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Android 4.x is more than twice as stable as iOS 7.1

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Android 4.x is more than twice as stable as iOS 7.1
There is a lingering stereotype that Android is a crashy mess and iOS is very stable, but some new numbers completely flip that idea on its head. We heard recently from Crittercism that iOS 7.1 is the most stable version of iOS to date, but that actually doesn't look all that great now that the company has unveiled the numbers for Android.

The study was done by Crittercism, which processes over 30,000 requests per second in real-time from over 1 billion mobile users. The study took into account complexity (hardware x OS version x carrier), app responsiveness, and app uptime. It found that iOS 6 crashed 2.5% of the time, iOS 7 got better with a 2.1% crash rate, and iOS 7.1 is the most stable at 1.6%. But, Android was far more stable across the board with Gingerbread (2.3) at a 1.7% crash rate, and all versions from 4.0 and higher had crash rates of just 0.7%, meaning iOS 7.1 crashes more than twice as much as any Android 4.x version.

Both Android and iOS can say that phones are more stable than tablets, but the study says that there is room for improvement with Android, because many developers still haven't properly optimized their apps for use on tablets, and that will lower crash rates. In terms of devices, Samsung had the lowest crash rates for both phones and tablets in the Android ecosystem. And, surprisingly, the iPhone 5 had a lower crash rate (1.7%) than the iPhone 5s (2%). 

The study is actually quite impressive. It looks into how many cloud services an app calls on, the latency time for those calls based on where you are, and the error rates of those cloud services, which all factor in. Users in Canada, Japan, and the U.S. have the shortest latency times, and Google Analytics has the lowest error rate at just 0.1%. For comparison, YouTube and Twitter had error rates of 1.2% and Facebook clocked in at a 2.5% error rate. Probably the least surprising finding is that games and "graphics intensive apps" have the highest crash rate, while ecommerce apps have the lowest likely because downtime for those apps carries the highest cost. 

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posted on 27 Mar 2014, 17:37 15

1. Raifid (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


posted on 27 Mar 2014, 18:24 28

28. Finalflash (Posts: 3435; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Yea, interesting as in "Daaaaammmmmmnnnnn", wonder what the Apple talking point parrots will say now. It just works...less than the competition.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 18:29 7

33. Ninetysix (Posts: 2575; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Definitely game changing!!! 0.7% crash rate is so much better than 1.7%. That difference is HUUUGGGEE!!!

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 18:31 29

35. grahaman27 (Posts: 361; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

on the scale of billions, thats the difference of hundereds of thousands of cases.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 22:21 8

76. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Apple users talk such a good game I fell for it when I tried the iPhone 5s. That experience left such a bad taste in my mouth I don't care about a larger iPhone anymore.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 00:42

81. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Yeah. My Droid Maxx with v. 4.4 just works. I can't say that I miss the crash experience, either.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 05:13 3

89. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Apple parrots will say, this report is fake and android lags, touchwiz is full of lags and bla bla bla... well, I have chinese mediocre jelly bean 4.2.1 version phone, it doesnt lag, very rare.. only problem is mediatek's legendary slow processing prowess...

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 11:37 2

97. noler (Posts: 323; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

The true is iOS automatically sends crash reports but Android is not.
If Android will sends crash reports automatically the results will be quite different

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 05:32

104. Izoe (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)

That is false, Android also automatically sends usage statistics unless the user manually disables it, which can also be done on ios devices.

On pre-kitkat devices go to settings>aboutphone>Usage info settings

On ios this is under settings>about>diagnostics and usage and can also be turned off.

so your reasoning is false

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 06:08

105. Izoe (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)


posted on 27 Mar 2014, 17:37 7

2. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

User feedback says differently.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 17:43 29

5. rd_nest (Posts: 1654; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

Maybe myth?

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 17:45 19

7. bizwhizzy (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)

Anecdotal evidence vs a study covering "over 1 billion devices"? Sounds like someone has a bit of confirmation bias going on.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 17:47 12

8. Commentator (Posts: 3721; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Funny how this pools data from over a billion users.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 17:48 28

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

oh the truth burns hard

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 17:50 7

15. chistoefur (Posts: 103; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)

Have you ever even tried anything running KitKat? Oh of course you didn't, you're too dense to give anything else a try.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 17:57

17. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)

If I understand correctly the study takes hardware into account, which levels it out a bit. I'm pretty sure the study only regards app crashes as well, not reboots, which android probably has a bigger problem with. Either way both OSs are very stable, so it doesn't matter that much.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 18:25 5

29. Finalflash (Posts: 3435; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

No it actually doesn't test app stability but OS stability. So yea reboots count and app crashes less so largely because the app is the responsibility of the actual developers behind it, not Apple or Google.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 18:26 10

31. tedkord (Posts: 13248; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

User feedback isn't scientific evidence.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 19:14

48. sip1995 (Posts: 1655; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

I agree and I think that they DON'T have the permission to do that.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 19:19 4

49. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Apple, iPhone, iPad forum help section says differently.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 19:25 14

54. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

One of the many some ppl still like to throw out in iPhone vs Android debates.

I have been saying it for the past few years...if Android was as bad as some claim....it wouldnt be #1 in market share. Ppl dont just use inferior products when something else better might be out there. Especially when they are other products that cost around the same price.

Win Mo, WP, Palm, BB wouldnt be in the state they are now if that was true.
The iPhone wouldnt have lost its top spot if that were true.

And before someone throws out the cheap Android phones argument.....I have seen and still see to this day Android phones that launch be sold out or the demand is so great there are back orders. I bought 3 at retail over a 3 year period...and I now I'm not the only one.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 19:37

59. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)

Really? Because in my case my Nexus 5 reboots more then my buddy's 4s but he gets way more app crashes. I get that my situation isn't the same as a large amount of data but if it doesn't apply to me I might as well ignore it.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 20:02 3

63. steedsofwar (unregistered)

also known as a lie

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 20:02 2

65. lyndon420 (Posts: 4883; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Maybe people lie???

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 20:31

68. JC557 (Posts: 1769; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

It could be from denial. I know plenty of people with the iPhone 5s, my brother included, had a lot of software issues which were finally alleviated (mostly) with the latest update.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 20:36 3

69. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)

Sounds like you have a bad app causing your system to reboot. I've had an N5 for about 2 months and have never had a reboot, although I do run a custom rom

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 20:37 3

70. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Windows was #1 in market share yet it had problems *cough*vista*cough* Marketshare doesn't exempt anything from having problems.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 21:18 4

72. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

I call bs, 2N5, 2N4 in my house..no reboot.
All KK.
Sounds like FUD.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 22:09

75. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

My second gen N7 reboots occasionally. I know it's happening because my recent apps are empty, so it happens when it's off, not while I'm using it. Not really sure why it happens though, if it's an app doing it, I have no idea which one.

My G2 and Z Tablet have never rebooted on me though.

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