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Which platform crashes more, Android or iOS?
A study done by mobile app monitoring company Crittercism had some interesting statistics. With the large number of iOS and Android operating systems still in use, it is no surprise that crashes happen on mobile operating systems. App developers are forced to test their apps on each OS to make sure they still work on the software of the past. From December 1st through the 15th, Crittercism noted crashes on 23 iOS operating systems and on 33 Android operating systems (that is the number on the graphs that separate both operating systems. The graph that combines iOS and Android shows 22 iOS crashes and 17 for Android).

The OS with the largest percentage of crashes was iOS 5.1 which had a hand in 28.64% of them. Older versions also crashed often. For example, iOS 4.2.10 was involved in 12.64% of the crashes and iOS 4.3.3 was involved in 10.66%. These stats are interesting because they reveal that many Apple iPhone owners take their sweet time to update their OS and some don't do it at all!

Crittercism's CEO says crashes occur for a number of reasons, like hardware issues, like the use of GPS features, or it could be due to a poor internet connection, or problems prevent a smooth and flawless hand-off between 3G and Wi-Fi or vice versa. An app that uses too much memory can also cause a crash. "It can be a mix of both hardware and software issues that developers may or may not be responding to, says Levy, the CEO. In iOS particularly, users very rarely update their apps which might cause a problem. In Android, users can have their apps auto-updated which helps eliminate some of the problems. And even though developers are supposed to respond to a new OS by testing their apps throughout the platform, sometimes that is not possible.

So which platform crashes more between iOS and Android? Looking at the graph called "Crashes by OS Version Normalized," iOS was involved in 75% of the crashes. But, you ask, isn't that just a function of iOS having more phones in the Crittercism network? The company tested 214 million app launches from last November and December for apps that use its service. Launches on iOS (162 million) were about 3 times as much as those on Android (52 million). So the data were arranged to answer the question, for each iOS and Android app, how often do they crash?

For the top quartile of apps, Android apps crashed 0.15% of the time they launched, while iOS apps crashed 0.51% of the time. In the second quartile of apps, Android apps crashed 0.73% of the time versus the 1.47% of the time iOS apps crashed. For the third quartile of apps, Android apps crashed 2.97% of the time, while iOS apps crashed 3.66% of the time.

iOS crashes more than Android says the data

iOS crashes more than Android says the data

Before iOS fans start getting ready to explode, we have to remember that iOS 5 had just been launched in October while Android 4.0 has not been released widely during the time of the study. "I expect as Ice Cream Sandwich just launched and the new Nexus S phone launched (during the study), we’ll expect the same situation to occur (with Android) as what happened (with iOS)," Levy says.

For now, though, the numbers show that iOS crashes more ("substantially more," says Levy). He also noted that apps in the first quartile crash less than those in the third quartile which proves that by looking at the data, developers can improve their apps and reduce the number of crashes. The best apps on Android crashed one third as much as the best iOS apps. The second best Android apps crashed half as much as the iOS as in the second quartile while the difference was less for the third quartile. This means that for a reason that Levy himself couldn't explain, Android developers are doing a better job with the crash rate.

source: Forbes

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posted on 03 Feb 2012, 00:08 35

1. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


Bricks shall be shat in 3...2...1...

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 03:02 4

42. ardent1 (Posts: 1980; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


It's the same type of question like which country has more cell phone users -- mainland China or Germany? The obvious answer is mainland China due to its large population.

So when asked which OS crashes more, the obvious answer is iOS -- same logic. Android devices tend to have larger screens, 4G, and crappy battery life so it make sense iOS devices will crash more often -- the iOS have more run time.

Now if the question was relative in nature like which OS crashes when up and running ... again, this is obvious.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 06:49 17

71. tedkord (Posts: 3905; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Wow, iRationalizing at it's finest. The Force (close) is strong with this one.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 11:35 9

101. JonBjSig (Posts: 175; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


WOW, that might very well be the dumbest comment I have ever read on any site on the entire friggin INTERNET...
You, sir, deserve a medal!
*slow clap*

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 14:38 4

116. itiswhatitis (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


what a genius!!!!!

dont get too happy i'm being sarcastic, u dumb@ss!!!

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 22:38 3

131. maier9900 (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Good point... and if they did an operating system analysis of the the both iOS and android crashes, android will lose big time... i owned both before just to see how they satisfy my needs and android phones crash most of the time, you will need to take the battery out and put it back in for it to work again. if this was a case for iPhones.. nobody would own any iPhone because they wouldn't be able to take the battery out.
Common sense. wtf..

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 09:26 6

137. jroc74 (Posts: 3952; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


-1....

That makes absolutely no sense. I do know one thing... fanboys of Apple and their products can find an excuse for damn near anything negative about Apple or iDevices...

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 12:08 4

146. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


really.. ardent... really?

so, not only do you think iOS is more secure and less buggy, but it crashes more because there are more phones out there?????

dude, pay attention to reality. iOS is less secure, and more buggy. There are LESS iOS devices out there than Android devices and its crashing MORE. give it a rest.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 05:43

166. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


Now who will trust it
Samsung apps crashes more than iOS

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 09:24 3

136. jroc74 (Posts: 3952; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


LMAO!!!

This comment has me lol at my computer screen!!

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 00:09 9

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


...hehehehe! xD

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 04:54 8

58. protozeloz (Posts: 5321; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Hahahahaha ! XD

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 06:11 8

65. kshell1 (Posts: 1140; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


hohohohoho! xD

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:27 7

119. jbash (Posts: 339; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


en espanol jajajajajajajajajaja

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 08:45 5

81. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


harharharharhar! (couldnt help it)

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 09:14 5

85. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


SOOO SWEETT ! GREAT FRIDAY FOR ME SOO FAR! GOT MY TAX RETURN THIS MORNiNG, WERE NOT BUSY, AND NOW THIS! GREAT!!!!

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 14:36

115. itiswhatitis (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


u got ur income tax return??? damn.. i got an email from irs saying its gonna b late.. when did u apply for it?

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 00:09 4

3. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Well... that's interesting news. Would love to see the fanboy battle. The field has been chosen it is only a matter of time for the great war to begin.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 00:15 7

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5276; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I can't wait to see all of the iApologists weigh in. I wonder what approach they will pursue? Attack the report author as biased? Challenge the data sample? Or?

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 00:18 6

5. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


I bet most of the crashes are from iPod touch 4gs on 5.0.1. It's incredible how bad that update has messed up mine (and many other people's on apples support page). Apps crash like crazy :/

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 00:39 5

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1223; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


second it , my ipod touch is near its end

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 03:05

44. ardent1 (Posts: 1980; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I did not install Infinity Blade 2 on my ipod touch 4G -- after playing IB 1 on my iPad2, it was clear the itouch was struggling to keep up with the game.

I also had problems with 5.01 on my itouch, however, I really like 5.0.1.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 03:20 5

50. TechnoTechyes (Posts: 55; Member since: 24 Jan 2011)


Pretty much they do say that 5.0.1 is the big problem for Apple.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 17:22

120. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)


Glad to know I'm not the only one. I swapped mine out at an Apple store, and the new one seems to be working for now. As soon as the next iPad comes out though, I'm selling the iPod.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 00:21 2

6. pongkie (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


android for me... experiencing right now auto reboots even no apps are running >

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 03:02 5

43. smartphonelover (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)


If you installed a task manager that could be why. My GS2 was doing auto reboots at random. But after uninstalling the task manager I had it hasn't auto rebooted since. At least as far as I can remember.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 00:35 9

7. abdane (Posts: 471; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I LOVE THIS TOPIC ! :D ANDROID ALL THE WAY ! ^_^

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 00:38 14

8. Sniggly (Posts: 6468; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


What was that about Android apps being unstable and force closing all the time...?

This is going to be so much fun.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 01:23 12

24. Sniggly (Posts: 6468; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


To clarify, so that I am not misunderstood: I am commenting on iFanboys' tendency to fall back on tired old jokes like "Android is great, but-FORCE CLOSE! LOLBBQ" and think they're being clever.

However, this study seems to indicate that they don't have so much to laugh about after all.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 02:39 4

40. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Oh you mean how Android phones sometimes reboot themselves? Or what about the freezing and lag a lot of Android phones tend to have?

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 03:07 10

46. Sniggly (Posts: 6468; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You mean the freezing and lag that a lot of *low end* Android phones have? You know, the ones with 600-800 MHz processors? Maybe 512 megs of RAM if they're lucky? Almost zero internal memory?

Yeah, some Android phones are crappy. But not even close to all of them are.

Btw, where do you get off commenting on Android's behavior? You owned one model that glitched out on you; hell, we don't even know what you did to it. You've never shown yourself to be particularly intelligent; your unironic devotion to pro wrestling is just one key indicator of this. You probably did something to f**k your phone up, didn't you?

Also, do you know how often I get comments from older iPhone users about how laggy and glitchy their phones get?

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 07:45 4

78. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)


I have an iPhone 3G... +1 to laggy and glitchy.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 08:46

82. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


we all know he got the Samsung Gem

and he still thinks The Rock is "cooking something"

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 11:47 1

102. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Oh look, Squiggly commenting on my pro wrestling name again. Actually, I never said I owned one Android phone. I said I owned a Droid. I never said that was my own phone, but good job on trying to backpedal with an excuse for Android's poor stability. i get off commenting on it because I can, just like you do, and there's nothing you can do about it so get over it and stop complaining every time I do.

Btw, to the geniuses thumbing my comments down, please continue to do so. You're not hurting my feelings.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 12:13

106. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


if you don't care then why say anything at all? :P

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 17:55

123. tedkord (Posts: 3905; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Time for a new pair of tap shoes. Yours are all worn out from dancing around this story.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:32

165. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 541; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


iFans have excuses all the way.. they start comparing $200-300 android devices with $600-700 iPhones all the time & have no other argument than lag (which is non-existent on Android 4.0+).
I have never faced any lag on Nexus devices.....

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 04:56 4

59. protozeloz (Posts: 5321; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Lol iOS also freezes and reboots

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 06:51 1

72. tedkord (Posts: 3905; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Dance, puppet. Dance.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 03:06 4

45. ardent1 (Posts: 1980; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


My android gets 4 hours of battery life when surfing the net.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 03:09 5

47. Sniggly (Posts: 6468; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yep. Your Android is also the Triumph, a phone notorious for its s**tty battery life.

Also, the battery dying faster when you do something that requires heavy resources AND a near constant connection to towers? Kind of a no brainer.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 11:48 1

103. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Like the Thunderbolt? Razr? Rezound? Galaxy Nexus? I can think of many with piss poor battery life.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 17:41 1

121. protozeloz (Posts: 5321; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


All of them 4G phones with nearly double the data speed ;)

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 18:21

126. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


with the CDMA/LTE models over 10 times as fast. ;D

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 20:37 1

128. protozeloz (Posts: 5321; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


And lets not forget the bigger screens that make playing, reading, typing and surfing really enjoyable and the packed extra ram to store more apps in multi task . Yeah the horror the bloody horror :p

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 21:06 1

130. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


not to mention slimmer form factors even with these hungry 4G radios. :P

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 17:59 1

124. tedkord (Posts: 3905; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, true. However, if we were to underclock the processor by 20%, allow only one app in memory at a time, disable the 4g radios (and lose that awesome speed) and remove all real-time widgets, we'd have much better battery life, too.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 09:29

138. jroc74 (Posts: 3952; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


You CLEARLY have never used a RAZR or Rezound.

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 08:42

152. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


so what if they have poor battery life? the iPhone isn't any better. and btw when was the last time you heard an android phone exploding due to over charging? or the battery of an android phone randomly catching fire? hmmm.... NEVER. can't say the same about the iPhone tho

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 14:29

157. BattleBrat (Posts: 883; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


My RAZR gets 2-3 days battery life and i proved it, the 4s cant even idle for two days, so off with you and your lies!!

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 19:35

158. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I have a Razr and even though I use GO Launcher there's no way I could get 2-3 days without turning the brightness to 0, turning LTE and background data off and never use it IF that even gets me into a 3rd day. mine even says 7 more hours on the little battery page you have so much faith in and it's at 15%. I know this thing would die in another hour and a half TOPS with my kind of usage.

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 19:46

159. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


and btw I'm REALLY missing my keyboard. as much as I like this phone there's a pretty good chance I'll decide to trade it for a Droid 4.

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 21:35

160. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you will get over the keyboard eventually. it takes a little while. once you do you will never go back. no worries.

bout to post some pix of my current battery state. :)

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 21:57

161. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


https://plus.google.com/photos/100459156021696505642/albums/5522416260905954785?authkey=CKnioemf7cu3mAE

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 22:11

163. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I can't access the photo. besides it's those battery state pages I say are full of s**t. :P

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 22:08

162. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I type well enough with the on-screen even though i do have little qualms like the letter "I" always being capitalized but like you said I'll probably get over those kinds of things. the phone's disadvantages to not having a keyboard is 1. when I type in Landscape it covers up most of the screen which I knew about before hand but using this Razr all the time is reminding me why having a keyboard was such a good thing in the first place. 2. when typing in these kinds of text fields if you ever move the blinky word spawning thing I don't know the name of it's nearly impossible to get it where you want it. that's not just the case with this keyboard however in fact Motorola's Multi touch keyboard is the best on-screen keyboard I've used followed by Thumb Keyboard and Samsung's Keyboard which means I don't want to have to use a third party keyboard with arrow keys because the thingy is being dumb. keyboards are definitely ftw.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 03:22 12

51. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Quit streaming porn! :)

Aww, com'on. That was funny!

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 06:14 2

67. kshell1 (Posts: 1140; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


miz probably got dropped on the concrete wrestling behind the scenes or something and thats why he likes ios is cause hes to brain damaged to use android ^_^

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 09:09

153. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


your android is crap. my SGS1 is going on 20 hrs without a charge and is at 85%.

posted on 05 Feb 2012, 13:41

156. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5479; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I don't get how you guys are getting this kind of battery life. :P

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