As far as technical debates go, iOS vs Android is still one of the most passionate topics in technology these days. While many users prefer the intuitiveness of iOS, many others are drawn to the more open competitor, which is Android. And believe it or not, there are still other smartphone users out there who find Android to be easier to use.
Now, we can spend hours discussing the pros and cons of iOS and Android and how they each support one another, but that debate seems to miss a bigger point: Most Android users use an outdated version of the operating system.
Earlier this week, Apple updated its iOS usage figures and showed that 72% of iOS devices sold over the past four years run a variant of iOS 1
Take a look at the Android Developer Dashboard, which was last updated in late October. We see that just over 50% of Android devices run Marshmallow or an earlier OS. In other words, most Android devices out there currently operate an operating system that is at least three years old.
Even more, 31% of the Android devices in use are running an operating system that's at least four years old. In light of that, what is it talking about iOS vs Android features when the vast majority of Android users out there are completely unable to take advantage of and enjoy the mentioned features?
The table below tells absolute volumes.
Interestingly, the frequency of iOS 12 adoption merged on a much faster clip compared to iOS 11, a fact probably due to the fact that iOS 12 – instead of focusing on new features – was developed to improve overall system performance and reliability.