iOS 7 was released less than three days ago. In the first three hours it had already achieved an adoption rate of over 10%. A mere 7 hours later that number was over 23%. Last night, after exchanging leads with iOS 6.x installs for several hours, the number of devices with iOS 7 installed on them surpassed the 50% mark for good.
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Apple shows Android how it’s done, 50% adoption rate for iOS 7 in less than 3 days


iOS 7 was released less than three days ago.  In the first three hours it had already achieved an adoption rate of over 10%.  A mere 7 hours later that number was over 23%.  Last night, after exchanging leads with iOS 6.x installs for several hours, the number of devices with iOS 7 installed on them surpassed the 50% mark for good.

That’s remarkable, not only for Apple, but more importantly, in the grand scheme of things when compared to the software adoption rates of most of the competition.  This has always been one of Apple’s best-selling points, and continues to amaze me.  My son’s iPhone 4, a three-year old device, is still receiving updates to Apple’s newest OS.  Of course there are always limitations based on processing configurations and hardware limitations, and that’s to be expected.  But for the most part iOS 7 runs very well on his older, slower device, and he’s very happy to have access to it.


Unfortunately for Android, this is not usually the case unless you are an owner of a flagship Nexus device, which makes up a small portion of the total number of Android phones on the market.  Their story differs from Apple, however, in that Android devices are generally at the mercy of the carriers.  Carriers_drag_the process out for months.  Testing, and testing, and testing?  I’m really not sure why the testing takes so long though?  In addition, often new devices, even flagship phones like the HTC One don’t come with the newest available version of Android pre-installed on their release date.

I decided to try out a HTC One last April, when it launched in the US, and it is still running 4.1.2, five months later.  Five months!  There have been two newer more recent versions released since then, and still no update for the HTC One.  Sure there have been rumors and rumblings that HTC will skip 4.2.x altogether and go straight to 4.3 this month or early next month, and other flagship Android phones have been updated to newer versions than the HTC One–but there are no guarantees when/if your phone will be updated.




Immediate availability is one of the most compelling reasons to buy an iPhone and stay with iOS as a platform. When there is a software update, it is available the same exact day for every iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch still capable of supporting the newest OS.  Someone with an iPhone 5 isn’t waiting 5 months, hoping that they might get iOS 7, maybe…someday.  They are able to update as soon as it is released.  In fact, existing devices typically get  to try out the newest version of iOS 2-3 days before it comes out on the newest iPhone.  For me, this is the ‘killer’ feature of iOS each and every year.

Please feel free to leave a comment below, and then head on over to the forums and see what everyone else thinks of the instant popularity iOS 7 update.  Maybe you are on the fence about upgrading, and you’d like to hear what others think.  Maybe you are unhappy you upgraded in the first place, and you wanted to know if there was something you could do about it.  Whatever your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you!


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  • KoRRo

    i just can’t understand why this kind of articles always compare iphones to third parties phones. why don’t you ever compare with nexus phones?

    • Renkman

      Actually I did mention Nexus devices, and I commented how they are the exception and they also make up only a very small portion of Android as a platform

      • simpleas

        so what? it’s still ios7 and it’s craptastic on my ipad 3. made everything slower. i can never imagine owning an idevice as a phone rofl. no thank you. Note 2 ftw.

        • Renkman

          I have an iPad 3 as well, nothing slow about it. Maybe you just have an agenda to talk trash about iOS, because you certainly haven’t added anything useful to this conversation.

        • Mark Wheeler

          Well said renkman, I updated my iPad 3 and it works great, no problems at all. The trash talkers are coming over here in droves lately to talk trash, have you looked at Kevin’s poll lately? Apparently 48% of us want to go back to iOS 6..

        • Renkman

          I have not revisited the numbers recently. Does sound very skewed to me too considering the overwhelmingly positive reviews I’ve seen.

  • jaiotu

    Really a comparison of Apple to Oranges… I mean Androids.
    Apple is a closed loop. That gives them a huge advantage when it comes to updates. Their OS updates only have to support a limited number of hardware configurations all of which are known factors… after all Apple builds not only the OS but the handsets as well. If Apple were in the business of licensing their OS to 3rd parties they would be in much the same position as Android is.
    Android on the other hand is on all kinds of hardware made by different vendors. Just because a new version of Android is released by Google that doesn’t mean that Google has released all the drivers and other support software to make Android run happy on any particular handset. When Google outs KitKat it still has to make its way to HTC, Samsung, Motorola, etc. to be adapted to individual handsets and that takes time. The manufacturers then have to decide which handsets are worth the time of devoting developers to get the new release running on them. And A big part of that decision is marketing; why upgrade a two-year-old handset? Only releasing a new OS for more recent handsets spurs customers to upgrade their hardware and that means more revenue.
    I’ve owned three Androids since migrating from the iPhone 3G… and personally I prefer Android. I like the fact that I can customize just about everything on the phone. Don’t like the keyboard? Replace it. Don’t like the SMS interface? Replace it. Don’t like the app launcher? Well… you get it.
    That said… iPhone probably fits the needs of most consumers better than Android does. Its a consistent user experience whereas the same version of Android running on Motorola can sometimes be a radically different experience on Samsung because the manufacturers love to tweak things beyond the stock Android experience.

    • Renkman

      I agree with most of what you said. But the simple fact that I have to wait as long as I do for an update to be available for my HTC One is a problem for me, and one of the turn-offs about that will prevent me from buying Android in the future. Perhaps it’s only an early adopter issue, but for “me” it’s a big issue regardless of why it happens.

      Appreciate you sharing your thoughts on the subject none-the-less, though.

  • Donovan Shore

    The fragmentation and OS adoption rate argument is the one that drives me insane the most. This is usually the biggest argument in the iPhone vs Android discussion and I believe that is is entirely skewed. There are more variables to look at than just version number.

    Give me a little bit Renkman. I will present my case, would love to hear your side.

    • Renkman

      I understand there is a lot more to the equation, and I don’t blame you for getting upset. I know that the carriers are the main culprit here, and that “testing” often takes 6 months or more. However, it is also Android’s openness that is their achilles heel with regard to upgraded software in my opinion.

      Maybe the title was a little sensational, but I never once mentioned the word fragmentation. Regardless, my biggest frustration with regard to Android has always been the “wait” for software updates to populate–even to the flagship phones. I’m an early adopter, and I usually buy the newest phones each year. If I have to wait 6-9 months into my new purchase for an upgrade that already exists for my new device–then plain and simple that’s a turn off for me. That simple fact will prevent me from buying Android phones moving forward–that and the fact that I enjoy iOS much more than Android. I am not interested in personalizing every detail about the phone–that’s just not me, but I understand that for some, this is the main driving force to go Android over iOS.

    • Renkman

      Let’s continue this conversation in the forums, too. I’m sure there are other’s who share in both our views. I started a thread

      • Donovan Shore

        Always trying to get me to take it to the forum, lol. This time maybe I will head over there.

        • Renkman

          LOL, YES! We need more active conversation in there–It’s the only way to get things moving, It will eventually have a domino affect, and that is good for everyone. I thriving forum is a valuable tool for a website and it’s community. We have over 106k registered users, so I know people are in there reading from time to time. Thanks

  • Do you understand why? We have many devices to choose from. For each one, the manufacturer has to prepare the latest Android update to work with their devices, and they have to update their own software which sits on top of the OS. Then, we have to wait for the carrier to allow the updated software on their network.

    If we had the option, we would update immediately! Getting a “Google Edition” devices makes the update process quicker.

    • Renkman

      Of course I understand why, and that is one of the reasons I stay away. Read some of my other comments below–I sympathize with those who have to wait–like I still do for the HTC One I bought. Perhaps updates should come less often and only come out when they can be released to a majority of the newer flagship phones on the market at the same time. It’s quite the conundrum. Choice always comes with trade-offs. For me, buying a new device, and then having to wait with “upgrade-envy” while only the Nexus devices are updated immediately is too much to ask. Like I mentioned in some other responses, early adopters like me who update their devices yearly don’t want to wait 6-9 months for an update that is already out in the wild.

  • I haven’t really seen isource comments until just now and I am completely surprised by how civil this Android vs. iPhone conversation is going. As an iOS dev, I should mention this adoption rate is one of the reasons that creating apps for iOS is very attractive. Recently we risked going iOS 7-only for our new update. We were betting that the adoption numbers would be high right off the bat, and it saved us a ton of work not having to immediately support iOS 6 and older. Looks like our bet is going to pay off. This is a dynamic that just doesn’t exist on Android, although I’m sure we will feel that pain directly when we release our Android app.

    • Renkman

      Thanks for stopping by, Mike. We definitely_try_to keep dialogue civil here on iSource. Respect is a big part of the mentality we try to convey on our site. We often have differing opinions, but if we can all agree to disagree, we can have a back and forth conversation that’s productive and enjoyable for all the involved parties.

      As far as the adoption rate goes, your experience is another side of the coin I hadn’t considered, but it totally makes sense. If your interested in carrying on this conversation further you might also be interested on participating on the thread I have started in our forums.

  • Rumata

    I am a software developer, and the company I work for has a client software that runs on Android and on iPhone. The effort to develop and support apps for iPhone is far less than that of the Android. On iPhone all we have to do is to support 2 operating system versions, the current and the previous one. The change in the code is a single line or no changes at all. In case of Android if we want to go from 2.3 to 4.x and make sure that it looks and feels native to 4.x we have to re-write the entire user interface to take advantage of the stuff that was not available in 2.x and is standard in 4.x. This brings a major problem:

    In case of Android we still have to support antique Android 2.3 because there is still a large percentage of our users that have devices that run that version. More over, the manufacturers flood the market with cheap phones, and cheap phone can not run Android version 4 due to the lack of power. Well because those devices are cheap after all. So in order for us to support an app written for Android OS we have a choice, either have two versions, one for the 2.3 and the other for the 4.x or maintain one version backward compatible to 2.3 which means using outdated and less stabile API. This buys us less maintenance but at a cost for those who have bought a more expensive Android device with new(ish) OS do not get the benefits of the new APIs. In the end consumer is hurt.

    This Android “openness” is good thing on paper, and a lot of fun for geeks like me, but it is a curse for an average consumer that just wants a device that works. To make things worse there are too many cooks in the kitchen: there is Google that makes the OS, then there is a manufacturer that hacks and twicks it to appease their lawyers and install a bunch of stock third party applications that no one in their right mind would want to install on the device in the first place. (PC/Windows world does the same). And then of cause the carriers who also put their fingers in the pie and make their changes, install their apps, twick their settings. By the time you get that Android phone you do not even know who did what and where to go if something goes wrong.

    On top of that no two android phones are the same. Since Google does not provide a good, fast and reliable emulator for the Android OS with their SDK we have to use actual devices during development and testing. All of those phones might run the same OS, but they all different, come with different features and settings. With Apple you always know where things are and all phones work the same. With Android you just never know what device your app will land on. This means that in the field some really strange runtime errors occur that we did not catch in testing and can’t reproduce on the variety of the devices we have at the office.

    My wish for the Android world is to finally get some standards together and follow them. Having millions of versions and sub-versions and sub-subversions and limited additions of sub-sub-sub versions of Android floating around is neither good for the consumer nor for the developer.