According to a new report by Apteligent, Android’s newest operating system, “Nougat,” is experiencing considerably more network crashes than Apple’s iOS 10.

Android 7 Nougat
(Credit: Apteligent)

Slow adoption owing to lack of phones that support Android 7 Nougat

So far, considerably less that 1% of Android phone owners have downloaded the now official version of Nougat. This is largely due to the fact that it has only just gone live and few phones support it. For others, the reasoning was simple, it only just came out of Beta and many simply don’t adopt less than the final version.

But now that that final version is available it will begin shipping on a number of devices including the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and others.

As to why Google wants you to move to “Nougat” the company wrote about its many improvements as well as an imminent update to the final version in the coming weeks.

“Nougat,” said Google, “brings a number of new features to help make Android more powerful, more productive and more secure. It introduces a brand new JIT/AOT compiler to improve software performance, make app installs faster, and take up less storage. It also adds platform support for Vulkan, a low-overhead, cross-platform API for high-performance, 3D graphics. Multi-Window support lets users run two apps at the same time, and Direct Reply so users can reply directly to notifications without having to open the app. As always, Android is built with powerful layers of security and encryption to keep your private data private, so Nougat brings new features like File-based encryption, seamless updates, and Direct Boot.”

As to the update:

“We’re moving Nougat into a new regular maintenance schedule over the coming quarters,” wrote Google in a recent post on itsAndroid Developers Blog. “In fact, we’ve already started work on the first Nougat maintenance release, that will bring continued refinements and polish, and we’re planning to bring that to you this fall as a developer preview. Stay tuned!”

New report speaks to lots of crashes

For the few that own phones that will support the final version of Nougat, they may find themselves waiting for the first update, given a new report by Apteligent published yesterday that brought the operating system’s stability, or lack there of, into the forefront.

The report says that network crashes, which occur when an app struggles to probably talk with the cloud occur at a rate 2.5 times that of Apple’s newest operating system, iOS 10. iOS 10 is supported by iPhone beyond iPhone 5 and is shipping out of the box with the newly released iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The overall crash rate, not restricted to network crashes, also occur 6.4% of the time compared to Apple’s 4.1% crash rate according to the report.

Presently most Android users run 6.0 Marshmallow, which is known for its stability leaving many customers wondering why bother.

”When Marshmallow was released it was the most stable Android OS in Apteligent’s datawarehouse,” the report stated yesterday when released. “The opposite has happened thus far with Nougat.”

There exist a number of people that refuse to use an iPhone and this isn’t likely to change anytime soon for them. But the stability could change a few minds, but only a few. This is not unlike this year’s election, there are people who will never vote for Hillary Clinton and roughly the same amount who could be asked to vote for Donald Trump, undecides make up a small part of an ever growing partisanship in the U.S.