New Versions of Android Apps Showing Improved Crash Rates

Apple apps are perceived to be more stable than Android apps, partly because Apple controls what apps go into their stores. New reports indicate that holds true when comparing Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” and Apple iOS 7.1. But this may not be the case when looking at some of the latest versions of Android apps such as KitKat, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

iOS 7.1 had an average crash rate of 1.6% after Mobile Experience Benchmark monitored over a billion users for one month. Gingerbread averaged a crash rate of 1.7%, but KitKat, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean only crashed 0.7% of the time. This is a big step for Android, and it could indicate great stability for the future.

The reason why most people compare Gingerbread to iOS 7.1 is because the newer models of Android are not out as much yet. Many users are still working with old operating systems that function well as a whole. They do not realize how much they could improve their crash rates by upgrading.

As a whole, phones proved to be more stable than tablets. Samsung phones and tablets actually rated better than Apple products, but Apple still reigns supreme in desirability. Upgrade to the newest model of your operating system, and you could see a big improvement in your app performance.

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