iOS vs. Android: iOS Apps Crash More Often

AndroidAndroid app users deal with less crashes than their Apple counterparts, according to a new study by Crittercism.

Unsurprisingly, the data also showed that users of the latest updates, Android KitKat (4.4) and iOS 7.1, experience the least amount of crashes, while the older versions tend to crash more often.

Android KitKat, Jelly Bean (4.3) and Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) feature a 0.7 percent crash rate, while Gingerbread (2.3) apps crash at a 1.7 percent clip.

As for iOS, the app crashes come in at 2.5 percent of the time for iOS 7, 2.1 percent for iOS 7 and 1.6 percent for the recently-released iOS 7.1.

The device you use also makes a difference. Apple iPhone 5 users reported the least amount of crashes (1.7 percent) for iOS, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 offered users an outstanding 0.9 percent rate.

Tablets, meanwhile, are less stable than smartphones, but Crittercism sees that leveling out over time.

“As tablet adoption grows, expect developers to focus on optimizing performance for tablets, thereby bringing crash rates to be on par with smartphones,” the report said.

The iOS-Android war doesn’t end there, though.

Apple device users have a healthy appetite for iOS 7, but their Android counterparts do not have the sweet teeth for Android 4.4 KitKat, according to new data from mobile analytics firm Mixpanel.

Mixpanel reported that iOS 7 adoption has hit 85 percent, while just 8 percent of Android devices are running 4.4 or higher. As TechCrunch reports, the real-time stats are even higher for iOS 7, at about 90 percent. The high iOS 7 adoption is also noteworthy considering some users have complained about an increase in battery drain and that the interface is too bright, while some have even reported motion sickness from the mobile OS’s parallax effect.

However, the majority of Apple users are quick to update their devices, which, in turn, gives Apple an efficiency advantage over Android for software development purposes.

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