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Android Lollipop Proves More Stable Than iOS 8 While More Devices Make the Upgrade to 5.0

( [email protected] ) Feb 12, 2015 06:57 PM EST
While Android's latest 5.0 Lollipop mobile operating system upgrade may not have the adoption rate that Google had hoped two months after release, it's still more stable than Apple's iOS 8, according to a new report.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is slowly but surely updating to more phones as it proves to be the more stable choice over iOS 8 and even previous Android versions. Photo: Google

While Android's latest 5.0 Lollipop mobile operating system upgrade may not have the adoption rate that Google had hoped two months after release, it's still more stable than Apple's iOS 8, according to a new report.

Mobile application performance management specialist Crittercism (via ZDNet) is reporting that app crash rates for Lollipop are holding steady at 2% while iOS 8 is at 2.2%. The difference may be minor, but it's a big deal considering the fact that Apple has always maintained a successful reputation of being the stable OS.

Interestingly enough, iOS 8 also shows a higher crash rate that iOS 7, but Android Lollipop is so far showing the lowest crash rate among earlier versions of Android. While Lollipop is at 2%, both KitKat and Ice Cream Sandwich are showing a 2.6% crash rate.

Apple's mobile operating system is reported to be running on almost two-thirds of all active iOS devices, thanks to the most recent bug-squashing patch iOS 8.1.3.

But with only 1.6% of active devices running Android Lollipop, according to recent reports, you would think that would work in Android's favor. Right now, there are six companies running the latest version of the mobile OS on their Android devices. Let's take a look at what's currently available.

Samsung

Galaxy S5 users on the Verizon network have the update available, but you'll need to head into the settings and check for the update on your specific phone. The Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 also have the update available, but only in select European countries right now.

Google

The Nexus 6 was the first phone to come with Android 5.0 out of the box, but it so far hasn't made the leap to the newer 5.0.2 update yet. 

HTC

The HTC One M8 has been updated to Lollipop for Sprint and T-Mobile customers and the M7 is expected to follow close behind.

Motorola

The manufacturer of the Nexus 6 got a bit of special treatment with its second generation Moto X which received Lollipop not long after release. The first and second generation Moto G also received the update for unlocked U.S. and global models.

LG

If you're an LG G3 user on AT&T's network, Lollipop is old news for you, but word is that the LG G2 is also getting updated in Europe with a quick release to the U.S. expected.

OnePlus

The OnePlus One has received the Lollipop update very recently as word of the OnePlus Two enters the market.

Other companies who have confirmed (but not yet implemented) the Lollipop update include Sony, Asus, Huawei, ZTE, and NVidia. And that's it for now, but you can certainly expect this list of Lollipop-updated devices to be growing daily as the 90-day period after the operating system's initial launch is here and manufacturers and carriers are racing to push the patch.