Blancco: iOS fail rate epically skyrockets past Android for the first time

iOS 9.3 may have done Apple’s software reliability in for this quarter, at least according to Blancco Technology Group.

The firm has been tracking device failure rates for some time now and this is the first quarter where iOS fails outgrew Android ones. How badly? Proportionally to each side, iPhones had a 58 percent fail rate as compared to 35 percent for Android. Blancco blames this on tweaks made iOS 9.3.1 and x.2 as both caused “faster battery drain, random crashes, poor sound quality when taking Bluetooth calls and WiFi connectivity problems.” 29 percent of all iOS failures were made on the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6s trails at 23 percent.

Droid-wise, Samsung devices comprised 26 percent of total failures while Lenovo and LeTV (LeEco) each took 17 percent. At the device level, a whopping 10 percent of fails were noted on the Le 1S. Second place went to the Le 1s Eco at 17 percent. Lenovo devices took spots three through five with a combined 14 percent of faults. A lot of these top devices came at a fairly low market price.

Android failure rates for Q2 were higher in Asia than North America. Vice versa for iOS, though both proportions were above 50 percent.

Half of iOS apps crashed in the period, compared to 23 percent for Android apps. Social media apps — the main offender being Snapchat — took the lead on iOS while on Android, it was Google Play Services.

Source: Blancco Technology Group

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