Feeds

iOS 5 'crashes more apps' than Android

Is it an upgrade problem, or a user problem?

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Recent data has shown that iOS apps crash more often than apps running on the Android platform.

The data comes from Crittercism – monitoring software that records app crashes as a percentage of app launches and makes money by sending reports and diagnostics to the app's creators. After looking at data taken about app crashes between 1 and 14 December 2011, the company have discovered that Apple apps are more likely to crash and burn on you than the equivalent apps on Android.

The numbers are small but in the top tranche of the most popular apps - 0.51 per cent of app launches resulted in a crash on iOS devices compared to 0.15 per cent on Android phones and tablets.

App crashes by OS, credit Crittercism

App crashes by OS, for apps measured by popularity

In an interview with Forbes, CEO of Crittercism Andrew Levy lists out a variety of reasons why apps fail: a big one being the frequency of upgrade of both operating systems and the apps themselves.

In the sample that the company measured there were 23 versions of iOS – ranging back from iOS 3.1.3 to the latest iOS 5.0.1 – and 33 versions of Android in use.

Other crash-inducers included problems with third-party software such as ad-servers or analytics systems. Blips with internet connection or a switch from 3G to Wi-Fi could send an app down and then there is more potential for hiccups when apps connect to hardware - GPS connections or cameras.

iOS's comparatively weaker performance could be down to the recent roll-out of iOS5 and the usual teething problems with a new operating system. Comparatively, Android's brand new 4.0 isn't very widespread, so most Droiders are on the relatively steady older versions.

But it's not just a coincidence of timing - Android's better performance could be because Google let their developers roll out fixes and updates quicker. And Android has a nifty auto-update feature for apps, not available on iOS. Users can be slow to apply updates on their own.

Crittercism has funding from Google Ventures. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of new Windows version will no longer support patches
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.