The war between Apple and Android rages on with the competition for your pocket getting ever more aggressive.

There’s many reasons why each operating system has its benefits with Apple offering an incredibly secure, simple to use and powerful platform.

Meanwhile, Android fans get the choice of much cheaper devices and the fact that Google’s OS is much more open, allowing fans to install extra programmes and tinker with the software to their heart’s content.

Android and iOS users will argue for hours over which is best but there’s still one big reason why Apple wins this battle.

The US technology firm has just revealed, via its App Developers Portal, that 53 percent of devices introduced in the last four years are now using the latest iOS 12 software.

That adoption rate is much higher than last year’s iOS 11 and is a pretty incredible statistic considering the upgrade has only been available for a few weeks.

Apple says that as of October 10, 50 percent of all devices now have iOS 12 installed with 39 percent still using iOS 11 and 11 percent having an older OS installed.

If you compare these latest numbers to Android it’s not hard to see why Apple has such a big advantage.

Latest stats from Google show only 19.2 percent of Android users have Oreo installed with around 29 percent using Nougat and 21 percent still having Marshmallow installed – an upgrade released in 2015

There’s even a large number who haven’t upgraded from Android KitKat (released in 2013) or Lollipop (released in 2014).

To make matter worse, there’s not even a figure for the user numbers of Android 9 Pie – the very latest software to be released by Google.

No percentage for Android 9 Pie is yet available but Google says that anything under 0.1 percent isn’t listed on its charts.

Many new devices are now shipping with Android 9 and some smartphone companies have begun to roll out this latest upgrade but it’s very slow getting to customers.

If previous years are anything to go by, Samsung won’t even begin releasing this software until next year.

One of the problems for Android is that very few devices run a pure version of this software.

This means that once Google releases its new update it than has to be customised by manufacturers and then tested by smartphone networks which can take months.

Meanwhile, with Apple producing both software and hardwareit’s easy for them to push out an instant update to its millions of users.

One reason why this is so important is that it’s often the newest software that gets the most recent security updates.

This is why it can be vital to make sure your device is fully up to date.

Of course, the arguments about the merits of Android v iOS will rage on but, until Google and other smartphone makers get the latest software to customers faster, Apple will continue to have the upper hand.