Which platform crashes more, Android or iOS?

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.

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



1. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

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

42. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

71. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

101. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 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*

116. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

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

131. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 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..

137. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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...

146. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

166. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Now who will trust it Samsung apps crashes more than iOS

136. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

LMAO!!! This comment has me lol at my computer screen!!

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

...hehehehe! xD

58. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Hahahahaha ! XD

65. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

hohohohoho! xD

119. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

en espanol jajajajajajajajajaja

81. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

harharharharhar! (couldnt help it)


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011


115. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 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?

3. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 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.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

5. rcrider4

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 14, 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 :/

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

second it , my ipod touch is near its end

44. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

50. TechnoTechyes

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

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

120. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 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.

6. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

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

43. smartphonelover

Posts: 37; Member since: Nov 26, 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.

7. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011


8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

What was that about Android apps being unstable and force closing all the time...? This is going to be so much fun.

24. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

40. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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?

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