Apple's iOS Now Fails More Than Android

By James O Malley on at

The Blanco Technology Group has published its quarterly report on bugs, crashes and failures on mobile devices, and Apple's iOS has beaten Android for the first time in one competition that Apple desperately does not want to win.

Blanco found that in the second quarter of 2016, the iOS "failure rate" - its score for crashing apps, poor connectivity and other performance issues more doubled to 58% since Q1. Android meanwhile was scored at a failure rate of 35%.

The worst performing iOS device is the iPhone 6 - responsible for 29% of failures. In trying to explain the failures, Blanco speculates that it could be down to two recent software updates: 9.3.1 and 9.3.2, both of which saw users complaining about random crashing, poor wifi connectivity and batteries draining quickly. According to Blanco's data, 65% of iOS performance complaints were due to apps crashing - on Android meanwhile, the biggest problems tended to be cameras and battery charging.

Breaking down crashes by app and Blanco figures that Snapchat is the worst app for crashes - scoring 17%, with Instagram (14%), Facebook (9%) and Facebook Messenger (5%) the next worst offenders.

So what's the upshot of all this? Next time your smug, iPhone-owning friends start extolling the virtues of iOS over Android, ask them about the crashes.

In the second quarter of 2016, Apple’s iOS lost the smartphone performance battle to Android. Plagued by crashing apps, WiFi connectivity and other performance issues, the iOS failure rate more than doubled to 58 percent quarter-over-quarter.

Download the Q2 2016 State of Mobile Device and Health Report to get key highlights, including:

Out of the 58 percent of iOS devices that failed, iPhone 6 had the highest failure rate (29 percent), followed by iPhone 6S (23 percent) and iPhone 6S Plus (14 percent).
In analyzing the causes of iPhone performance issues, crashing apps (65 percent), WiFi (11 percent) and headset (4 percent) were found to be the primary culprits.
Despite their tremendous popularity and record-setting growth rates, Snapchat (17 percent), Instagram (14 percent) and Facebook (9 percent) dominated the list of crashing iOS apps.