Android device performance lags behind iOS

Android devices are no match for their iOS counterparts when it comes to device performance, according to the Q1 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report released by Blancco Technology Group. 

Based on diagnostics tests run on millions of iOS and Android devices via the SmartChk platform, the report reveals a glaring disparity in failure rates for Android devices (44%) and iOS devices (25%) during the first quarter of 2016. And out of the 44% of Android devices that failed, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Lenovo K3 Note models had the highest failure rates.

These findings come off the heels of Kantar Worldpanel ComTech's latest smartphone market share report, which shows that Android commanded the lion's share of the mobile operating system (OS) market share for the three-month period ending Feb. 29. In particular, Android saw considerable sales growth in various parts of the world, including the U.S. Europe, China, Japan and Australia.

"Android devices seem to be a contradiction in terms," says Pat Clawson, CEO, Blancco Technology Group. "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. 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.”

Highlights from the Q1 2016 trend report include:

  • Out of the 25% of iOS devices that failed, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s models had the highest failure rates – at 25% and 17%, respectively.
  • Crashing apps were detected on 74% of Android devices, while open/cached apps were found on 44% of Android devices.
  • A significant portion of the top 10 Android crashing apps in the first quarter of 2016 were security-related, including Lookout, 360 Security, CM Security and AVG AntiVirus.