These Android and iOS builds will crash your apps more often

These Android and iOS builds will crash your apps more often
A recent study of 20,000 apps reveals which Android and iOS builds are more likely to crash your apps. Those sporting a device powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) are most likely to see the app they are using suddenly stop working. According to the study, this happens about 2.62% of the time. Android 4.4 (KitKat) is close behind with apps likely to crash at a 2.47% rate. Apps on Android crash on average 2.5% of the time. While it is early, Android 5.0 apps have been crashing at a below average 2% rate.

The study also reveals that apps running on iOS 8 crash 2.14% of the time. That is down from the 2.31% rate that iOS 8 users experienced about a month ago. But it is higher than the rather steady 2% crash rate that iOS 7 users have had to live with.

Apps crash for a variety of reasons, some of which have to do with software glitches and some are related to hardware issues. Sometimes the problem can be boiled down to an issue with a specific device. But in the scheme of things, we are only talking about an extra crash or three out of 1,000 times an app is loaded on a phone.


source: ctittercism via ZDNet

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50 Comments

1. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Sounds right to me, 4.3 was very stable

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I do have 4.4 and it isn't free of issues, but it's nice to know when I get the 5.0 update, the system will get an improvement in performance.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Might want to enjoy 4.4 while you can.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Oh, there you are Kanye. Wondering when you were going to crash the party and start rambling on about nonsense.

27. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Can't blame him that's how he lived his life. Nonsense.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Why are you calling me Kanye?

35. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Because you sound like Kanye at the Grammys every time someone wins that you don't agree with.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

And if you bothered to read the article "apps running on iOS 8 crash 2.14% of the time", "Android 5.0 apps have been crashing at a below average 2% rate". How do you go about talking crap about an OS when it's outperforming the one you prefer?

21. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

How many hundreds of millions are on 5.0?

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The report in this article isn't giving totals of errors/crashes, it's giving averages. Regardless of the count, the averages will stay the same, thus the report is valid.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Right because lollipop didn't have like issues that required several updates. Don't be ignorant.

36. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That had nothing to do with his comment or the article. Lollipop,which you claim is so unstable, crashes apps less often than iOS 8.

37. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Most devices that run Lollipop are on 5.0.1,only a few on 5.0.2 Wow 2 updates, technically it is several. How is iOS doing? 8.1.3?

42. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

No one is saying that either OS is free of issues, but if you were to read comments 6 and 8 on this page, you can see that I was actually responding respectfully. It wasn't until you and your fellow trolls came in that I started to point out that you're being ignorant hypocrites by bashing Android, when the article actually clearly states that the most recent version of Android is a more stable app environment than the latest iOS. ...And in regards to the Kanye West comments, that's your new name. Kanye takes narcissism to a whole new level, is a self proclaimed genius that has a bad habit of shooting his mouth off regarding matters things he knows nothing about. The similarities between you two are astounding, everyone else here sees it. The fact that you have to ask why I keep calling you that, (and will continue to call you that going forward) is actually quite comical.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

5.0 isn't as stable as 4.4 unfortunately.

17. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Do you not know how to count?

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Kanye West's math is better than that of the rest of the world. Everyone else is wrong and the iPhone, I mean Beyonce is flawless.

20. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Seems legit. +1

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Ok mater

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Do you?

46. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, we know he knows how to read and count, since he clearly gleaned from the article the KitKat has a 2.47% crash rate, while Lollipop has a 2.00% crash rate, thus making Lollipop MORE stable than KitKat (and, on an unrelated note, iOS 8). Since you claimed that Lollipop is less stable, that calls into question either your ability to read or count, or both.

48. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Ted, you're wasting your time... Kanye will argue that the sky is green if Apple said it was. Logic doesn't work on this "special" case.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Another example of information not intact once it passes the event horizon of the RDF.

44. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

To be fair, Mxy is kinda right. I haven't seen any stats showing how many devices 5.0 has rolled out to, but I'd suspect any perceived "stability" it has is because its only on devices that cost >$650 (ie. higher end devices) right now. Let them start updating these devices with 1.5GB of RAM and the ones with dual core processors or "8GB" of ROM. WRT the graph though, I guess I must be special because I've got like 200 apps installed (use most occasionally) with a OPO on 4.4 w/ ART enabled and have had a single app crash since early December. That turned out to be a known issue with the last update the dev pushed out too.

47. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Point taken, and the perspective is appreciated, but I feel as though the data is still valid. Lollipop can already be found on a couple dozen different models of Android phones, and they still manage to keep the percentage of crashes at 2%, if we were only comparing the Nexus 6 (which was built to showcase Android 5.0) to the iPhone 6 then I think that the percentage might actually be lower/better. But this is just an assumption that's in line with your theory.

2. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

What about Lollipop? If you ask me it can be the most unstable build ever.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ummmm... That was in the article. It cartage less often than iOS 8, at about 2%.

40. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

App crashing is the only sign of unstability ? There are many more problems in android lollipop than that. And google is showing an "immense" effort to fix that. And crashing of what apps ? Pre-instaled ? Games ? Facebook ? I can get an app that will crash every time, some browsers can get crashed by going to a certain web site etc. So many variables involved that you can't just point out and say "Hey your phone is crashing more often than mine !" And even if we take this statistic seriously, we see what ? iOS 8 is improving and it is improving fast - Unlike android where you see as few updates as possible, a desperate attempt to reduce fragmentation, where a new version like lollipop could bring another bucketload of problems and where you can wait months for an update that is supposed to fix all of that. And Apple ? They are trying to improve their system hard they are adding a lot of new features, there are always some bugs involved, but both new features and bug fixes are available as soon as possible to as many people as possible.

45. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Now now, I was with you until you mentioned fragmentation. I agree that there are many things that can be extrapolated from this data, but not all of it is right. I'd be nice to know what apps these are that are crashing, if that's possible how they are measuring. Also, how many of them were the result of the developer pushing a bad update? Despite being on the same firmware, I suddenly have an app that crashes all the time because it auto-updated. It would be interesting to see what the cause of these crashes is too, I know in iOS the crash reports tell the root cause (often OOM condition on my iPT 4th gen...) so I'd imagine el Goog and Apple know these reasons.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

umm.... learn to read the article before posting. "Android 5.0 apps have been crashing at a below average 2% rate". That means that Lollipop is more stable than the previous versions of either iOS or Android.

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