New statistics from Apple today are showing that over 76 percent of Apple devices have installed iOS 11, which is way more than the adoption rate of Android Oreo. Android Oreo and iOS 11 are the two new operating systems from Google and Apple. The App Store support page just updated showing the adoption rates for iOS 11, which is aimed at helping developers. We have the breakdown of what this information shows and how it compares to the adoption rate of Android Oreo.
Android Oreo & iOS 11 Show Significantly Different Adoption Rates
The biggest news we can tell you this week is that 76 percent of all Apple devices, as of the new statistics, have adopted iOS 11. This information is coming from the developer App Store support page, and this news from Apple is great for nearly everyone. In about three months, the adoption rate has increased 11 points. Back in January, iOS 11 was only installed on 65 percent of all Apple devices. Looking at the other numbers released on the App Store support page, we see that 19 percent of Apple devices are still running iOS 10.
There are only about five percent of Apple devices out there right now running on something older than iOS 10. As for why these devices are lagging behind, Apple does not support older devices on the newest operating systems. If you are still running on an iPhone 4S, you are one of these people who cannot get any upgrades and are stuck on iOS 9. The adoption rates of iOS 11 have been steadily getting better, although the rates are slower than what we saw with iOS 10. Back in February 2017, about 80 percent of all Apple devices were running iOS 10.
What is Causing Slower iOS 11 Adoption Rates?
When it comes to why the adoption rates are so different for iOS 10 and iOS 11, one major issue is that iOS 11 has had many problems since it was released. It was released with a ton of problems, and the problems are still continuing right now. A lot of the issues were high-profile in nature, such as Meltdown vulnerabilities, and a bug impacting HomeKit. There was also a Spectre vulnerability as well, and that is not even the start of all of the issues.
The biggest issue you probably heard about was that Apple freely admitted to throttling the older iOS devices. After that, it seemed a lot of people were shying away from updating their iOS device if they were one of those on an older iOS device. Why update to the newest operating system if Apple is going to throttle it and slow your device down intentionally? So you might be wondering what made the iOS 11 adoption rates increase so much in just a few months?
One thing was the release of iOS 11.2, which happened in December 2017. Just a month ago, iOS 11.3 was released, and both of these releases were major in terms of features and updates. There is also the fact that iOS 11.4 is already being worked on, which could make people decide to go ahead and update to the new operating system. With iOS 11.4, you will get Messages through iCloud and AirPlay 2.
Adoption Rates for Android are Horrible Compared to iOS
We do not have a lot to say regarding Android or Google, except that the Android Oreo adoption rate for the newest version is sitting at only .5 percent. That is a significantly lower number and in total, only 4.6 of all Android devices have a version of Android Oreo installed. Most people who are on Android are still using one of three older operating systems. That includes Android Nougat, which is version 7, and Android Marshmallow which is version 6.
Even Android Lollipop, which is the old Android 5 version, is still seeing quite a bit of action. Lollipop came out back in 2014, with Marshmallow coming out in 2015, and Nougat coming out in 2016. When it comes to Android, the biggest issue is that fragmentation is a problem, due to so many different companies and smartphone manufacturers creating Android smartphones. Apple has complete control because only Apple makes iOS smartphones and other devices.
Android Adoption Rates Slower Due to Many Issues
Android on the other hand, allows for smartphone manufacturers to create their own version that is customized, and often times software downloads are left behind. Some phone manufacturers wait weeks and months to put out the newest updates. What is even worse is that others do not do these updates at all. There is definitely a huge disparity between Android and iOS in terms of control over the updates and that is part of the big problem here.
We want to hear from you in the comments what you think of the adoption rates of both iOS 11 and Android Oreo. Do you have Android Oreo 8 or 8.1 installed on your Android device? Are you one of the millions still running on an older version of Android? Since only Apple makes iOS devices, do you think that is the main reason why there is such a disparity between the adoption rates? Let us know what you think and if you think the phone manufacturers on Android are to blame for these problems.