iOS 7 Adoption Grows Another 5 Percent, Claims Most Users For Any Mobile Platform API Level

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Apr, 07, 2014, 11:22 PM
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(Photo : REUTERS/Stephen Lam) Apple's latest mobile OS iteration, iOS 7.1.2, works with an untethered jailbreak unveiled last week by Chinese hackers.

Apple's iOS 7 has been adopted by 87 percent of mobile users accessing the iTunes Store, according to Apple's App Store statistics for April.

In comparison to Apple's mobile stats from February, adoption jumped another 5 percent, while Google's Android 4.4 KitKat update secured a 3.5 percent increase in adoption. KitKat, which like iOS 7 was unveiled last year, claims just 5.3 percent of all active Google Play users.

A recent report by Mixpanel claimed a similar iOS 7 vs Android 4.4 adoption discrepancy.

The report suggested iOS 7 has hit 85 percent, while just 8 percent of Android devices are running 4.4 or higher. As TechCrunch reports, the real-time stats are likely even higher for iOS 7, at about 90 percent. The high iOS 7 adoption is also noteworthy considering some users have complained about an increase in battery drain and that the interface is too bright, while some have even reported motion sickness from the mobile OS's parallax effect.

However, the majority of Apple users are quick to update their devices, which, in turn, gives Apple an efficiency advantage over Android for software development purposes.

Android app users, however, deal with crashes less often than their Apple counterparts, according to another recent comparison by Crittercism.

Unsurprisingly, the study also showed that users of the latest updates, Android KitKat (4.4) and iOS 7.1, experience the smallest crash rates, while the older versions offer the highest crash rates.

Android KitKat, Jelly Bean (4.3) and Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) feature a 0.7 percent crash rate, while Gingerbread (2.3) apps crash at a 1.7 percent clip.

As for iOS, the app crashes come in at 2.5 percent of the time for iOS 7, 2.1 percent for iOS 7 and 1.6 percent for the recently-released iOS 7.1.

The device you use also makes a difference. Apple iPhone 5 users reported the smallest crash rate (1.7 percent) for iOS, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 offered users an outstanding 0.9 percent rate.

Tablets, meanwhile, are less stable than smartphones, but Crittercism sees that leveling out over time.

"As tablet adoption grows, expect developers to focus on optimizing performance for tablets, thereby bringing crash rates to be on par with smartphones," the report said.


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