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iOS 7 hits 88 percent adoption as Android 4.4 Kitkat crawls to 8.5 percent

Apple trumps Google in the software stakes
Tue May 06 2014, 10:56

Apple developer stats showing iOS at 88 percentAPPLE'S iOS 7 mobile operating system is now running on 88 percent of iPhones and iPads, trumping Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat which sits on just 8.5 percent of Android devices.

Apple released its latest iOS 7 statistics over the weekend, revealing that as of 4 May the latest version of iOS was running on 88 percent of iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. While this means that the latest iOS release is running on the majority of iDevices, this is just a one percent increase compared to April, when iOS 7 could be found on 87 percent of Apple mobiles and tablets.

Apple's figures also reveal that iOS 6 users fell from 11 percent to 10 percent, while users on older versions of iOS remained at two percent.

These figures are in stark contrast to Google's latest Android adoption numbers, which show that as of 1 May, version 4.4 Kitkat could be found on 8.5 percent of Android devices. While this is miles from iOS 7's penetration, it sees Kitkat's adoption growing from 5.3 percent in April from 2.5 percent in March, with Kitkat's market share likely having seen a boost from the launches of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 smartphones.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which last month sat on 61.4 percent of Android devices, has seemingly taken a hit from Kitkat's growing market share, with the ageing software now found on 60.8 percent. However, it remains the most popular version of Android, with Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich and Android 2.3.x Gingerbread shrinking to 13.4 percent and 16.2 percent market shares, respectively.

Both Apple and Google are expected to announce their latest mobile operating system versions, likely iOS 8 and Android 4.5, respectively, next month. µ

 

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