Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 23:43 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless There's an article making the rounds right now about how applications on iOS crash more often than applications on Android. I'm not going to detail the entire methodology - the article itself does so - but it does raise an interesting talking point about how both mobile operating systems handle application crashes and updates.
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Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

I think to a great extent it depends on one's usage patterns, as well as the limitations of the hardware.

For example, my Nook Color with Cyanogen 7 stable has app crashes on a daily basis, and system halt dialogs every so often. The crazy thing is, it's usually core Google apps that crash. I'd say Google Reader, Books and Docs are the worst offenders.

On the flipside, the iPod touch I used to own rarely suffered app crashes, and I only recall one spontaneous reboot the entire two years I owned it.

I also have a Motorola Cliq that will reboot several times a day whether it has the original Android/MotoBlur 1.5, the official 2.1 update or Cyanogen 7 installed. Obviously it's a case of buggy hardware.

So in short, I don't put a lot of faith in the "Android crashes less" claims. The true issue is that there is such a small pool of devices that run iOS and a comparatively huge selection of Android hardware out there. A few bad eggs truly can ruin a company's reputation.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

But again, as the article notes, how many times have you had the app just close without your conscious decision to exit it? Because that makes it seem like you never actually had a crash...

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

If you're referring to the iPod touch, I said I rarely had apps crash, not "never". As the article says, when an iOS app crashes it's silent and just takes you back to the Springboard. That happened to me perhaps five times in the entire time I owned the iPod, and from what I recall, never in a native app.

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