Apple iOS 8 has officially hit a 72% adoption rate, while Android Lollipop distribution reaches just 1.6% in a battle that is getting less-compelling by the day.
Apple iOS 8 has had its share of issues as it launched, and really throughout the entire remainder of 2014. Some of those issues have even lingered into 2015. Initially, adoption rates seemed low, or at the very least – like they were slower than what the company expected and much slower than what analysts expected. Meanwhile, during the fall Google was hyping for the official launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop. When it launched, Android users were ecstatic, given the fact that the performance of Android 5.0 seemed to outpace previous editions significantly. If that wasn’t enough, it even added a ton of features that users were craving.
Then, came the wave of smartphone makers who said that they would be updating their flagship devices of 2014 – and even some other devices to Android 5.0. The move was something that was new for Android users because those Android users often faced the continued dilemma of either sticking with an old operating system – as those smartphone makers would rarely offer updates – or do so very sparingly or pay for a new device entirely.
Now though, we’re more than one month into 2015 and passing many of the deadlines at which those smartphone makers held themselves to – and the numbers suggest something pretty grim for those hoping that Android 5.0 could compete more directly with Apple’s iOS 8. Just 1.6% of users have had Android 5.0 Lollipop distributed to them while 72% of iPhone users have adopted iOS 8. Forget about adopting the new edition of Android – many Android users can’t even get their hands on the latest operating system dished out by Google.
While Apple has an advantage on the hardware side, that Google simply does not with Android – the point that the difference is that great just speaks to the sheer volume of ground at which Google needs to make up in order to just catch up to Apple. Which according to many, is something that is highly-unlikely, if not impossible altogether. The numbers even suggest that many users of Android devices are using an operating system that is nearly 3 years old, too. It’s hard to believe that with all of the negative attention that iOS 8 received when the operating system first launched, that it could be lapping the Android field as readily as it is right now – but it’s happening, and the numbers don’t lie in this instance.