Most Apple Devices Now Running iOS 7; Not So With Android’s KitKat


Seventy-eight percent of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) active iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices are now using the company’s new mobile operating system, iOS 7, a number that’s up 4 percentage points from last month, according to Apple Insider.

Approximately 18 percent of Apple device users are still running iOS 6, down from 22 percent at the beginning of December. The numbers are important because they indicate that, all told, more than 96 percent of Apple customers are running one of the latest two iterations of the company’s mobile OS.

Earlier in December, the company published its user data in order to showcase iOS 7′s quick adoption rate. At the time, the newest iteration had been on the market for a mere three months. Even the older iteration, iOS 6, was just over a year old.

This contrasts sharply with Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) mobile operating systems. The most recent data from the search engine giant indicate that most users of Android devices are running some form of “Jelly Bean” — which covers Android 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 — rather than the latest version, Android 4.4, dubbed “KitKat,” which was running on a mere 1.1 percent of devices as of the beginning of December.

What’s more interesting, though, is the significant proportion of users that are running Android devices on versions of the mobile OS even older than Jelly Bean — 24.1 percent are still running Gingerbread, or Android 2.3.3-2.3.7, which was last updated in fall 2011.

Apple’s iOS 7 was released in September and features a dramatic redesign, a new function called “Control Center,” the mobile version of AirDrop, as well as a new system of switching between apps, according to the company website.

KitKat is currently only available on Nexus 5 devices, according to the Android website. It features the incorporation of voice controls that are launched using the command “OK, Google,” a multitasking system, emoji, the ability to print from your phone or tablet, as well as updates to Quickoffice.