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This Report Reveals Everything You Need to Know About Android Phone Usage

Android Phone Report 

Android is an excellent platform, there's no doubt about that. But when it's time to upgrade your phone or pick out a new one, things can get a little ... confusing.

That's because there are always so many different devices on the market from a variety of manufacturers. Today, we have the Moto X and Moto Z Force from Motorola, the Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung, the Xperia XA Ultra from Sony, the V11 from LG and much more.

Of course, they each have their own style, features and strengths, but that doesn't make the decision process any easier.

Luckily, Apteligent - a comprehensive mobile analytics provider - released a detailed report telling us everything we need to know about Android phone usage. More specifically, this report can help you make a faster decision in the future.

How so, you ask? Let's take a closer look at what data the report presents.

1. Sony Has the Lowest Crash Rate

It's no secret that older Samsung phones tend to have high crash rates. The company is popular, and there's plenty of first-hand accounts from previous Samsung owners.

But the Apteligent report actually reveals Sony phones have the lowest crash rate. This information was collected by analyzing the crash reports for apps that have more than half a million downloads per day. The reason more popular apps were chosen is because they often have lower crash rates and are better optimized by the developers. This also evens the playing field across devices.

Sony leads the pack with 35 million app installs per day, and an average crash rate of 0.08%. Motorola and HTC are next, with 17 million app installs per day, and 0.9% and 0.1% crash rates, respectively.

Samsung and LG are tied for fourth, with a 0.11% crash rate. In fifth place is ZTE, with a 0.28% crash rate.

Obviously, manufacturers not listed are either lower down the list or they weren't analyzed at all. What we can take away is that, if you're looking for the most stable experience when you choose a new phone, Sony is the way to go.

2. In the US, Motorola Pushes Out New Updates the Fastest

One of the biggest problems with Android is that the playing field is completely fragmented. This is because some devices are delivered the latest updates, while others are no longer supported. Generally, older devices are the ones that don't get the latest updates, especially if they require more powerful specs. This is not always the case, however.

The report shows that Motorola was the fastest to push out the latest update, Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Obviously, this doesn't include Nexus devices, which are always the first to get updates because they come directly from Google.

Motorola is first because they use a slightly different approach than some of the other manufacturers. They demo the update on a series of devices - like the Moto X Pure and Moto X Style - before rolling it out to a larger population. They do this for about two to three months before the official update launch. LG did something similar with the LG G4.

HTC and LG are next for delivering updates, while Sony and Samsung are the slowest.

So, if you're looking to have the latest and greatest Motorola and LG are the way to go - if you don't want a Nexus device, that is.

3. Motorola and LG Are More Secure

It's also reasonable to assume that both Motorola and LG devices are more secure than some of the other manufacturers being talked about here.

How can we make such a claim without the definitive data to back it up?

Simple. It's because outdated software is generally less secure. There are many reasons for this, but the most important is that outdated software is often unsupported. Unsupported software won't be receiving software updates, which means it's unsecured.

Since Sony and Samsung take the longest to push out new updates, they tend to be less secure than the other models on the market, especially if there's an important security fix issued with that latest release.

Of course, this is a more generalized claim, so we're not saying Motorola and LG phones are without problems when it comes to security vulnerabilities. But it's certainly better for the users of these devices to have the latest update.

4. Russia Has the Worst Android Fragmentation Numbers

Fragmentation, as we've discussed, happens because updates aren't always rolled out to select models. This leaves certain models, usually older ones, stuck on an older version of the operating system. This creates something called "fragmentation," because the population of Android users is not united in the sense that they're all on the same version of the OS. Developers must take this into account when creating new apps unless they don't want their content available on older devices.

In turn, this means some users have a different experience than others. They cannot always try the latest and greatest apps, and they don't always have access to them - even if they wanted to. This is different from Apple's ecosystem, which includes a bevy of devices that are almost always up-to-date.

Russia has, by far, the worst fragmentation problems of any country in the world. The top 10 mobile devices - including the ZenFone 2 and latest Samsung Galaxy models - only make up about 27% of the total device usage in the country.

Needless to say, this puts a huge strain on app publishers and developers. They must test their content on a variety of hardware and software configurations to ensure it works for everyone.

5. US Fragmentation Isn't as Bad

Compared to Russia, fragmentation isn't such an issue in the United States. It's still something developers and publishers need to be concerned about - however, the issue is slowly working itself out.

Google has been working on remedies for the issue, by swapping functionality to their Google Play services and apps, as opposed to the system. This means that most users get to experience the new content simply by updating their official apps, which is possible much faster than OS updates.

In the United States, the Samsung Galaxy S5 - one of the company's latest models - has a total of 12% usage share. In addition, the top ten devices make up about 44% of the usage share in the entire country. Compared to Russia, that's worlds better.

Of course, Australia has the best numbers, with a 48% market usage rating for the Galaxy S5 and a 74% usage rating for the top ten devices.

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About the Author

Kayla Matthews is a tech-loving blogger who writes and edits ProductivityBytes.com. Follow her on Twitter to read all of her latest posts! 

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Published Friday, September 09, 2016 6:45 AM by David Marshall
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