If there is a characteristic in handsets where Apple has always had been in vanguard position compared to Android then it is OS. While Google undergoes from a drawback in spite of pushing OEMs to accept the newest OS (Android Oreo), there is always a holdup on updates for most companies. Apple has no such problems and hence the newest numbers come as no shock.
As per the information rolled out on its App Store, the latest update (iOS 11) is operating on 76% of handsets. iOS 9 and iOS 10 are operating on 5% and 19% of handsets, respectively. The latest figures are based on the sum of iOS gadgets that link to App Store of Apple.
With Apple, consumers have always got the newest update for OS on time. And these updates were accepted by a bulk of consumer base. In addition to this, all the new iPhones such as iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 come pre-installed with the newest updates.
On the other hand, Google does make an honest effort to give well-timed updates to users. For its own handsets, the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel, both came with Android Oreo. Other flagship handsets from Nokia, Samsung, and others also have Android Oreo operating. Yet, as per the newest distribution figures rolled out two weeks ago, Android Oreo is operating on just 4.6% of handsets. If you additionally break down the figures, the newest version of Oreo (8.1) is operating on only 0.5% of Android handsets.
Evaluating it with earlier versions of Apple, the difference is clear. 2017’s Android Nougat is operating on roughly 60% of the handsets whereas Android 6.0 Marshmallow is still operating on 26% of handsets.
Speaking of new OS update, the latest iOS 11.3 update fixes the issue where touch input was unresponsive on most of the iPhone 8 devices.