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iOS Crashes More Than Android (For Now)

Since the dawn of time, man has wondered which mobile operating system crashes more frequently, Android or iOS? Today, they have an answer. Here it is, courtesy of

Apple’s iOS is the more misbehaved mobile OS, according to Crittercism crash reports from November and December. Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, may change that–for the worse.

Android took a number of shots at Apple’s iOS during the Super Bowl, courtesy of Samsung, and now comes another hit: iOS applications crash more often than Android applications do, according to data from Crittercism.

Crittercism, which provides developers with real-time, actionable crash reports for mobile applications, measured crashes between November and December, and in some instances found iOS crashes to number more than twice those of Android applications.

Versions have a lot to do with it, Crittercism CEO Andrew Levy told Forbes. “The permutations go on forever. That’s a large reason for creating our platform.”

Apple’s iOS 5.0.1 was the most crash-inclined version of all, accounting for 28.64 percent of crashes between Dec. 1 and Dec. 15. iOS 4.2.10 accounted for 12.64 percent, iOS 4.3.3 for 10.66 percent and iOS 4.3.5 for 8.9 percent.

Among Apple devices, the great majority of crashes were logged on iPhones—74.41 percent—followed by the iPod touch, at 14.87 percent, and the iPad, at 10.72.

The most crash-prone version of Android was version 2.3.3, with a 3.86 percent share of the iOS/Android crash pie. Looking at only Android crashes, version 2.3.3 accounted for just shy of one-fourth of all Android crashes, followed by 2.3.4 with also nearly a quarter of the Android-only pie.

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