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  • Study Claims iOS Apps Crash More Often Than Android Apps

    [SIZE=1]Number of app crashes by percentage.[/SIZE]

    A recent report (represented graphically above) by crash analysis firm Crittercism claims iOS apps crash more often than Android Apps. But, the results aren't exactly "cut and dry."

    Critiercismís chart showing the total percentage of app crashes based on iOS and version number clearly shows iOS has more app crashes than Android. The data has been normalized so the numbers arenít statistically irrelevant (we presume), especially since they analyzed 215 million app crashes across the two platforms (the number of iOS apps used outnumbered Android 3-1, but again the data was normalized preventing a bias).

    However, the reason behind the rise in iOS app crashes according to Crittercism is Appleís recent release of iOS 5.0 and iOS 5.0.1. Major updates like iOS 5.0 by their nature create more problems and incompatibilities. Running newer apps on older hardware is always a recipe for disasters. This coupled with the fact the latest version of Android hasnít arrived likely created a sizable difference in app crashes. TUAW posits that iOS users tax their phones more than other mobile users, causing iOS apps to eat up memory and crash. TUAW points out that these are just app crashes and not iOS crashes either. Killing background processes and freeing up space usually fix this problem.

    Also, Iíd venture a guess that Appleís frequent small updates to iOS (Android users arenít afforded such luxuries) adds to the number of app crashes. It seems like simply managing the number of apps running at a time and freeing system resources would eliminate most app crashes (manually or via any app-management application). Honestly, Iíd take Apple frequent minor updates and scheduled major updates over the haphazard release of Android updates across devices and carriers.

    An interesting follow-up study should examine the number of system crashes, and the percentage of apps each user-base is running at a time on average.

    Source: Crittercism via [TUAW]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Study Claims iOS Apps Crash More Often Than Android Apps started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. GTOhaas07's Avatar
      GTOhaas07 -
      I can vouch for iOS5 being worse than 4.3.3 I should have never upgraded.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      First, I'd be happy to use the mobile modmyi app if there was a quote option - don't see one here while visiting on mobile safari either so... Anyhow... Oh, and, mobile safari crashed once while reading this (iPad 5.0.1).

      TUAW posits that iOS users tax their phones more than other mobile users, causing iOS apps to eat up memory and crash. TUAW points out that these are just app crashes and not iOS crashes either. Killing background processes and freeing up space usually fix this problem.
      This user posits that blaming the users for 'taxing' their phones is a weak-a55 excuse for an OS that doesn't manage it's resources properly. Even when you are not jail broke you can only have one foreground app running at a a time AND still have crashes galore. There's no reason that, if it truly is a resource issue (which I question -- where's the evidence?), why can't iOS unload the least used/oldest app in the list of running apps to free up memory/CPU without crashing things? It's a ridiculous statement, blaming it on the users. I heard the same thing from IT at companies when they didn't want to blame Win98, or WinXP, to blame the users for 'running too many apps'. It's a simple thing to tell people, 'sorry, I can't work on that now: my queue is full'. But not only will people accept requests for work they can't fulfill, most of our operating systems do as well. It's okay to say 'NO', people...
    1. lkailburn's Avatar
      lkailburn -
      I have an annoying Mount of crashes on my 4s, same amount before and after jail breaking it honestly. But it's not the end of the world and I learn to live with it. I'm more peeved about the static noise and battery problems that make this a crappy release. I got my gf a new iPod touch for Xmas and her and I use most of the same apps and hers crash easily 2-3 times as often as they do for me. I really think its a memory management issue. And I even showed her how to close background apps and she does that a few times a day and still the same. I also didn't realize how ****** the camera or screen was on it. The viewing angle sucks.

      -Luke
    1. bluera1n.'s Avatar
      bluera1n. -
      Do apps never crash on iOS 3.1.3?
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      I think one reason there's more crashing in iOS 5 is that it uses up more memory and therefore leaves less for apps. Of course it's also the new iOS just not working well with some apps.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Mine only crashes when I'm using a tweak from Cydia or Winterboard. When I used android my apps crashed more then I care to remember.

      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Thats no surprise that IOS is the worst for crashes.

      I put 99% of crashes down to Mobile Substrate.
      I've done some tests on the iPad1 and a lot of apps work fine UNTIL MS is installed then they either dont load or crash all the time.
      Thats 1 reason when everything is forcing MS to be installed all it is doing is forcing you to accept the crashes that come with MS which REALLY SUCKS.
      a few things DONT need MS so WHY is it even needed? I think the app devs should have a look at their apps and if MS is not needed then remove the need for it then the iPhone will be a lot more stable.
      I agree with that. I see more crashed when MS is installed.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by quidam_brujah View Post
      First, I'd be happy to use the mobile modmyi app if there was a quote option - don't see one here while visiting on mobile safari either so...
      If you tap on a post in the app it brings up a menu that has the quote option.
    1. Moeflex456's Avatar
      Moeflex456 -
      +1 just opened my modmyi and it crashed
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      If you tap on a post in the app it brings up a menu that has the quote option.
      ppptptptpt -- thanks!

      It would be nice if this was more obvious: the icon in the top corner gives REFRESH REPLY SUBSCRIBE and MORE options... seeing that there, never occurred to me to tap on the title of the post!

      Modmyi app people: either add all the same options to the top-right button, or remove it so I know to do everything in the same place.
    1. LearningMan's Avatar
      LearningMan -
      There are lie, damn lies, and statistics. As an Applied Mathematics major, I can tell you that is as meaningless a chart I have ever seen. It demonstrates NOTHING as it shows no sampling size nor time element. Normalized data? LMFAO!!!! What a worthless POS. "Crittercism?" REALLY??
    1. JAEGERBOMB's Avatar
      JAEGERBOMB -
      iPod Touch 4G, iOS 5.0.1, never had a crash yet, but I always kill apps when I'm done using them. No more than 5 running at once, and no lag or crashing ever.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Modmyi.com App crashes with every initial open, always takes two or more attempts to work on iPhone 3GS iOS 5.0. Only other App that crashes for me is Facebook, but it's not that often.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LearningMan View Post
      There are lie, damn lies, and statistics. As an Applied Mathematics major, I can tell you that is as meaningless a chart I have ever seen. It demonstrates NOTHING as it shows no sampling size nor time element. Normalized data? LMFAO!!!! What a worthless POS. "Crittercism?" REALLY??

      There is truth in everything.
      The truth in this graph is it shows iOS 5.0.1 crashes more than any other iOS we had, which many people here agrees, stability seem to be not as important as pushing the products out.
      It can mean incompetent managers in Apple, or they just do not care as much. Seem to have forgot about why people choose Apple, best possible user experience with their product.
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Thats no surprise that IOS is the worst for crashes.

      I put 99% of crashes down to Mobile Substrate.
      I've done some tests on the iPad1 and a lot of apps work fine UNTIL MS is installed then they either dont load or crash all the time.
      Thats 1 reason when everything is forcing MS to be installed all it is doing is forcing you to accept the crashes that come with MS which REALLY SUCKS.
      a few things DONT need MS so WHY is it even needed? I think the app devs should have a look at their apps and if MS is not needed then remove the need for it then the iPhone will be a lot more stable.
      Your crashes is because of a jailbroken addon such as MS. The study is talking about devices that aren't jailbroken.
    1. sTrAnGe mOdS's Avatar
      sTrAnGe mOdS -
      Speaking of app crashes.. Does anyone know how to fix apps that show the spash screen for a few seconds and go back to the home screen? Many of my apps randomly started doing this today, and I haven't installed anything on Cydia in a while.. Mail, Safari, Facebook, Photos, and App Store won't work to tell a few.. If anyone has any suggestions, it'd really help me out, I really don't want to restore my phone..
    1. rpetrich's Avatar
      rpetrich -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Thats no surprise that IOS is the worst for crashes.

      I put 99% of crashes down to Mobile Substrate.
      I've done some tests on the iPad1 and a lot of apps work fine UNTIL MS is installed then they either dont load or crash all the time.
      Thats 1 reason when everything is forcing MS to be installed all it is doing is forcing you to accept the crashes that come with MS which REALLY SUCKS.
      a few things DONT need MS so WHY is it even needed? I think the app devs should have a look at their apps and if MS is not needed then remove the need for it then the iPhone will be a lot more stable.
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    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      I believe it
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Yeah, some of the crashes are annoying. Apple Store devs need to make better stable apps, and Apple needs to add more RAM on their devices like the iPod touch.
    1. monkeydance's Avatar
      monkeydance -
      It seem to me ios 5 is the root of the problem for app crash, i get 1 or 2 crash a week on i4 and almost one a day with 3gs. Onther hand i dont see this at all on ios4.

      Definitly RAM management have something to donwith it.
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      Your crashes is because of a jailbroken addon such as MS. The study is talking about devices that aren't jailbroken.
      So what about people who have/had issues before an iOS 5 jailbreak was available?