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 36 countries during Q3 2018.

(iOS 12 was released in mid-September and Android 9 in August, so use of both would now be significantly higher than shown in this snapshot, and will be reflected in our next update).

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Argentina

Country Position OS Version Share
Argentina 1 Android 6 22.14%
Argentina 2 Android 7 21.47%
Argentina 3 iOS 11.4 14.53%
Argentina 4 Android 5.1 13.77%
Argentina 5 Android 4.4 5.91%
Argentina 6 Android 5 5.44%
Argentina 7 Android 8 4.76%
Argentina 8 Android 7.1 3.85%
Argentina 9 Windows Phone 8.1 1.64%
Argentina 10 Android 4.1 0.76%

Australia

Country Position OS Version Share
Australia 1 iOS 11.4 22.14%
Australia 2 Android 8 21.47%
Australia 3 Android 7 14.53%
Australia 4 Android 6 13.77%
Australia 5 iOS 11.3 5.91%
Australia 6 iOS 11.2 5.44%
Australia 7 Android 5.1 4.76%
Australia 8 iOS 10.3 3.85%
Australia 9 Android 7.1 1.64%
Australia 10 Android 5 0.76%

Brazil

Country Position OS Version Share
Brazil 1 iOS 11.4 20.86%
Brazil 2 Android 6 17.02%
Brazil 3 Android 7 16.76%
Brazil 4 Android 5.1 8.35%
Brazil 5 iOS 11.2 6.97%
Brazil 6 Android 8 5.25%
Brazil 7 Android 7.1 4.65%
Brazil 8 Android 4.4 3.51%
Brazil 9 Windows Phone 8.1 2.82%
Brazil 10 Android 5 2.63%

Canada

Country Position OS Version Share
Canada 1 iOS 11.4 45.06%
Canada 2 Android 8 16.79%
Canada 3 Android 7 8.74%
Canada 4 iOS 11.3 5.24%
Canada 5 iOS 11.2 4.26%
Canada 6 Android 6 4.13%
Canada 7 iOS 10.3 3.00%
Canada 8 Android 7.1 1.98%
Canada 9 Android 5.1 1.43%
Canada 10 Android 8.1 1.42%

Colombia

Country Position OS Version Share
Colombia 1 Android 6 45.06%
Colombia 2 iOS 11.4 16.79%
Colombia 3 Android 7 8.74%
Colombia 4 Android 5.1 5.24%
Colombia 5 Android 4.4 4.26%
Colombia 6 Android 8 4.13%
Colombia 7 Android 7.1 3.00%
Colombia 8 Android 5 1.98%
Colombia 9 Android 4.2 1.43%
Colombia 10 iOS 10.3 1.42%

Denmark

Country Position OS Version Share
Denmark 1 iOS 11.4 43.96%
Denmark 2 Android 8 14.89%
Denmark 3 Android 7 8.91%
Denmark 4 Android 6 7.96%
Denmark 5 iOS 11.3 4.32%
Denmark 6 iOS 10.3 3.89%
Denmark 7 iOS 11.2 2.92%
Denmark 8 Android 8.1 2.69%
Denmark 9 Android 7.1 2.03%
Denmark 10 Android 5.1 1.58%

Egypt

Country Position OS Version Share
Egypt 1 Android 6 17.87%
Egypt 2 iOS 11.4 15.37%
Egypt 3 Android 4.4 12.50%
Egypt 4 Android 7 11.35%
Egypt 5 Android 5.1 9.81%
Egypt 6 Android 8 8.81%
Egypt 7 Android 5 3.76%
Egypt 8 Windows Phone 8.1 3.03%
Egypt 9 Android 7.1 2.98%
Egypt 10 Android 4.2 2.21%

Finland

Country Position OS Version Share
Finland 1 iOS 11.4 28.57%
Finland 2 Android 8 18.56%
Finland 3 Android 7 14.69%
Finland 4 Android 6 9.92%
Finland 5 Android 8.1 4.94%
Finland 6 iOS 11.3 3.78%
Finland 7 iOS 11.2 2.88%
Finland 8 Android 7.1 2.84%
Finland 9 iOS 11 2.10%
Finland 10 Android 5.1 1.59%

France

Country Position OS Version Share
France 1 iOS 11.4 28.65%
France 2 Android 8 16.03%
France 3 Android 7 15.06%
France 4 Android 6 7.17%
France 5 iOS 11.2 5.46%
France 6 iOS 11.3 4.28%
France 7 Android 5.1 4.06%
France 8 iOS 10.3 3.35%
France 9 Android 7.1 2.64%
France 10 Windows Phone 8.1 1.34%

Germany

Country Position OS Version Share
Germany 1 Android 8 27.06%
Germany 2 iOS 11.4 25.68%
Germany 3 Android 7 14.87%
Germany 4 Android 6 10.52%
Germany 5 Android 5.1 2.87%
Germany 6 iOS 11.3 2.44%
Germany 7 Android 7.1 2.38%
Germany 8 iOS 10.2 2.08%
Germany 9 Android 5 1.78%
Germany 10 Android 4.4 1.54%

India

Country Position OS Version Share
India 1 Android 6 20.54%
India 2 Android 7 19.41%
India 3 Android 5.1 13.07%
India 4 Android 7.1 12.58%
India 5 iOS 11.4 8.91%
India 6 Android 8 6.15%
India 7 Android 8.1 6.03%
India 8 Android 4.4 3.25%
India 9 Android 5 2.42%
India 10 iOS 11.2 1.20%

Indonesia

Country Position OS Version Share
Indonesia 1 Android 5.1 19.32%
Indonesia 2 Android 6 19.31%
Indonesia 3 Android 7.1 11.83%
Indonesia 4 Android 7 10.77%
Indonesia 5 Android 4.4 7.85%
Indonesia 6 iOS 11.4 7.85%
Indonesia 7 Android 8 7.20%
Indonesia 8 Android 5 4.60%
Indonesia 9 Android 8.1 3.30%
Indonesia 10 Android 4.2 1.44%

Ireland

Country Position OS Version Share
Ireland 1 iOS 11.4 19.32%
Ireland 2 Android 8 19.31%
Ireland 3 Android 7 11.83%
Ireland 4 Android 6 10.77%
Ireland 5 iOS 11.3 7.85%
Ireland 6 iOS 11.2 7.85%
Ireland 7 Android 5.1 7.20%
Ireland 8 iOS 10.3 4.60%
Ireland 9 iOS 10.2 3.30%
Ireland 10 Android 7.1 1.44%

Israel

Country Position OS Version Share
Israel 1 iOS 11.4 22.70%
Israel 2 Android 8 19.97%
Israel 3 Android 7 17.18%
Israel 4 Android 6 11.30%
Israel 5 Android 4.4 4.42%
Israel 6 Android 7.1 3.38%
Israel 7 Android 5.1 3.18%
Israel 8 Android 5 3.10%
Israel 9 Android 8.1 2.45%
Israel 10 iOS 11.2 2.34%

Italy

Country Position OS Version Share
Italy 1 iOS 11.4 29.40%
Italy 2 Android 7 16.24%
Italy 3 Android 8 15.00%
Italy 4 Android 6 10.15%
Italy 5 Android 5.1 5.85%
Italy 6 iOS 11.3 3.35%
Italy 7 Android 7.1 2.71%
Italy 8 iOS 10.3 2.67%
Italy 9 iOS 11.2 2.43%
Italy 10 Android 4.4 2.39%

Japan

Country Position OS Version Share
Japan 1 iOS 11.4 52.04%
Japan 2 Android 8 7.72%
Japan 3 iOS 11.3 6.37%
Japan 4 iOS 11.2 6.29%
Japan 5 Android 7 5.26%
Japan 6 Android 6 3.85%
Japan 7 iOS 10.3 3.14%
Japan 8 Android 7.1 1.90%
Japan 9 Android 4.4 1.65%
Japan 10 iOS 10.2 1.42%

Malaysia

Country Position OS Version Share
Malaysia 1 Android 6 24.21%
Malaysia 2 Android 5.1 21.73%
Malaysia 3 Android 7 13.79%
Malaysia 4 Android 7.1 9.20%
Malaysia 5 iOS 11.4 9.13%
Malaysia 6 Android 8 5.48%
Malaysia 7 Android 4.4 3.90%
Malaysia 8 Android 5 3.50%
Malaysia 9 Android 8.1 2.30%
Malaysia 10 iOS 11.3 1.65%

Mexico

Country Position OS Version Share
Mexico 1 iOS 11.4 29.47%
Mexico 2 Android 6 16.19%
Mexico 3 Android 7 12.92%
Mexico 4 Android 5.1 10.02%
Mexico 5 Android 8 5.55%
Mexico 6 Android 4.4 4.79%
Mexico 7 Android 5 4.68%
Mexico 8 Android 7.1 3.17%
Mexico 9 iOS 11.3 2.63%
Mexico 10 iOS 11.2 2.17%

Netherlands

Country Position OS Version Share
Netherlands 1 iOS 11.4 35.13%
Netherlands 2 Android 8 24.30%
Netherlands 3 Android 7 12.44%
Netherlands 4 Android 6 6.30%
Netherlands 5 iOS 11.3 3.43%
Netherlands 6 iOS 11.2 3.20%
Netherlands 7 Android 7.1 2.96%
Netherlands 8 Android 5.1 2.41%
Netherlands 9 iOS 10.3 1.79%
Netherlands 10 Android 8.1 1.29%

Nigeria

Country Position OS Version Share
Nigeria 1 Android 7 21.75%
Nigeria 2 Android 6 19.61%
Nigeria 3 iOS 11.4 11.23%
Nigeria 4 Android 5.1 10.56%
Nigeria 5 Android 8 4.77%
Nigeria 6 Android 4.4 4.47%
Nigeria 7 Android 5 3.78%
Nigeria 8 iOS 11.3 3.18%
Nigeria 9 Android 8.1 2.90%
Nigeria 10 iOS 11.2 2.55%

Norway

Country Position OS Version Share
Norway 1 iOS 11.4 39.47%
Norway 2 Android 8 20.69%
Norway 3 Android 7 11.18%
Norway 4 Android 6 5.24%
Norway 5 iOS 11.3 4.43%
Norway 6 iOS 11.2 3.98%
Norway 7 iOS 10.3 1.86%
Norway 8 Android 7.1 1.78%
Norway 9 Android 5.1 1.39%
Norway 10 Android 8.1 1.39%

Philippines

Country Position OS Version Share
Philippines 1 iOS 11.4 39.47%
Philippines 2 Android 6 20.69%
Philippines 3 Android 5.1 11.18%
Philippines 4 Android 7 5.24%
Philippines 5 Android 8 4.43%
Philippines 6 Android 7.1 3.98%
Philippines 7 iOS 11.2 1.86%
Philippines 8 iOS 11.3 1.78%
Philippines 9 Android 4.4 1.39%
Philippines 10 iOS 10.3 1.39%

Poland

Country Position OS Version Share
Poland 1 Android 7 23.89%
Poland 2 Android 8 18.40%
Poland 3 Android 6 15.42%
Poland 4 iOS 11.4 14.73%
Poland 5 Android 5.1 7.18%
Poland 6 Android 7.1 5.32%
Poland 7 Android 5 2.95%
Poland 8 Android 4.4 2.23%
Poland 9 iOS 11.3 1.71%
Poland 10 Android 8.1 1.70%

Portugal

Country Position OS Version Share
Portugal 1 iOS 11.4 41.32%
Portugal 2 Android 7 11.73%
Portugal 3 Android 6 9.57%
Portugal 4 Android 8 8.39%
Portugal 5 Android 5.1 6.34%
Portugal 6 Android 7.1 3.99%
Portugal 7 iOS 10.3 3.23%
Portugal 8 iOS 11.3 2.86%
Portugal 9 iOS 11.2 2.45%
Portugal 10 Android 5 1.64%

Romania

Country Position OS Version Share
Romania 1 Android 7 24.05%
Romania 2 Android 6 15.06%
Romania 3 Android 8 13.88%
Romania 4 Android 5.1 12.73%
Romania 5 iOS 11.4 11.47%
Romania 6 Android 7.1 5.31%
Romania 7 Android 4.4 4.06%
Romania 8 iOS 10.3 2.60%
Romania 9 Android 5 2.37%
Romania 10 iOS 11.3 1.41%

Russia

Country Position OS Version Share
Russia 1 iOS 11.4 23.50%
Russia 2 Android 6 12.55%
Russia 3 Android 7 10.47%
Russia 4 Android 8 9.08%
Russia 5 Android 5.1 8.19%
Russia 6 Android 7.1 5.27%
Russia 7 iOS 11.3 3.72%
Russia 8 iOS 11.2 3.61%
Russia 9 iOS 10.3 3.44%
Russia 10 Android 5 3.29%

Singapore

Country Position OS Version Share
Singapore 1 iOS 11.4 33.82%
Singapore 2 Android 8 13.78%
Singapore 3 Android 6 9.99%
Singapore 4 Android 7 9.81%
Singapore 5 Android 7.1 7.66%
Singapore 6 Android 5.1 6.59%
Singapore 7 iOS 11.3 3.36%
Singapore 8 iOS 11.2 2.93%
Singapore 9 Android 8.1 2.48%
Singapore 10 Android 5 1.69%

South Africa

Country Position OS Version Share
South Africa 1 iOS 11.4 23.72%
South Africa 2 Android 8 16.24%
South Africa 3 Android 7 14.62%
South Africa 4 Android 6 13.00%
South Africa 5 Android 5.1 7.00%
South Africa 6 Android 4.4 3.17%
South Africa 7 Android 5 2.94%
South Africa 8 Android 2.1 2.73%
South Africa 9 iOS 11.3 2.36%
South Africa 10 iOS 11.2 1.89%

South Korea

Country Position OS Version Share
South Korea 1 iOS 11.4 22.83%
South Korea 2 Android 8 22.22%
South Korea 3 iOS 9.1 16.07%
South Korea 4 Android 7 14.17%
South Korea 5 Android 6 4.36%
South Korea 6 Android 7.1 2.95%
South Korea 7 Android 4.4 2.50%
South Korea 8 iOS 10.3 2.36%
South Korea 9 Android 4.2 1.59%
South Korea 10 iOS 11.2 1.51%

Spain

Country Position OS Version Share
Spain 1 iOS 11.4 22.14%
Spain 2 Android 7 19.01%
Spain 3 Android 8 14.78%
Spain 4 Android 6 13.16%
Spain 5 Android 7.1 8.32%
Spain 6 Android 5.1 6.36%
Spain 7 Android 4.4 3.17%
Spain 8 Android 5 2.32%
Spain 9 Android 8.1 2.04%
Spain 10 iOS 11.3 1.97%

Sweden

Country Position OS Version Share
Sweden 1 iOS 11.4 36.96%
Sweden 2 Android 8 18.98%
Sweden 3 Android 6 8.93%
Sweden 4 Android 7 8.69%
Sweden 5 iOS 11.3 4.13%
Sweden 6 iOS 11.2 3.88%
Sweden 7 Android 8.1 2.90%
Sweden 8 iOS 10.3 2.59%
Sweden 9 Android 7.1 2.34%
Sweden 10 Android 5.1 2.27%

Thailand

Country Position OS Version Share
Thailand 1 iOS 11.4 34.92%
Thailand 2 Android 6 12.26%
Thailand 3 Android 7 10.52%
Thailand 4 Android 8 9.71%
Thailand 5 Android 5.1 7.71%
Thailand 6 iOS 11.3 3.91%
Thailand 7 Android 7.1 3.52%
Thailand 8 iOS 11.2 2.86%
Thailand 9 Android 4.4 2.38%
Thailand 10 iOS 10.3 2.14%

Turkey

Country Position OS Version Share
Turkey 1 iOS 11.4 32.73%
Turkey 2 Android 7 15.78%
Turkey 3 Android 6 11.85%
Turkey 4 Android 8 11.26%
Turkey 5 Android 5.1 3.83%
Turkey 6 iOS 11.3 3.54%
Turkey 7 Android 5 3.45%
Turkey 8 iOS 11.2 2.78%
Turkey 9 Android 4.4 2.66%
Turkey 10 Android 7.1 2.51%

Ukraine

Country Position OS Version Share
Ukraine 1 Android 6 15.67%
Ukraine 2 Android 5.1 15.19%
Ukraine 3 Android 7 12.71%
Ukraine 4 Android 7.1 11.96%
Ukraine 5 iOS 11.4 11.41%
Ukraine 6 Android 8 6.77%
Ukraine 7 Android 5 3.92%
Ukraine 8 Android 4.4 3.86%
Ukraine 9 Android 8.1 3.02%
Ukraine 10 iOS 11.2 2.58%

United Kingdom

Country Position OS Version Share
United Kingdom 1 iOS 11.4 42.76%
United Kingdom 2 Android 8 18.65%
United Kingdom 3 Android 7 10.09%
United Kingdom 4 iOS 11.3 4.46%
United Kingdom 5 Android 6 4.39%
United Kingdom 6 iOS 11.2 3.89%
United Kingdom 7 iOS 10.3 2.68%
United Kingdom 8 Android 5.1 2.29%
United Kingdom 9 Android 8.1 1.64%
United Kingdom 10 Android 7.1 1.48%

United States

Country Position OS Version Share
United States 1 iOS 11.4 47.92%
United States 2 Android 8 15.38%
United States 3 Android 7 8.34%
United States 4 iOS 11.3 4.99%
United States 5 Android 6 4.21%
United States 6 iOS 11.2 3.99%
United States 7 Android 7.1 2.80%
United States 8 iOS 10.3 2.33%
United States 9 iOS 12 1.52%
United States 10 Android 8.1 1.17%

Main Image By Microsiervos via Flickr.

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