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

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. 



1. Raifid

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 18, 2013


28. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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

33. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

35. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

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

81. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

89. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 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...

97. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 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

104. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 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

105. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010


76. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

User feedback says differently.

5. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Maybe myth?

54. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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 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.

70. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

90. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Yes it does, don't just look at one section of statistics. In the height of Vista (ie one year before Win7) Vista only accounted for ~17% for total windows users but WinXP still had over 70% share. Why, because WinXP is better than Vista. Today, Win7 has over ~55% of Windows, versus ~11% of WinXP and ~13% are Win8. Windows is no.1 because the MAJORITY uses proven stable Windows versions.

92. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's true. Just look here, the iPhone is the number one selling smartphone, yet it is twice as unstable as competing phones,

82. DougPenhall

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

"Ppl dont just use inferior products when something else better might be out there." Hmmmm. How do you explain MS Windows?

93. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Two ways. First, we explain it with XP and Win7, which both were and are as good as competing products. Then, because it's available in 90% of PC products and one size didn't fit all. Some people can't find exactly what they want in a single manufacturer. With hundreds of PC manufacturers using Windows, it's easier to find the system that suits you.

103. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Actually, XP is a lot better than win 7 in general, a lot more stable. But because microsoft stopped supporting it and because of lack of newer version of direct X, people had to switch. IF it wasn't for that, XP would still be the number one OS in marketshare.

98. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

marketshare has nothing to do with quality/stability/errors etc. if that was true honda would sell the most cars in the world because they have the least errors/problems. sony would sell the most tv's cause their tv's have the best quality(depending on price range). We could make a whole list of things. people just buy what they like and want. some people buy theire stuff fot the design some for quality and some just because of status or because their friends have it etc.etc.

100. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes they do. Android makes great devices, but you can also go to a Family Dollar store and get phones for twenty dollars, running Android.

63. steedsofwar unregistered

also known as a lie

7. bizwhizzy

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

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

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Funny how this pools data from over a billion users.

48. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

oh the truth burns hard

15. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

17. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

29. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

59. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

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