google is an ad company. They sell ads for a living. A great way to sell more ads is to make sure people are exposed to them, thus they "give away" their mobile OS. Google has no incentive for making sure their Android users are on the latest version of the OS, they're still exposed to the same ads regardless. If Google wanted to they could easily change their model so Android users were also protected with the latest patches and the latest functionality. It's just not in their interest.

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