Android gets publicly shamed on stage at Apple's WWDC '18 event

Android gets publicly shamed on stage at Apple's WWDC '18 event
At Apple's official WWDC keynote today, Apple head honcho Craig Federighi took a subtle but rightful jab at Apple's iOS biggest software competitor - Android.

Quoting some pretty staggering figures, Federighi pointed out that iOS 11, Apple's current latest software, is powering a whole lot of 81% of all active iOS devices across the world, which are well over a billion. 

Meanwhile, Federighi shamed Android by stating that merely 6% of all active Android devices run the latest version of Google's software, which happens to be last summer's Android 8.x Oreo.

Fact-checking reveals that this statement is just slightly over-exaggerated.

Looking at the latest stats from Google's own stats dashboard, Oreo really powers 5.7% of the Android device pool, with Android 8.0 being found on 4.9% and Android 8.1 powering up another 0.8% of all devices. The data below was accurate as of May 7, 2018.


Meanwhile, Apple's App Store dashboard reveals that iOS 11 sits at 76% adoption, but the data is accurate as of April 22. Thus, iOS 11 having an 81% adoption as of this moment does not seem implausible.

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108 Comments

1. Vokilam

Posts: 1151; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Jiat like Apple fans say that Samsung giving Apple free advertisement on their commercials. When Apple does this - it’s the same thing.

6. Godlymansean

Posts: 334; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Commercial gonna have more reach I'd say. Not as many will read this article, regardless of how many sites it's on. Still true either way doe.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7032; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple does this every year to show how iOS adoption is doing. I thought it would be higher especially since Apple has 100% control over ever one of their devices, even to the point of secretly slowing down your iPhones. Plus iOS 11 is a bug fest. I wouldn't be bragging about that adoption. That is 81% of the poor iOS users suffering with crap, crashes, and lockups.

43. AmashAziz

Posts: 2893; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I'm not. Not now atleast.

50. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Give it a few months, when they decide to throttle you into upgrading, then you'll know.

55. AmashAziz

Posts: 2893; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I haven't felt the need to replace an iPhone I've been using for 1.5 years.......means no throttling issues. Same with an iPod Touch I have since 3-4 years. So your statement can't always be true. Every phone's battery dies at some point (I know such cases personally), but good care of the phone can help prevent that for quite a long time.

53. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Sometimes it is hard to listen to people say craps about Apple, but this is indeed very accurate

62. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The stat only represents the percentage of iOS 11 on all active iPhones in use, not the percentage of iOS 11 in use by those eligible for the update. That’s a difference worth noting considering there are people out there that may still be clinging on to old iPhone 5c’s (such as my coworker).

96. Ciroa

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 05, 2018

Well, I am a user of many operating systems since 1981. I have been a user of Wang VS,Tandy OS, DOS in many versions, SCO Unix, Xenix, Unix System V, IRIX, NextStep, Windows in all its versions since Windows 3 and I mean all, and never used an Apple OS until I bought an Iphone 5C by pure chance (a second hand phone) because it was cheaper than any new Android of comparable performance I could get. I also have used many versions of Android OS through phones I have bought to my children. Allow me to say this: IOS it is the best OS I have used in 45 years. I can control which version I have in my (old) iPhone because I can accept or reject upgrades, without any problem. I have never found a bug in the system (and I am very well trained in bug debugging: I have an M.S. in Computer Science and System Engineering and I have been CIS in many corporations with up to 10.000 people). While I have had several problems with my kids and wife Android phones (never a crash nor a lockup and certainly not crap) I have never had a problem AT ALL with my trusty and fast iPhone 5C. You may have had a different experience

97. Ciroa

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 05, 2018

Well, I am a user of many operating systems since 1981. I have been a user of Wang VS,Tandy OS, DOS in many versions, SCO Unix, Xenix, Unix System V, IRIX, NextStep, Windows in all its versions since Windows 3 and I mean all, and never used an Apple OS until I bought an Iphone 5C by pure chance (a second hand phone) because it was cheaper than any new Android of comparable performance I could get. I also have used many versions of Android OS through phones I have bought to my children. Allow me to say this: IOS it is the best OS I have used in 45 years. I can control which version I have in my (old) iPhone because I can accept or reject upgrades, without any problem. I have never found a bug in the system (and I am very well trained in bug debugging: I have an M.S. in Computer Science and System Engineering and I have been CIS in many corporations with up to 10.000 people). While I have had several problems with my kids and wife Android phones (never a crash nor a lockup and certainly not crap) I have never had a problem AT ALL with my trusty and fast iPhone 5C. You may have had a different experience

38. apple-rulz

Posts: 1943; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Uhhh, Apple is making the reference to Google, not Samsung.

83. Vokilam

Posts: 1151; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Uhhh, I was making a reference to Samsung (comparing it to recent Samsung commercials making fun of iPhone notch). You guys always say “free advertising”. Well here Apple is doing the same thing to android. I’m excited for these keynotes, but I loath this part of the presentation - Apple needs to stop - it shows how desperate they are when it comes to market share and statistics. If you calculate the actual number of how many android devices actually have latest android - it’ll pribably be the same amount as apples Devices.

91. apple-rulz

Posts: 1943; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Whatever, you clearly have a confused mind.

84. srgonu

Posts: 522; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I like Apple doing this every year poking fun at Android. I hope this will make Google push the OEMs to adopt treble.

2. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 920; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

The one thing I wish Android would copy from Apple.

13. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

That and the fact that all devices that could run iOS 11 can run iOS 12. That’s a pretty big deal right there. That means devices from 5 years ago will be supported for at least another year.

49. cmdacos

Posts: 3973; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Should go back to the original iPhone to be honest. Nothing has changed since then so should run like a champ!

105. Vokilam

Posts: 1151; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

By that logic android is the same as the original iPhone too - nothing has changed.

3. Godlymansean

Posts: 334; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

I mean.... As long as the phone performs the way you'd expect it/need/want then it's fine. IMO.

5. palmguy

Posts: 974; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Yes. I wish Google had the exclusive authority & rights to be the only company to create, make, and sell Android devices. Ah hmm Apple's monopoly...... Those numbers will be a little bit different.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7032; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple doesn't have a monopoly considering Android is sitting at 85% of all the smartphones sold around the globe are Android. There is lots of different models and prices. Remember if Google made every Android smartphone, then companies like Samsung, LG, Sony, Blackberry, Nokia HMK, Huawei, OnePlus, and many others would have to use a different OS.

33. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I’m pretty sure he was using sarcasm. He wasn’t really meaning to say he wishes Google was the only manufacturer. It was just a statement to make a point.

87. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

I believe he means Apple has monopoly over IOS :).

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

apple is the best in software updates but it cant be helped for android since companies use their own ui on top of android which takes time.

14. ahmadkun

Posts: 553; Member since: May 02, 2016

Whats new ? They doing it every year and the funny thing is non of the 81% had a real file manager or ability to customize .. here is the difference , i'm on android 7 but i got all what I need but see how iOS useres wishing small stuff that doesn't cost Apple anything to give them .. if you say i'm in dangerous because of the security! I say no thanks i know how to protect myself can't wait for the companies to protect me ..

16. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

So spend $500+ on a phone and you’re on your own. Not exactly a great idea either.

18. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Stop with the customization BS. Really, do you think so many people care about customization? You live in the minority. Every single friend of mine has Android and every single one of them did only chance the wallpaper and nothing else. And every single person that I know that isnt a tech geek really dont care about customization. That's why iOS is doing so well and still going strong. People don't give a f**k about customizing anything more than wallpaper and ringtone.

58. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

People do care about cuztomization, but even more so they care about being able to set up their device. People like having a choice, instead of having their choice taken away from them. Apple doesn't allow its users the same kind of choice and freedom that Android does. With Android your smartphone changes to fit your specific personal preference, while with IOS you're forced to be the one to change to what your phone requires. Android allows the user to set up their smartphone, so it's the best smartphone for them, as they don't have the change, because the phone changes for them.

93. Vokilam

Posts: 1151; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Techseptic, I’m a long time Samsung user just like you - but I’ve used an iPhone a while back and currently have an iPhone X. You are a liar or just don’t know - there are just as many options on the iPhone to set up your phone how you need it as it is on Samsung. Just because Samsung may have a few set up options that iPhone does not - iPhone has a few set up options that Samsung does not. You need to stop embarrassing yourself. Try an iPhone for once - like I did - you’re not gonna get it unless you let iOS work for you instead of looking for negatives to make yourself feel better for being a Samsung fanboy. Do you know how many times I’ve looked at my friends iPhones thru the years and wanted one thing or two that they had - just as many times I showed features on my galaxy that they wanted on their iPhone. So effing chill - you don’t know iPhones at all based on your propaganda.

98. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Vokilam. You're the one making accusations and calling people fanboys, while i was being completely grounded in my comment, so i think you're the one that needs to chill. Firstly, i have used iPhones, and i've owned the iPhone 6 as well, as seen from my past phones. My parents switches between IOS/Android, but they both settled on Android for now, as it's what they like they best. However, whenver they needed to get help with anything, i was the one that helped out, both with IOS and Android. So i'm familiar with IOS and Android. You're also exaggerating the amount of options you have to set up your iPhone, as it definitely doesn't offer the same kind of tinkering, cuztomization and general consumer freedom. Android is just a few steps above IOS when it comes to options, as it has always been, and that hasn't changed. Furthermore, there is quite a few instances where Apple makes their service the only real rational choice with their products, while that barely ever happens with Android. A great example of that kind of thought process is what lead to the Homepod, which only works with Apple services/devices. I think you're the one that is embarrassing himself, when you claim that IOS has as many features as Samsung Experience, which is literally known for packing a lot more features into itself than essentially any other Android skin. So if other Android skins doesn't even have as many features as Samsung's Android skin, then it's ridiculous to even claim that IOS has as many. Stop lying to make IOS look better than it is. IOS is all about minimalism. IOS has been made with the metality that goes with the motto: "It just works", which means it works for what the average consumer need it for, but that's about it. Lastly, do you know how many times i've looked at my friends iPhones, my own or my parents Iphones and thought that i wish i had that feature? Yeah, essentially doesn't happen.

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