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 Q4 2018.

(Android 9 was released in August, and we only saw 0.97% of mobile web traffic originating from this version in Q4 2018).

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Argentina

Country OS Version Share Average
Argentina 1 Android 7 19.20% 7.19%
Argentina 2 Android 6.0.1 15.28% 4.12%
Argentina 3 Android 5.1.1 9.84% 2.01%
Argentina 4 Android 6 7.20% 1.14%
Argentina 5 Android 8 7.00% 16.63%
Argentina 6 iOS 12.1 4.05% 12.86%
Argentina 7 iOS 12.0.1 3.89% 12.15%
Argentina 8 iOS 12 3.30% 9.73%
Argentina 9 Android 7.1.1 3.26% 2.33%
Argentina 10 Android 8.1.0 3.25% 3.35%

Australia

Country OS Version Share Average
Australia 1 Android 8 18.35% 16.63%
Australia 2 iOS 12.0.1 12.17% 12.15%
Australia 3 iOS 12.1 11.18% 12.86%
Australia 4 iOS 11.4.1 10.26% 8.67%
Australia 5 iOS 12 9.53% 9.73%
Australia 6 Android 7 5.43% 7.19%
Australia 7 Android 6.0.1 4.53% 4.12%
Australia 8 iOS 11.3 2.62% 2.31%
Australia 9 iOS 11.4 2.61% 2.08%
Australia 10 Android 7.1.1 2.39% 2.33%

Brazil

Country OS Version Share Average
Brazil 1 Android 6.0.1 13.51% 4.12%
Brazil 2 Android 7 12.97% 7.19%
Brazil 3 Android 8 11.37% 16.63%
Brazil 4 Android 8.1.0 7.28% 3.35%
Brazil 5 Android 5.1.1 7.11% 2.01%
Brazil 6 iOS 12.1 5.85% 12.86%
Brazil 7 Android 6 5.54% 1.14%
Brazil 8 iOS 12.0.1 4.99% 12.15%
Brazil 9 Android 7.1.1 4.00% 2.33%
Brazil 10 iOS 11.4.1 3.91% 8.67%

Canada

Country OS Version Share Average
Canada 1 Android 8 20.79% 16.63%
Canada 2 iOS 12.1 12.78% 12.86%
Canada 3 iOS 12.0.1 12.46% 12.15%
Canada 4 iOS 12 9.78% 9.73%
Canada 5 iOS 11.4.1 9.51% 8.67%
Canada 6 Android 7 6.14% 7.19%
Canada 7 iOS 11.3 2.75% 2.31%
Canada 8 Android 6.0.1 2.45% 4.12%
Canada 9 iOS 11.4 2.45% 2.08%
Canada 10 Android 8.1 2.10% 3.35%

Colombia

Country OS Version Share Average
Colombia 1 Android 7 13.30% 7.19%
Colombia 2 Android 6.0.1 13.17% 4.12%
Colombia 3 Android 8 10.02% 16.63%
Colombia 4 Android 6 6.36% 1.14%
Colombia 5 Android 5.1.1 6.26% 2.01%
Colombia 6 iOS 12.1 5.27% 12.86%
Colombia 7 Android 4.4.2 5.18% 0.61%
Colombia 8 iOS 12.0.1 5.13% 12.15%
Colombia 9 iOS 12 4.09% 9.73%
Colombia 10 Android 5.1 3.98% 0.50%

Denmark

Country OS Version Share Average
Denmark 1 Android 6.0.1 15.51% 4.12%
Denmark 2 Android 8 13.91% 16.63%
Denmark 3 iOS 12.1 12.91% 12.86%
Denmark 4 iOS 12.0.1 8.98% 12.15%
Denmark 5 iOS 12 8.46% 9.73%
Denmark 6 iOS 11.4.1 7.41% 8.67%
Denmark 7 Android 7 5.85% 7.19%
Denmark 8 iOS 11.2.1 3.29% 0.38%
Denmark 9 iOS 11.3 3.09% 2.31%
Denmark 10 Android 8.1.0 2.69% 3.35%

Egypt

Country OS Version Share Average
Egypt 1 Android 6.0.1 15.88% 4.12%
Egypt 2 Android 7 12.17% 7.19%
Egypt 3 Android 8 8.94% 16.63%
Egypt 4 Android 5.1.1 7.94% 2.01%
Egypt 5 Android 6 7.49% 1.14%
Egypt 6 Android 8.1 7.29% 3.35%
Egypt 7 Android 4.4.2 6.59% 0.61%
Egypt 8 Android 4.4.4 4.36% 0.39%
Egypt 9 Android 7.1.1 3.85% 2.33%
Egypt 10 Android 5.1 3.52% 0.50%

Finland

Country OS Version Share Average
Finland 1 Android 8 19.45% 16.63%
Finland 2 Android 7 12.38% 7.19%
Finland 3 iOS 11.4.1 8.97% 8.67%
Finland 4 iOS 11.3 8.34% 2.31%
Finland 5 iOS 12.0.1 6.24% 12.15%
Finland 6 iOS 12.1 5.45% 12.86%
Finland 7 Android 8.1 4.98% 3.35%
Finland 8 Android 6.0.1 4.40% 4.12%
Finland 9 iOS 11 4.09% 0.15%
Finland 10 iOS 12 3.93% 9.73%

France

Country OS Version Share Average
France 1 Android 8 21.01% 16.63%
France 2 Android 7 10.24% 7.19%
France 3 iOS 12.1 10.23% 12.86%
France 4 iOS 12.0.1 8.99% 12.15%
France 5 iOS 11.4.1 7.92% 8.67%
France 6 iOS 12 6.44% 9.73%
France 7 Android 6.0.1 3.77% 4.12%
France 8 Android 8.1 3.33% 3.35%
France 9 Android 5.1.1 2.42% 2.01%
France 10 iOS 11.3 2.09% 2.31%

Germany

Country OS Version Share Average
Germany 1 Android 8 28.55% 16.63%
Germany 2 Android 7 12.09% 7.19%
Germany 3 iOS 12.1 8.14% 12.86%
Germany 4 iOS 12.0.1 7.50% 12.15%
Germany 5 Android 6.0.1 6.03% 4.12%
Germany 6 iOS 12 5.55% 9.73%
Germany 7 iOS 11.4.1 4.37% 8.67%
Germany 8 Android 8.1 3.45% 3.35%
Germany 9 Android 5.1.1 2.37% 2.01%
Germany 10 Android 7.1.1 2.32% 2.33%

India

Country OS Version Share Average
India 1 Android 8.1 15.74% 3.35%
India 2 Android 7 13.70% 7.19%
India 3 Android 6.0.1 12.90% 4.12%
India 4 Android 5.1.1 8.81% 2.01%
India 5 Android 8 7.86% 16.63%
India 6 Android 7.1.2 6.98% 0.80%
India 7 Android 6 4.82% 1.14%
India 8 KaiOS 4.29% 0.10%
India 9 Android 7.1.1 4.21% 2.33%
India 10 Android 5.1 3.08% 0.50%

Indonesia

Country OS Version Share Average
Indonesia 1 Android 6.0.1 13.54% 4.12%
Indonesia 2 Android 5.1.1 13.38% 2.01%
Indonesia 3 Android 8.1 7.89% 3.35%
Indonesia 4 Android 7 7.38% 7.19%
Indonesia 5 Android 8 6.69% 16.63%
Indonesia 6 Android 4.4.2 6.32% 0.61%
Indonesia 7 Android 7.1.2 5.83% 0.80%
Indonesia 8 Android 4.4.4 5.59% 0.39%
Indonesia 9 Android 5.1 5.08% 0.50%
Indonesia 10 Android 7.1.1 4.52% 2.33%

Ireland

Country OS Version Share Average
Ireland 1 Android 8 15.13% 16.63%
Ireland 2 iOS 11.4.1 10.78% 8.67%
Ireland 3 iOS 12 9.63% 9.73%
Ireland 4 iOS 12.0.1 8.40% 12.15%
Ireland 5 Android 7 7.96% 7.19%
Ireland 6 iOS 12.1 7.77% 12.86%
Ireland 7 Android 6.0.1 4.81% 4.12%
Ireland 8 Android 5.1.1 4.09% 2.01%
Ireland 9 iOS 11.4 2.73% 2.08%
Ireland 10 iOS 11.3 2.52% 2.31%

Israel

Country OS Version Share Average
Israel 1 Android 8 20.72% 16.63%
Israel 2 Android 7 15.09% 7.19%
Israel 3 iOS 12.1 7.13% 12.86%
Israel 4 iOS 11.4.1 6.64% 8.67%
Israel 5 Android 8.1 5.94% 3.35%
Israel 6 iOS 12.0.1 5.80% 12.15%
Israel 7 Android 6.0.1 5.01% 4.12%
Israel 8 iOS 12 4.38% 9.73%
Israel 9 Android 6 4.14% 1.14%
Israel 10 iOS 11 1.95% 0.15%

Italy

Country OS Version Share Average
Italy 1 Android 8 21.09% 16.63%
Italy 2 Android 7 14.45% 7.19%
Italy 3 iOS 12.1 7.29% 12.86%
Italy 4 iOS 12.0.1 6.46% 12.15%
Italy 5 Android 6.0.1 4.78% 4.12%
Italy 6 Android 5.1.1 4.74% 2.01%
Italy 7 iOS 12 4.66% 9.73%
Italy 8 iOS 11.4.1 4.50% 8.67%
Italy 9 Android 8.1 4.40% 3.35%
Italy 10 Android 6 4.29% 1.14%

Japan

Country OS Version Share Average
Japan 1 iOS 12.1 16.53% 12.86%
Japan 2 iOS 12.0.1 14.08% 12.15%
Japan 3 Android 8 12.06% 16.63%
Japan 4 iOS 11.4.1 9.81% 8.67%
Japan 5 iOS 12 8.98% 9.73%
Japan 6 Android 7 4.32% 7.19%
Japan 7 iOS 11.4 3.09% 2.08%
Japan 8 Android 6.0.1 2.84% 4.12%
Japan 9 iOS 11.3 2.52% 2.31%
Japan 10 iOS 12.1.2 1.86% 1.63%

Malaysia

Country OS Version Share Average
Malaysia 1 Android 6.0.1 12.20% 4.12%
Malaysia 2 Android 8 10.65% 16.63%
Malaysia 3 Android 7 9.89% 7.19%
Malaysia 4 Android 8.1 9.05% 3.35%
Malaysia 5 Android 5.1.1 8.96% 2.01%
Malaysia 6 iOS 12.0.1 5.04% 12.15%
Malaysia 7 iOS 11.4.1 4.92% 8.67%
Malaysia 8 iOS 12 4.50% 9.73%
Malaysia 9 iOS 12.1 4.25% 12.86%
Malaysia 10 Android 7.1.1 3.86% 2.33%

Mexico

Country OS Version Share Average
Mexico 1 Android 7 11.13% 7.19%
Mexico 2 Android 6.0.1 10.85% 4.12%
Mexico 3 Android 8 8.76% 16.63%
Mexico 4 iOS 12.1 8.02% 12.86%
Mexico 5 iOS 12.0.1 6.83% 12.15%
Mexico 6 Android 6 6.27% 1.14%
Mexico 7 iOS 11.4.1 5.95% 8.67%
Mexico 8 iOS 12 5.65% 9.73%
Mexico 9 Android 5.1.1 5.47% 2.01%
Mexico 10 Android 5.1 3.78% 0.50%

Netherlands

Country OS Version Share Average
Netherlands 1 Android 8 26.54% 16.63%
Netherlands 2 iOS 12.1 11.37% 12.86%
Netherlands 3 iOS 12.0.1 10.97% 12.15%
Netherlands 4 Android 7 9.99% 7.19%
Netherlands 5 iOS 12 6.96% 9.73%
Netherlands 6 iOS 11.4.1 6.47% 8.67%
Netherlands 7 Android 6.0.1 4.13% 4.12%
Netherlands 8 Android 8.1 2.54% 3.35%
Netherlands 9 Android 7.1.1 2.04% 2.33%
Netherlands 10 Android 5.1.1 1.81% 2.01%

Nigeria

Country OS Version Share Average
Nigeria 1 Android 7 18.71% 7.19%
Nigeria 2 Android 6 10.96% 1.14%
Nigeria 3 Android 8 6.46% 16.63%
Nigeria 4 Android 5.1 6.38% 0.50%
Nigeria 5 Android 8.1 6.33% 3.35%
Nigeria 6 Android 6.0.1 5.27% 4.12%
Nigeria 7 iOS 11.4.1 4.08% 8.67%
Nigeria 8 iOS 12.1 3.36% 12.86%
Nigeria 9 Nokia OS (Series 40) 3.35% 0.01%
Nigeria 10 Android 5.1.1 3.11% 2.01%

Norway

Country OS Version Share Average
Norway 1 Android 8 19.83% 16.63%
Norway 2 iOS 12.0.1 12.24% 12.15%
Norway 3 iOS 12.1 10.51% 12.86%
Norway 4 iOS 11.4.1 9.93% 8.67%
Norway 5 iOS 12 9.80% 9.73%
Norway 6 Android 7 6.71% 7.19%
Norway 7 Android 6.0.1 4.14% 4.12%
Norway 8 iOS 11.3 3.69% 2.31%
Norway 9 Android 8.1 2.68% 3.35%
Norway 10 iOS 10.3.3 2.61% 1.43%

Philippines

Country OS Version Share Average
Philippines 1 Android 8 9.57% 16.63%
Philippines 2 Android 6.0.1 9.14% 4.12%
Philippines 3 Android 8.1 7.12% 3.35%
Philippines 4 iOS 11.4.1 7.10% 8.67%
Philippines 5 iOS 12 7.08% 9.73%
Philippines 6 Android 5.1.1 7.06% 2.01%
Philippines 7 Android 7 6.84% 7.19%
Philippines 8 iOS 12.0.1 6.49% 12.15%
Philippines 9 iOS 12.1 4.85% 12.86%
Philippines 10 Android 7.1.1 4.16% 2.33%

Poland

Country OS Version Share Average
Poland 1 Android 8 25.18% 16.63%
Poland 2 Android 7 18.77% 7.19%
Poland 3 Android 6.0.1 7.32% 4.12%
Poland 4 Android 6 5.94% 1.14%
Poland 5 Android 8.1 5.68% 3.35%
Poland 6 Android 5.1.1 4.82% 2.01%
Poland 7 iOS 12.1 3.74% 12.86%
Poland 8 iOS 12.0.1 3.61% 12.15%
Poland 9 iOS 12 2.78% 9.73%
Poland 10 Android 7.1.1 2.42% 2.33%

Romania

Country OS Version Share Average
Romania 1 Android 8 24.39% 16.63%
Romania 2 Android 7 16.94% 7.19%
Romania 3 Android 5.1.1 6.40% 2.01%
Romania 4 Android 8.1 5.81% 3.35%
Romania 5 Android 6.0.1 5.55% 4.12%
Romania 6 Android 6 4.78% 1.14%
Romania 7 iOS 12.1 4.37% 12.86%
Romania 8 Android 7.1.1 3.91% 2.33%
Romania 9 iOS 12.0.1 3.72% 12.15%
Romania 10 iOS 11.4.1 2.65% 8.67%

Russia

Country OS Version Share Average
Russia 1 Android 8 11.51% 16.63%
Russia 2 Android 7 9.01% 7.19%
Russia 3 iOS 12.1 7.76% 12.86%
Russia 4 iOS 12 6.53% 9.73%
Russia 5 Android 6.0.1 6.35% 4.12%
Russia 6 iOS 12.0.1 6.22% 12.15%
Russia 7 iOS 11.4.1 5.86% 8.67%
Russia 8 Android 5.1.1 5.11% 2.01%
Russia 9 Android 6 4.41% 1.14%
Russia 10 Android 8.1 4.21% 3.35%

Singapore

Country OS Version Share Average
Singapore 1 Android 8 18.06% 16.63%
Singapore 2 iOS 12.0.1 12.28% 12.15%
Singapore 3 iOS 12.1 10.40% 12.86%
Singapore 4 iOS 12 9.07% 9.73%
Singapore 5 iOS 11.4.1 8.58% 8.67%
Singapore 6 Android 7 5.66% 7.19%
Singapore 7 Android 8.1 5.07% 3.35%
Singapore 8 Android 6.0.1 4.11% 4.12%
Singapore 9 iOS 11.3 3.27% 2.31%
Singapore 10 Android 5 3.02% 0.27%

South Africa

Country OS Version Share Average
South Africa 1 Android 8 18.61% 16.63%
South Africa 2 Android 7 11.00% 7.19%
South Africa 3 iOS 12.1 7.96% 12.86%
South Africa 4 Android 6.0.1 7.94% 4.12%
South Africa 5 iOS 12.0.1 6.57% 12.15%
South Africa 6 iOS 11.4.1 4.94% 8.67%
South Africa 7 iOS 12 4.92% 9.73%
South Africa 8 Android 8.1 4.72% 3.35%
South Africa 9 Android 5.1.1 4.61% 2.01%
South Africa 10 Android 6 4.12% 1.14%

South Korea

Country OS Version Share Average
South Korea 1 Android 8 20.73% 16.63%
South Korea 2 Android 7 11.70% 7.19%
South Korea 3 iOS 12.1 7.67% 12.86%
South Korea 4 iOS 12.0.1 7.06% 12.15%
South Korea 5 Android 6.0.1 5.05% 4.12%
South Korea 6 Android 8.1 4.95% 3.35%
South Korea 7 iOS 11.4.1 4.74% 8.67%
South Korea 8 iOS 12 4.51% 9.73%
South Korea 9 Android 4.1.2 2.19% 0.09%
South Korea 10 iOS 11 2.12% 0.15%

Spain

Country OS Version Share Average
Spain 1 Android 8 17.74% 16.63%
Spain 2 Android 7 14.06% 7.19%
Spain 3 iOS 12.1 6.74% 12.86%
Spain 4 Android 8.1 6.66% 3.35%
Spain 5 iOS 12.0.1 6.47% 12.15%
Spain 6 Android 6 5.69% 1.14%
Spain 7 Android 6.0.1 5.14% 4.12%
Spain 8 iOS 11.4.1 4.86% 8.67%
Spain 9 iOS 12 4.84% 9.73%
Spain 10 Android 7.1.1 4.46% 2.33%

Sweden

Country OS Version Share Average
Sweden 1 Android 8 19.23% 16.63%
Sweden 2 iOS 12.0.1 10.58% 12.15%
Sweden 3 iOS 12 9.86% 9.73%
Sweden 4 iOS 11.4.1 9.70% 8.67%
Sweden 5 iOS 12.1 8.69% 12.86%
Sweden 6 Android 7 5.64% 7.19%
Sweden 7 iOS 11.3 4.88% 2.31%
Sweden 8 Android 8.1 3.01% 3.35%
Sweden 9 iOS 11.4 2.80% 2.08%
Sweden 10 Android 6.0.1 2.57% 4.12%

Thailand

Country OS Version Share Average
Thailand 1 iOS 12.1 11.99% 12.86%
Thailand 2 Android 8 11.78% 16.63%
Thailand 3 iOS 12.0.1 11.70% 12.15%
Thailand 4 iOS 11.4.1 7.32% 8.67%
Thailand 5 iOS 12 7.09% 9.73%
Thailand 6 Android 7 6.99% 7.19%
Thailand 7 Android 6.0.1 6.97% 4.12%
Thailand 8 Android 8.1 5.99% 3.35%
Thailand 9 Android 6 3.17% 1.14%
Thailand 10 Android 5.1.1 2.90% 2.01%

Turkey

Country OS Version Share Average
Turkey 1 Android 8 16.64% 16.63%
Turkey 2 Android 7 13.65% 7.19%
Turkey 3 Android 6.0.1 10.45% 4.12%
Turkey 4 iOS 12.1 8.31% 12.86%
Turkey 5 iOS 12.0.1 6.74% 12.15%
Turkey 6 iOS 11.4.1 6.02% 8.67%
Turkey 7 Android 8.1 5.56% 3.35%
Turkey 8 iOS 12 5.48% 9.73%
Turkey 9 Android 5.1.1 3.58% 2.01%
Turkey 10 Android 6 2.82% 1.14%

Ukraine

Country OS Version Share Average
Ukraine 1 Android 8 9.71% 16.63%
Ukraine 2 Android 7 9.19% 7.19%
Ukraine 3 Android 7.1.2 8.43% 0.80%
Ukraine 4 Android 8.1 8.32% 3.35%
Ukraine 5 Android 6.0.1 6.49% 4.12%
Ukraine 6 Android 6 6.12% 1.14%
Ukraine 7 Android 5.1.1 5.99% 2.01%
Ukraine 8 Android 5.1 4.48% 0.50%
Ukraine 9 iOS 12 4.01% 9.73%
Ukraine 10 iOS 11.4.1 3.93% 8.67%

United Kingdom

Country OS Version Share Average
United Kingdom 1 Android 8 19.25% 16.63%
United Kingdom 2 iOS 12.0.1 12.44% 12.15%
United Kingdom 3 iOS 12.1 12.18% 12.86%
United Kingdom 4 iOS 12 10.19% 9.73%
United Kingdom 5 iOS 11.4.1 8.87% 8.67%
United Kingdom 6 Android 7 7.23% 7.19%
United Kingdom 7 Android 6.0.1 2.79% 4.12%
United Kingdom 8 Android 5.1.1 2.65% 2.01%
United Kingdom 9 Android 8.1 2.53% 3.35%
United Kingdom 10 iOS 11.3 2.44% 2.31%

United States

Country OS Version Share Average
United States 1 Android 8 16.27% 16.63%
United States 2 iOS 12.1 14.74% 12.86%
United States 3 iOS 12.0.1 13.83% 12.15%
United States 4 iOS 12 11.07% 9.73%
United States 5 iOS 11.4.1 9.64% 8.67%
United States 6 Android 7 5.86% 7.19%
United States 7 Android 6.0.1 3.21% 4.12%
United States 8 Android 8.1 2.70% 3.35%
United States 9 iOS 11.3 2.53% 2.31%
United States 10 iOS 11.4 2.28% 2.08%

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