Android devices fail more frequently than iOS counterparts in Q1 2016, study shows

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS devices performed more consistently than their Android counterparts during the first quarter of 2016, according to a study from Blancco Technology Group. 

The mobile device diagnostics solutions provider found a "glaring disparity" in failure rates for Android devices (44 percent) and iOS devices (25 percent) in the first three months of this year. 

In addition, Blancco pointed out crashing apps were detected on 74 percent of Android devices, and open or cached apps were discovered on 44 percent of these devices.  

"Android devices seem to be a contradiction in terms," Blancco CEO Pat Clawson said in a prepared statement. "On the one hand, Android is the number one operating system in terms of global market share. But despite this advantage, Android device performance still lags behind iOS and tends to be plagued by high rates of crashing apps and app cache." 

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  • Among the 44 percent of Android devices that failed, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Lenovo K3 Note models had the highest failure rates.

  • Of the 25 percent of iOS devices that failed, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s models had the highest failure rates – at 25 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

  • Device failure rates were significantly higher in Asia (55 percent) than in Europe (35 percent) and North America (27 percent).

  • The top device issues reported among worldwide users in the first quarter were camera (8 percent), touch (7 percent) and battery charging (6 percent). 

However, Clawson noted mobile device performance varies, and the release of new smartphones and tablets could lead to performance improvements among both Android and iOS devices.  

"With the launch of new smartphone models this year -- such as Samsung S7, LG G5 and the rumored iPhone 7 -- it will be interesting to see how Android device performance stacks up against iOS in the coming months," Clawson said.

Blancco also pointed out app optimization remains paramount for mobile developers, and improving app functionality ensures developers can reduce the risk of crashing apps.

"If apps are taking too long to open, functionality isn't responsive or constantly crashing, clearing the app cache could resolve these problems," Blancco wrote in its report. "By doing so, users will get back some of the used space on the device, plus see an improvement in the app's overall functionality."

For more:
- see the report

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