Android More Stable Than Apple’s iOS
In short, Apple’s iPhone crashes more often than Android devices.
Application analyst Crittercism looked at crash reports for both platforms over a 15-day period from the beginning of December 2011. The researchers found the largest chunk of crashes occurred with Apple’s iOS operating system, amounting to 28.64% for iOS 5.01. Other versions of the platform also crashed a lot. Compared to Android, the total percentage rate overall was 75%.
Critics of Android often point out that Android is a fragmented platform which will be prone to crash. However this research appears to debunk that theory. The researchers also point out that many people are also using older versions of Apple’s iOS, despite the fact that the operating system is not a fragmented platform.
The research itself has been criticised as covering a very short time frame. Fifteen days is not considered long enough to paint a proper picture of what is happening.
Analysts also suggest that this is not the whole story and that other issues must be taken into account.
Electricpig stated “Though overall Android apps appear to be more stable on average (Crittercism also compared by crashes to launches, not just crashes, removing the potential skew of more iPhones being tested), the ‘best’ or most stable apps, those in the top quartile, for Android actually crashed more than those in the top quartile for iPhone.”