Newer Apple smartphones and tablets are less reliable than their Android counterparts, according to a recent report by mobile diagnostics firm Blancco Technology Group. Blancco’s Q3 ‘State of Mobile Device Performance Health Report’ suggests that iPhone and iPad devices are twice as prone to crash, with a 62 per cent failure rate compared to Android devices at 47 per cent.
Blancco’s report attributed the failure of iOS devices driven by the bugs that were introduced with the iOS 10 update. Apple iPhone 6 was the worst hit device with a 13 per cent failure rate, followed by the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6S at 9 per cent; and the iPad Air 2 at 2 per cent.
Pokemon GO was the app that crashed the most on iOS, and was also the reason for high drain in battery for Android phones. The AR game app was highly prone to crash on iOS devices, crashing on 5 per cent of the devices.
“Our data suggests that the problems resulting from playing Pokemon GO were not only limited to iOS users,” said Richard Stiennon, Chief Strategy Officer of Blancco Technology Group. “Battery charging ranked in the list of the top five performance issues plaguing Android devices in Q3 2016. Since users must keep both their device screen and GPS on in order to play the virtual reality game, both of these functions are known to drain the device’s battery charge.”
On Android devices, LeEco’s Le 2 was the smartphone with the highest failure rate at 13 per cent, followed by Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi Note 3 at 9 per cent. The lowest failure rates were for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (at 5 per cent) and Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (at 4 per cent). Android users also faced difficulties in charging their devices 7 per cent of the times.