Upgrading to the latest operating system pushed out by Google or Apple is always exciting for mobile device owners who eagerly await the new features and functionalities the new software would bring. However, more often than not users have to contend with encountering network-related bugs that hinder the performance of their smartphone or tablet.
According to a new report from mobile application intelligence solution firm Apteligent, Google's Android 7.0 Nougat suffers from two and half times more network-related crashes compared to Apple's iOS 10.
For the uninitiated, a network crash happens when the application crashes as it has trouble interacting with the cloud.
On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Apteligent released the report titled "Data Report: Network Crash Edition," which reveals that 20 percent of the crashes that occur are correlated to a network issue.
The report looked into the mobile app crashes that occurred when communicating with cloud services. The reports also compared the failure rates in Android and iOS, as well as assessed which categories in the App Store were more prone to being plagued by networking problems. The researchers also analyzed why these problems were occurring at such a disturbing rate.
Interestingly, the research firm discovered that when it came to app stability, Android 7.0 Nougat was more badly affected compared to iOS 10 — news that will disappoint Android-powered device owners.
While overall both Android and iOS accounted for 7 percent network-related crashes when all the versions of both the platforms were taken into account, Nougat alarmingly had an app crash rate of 6.4 percent vis-à-vis 4.1 percent for iOS 10.
When Android 7.0 Nougat was compared to the predecessor Android 6.0 Marshmallow (which is being used by the majority of users), the former's stability issues were more apparent. The report asserts that basically one in every five crashes on the latest Google OS is due to a networking problem.
"When Marshmallow was released it was the most stable Android OS in Apteligent's datawarehouse. The opposite has happened thus far with Nougat," notes the report.
Since the adoption rate for Android Nougat is still considerably low at just 0.2 percent and it's not yet available to most users, the crash numbers will alter in time — hopefully decrease.
The OS has the potential to stabilize in due course and in light of the fact that the crash rates for Android Nougat have reduced since it released, this bodes well for the Google platform. However, for now, iOS 10 users can rejoice in the fact that they have superior app stability when compared to the rival platform.