Crittercism, a company based in San Francisco which offers solutions to monitor the performance of mobile applications, recently reported that even though the latest versions of iOS and Android systems are meant to have a fewer amount of app crashes, the promise is not being fulfilled. Through a study conducted using their technology, Crittercism was able to determine that although both iOS and Android’ latest versions are still presenting issues when it comes to applications performance, iOS apps tend to crash more often than those for Android.
The study also confirmed that applications running with older versions of the mobile Operating Systems are more likely to crash than those used with the most recent updates. For instance, Google’s Android 2.3 (known as Gingerbread) is less stable as applications tend to crash more often (up to 1 per cent more) than those run with the than the newer versions such as Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and 4.4 (KitKat).
When it comes to Apple, iOS 7.1, which was launched recently, proved to be the most stable, as previous versions iOS 7 and iOS 6 crash over 2 per cent more often. The study also analysed the performance of devices and concluded that the iPhone 5 has an slight improvement over the iPhone 5s but still is not as reliable as Android based phones like HTC One, Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4.
The comparison between smartphones and tablets suggested that the first are more stable than the later but this is expected to change as the demand for tablets is growing, which means that developers are meant to work in improving the performance of these devices to bring them up to speed with smartphones. It is important to point out that the stability and reliability are also affected by the type of application that is being used. Gaming apps are almost 4 times more likely to crash than social media apps, communication services and online shopping. Furthermore, apps’ responsiveness depend on the country in which the user is located.
According to Crittercism, Japan and Canada are above the United States in terms of apps reliability, with Japan being the country where users can expect apps to show a faster response. China, Australia and most nations across Europe can also offer users a good response time, while Africa, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East are the areas with the slowest response rate.
The study concluded that even though users are still experiencing some issues when loading an app, in general the mobile market has shown an improvement and the future looks promising for mobile manufacturers, app developers and users. As companies and services strengthen their presence in the mobile market, developers are set up to focus in creating more stable applications.