Android phones lag behind iPhones in terms of performance, says report

Android phones have higher performance failure rates than iOS devices with Samsung Galaxy S6 topping the failure rate charts.

Android devices are no match for iPhones when it comes to performance and apps crash a lot more in Android devices than in iOS ones, so claims a report released earlier today.

The Q1 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report based its results on tests performed on millions of iOS and Android devices during the first quarter of the year. The said tests were conducted by Blancco Technology Group through a SmartChk platform which can perform up to 52 types of diagnostic tests to find issues in various devices and fixes such errors effectively.

The results revealed that performance failure rates among Android devices were as much as 44 per cent compared to just 25 per cent among iOS devices. The devices that encountered the highest failure rates were Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Lenovo K3 Note phones.

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'Android devices seem to be a contradiction in terms. On the one hand, Android is the number one operating system in terms of global market share. But despite this advantage, Android device performance still lags behind iOS and tends to be plagued by high rates of crashing apps and app cache. With the launch of new smartphone models this year – such as Samsung S7, LG G5 and the rumoured iPhone 7 – it will be interesting to see how Android device performance stacks up against iOS in the coming months,' said Pat Clawson, CEO at Blancco Technology Group.

Among iOS devices, iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s encountered the highest failure rates of 25 per cent and 17 per cent respectively among the devices that failed. However, a major reason why Android phones have higher failure rates is because most of them come with Dual SIM slots. As per the report, dual SIM emerged as a common source of performance issues in Europe and Asia, apart from other issues like open/cached apps and issues with security-related apps like Lookout, 360 Security, CM Security and AVG AntiVirus.

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Overall, device failure rates were the highest in Asia with 55 per cent than in North America or Europe where they peaked at 27 per cent and 35 per cent respectively. This basically means that over half of all devices sold in Asia have some form of performance issues be it crashing apps or defective Dual SIM slots. The report comes not long after Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s latest smartphone market share report revealed that Android continues to dominate the smartphone market share at the expense of iOS and Windows platforms. The fact that diagnostic tests found Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S5 devices to be more prone to performance failures isn't something that we haven't heard before.

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Back in November, Google claimed that Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge phablet contained as many as eleven security flaws out of which three were yet to be addressed. One of the unfixed issues "allows an attacker to execute JavaScript embedded in emails, which increases the attack surface of the email client, but otherwise has unclear impact." Google said the motive behind selecting Galaxy S6 Edge was that Samsung as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) made use of the Android Open-Source Project (AOSP) which is an important area for Android security research.

"OEMs are an important area for Android security research, as they introduce additional (and possibly vulnerable) code into Android devices at all privilege levels, and they decide the frequency of the security updates that they provide for their devices to carriers," said Google.

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