We reported earlier today that the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system only has a 3.3% share of the Android market. The smallness of that number is further highlighted by the fact that the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system has just reached 75% adoption among iOS users. Even more embarrassing for Android is that the rate of adoption for iOS 8 was actually much slower than previous versions.
Apple today updated its iOS adoption numbers to show that iOS 8 has finally hit the 75 percent mark. We say “finally” because the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system has had a much slower adoption rate compared to its predecessors. iOS 8 share (which includes iOS 8.1) has taken six months to reach the three-quarter mark. iOS 7 is now on less than a quarter of devices, at 22 percent. Over the last two weeks, iOS 8 stole 2 percentage points from iOS 7. The remaining iOS versions remained flat at 3 percent. The slower adoption rate of iOS 8 compared to iOS 7 and iOS 6 in the respective time periods was first noticed by third-party tracking sites (most of which rely on ad impressions). The trend was then confirmed by Apple when iOS 8 gained only 1 percentage point less than a month after its release.