Mobile OS versions by country

In July, we released data around the current versions of Android OS in use across the globe, broken down by continent.

It proved a useful guide for anyone, app developers specifically, who needs to make decisions around which minimum API to cater for, and where to find the right balance between market reach, feature utilisation, resource management and future-proofing.

Here's a wider look at both Android and iOS versions in the wild.

Mobile OS updates

iPhone users are familiar with new releases of their phone's operating system. As it comes from a single source - Apple - they're released regularly, and reach every device. Android however, due to its fragmentation and the sheer number of manufacturers using it, is a lot different in terms of frequency and reach. OEMs have long been criticised for their lack of timely updates, Samsung particularly, with AndroidCentral noting:

"No Android manufacturer is good at updates, but Samsung's prolonged cycles impact the most people at once"

Google's Project Treble seeks to get around this cycle delay by limiting the amount or work required by each OEM and allowing updates to be pushed to every Android device straight from source.

"Project Treble will make it easier, faster and less costly for device maker partners when these devices are updated in the future."

All devices launched with Android 9 Pie or higher will be Treble-compliant, meaning there is - and will remain - a huge number of Android devices without the latest OS version for quite some time.

With that sobering fact in tow, we've listed the most commonly seen mobile operating system version across 35 countries during Q1 2019.

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Argentina

Country   OS Version Share Average
Argentina 1 Android 6 22.04% 1.14%
Argentina 2 Android 7 15.41% 7.19%
Argentina 3 Android 8 14.07% 16.63%
Argentina 4 Android 8.1 10.99% 3.35%
Argentina 5 Android 5.1 10.23% 0.50%
Argentina 6 iOS 12.1 9.61% 12.86%
Argentina 7 Android 4.4 4.08% 12.15%
Argentina 8 Android 7.1 3.82% 9.73%
Argentina 9 Android 5 3.30% 2.33%
Argentina 10 Android 9 1.37% 3.35%

Australia

Country   OS Version Share Average
Australia 1 iOS 12.1 18.35% 16.63%
Australia 2 Android 8 12.17% 12.15%
Australia 3 Android 9 11.18% 12.86%
Australia 4 Android 6 10.26% 8.67%
Australia 5 iOS 11.4 9.53% 9.73%
Australia 6 Android 7 5.43% 7.19%
Australia 7 Android 8.1 4.53% 4.12%
Australia 8 iOS 12 2.62% 2.31%
Australia 9 Android 7.1 2.61% 2.08%
Australia 10 Android 5.1 2.39% 2.33%

Brazil

Country   OS Version Share Average
Brazil 1 Android 6 19.42% 4.12%
Brazil 2 Android 8 17.68% 7.19%
Brazil 3 iOS 12.1 17.08% 16.63%
Brazil 4 Android 8.1 11.76% 3.35%
Brazil 5 Android 7 7.53% 2.01%
Brazil 6 Android 5.1 7.09% 12.86%
Brazil 7 Android 7.1 4.80% 1.14%
Brazil 8 iOS 11.4 2.91% 12.15%
Brazil 9 Android 9 2.24% 2.33%
Brazil 10 Android 5 2.04% 8.67%

Canada

Country   OS Version Share Average
Canada 1 iOS 12.1 39.92% 16.63%
Canada 2 Android 8 27.44% 12.86%
Canada 3 Android 9 6.97% 12.15%
Canada 4 Android 7 5.57% 9.73%
Canada 5 Android 6 3.33% 8.67%
Canada 6 iOS 11.4 3.17% 7.19%
Canada 7 Android 8.1 2.83% 2.31%
Canada 8 iOS 12 1.76% 4.12%
Canada 9 iOS 11.3 1.67% 2.08%
Canada 10 Android 5.1 1.22% 3.35%

Colombia

Country   OS Version Share Average
Colombia 1 iOS 12.1 20.94% 7.19%
Colombia 2 Android 8 20.11% 4.12%
Colombia 3 Android 6 16.56% 16.63%
Colombia 4 Android 8.1 8.64% 1.14%
Colombia 5 Android 7 8.10% 2.01%
Colombia 6 Android 5.1 6.67% 12.86%
Colombia 7 Android 7.1 3.48% 0.61%
Colombia 8 Android 4.4 3.42% 12.15%
Colombia 9 iOS 11.3 2.06% 9.73%
Colombia 10 Android 5 1.90% 0.50%

Denmark

Country   OS Version Share Average
Denmark 1 iOS 12.1 47.53% 4.12%
Denmark 2 Android 8 17.64% 16.63%
Denmark 3 Android 9 8.20% 12.86%
Denmark 4 Android 6 4.95% 12.15%
Denmark 5 Android 7 4.45% 9.73%
Denmark 6 Android 8.1 3.30% 8.67%
Denmark 7 iOS 11.4 3.05% 7.19%
Denmark 8 iOS 11.3 2.75% 0.38%
Denmark 9 iOS 12 1.35% 2.31%
Denmark 10 iOS 10.3 1.00% 3.35%

Egypt

Country   OS Version Share Average
Egypt 1 Android 6 24.44% 4.12%
Egypt 2 Android 5.1 12.06% 7.19%
Egypt 3 Android 8.1 11.62% 16.63%
Egypt 4 Android 8 10.53% 2.01%
Egypt 5 Android 7 9.02% 1.14%
Egypt 6 Android 4.4 8.62% 3.35%
Egypt 7 iOS 12.1 7.70% 0.61%
Egypt 8 Android 7.1 5.44% 0.39%
Egypt 9 Android 5 2.98% 2.33%
Egypt 10 Android 4.2 2.17% 0.50%

Finland

Country   OS Version Share Average
Finland 1 Android 8 20.24% 16.63%
Finland 2 iOS 12.1 19.11% 7.19%
Finland 3 Android 9 11.64% 8.67%
Finland 4 Android 7 9.56% 2.31%
Finland 5 iOS 11.3 9.08% 12.15%
Finland 6 Android 8.1 7.25% 12.86%
Finland 7 Android 6 4.78% 3.35%
Finland 8 iOS 11.4 4.39% 4.12%
Finland 9 Android 7.1 3.78% 0.15%
Finland 10 iOS 11 3.52% 9.73%

France

Country   OS Version Share Average
France 1 iOS 12.1 30.05% 16.63%
France 2 Android 8 24.47% 7.19%
France 3 Android 7 8.37% 12.86%
France 4 Android 8.1 5.91% 12.15%
France 5 Android 6 5.70% 8.67%
France 6 Android 9 4.70% 9.73%
France 7 iOS 11.4 3.09% 4.12%
France 8 Android 5.1 2.82% 3.35%
France 9 Android 7.1 2.06% 2.01%
France 10 iOS 12 1.55% 2.31%

Germany

Country   OS Version Share Average
Germany 1 Android 8 30.59% 16.63%
Germany 2 iOS 12.1 25.94% 7.19%
Germany 3 Android 7 9.31% 12.86%
Germany 4 Android 6 7.44% 12.15%
Germany 5 Android 9 7.17% 4.12%
Germany 6 Android 8.1 4.63% 9.73%
Germany 7 Android 5.1 2.40% 8.67%
Germany 8 Android 7.1 1.95% 3.35%
Germany 9 iOS 11.4 1.62% 2.01%
Germany 10 iOS 11.3 1.28% 2.33%

India

Country   OS Version Share Average
India 1 Android 8.1 24.98% 3.35%
India 2 Android 6 17.33% 7.19%
India 3 Android 7 11.12% 4.12%
India 4 Android 5.1 10.45% 2.01%
India 5 Android 7.1 10.38% 16.63%
India 6 Android 8 9.90% 0.80%
India 7 iOS 12.1 4.54% 1.14%
India 8 Android 9 4.22% 0.10%
India 9 Android 4.4 2.13% 2.33%
India 10 Android 5 1.38% 0.50%

Indonesia

Country   OS Version Share Average
Indonesia 1 Android 6 13.54% 4.12%
Indonesia 2 Android 8.1 13.38% 2.01%
Indonesia 3 Android 5.1 7.89% 3.35%
Indonesia 4 Android 7.1 7.38% 7.19%
Indonesia 5 Android 8 6.69% 16.63%
Indonesia 6 Android 7 6.32% 0.61%
Indonesia 7 iOS 12.1 5.83% 0.80%
Indonesia 8 Android 4.4 5.59% 0.39%
Indonesia 9 Android 5 5.08% 0.50%
Indonesia 10 Android 9 4.52% 2.33%

Ireland

Country   OS Version Share Average
Ireland 1 iOS 12.1 30.81% 16.63%
Ireland 2 Android 8 26.82% 8.67%
Ireland 3 Android 7 7.80% 9.73%
Ireland 4 Android 6 5.68% 12.15%
Ireland 5 Android 9 5.30% 7.19%
Ireland 6 iOS 11.4 4.31% 12.86%
Ireland 7 Android 5.1 3.80% 4.12%
Ireland 8 Android 8.1 3.66% 2.01%
Ireland 9 iOS 12 1.73% 2.08%
Ireland 10 Android 7.1 1.60% 2.31%

Israel

Country   OS Version Share Average
Israel 1 iOS 12.1 25.92% 16.63%
Israel 2 Android 8 25.31% 7.19%
Israel 3 Android 9 9.33% 12.86%
Israel 4 Android 6 9.07% 8.67%
Israel 5 Android 8.1 7.23% 3.35%
Israel 6 Android 7 6.36% 12.15%
Israel 7 Android 5 2.68% 4.12%
Israel 8 Android 7.1 2.64% 9.73%
Israel 9 iOS 11.4 2.13% 1.14%
Israel 10 Android 5.1 1.84% 0.15%

Italy

Country   OS Version Share Average
Italy 1 Android 8 26.55% 16.63%
Italy 2 iOS 12.1 19.70% 7.19%
Italy 3 Android 7 12.39% 12.86%
Italy 4 Android 6 9.46% 12.15%
Italy 5 Android 8.1 8.42% 4.12%
Italy 6 Android 9 5.05% 2.01%
Italy 7 Android 5.1 5.03% 9.73%
Italy 8 Android 7.1 2.74% 8.67%
Italy 9 Android 4.4 1.82% 3.35%
Italy 10 iOS 11.4 1.54% 1.14%

Japan

Country   OS Version Share Average
Japan 1 iOS 12.1 47.46% 12.86%
Japan 2 Android 8 15.72% 12.15%
Japan 3 Android 9 5.58% 16.63%
Japan 4 iOS 11.4 4.28% 8.67%
Japan 5 Android 7 4.00% 9.73%
Japan 6 Android 6 3.91% 7.19%
Japan 7 Android 8.1 2.52% 2.08%
Japan 8 iOS 12 2.11% 4.12%
Japan 9 Android 7.1 2.07% 2.31%
Japan 10 iOS 11.2 1.96% 1.63%

Malaysia

Country   OS Version Share Average
Malaysia 1 iOS 12.1 17.93% 4.12%
Malaysia 2 Android 8.1 14.52% 16.63%
Malaysia 3 Android 8 13.45% 7.19%
Malaysia 4 Android 6 13.13% 3.35%
Malaysia 5 Android 7 8.74% 2.01%
Malaysia 6 Android 5.1 7.28% 12.15%
Malaysia 7 Android 7.1 6.58% 8.67%
Malaysia 8 Android 9 6.27% 9.73%
Malaysia 9 Android 4.4 3.54% 12.86%
Malaysia 10 Android 5 1.97% 2.33%

Mexico

Country   OS Version Share Average
Mexico 1 iOS 12.1 11.13% 7.19%
Mexico 2 Android 8 10.85% 4.12%
Mexico 3 Android 6 8.76% 16.63%
Mexico 4 Android 7 8.02% 12.86%
Mexico 5 Android 8.1 6.83% 12.15%
Mexico 6 Android 5.1 6.27% 1.14%
Mexico 7 Android 7.1 5.95% 8.67%
Mexico 8 Android 4.4 5.65% .73%
Mexico 9 Android 5 5.47% 2.01%
Mexico 10 iOS 11.4 3.78% 0.50%

Netherlands

Country   OS Version Share Average
Netherlands 1 iOS 12.1 33.10% 16.63%
Netherlands 2 Android 8 29.85% 12.86%
Netherlands 3 Android 9 8.51% 12.15%
Netherlands 4 Android 7 7.24% 7.19%
Netherlands 5 Android 6 4.88% 9.73%
Netherlands 6 Android 8.1 4.56% 8.67%
Netherlands 7 iOS 11.4 2.28% 4.12%
Netherlands 8 Android 5.1 1.84% 3.35%
Netherlands 9 Android 7.1 1.78% 2.33%
Netherlands 10 iOS 12 1.25% 2.01%

Nigeria

Country   OS Version Share Average
Nigeria 1 Android 7 18.21% 7.19%
Nigeria 2 Android 8.1 15.28% 1.14%
Nigeria 3 Android 6 15.25% 16.63%
Nigeria 4 iOS 12.1 11.30% 0.50%
Nigeria 5 Android 8 8.23% 3.35%
Nigeria 6 Android 5.1 6.59% 4.12%
Nigeria 7 Android 4.4 3.82% 8.67%
Nigeria 8 Android 5 2.95% 12.86%
Nigeria 9 Nokia OS (Series 40) 2.50% 0.01%
Nigeria 10 iOS 11.4 2.35% 2.01%

Norway

Country   OS Version Share Average
Norway 1 iOS 12.1 39.00% 16.63%
Norway 2 Android 8 18.71% 12.15%
Norway 3 Android 9 9.53% 12.86%
Norway 4 Android 7 5.34% 8.67%
Norway 5 iOS 11.4 4.16% 9.73%
Norway 6 Android 6 3.44% 7.19%
Norway 7 Android 8.1 3.07% 4.12%
Norway 8 iOS 11.3 2.39% 2.31%
Norway 9 RIM 6 2.05% 3.35%
Norway 10 Android 7.1 1.68% 1.43%

Philippines

Country   OS Version Share Average
Philippines 1 iOS 12.1 21.61% 16.63%
Philippines 2 Android 8.1 13.15% 4.12%
Philippines 3 Android 6 12.19% 3.35%
Philippines 4 Android 8 10.88% 8.67%
Philippines 5 Android 5.1 8.98% 9.73%
Philippines 6 Android 7 6.13% 2.01%
Philippines 7 Android 7.1 4.70% 7.19%
Philippines 8 iOS 11.4 4.00% 12.15%
Philippines 9 Android 9 3.72% 12.86%
Philippines 10 Android 4.4 2.37% 2.33%

Poland

Country   OS Version Share Average
Poland 1 Android 8 25.37% 16.63%
Poland 2 iOS 12.1 14.66% 7.19%
Poland 3 Android 7 12.95% 4.12%
Poland 4 Android 8.1 11.74% 1.14%
Poland 5 Android 6 10.99% 3.35%
Poland 6 Android 5.1 4.84% 2.01%
Poland 7 Android 9 4.07% 12.86%
Poland 8 Android 7.1 3.97% 12.15%
Poland 9 iOS 11.3 2.28% 9.73%
Poland 10 Android 4.4 1.92% 2.33%

Romania

Country   OS Version Share Average
Romania 1 Android 8 28.57% 16.63%
Romania 2 iOS 12.1 14.17% 7.19%
Romania 3 Android 7 11.65% 2.01%
Romania 4 Android 8.1 10.37% 3.35%
Romania 5 Android 6 8.37% 4.12%
Romania 6 Android 51. 5.41% 1.14%
Romania 7 Android 9 5.39% 12.86%
Romania 8 Android 7.1 3.91% 2.33%
Romania 9 Android 4.4 3.73% 12.15%
Romania 10 iOS 10.3 2.57% 8.67%

Russia

Country   OS Version Share Average
Russia 1 iOS 12.1 25.48% 16.63%
Russia 2 Android 8 13.52% 7.19%
Russia 3 Android 6 9.76% 12.86%
Russia 4 Android 7 7.90% 9.73%
Russia 5 Android 8.1 7.61% 4.12%
Russia 6 Android 5.1 6.91% 12.15%
Russia 7 Android 7.1 5.59% 8.67%
Russia 8 Android 9 3.74% 2.01%
Russia 9 iOS 11.4 3.61% 1.14%
Russia 10 Android 5 2.55% 3.35%

Singapore

Country   OS Version Share Average
Singapore 1 iOS 12.1 35.26% 16.63%
Singapore 2 Android 8 15.41% 12.15%
Singapore 3 Android 9 9.73% 12.86%
Singapore 4 Android 8.1 7.44% 9.73%
Singapore 5 Android 6 7.24% 8.67%
Singapore 6 iOS 11.4 3.98% 7.19%
Singapore 7 Android 7 3.68% 3.35%
Singapore 8 Android 5 2.90% 4.12%
Singapore 9 iOS 11.3 2.80% 2.31%
Singapore 10 Android 7.1 2.64% 0.27%

South Africa

Country   OS Version Share Average
South Africa 1 Android 8 23.48% 16.63%
South Africa 2 iOS 12.1 18.50% 7.19%
South Africa 3 Android 6 13.81% 12.86%
South Africa 4 Android 7 10.87% 4.12%
South Africa 5 Android 8.1 6.47% 12.15%
South Africa 6 Android 5.1 5.91% 8.67%
South Africa 7 Android 9 4.26% 9.73%
South Africa 8 Android 4.4 2.71% 3.35%
South Africa 9 iOS 11.4 2.04% 2.01%
South Africa 10 Android 2.1 1.98% 1.14%

South Korea

Country   OS Version Share Average
South Korea 1 Android 8 28.82% 16.63%
South Korea 2 iOS 9.1 17.67% 7.19%
South Korea 3 iOS 12.1 17.53% 12.86%
South Korea 4 Android 8.1 9.68% 12.15%
South Korea 5 Android 7 6.20% 4.12%
South Korea 6 Android 9 4.17% 3.35%
South Korea 7 Android 6 4.08% 8.67%
South Korea 8 iOS 11.3 2.03% 9.73%
South Korea 9 Android 5 1.70% 0.09%
South Korea 10 Android 7.1 1.50% 0.15%

Spain

Country   OS Version Share Average
Spain 1 Android 8 21.57% 16.63%
Spain 2 iOS 12.1 21.26% 7.19%
Spain 3 Android 7 10.76% 12.86%
Spain 4 Android 8.1 10.50% 3.35%
Spain 5 Android 6 9.00% 12.15%
Spain 6 Android 7.1 7.26% 1.14%
Spain 7 Android 9 6.27% 4.12%
Spain 8 Android 5.1 3.98% 8.67%
Spain 9 iOS 11.4 1.84% 9.73%
Spain 10 Android 4.4 1.78% 2.33%

Sweden

Country   OS Version Share Average
Sweden 1 iOS 12.1 35.60% 16.63%
Sweden 2 Android 8 23.36% 12.15%
Sweden 3 Android 9 9.63% 9.73%
Sweden 4 Android 7 5.64% 8.67%
Sweden 5 iOS 11.3 5.28% 12.86%
Sweden 6 Android 8.1 4.29% 7.19%
Sweden 7 Android 6 3.45% 2.31%
Sweden 8 iOS 11.4 3.34% 3.35%
Sweden 9 iOS 12 1.81% 2.08%
Sweden 10 Android 7.1 1.24% 4.12%

Thailand

Country   OS Version Share Average
Thailand 1 iOS 12.1 34.35% 12.86%
Thailand 2 Android 8 12.90% 16.63%
Thailand 3 Android 6 11.05% 12.15%
Thailand 4 Android 8.1 9.28% 8.67%
Thailand 5 Android 7 5.84% 9.73%
Thailand 6 Android 5.1 4.89% 7.19%
Thailand 7 Android 9 4.49% 4.12%
Thailand 8 Android 7.1 3.90% 3.35%
Thailand 9 iOS 11.4 2.88% 1.14%
Thailand 10 iOS 11.3 2.30% 2.01%

Turkey

Country   OS Version Share Average
Turkey 1 iOS 12.1 23.66% 16.63%
Turkey 2 Android 8 20.77% 7.19%
Turkey 3 Android 6 12.01% 4.12%
Turkey 4 Android 8.1 11.26% 12.86%
Turkey 5 Android 7 9.93% 12.15%
Turkey 6 Android 5.1 3.33% 8.67%
Turkey 7 Android 9 3.06% 3.35%
Turkey 8 Android 7.1 2.91% 9.73%
Turkey 9 iOS 11.4 2.73% 2.01%
Turkey 10 Android 5 2.63% 1.14%

Ukraine

Country   OS Version Share Average
Ukraine 1 Android 8.1 15.68% 16.63%
Ukraine 2 iOS 12.1 13.13% 7.19%
Ukraine 3 Android 6 12.55% 0.80%
Ukraine 4 Android 5.1 11.72% 3.35%
Ukraine 5 Android 8 9.75% 4.12%
Ukraine 6 Android 7.1 9.43% 1.14%
Ukraine 7 Android 7 9.40% 2.01%
Ukraine 8 Android 4.4 3.09% 0.50%
Ukraine 9 Android 5 2.82% 9.73%
Ukraine 10 Android 9 2.37% 8.67%

United Kingdom

Country   OS Version Share Average
United Kingdom 1 iOS 12.1 41.49% 16.63%
United Kingdom 2 Android 8 22.89% 12.15%
United Kingdom 3 Android 9 8.25% 12.86%
United Kingdom 4 Android 7 5.80% 9.73%
United Kingdom 5 Android 8.1 3.49% 8.67%
United Kingdom 6 Android 6 3.35% 7.19%
United Kingdom 7 iOS 11.4 3.22% 4.12%
United Kingdom 8 Android 5.1 1.81% 2.01%
United Kingdom 9 iOS 11.3 1.70% 3.35%
United Kingdom 10 iOS 12 1.43% 2.31%

United States

Country   OS Version Share Average
United States 1 iOS 12.1 47.44% 16.63%
United States 2 Android 8 19.15% 12.86%
United States 3 Android 9 5.78% 12.15%
United States 4 Android 7 5.42% 9.73%
United States 5 Android 8.1 4.45% 8.67%
United States 6 iOS 11.4 3.24% 7.19%
United States 7 Android 6 3.10% 4.12%
United States 8 Android 7.1 2.43% 3.35%
United States 9 iOS 12 1.95% 2.31%
United States 10 iOS 11.3 1.53% 2.08%

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