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iOS Vs. Android: Which Has the Crashiest Apps? 358

First time accepted submitter creativeHavoc writes "Forbes author Tomio Geron takes a look at data accrued by mobile app monitoring startup Crittercism. After looking at normalized data of crashes over the various mobile operating system versions he compares crash rates of apps on the two platforms. He also breaks it down further to look how the top apps compare across the competing mobile operating systems. The results may not be what you expect."
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iOS Vs. Android: Which Has the Crashiest Apps?

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  • Re:Android ftl? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MtHuurne ( 602934 ) on Sunday February 05, 2012 @10:30AM (#38934481) Homepage

    Objective C vs Java might have something to do with it. In Objective C the programmer has to take care of more low-level stuff so the potential for errors is larger. Also the compiler will catch fewer problems.

  • Missing analysis (Score:5, Interesting)

    by geogob ( 569250 ) on Sunday February 05, 2012 @10:31AM (#38934485)

    I would be very interest to see the impact of jailbreaking in this analysis. Do apps crash more often on jailbroken devices? How does it compare between Android and iOS?

    One of the main argument for closed down system, putting aside the money factor which no one gives as an official reason, is stability. I do not believe stability is considerably affected by jailbreaking or by the subsequent modification one could do to the OS, but it would be nice to have statistics and some analysis on this.

  • Re:Long Story Short (Score:5, Interesting)

    by CharlyFoxtrot ( 1607527 ) on Sunday February 05, 2012 @10:43AM (#38934547)

    iOS crashes more than Android (for those who don't feel like trawling through the (not brilliantly formatted) article.

    * for apps which use Crittercism's [] crash reporting component. That's important since we do not know which apps those are and if they are representative for the whole software catalog for the devices. Only Apple has all the crash reports across all iOS apps (and even then only for people who haven't disabled the sending of crash reports.) Maybe the jailbreak guys could compile some interesting stats, since they've released a tool to upload your crashlogs [] (Cdevreporter) to them to aid in jail breaking.

  • Re:Android ftl? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 05, 2012 @10:47AM (#38934573)

    And Linux should crash more because it supports more architectures than Windows.

    If you have bad drivers, it does. Which is the overwhelming reason for Windows crashes too, and the background for this argument. (Nvidia drivers were alone responsible 30% of total Vista crashes [], which is quite staggering)

  • by msobkow ( 48369 ) on Sunday February 05, 2012 @12:27PM (#38935157) Homepage Journal

    I don't think the prices are unreasonable -- it's an extremely compact device with a lot of FLASH memory, a screen resolution better than many laptops, and better battery life than most laptops. The Apple devices sold by SaskTel are marginally cheaper in many cases, more expensive in others, depending on which model you get.

    But for me, the main purpose is to develop for the phone, not to use it as a phone, so when you add in the cost of a Mac and software to program for iOS devices, the Android platform wins by a HUGE margin.

  • Re:Long Story Short (Score:5, Interesting)

    by iamhassi ( 659463 ) on Sunday February 05, 2012 @12:28PM (#38935163) Journal

    0.75 percent point. The relative difference is quite large.

    Can't be that bad, otherwise why would 94% of iPhone users buy another iPhone but only 47% of android users would buy another android? [] Honestly I don't care if apps on one phone crash 0.75% more than on the other, the real question is would you buy another model of that phone? If the answer is yes then obviously the crashes aren't bad enough to want to switch.

    Sent from my iPhone

  • Re:Long Story Short (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MrHanky ( 141717 ) on Sunday February 05, 2012 @12:57PM (#38935385) Homepage Journal

    Probably because 94% of iPhone owners desperately feel they need to upgrade, whereas 53% of Android owners are happy with what they've got.

  • by narcc ( 412956 ) on Sunday February 05, 2012 @05:19PM (#38937167) Journal

    So if it is commercial software development then you have to consider sales potential.

    That's the myth, of course. The reality is that less than 1% of iOS developers break $1000 in app sales.

    This is in contrast with Blackberry developers, 13% of which pull in more than $100k in app sales.

    Which platform would you rather develop for?

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