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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. sTrAnGe mOdS's Avatar
      sTrAnGe mOdS -
      Actually, I fixed my app crash problems. I updated Zeppelin and removed xMessages. Mobile Substrate tweaks definitely affect it, because I'm having little to no problems now.
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      Lol this sucks. Hope Apple could fix this in the next update.
    1. hotman's Avatar
      hotman -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Thats why Apple need to smarten up and realise Cydia and jailbreaking arn't going anywhere and to stop fighting against them.

      They (Apple) are the ones causing all the crashes and not just for cydia apps but also appstore apps.

      And they are getting as bad as $ony as every update something useful gets removed. EG: Ipad and USB devices, AirPrint, AirPlay, stability and the list goes on...

      Thats why Android phones are better than iPhones. They work like you want them to work.
      Agreed. Apple failed to prove that unjailbroken is more stable than jailbroken. And failed to claim that jailbreak is illegal. Ridicilously, apple adopted many apps from Cydia, but still their #1 priority is to patch the exploit on every IOS up date.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      People are quick to dismiss this study's data yet it is consistent with my personal usage. I have the Samsung Galaxy 10.1, Asus Transformer 101, the HP Touchpad running CM9(Ice Cream Sandwich), the OG ipad, and the Samsung Galaxy SGS2. The ipad crashes more than all of my Android devices totalled together. The only consistent crash on Android occurs on the stock browser. Never due to over tasking. Android manages multitasking better, but they have been doing it longer as well. Apple will iron things out eventually because they are an OS driven company. It is what they do best.

      The OP's comment about haphazard Android releases is truly uninformed.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Android manages multitasking better, but they have been doing it longer as well. Apple will iron things out eventually because they are an OS driven company. It is what they do best.
      It's sad. We were promised that iOS was going to have multitasking that was managed way better than any other multitasking when it was first announced. It's almost like politics. :/
    1. Sasukekun77's Avatar
      Sasukekun77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      People are quick to dismiss this study's data yet it is consistent with my personal usage. I have the Samsung Galaxy 10.1, Asus Transformer 101, the HP Touchpad running CM9(Ice Cream Sandwich), the OG ipad, and the Samsung Galaxy SGS2. The ipad crashes more than all of my Android devices totalled together. The only consistent crash on Android occurs on the stock browser. Never due to over tasking. Android manages multitasking better, but they have been doing it longer as well. Apple will iron things out eventually because they are an OS driven company. It is what they do best.

      The OP's comment about haphazard Android releases is truly uninformed.
      Someone's Rich.