iOS apps crash more than Android, says recent data

February 3, 2012
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"Oh, I'd never use an Android phone - those things crash too much!" This mantra is often heard from those cradling their iDevices, basking in the self-satisfied glow of the latest incrementally updated iPhone Designed by Apple in California (and Made by Foxconn in China). But is it true? Recent research from mobile analytics firm Crittercism says no. Based on data collected in November and December of last year, iOS apps crashed at a significantly higher rate than Android apps - more than three times as much for top selling apps. Don't panic, Apple faithful, just keep repeating this soothing chant to yourself: "It just works."

The research was normalized for both platforms, taking relative downloads out of the equation. Even in the most extreme example, less than 4% of iOS apps and 3% of Android apps crashed with regularity. The biggest OS version offender by  far was iOS 5, making up more than a quarter of app crashes all by itself. That makes sense, since new operating systems have the most compatibility issues with older apps - at least until you read that Android 4.0 has just 1% of the share of crashed apps. Apple's combined mobile OS made up more than two thirds of total normalized app crashes. The biggest portion of Android crashes went to Gingerbread 2.3.3, with just under 4%.

Looking at Android specifically, Gingerbread makes up more than half of crashed apps across all versions - which makes since, considering that it's at roughly 60% penetration across all Android devices at the moment. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich does show a disproportionate amount of app crashes, with just under 7% of the Android total. When taken across both mobile platforms, iOS still has the majority of crashing apps, even considering its greater share of total app downloads.

[via Forbes]


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  • Nacosta

    Trust me I know I have an iPad and it crashes all the time I don’t know why I bought that thing…my incredible 2 running several different roms both gingerbread and ics based? Never any issues

  • Anonymous

    Not surprising. My iphone 4 is crashing like crazy. Instagram, pulse, facebook, goole+ app, the browser is crashing regularly. It has always been that way. People just don’t realize because iOS does not show an error message like Android does(forceclose message). Instead, when an app crash it will only bring you back to the homescreen.

  • Element 1

    attention, attention, attention that’s all this analytic firm wants. The reason why I clicked on this article is because of those weird data and now this company get recognized because of it. Nevertheless, most of my friends own an ios device and not once did they complain about their devices crashing. If you think of it from a logical standpoint, hundred of different devices run android and only a few run ios. which means that android devices will have a grater chance of crashing due to the different specs and screen sizes. Unlike ios devices, where apps get designed specifically for those specs. I’m a formal ios user (ipad & iphone) and a current android user ( galaxy s2). android crashes a lot often than my iphone 4 did, just saying :d.

    • Howard

      Didn’t you read the article? The data is normalized. I suggest you read the source before criticizing their methodology.  

  • Gsdas

    i use both ios and android and i cant remember the last time an app on my iphone crashed , but my android crash on regular bases … 

  • Anonymous

    My ipad crashes every day when I open the browser. About 30 seconds in it just goes straight to the homescreen which is an ios crash. My android rarely crashes.