Thursday, 15 March 2018

Dismantling myths: Do apps close more on iPhone than on Android?

Almost a year ago the group Blancco Technology Group wrote in a report of the first quarter of 2017 that iOS apps unexpectedly close almost three times more than Android devices . The truth, iOS is known for its stability, fluidity, security and better design, so this result seemed surprising.

At the time, that report caused many headlines, just as when a few days ago another similar study reported that Android users were more faithful than the iPhone , although Android as a platform lose more users than iOS .

Beyond the headline, it is time to deepen this statement and analyze the reasons, as explained in Apple Insider . To begin, we must bear in mind that these failures were initiated with iPhone 6 . Not because in itself it was a bad device, but because to enjoy more popularity many studies began to take it into account given its sales volume.

However, these failures fell in later models despite the fact that more and more iPhones were being sold. So they were qualitatively better. Also, Apple began to diversify their phones in two: the standard model and the plus, in which more problems are reported simply and simply because they sell more, so they report more .

The problem with Android is that there is no standard model and the quality varies enormously from one model to another and even among manufacturers.
Why are apps on iOS unexpectedly closed?

The experts of Blancco assured at the time that if the iPhone apps close more is simply by the frequent updates of iOS . And is that any change in the operation of the operating system gives problems to developers of apps. So what gives IOS more security is at the same time what causes these closures.

On the other hand we have to look at Android: its inability to keep its terminals updated for more than a year or two minimizes these risks , because without novelties it is easier to find stability. We do not think it's something to celebrate. As analyst Dan Luu explains on his website:

    Android has 2 billion active users, of which almost half have not updated for more than two years.

Blancco also explained that some of these unexpected closures are the developers' fault . The more popular the app, the higher it appears in the list of apps that give problems. We return to the before: it is not that they fail more in itself, is that having a larger user base, their failures are more noticeable and are taken into account.

Likewise, they also integrate more updates and new features, implying more risk of bugs . Only then is it explained that Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Pinterest or WhatsApp appear at the top of this ranking. Only on iOS Facebook is already going for the update number 162!

In addition, the phones increasingly incorporate more varied hardware features : architecture, augmented reality, dual camera, TrueDepth camera, graphics ... which cause even greater diversification and, therefore, more failures. Without going any further Apple has had to get serious with the apps to make all are compatible with the iPhone X.

But there is another factor to consider: the main crashes in Android are usually produced in Google services and not in the most popular apps. Why? Precisely because they affect its core and are updated more .

No, Android is not more stable than iOS

So what Android is a more stable platform than iOS because third-party apps close less often is a false illusion: A ndroid has failures within their own systems .

And that is something very serious. Android phones suffer from problems such as high CPU, memory and RAM consumption . That's why we tell you so many times that you do not look so much at the specifications on a phone, because it's optimization and performance that makes the difference. That's why an iPhone with 3 GB of RAM yields more than an Android with 4 or 6 GB.

One of the recommendations of Blancco to deal with these problems is to update to the latest version of Android, if that is possible, of course . As you do not have a phone from Google, you will find that the main brands of Android such as Samsung, LG, Sony or Xiaomi can hardly update their terminals in 2017. What do you think? We recommend that you review this article about the embarrassment of Android updates .

In Apple the thing is very different : if you have the iPhone 5s - released in September 2013 -, you can upgrade to iOS 11. Five years of support. There is nothing. Another thing is that maybe five years later your phone is no longer flowing.

Precisely for that reason we recommend that you stay with iOS 10, the software released at the end of 2016, which is a real wonder. No, it's not up to date, but how many 2013 Android phones can say that they support a 2016 update? IOS updates may cause some initial problems for third-party apps, but the benefits of these continuous updates are a guarantee.

It is not a question of the hardware itself of Android phones being bad , but the work that manufacturers must do to integrate it into their devices, if they want Android to provide an optimal user experience like Google wants. 

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