We didn’t really need a study to tell us this, but it’s nice to have a study to point to when talking to other fanboys. A study done by Crittercism has shown that the later versions of Android are significantly more stable than iOS, and that Gingerbread is the most unstable OS out of those tested. But interestingly enough, iOS and Gingerbread are very closely tied for that position.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread, released almost three and a half years ago, was reported to have a crash rate of 1.7%. The most stable version of iOS tested had a 1.6% crash rate, which is better but not by much. Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat all have a low crash rate of 0.6%. This just goes to show how much Google has improved the operating system, and will hopefully dispel any of that old talk of Android being unstable. Interestingly enough, the report also concluded that the most stable Android devices were made by Samsung.
Of course, these statistics have a lot of wild cards. We can’t forget that the difference in users will often change the outcome, and those people who never bother to fix their devices after they start crashing will skew the numbers. But it’s still nice to see real world information like this. Tell us your thoughts on this study in the comments!