Android vs iOS: Android devices performances lag behind that of Apple

By Ajay Kadkol - 18 May '16 12:01PM
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According to a new report, Android smartphones seem to suffer from a significantly higher number of failure rates than iOS devices.

In the first quarter of 2016, Android devices have recorded a failure rate of 44% compared to a 25% device failure rate for iPhones which is arguably huge considering the amount of users relying on Android to the ones relying on Apple. Android's failure rate was especially high for devices in Asia, which accounted for 55% of Android device crashes globally, up slightly from 50% in Q4 2015. This was followed by Europe with 35% and North America with 27%. Samsung devices accounted for 43% of device failures during Q1 2016. In particular, the Galaxy S6 and S5 were the most common devices to suffer from system crashes, with failure rates of 7% and 6%, respectively. The Lenovo K3 Note (6%), Motorola Moto G (5%) and Samsung S6 Active (4%) rounded out the top five Android devices with the highest failure rates. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 and 5s had the highest failure rates of iPhones, accounting for 25% and 17% respectively.

The significant difference in overall performance of Android devices is actually a looming threat to all original equipment manufacturers partnered with Android. As consumers become more dependent on their smartphones to complete everyday activities, device failures such as those reported will become an important factor in which brands consumers choose. Furthermore, if a particular platform is singled out as being less reliable than another, app developers may be less likely to build for that ecosystem. App crashes were detected on 74% of Android devices with most of them due to communication and social apps as the main perpetrators of app crashing. The smartphone market has expanded from a very small fraction and limited businesses in some regions to a large and rigid ecosystem that spans the globe and Android has emerged as the single-largest smartphone platform. Android has 1.4 billion monthly active users on its smartphones and tablets thanks to its enormous selection and ability to appeal to numerous segments of the smartphone consumer market.

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