iOS apps crashed on 50% of apple devices in Q2 of 2016, double the number as in Q1. Meanwhile, Android app crash rates declined from 44% to 35% over the same period.
The data, collected in Blancco Technology Group’s regular State of Mobile Device Performance & Health report represents the first time Apple’s iOS has been bettered by Google’s Android.
Among the worst offenders for crashing iOS devices were Snapchat (17%), Instagram (14%) and Facebook (9%). In terms of phone models, the iPhone 6 suffered most, accounting for 29% of reported failures.
It is thought this reversal in rankings between the two big mobile platforms is largely due to Apple’s much criticized updates released in April and May, which caused performance and compatibility issues with third party apps.
Android not off the hook
Manufacturers using the Android eco-system did not survive the report unscathed either, with Samsung handsets accounting for 26% of failures and Lenovo being singled out as producing all five of the worst performing handsets.
Google also gets a bloody nose, with nine out ten of the apps most likely to cause phone failure being default Android developed apps, whereas with iOS all ten are third party apps.
Blancco Technology Group CSO Richard Stiennon discussed the findings, ‘Ever since the first iPhone was introduced in 2007, Apple’s iOS has been a force to be reckoned with – launching new models every year and raking in strong sales and revenue quarter after quarter But our data suggests that the performance battle between iOS, Android and other operating systems is constantly changing…
‘As industry experts, wireless carriers and consumers look ahead to the highly anticipated launch of the iPhone 7 in September, it will be interesting to see how the new model’s features may, or may not, impact the phone’s performance.’