Someone once said any edge is a good edge, even if it's not a huge edge and that is what Android 5.0 Lollipop is enjoying right now given its stability edge over Apple's iOS 8.
A new Crittercism report reveals the Android mobile platform Android 5.0 Lollipop has a tiny slight edge when it comes to stability when compared to Apple's iOS 8 mobile platform. That means mobile application crash and burns don't happen as frequently on Android 5.0 Lollipop as they happen on Apple iOS 8.
The bench marking data provided by Crittercism shows Android Lollipop 5.0 has a crash rate of 2.15 percent while iOS 8 is at 2.18 percent. Hey, we said it was a slight edge.
In comparison, according to one report, the crash rate for iOS 7, Apple's previous mobile platform, is at 2.02 percent. That percentage is also better than Android's earlier OS systems, the KitKat 4.4 and obviously even Lollipop 5.0. In fact, when it comes to crashing, Android's KitKat takes full honors with a rate at about 2.76 percent.
The Crittercism report didn't go further than Apple's iOS 7 and iOS 8 systems but it does compare a bevy of Android platforms in addition to KitKat. Android Jelly Bean systems are in the low 4 percent range as is Android's Ice Cream Sandwich.
When it comes to Apple's iOS the app crash rate increases on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 6 compared to other Apple smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the S III smartphones crash more than other Samsung handsets. But as reports note, the popularity of a device likely factors into the percentage given more reports from users of popular handsets.
The iOS 8 platform, for example, is currently running on 72 percent of today's iOS devices. That's a pretty big number compared to Android Lollipop, which is running on 1.6 percent of Android handsets, according to a report.
If it's any consolation, published reports indicate stability is expected to improve on both Apple and Android handsets in the future.
One big compelling reason is the increasing competition in the mobile market as handset makers are continually trying to outdo each other in everything from form factor design, such as Samsung's rumored three-sided display, to longer battery life to improved voice assistance features.
The problem facing all mobile OS systems is that all the expanding features and functionality do play into a device's performance and can create conflict and interoperability issues as smartphones get more complex and apps get more robust. As someone once said nothing good comes without a price.