Study: iOS apps crash more often than Android apps

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Applications written for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS platform crash more frequently than apps developed for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) rival Android mobile operating system according to new data published by app diagnostics platform Crittercism.

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In studies conducted during the final weeks of 2011, Crittercism determined that iOS apps crashed after 0.51 percent of launches, compared to 0.15 percent for Android; in the second quartile, iOS apps crashed in 1.47 percent of cases versus 0.73 percent for Android, and in the third quartile, iOS apps crashed 3.66 percent of the time, compared to 2.97 percent on Android. Crittercism adds that iOS 5.0.1 was the source of most iOS crashes at 10.62 percent, with Android 2.3.3 responsible for 24.76 percent of crashes on its side of the balance sheet.

Crittercism blames app crashes on a number of culprits, including hardware issues like GPS services or cameras, as well as Internet connection problems, language support challenges and device memory limitations. Third-party advertisements or analytics solutions also can pose problems. "It can be a mix of both hardware and software issues that developers may or may not be responding to," Crittercism CEO Andrew Levy told Forbes.

 While the Crittercism data shows that iOS apps crashed more commonly than Android apps during the study period, Levy suggests that the numbers could change as the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream expands to more devices. Apple's iOS 5 was just a few weeks old at the time of the study but supported across a large number of iPhones under analysis. "I expect as Ice Cream Sandwich just launched and the new Nexus S phone launched (during the study), we'll expect the same situation to occur (with Android) as what happened (with iOS)," Levy said.

For more:
- read this Forbes article

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