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iOS adoption at 72% of devices

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According to the official App Store Distribution data released today, iOS 8 is running on 72 percent of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. That is nearly double than any other Android version.

That’s up from the 69 percent figure recorded just two weeks ago, when iOS 8 adoption rates were slowing in the post-holiday season.

Google’s own Developer Dashboards webpage by comparison was refreshed yesterday and shows Android 5.0 Lollipop as finally making a peek on the radar, with the operating system just recording a tiny 1.6 percent share of the current Android install base with no other operating system having 40% of the market share.

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Compared to two weeks ago, iOS 7 has dropped from 28 percent to 25 percent of iPhones, iPod touches and iPads, with older versions of iOS still found on three percent of devices like before.

In retrospect, on December 22, iOS 8 adoption sat at 64 percent.

Last week, Apple released the iOS 8.1.3 software update which, among other fixes, addresses a major complaint concerning storage requirements to install future updates.

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iOS 8.1.3 “reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update,” as per release notes. Still, it won’t be of much help to owners of 8 or 16-gigabyte devices that run iOS 7: they’re still going to experience issues upgrading to iOS 8 over-the-air due to insufficient free storage.

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