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Android Lollipop crashes less than iOS 8, research finds

Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop is more stable than iOS 8, a new report has suggeseted.

The data, which comes courtesy of Crittercism (via: AndroidAuthority), has revealed that Android Lollipop’s crash rate was just 2 per cent, 0.2 per cent lower than Apple’s latest mobile fare.

iOS 8’s 2.2 per cent crash rate was also higher than the stability levels of its predecessor, with iOS 7’s rate a mere 1.9 per cent.

Interestingly, Android Lollipop fared slightly better than previous versions of Android.

The research revealed that both KitKat and Ice Cream Sandwich apps crashed 2.6 per cent of the time.

In fairness, both operating systems have had their fair share of software woes. The iOS 8 launch saw users up in arms over bugs, instability, and poor performance.

Likewise, the ever-rolling Android Lollipop release has seen many users complain about worse performance on their devices.

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That’s no surprise however, as the massive fragmentation of Android devices means it’s difficult to optimise the software for any one handset.

iOS 8 fared better on new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets, but led to users with older handsets who had upgraded to the new OS seeing a performance drop. This is because Apple focuses on optimising software for the latest round of iDevices.

It’s worth noting that the Android Lollipop sample size is far smaller than Apple’s iOS 8, with Lollipop only now installed on 1.6 per cent of around 1 billion Android devices globally. Apple, meanwhile, sold 74.5m new iPhones last quarter, all running iOS 8 out of the box.

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