Mobile app development has some way to go when it comes to stability

Anne Freer | December 10, 2020

App Development

Around four in 1,000 customers could be experiencing issues with their mobile apps, according to a new stability report released today by app stability pioneer Bugsnag Inc.

Median stability of mobile apps was 99.63% while that of web apps was 99.39%.

The findings provide an opportunity for engineering groups to invest more into measuring and improving app stability, especially given that the industry target for most IT groups is 99.99%

“With more consumers using online apps, providing an error-free experience is of utmost importance to drive consumer engagement and retention,” said James Smith, CEO of Bugsnag.

“To help engineering teams understand the stability and reliability of their apps, we’ve compiled data on the session-based stability of leading mobile and web applications across market segments to set a benchmark for app health. Engineering teams are always striving to innovate, and we’re dedicated to helping them achieve app stability excellence to deliver a better customer experience, drive loyalty and business growth.”

The report also found that Android and iOS native apps had a higher median stability because dedicated developers working on them were able to address issues more effectively.

Android apps had a slightly lower median stability than iOS ones.

React Native had a lower median stability than other mobile development platforms while Unity apps had the highest median stability scores.

The company also noted a correlation between the size of an engineering team and the median stability scores. The smaller the team, the lower the median stability.

“Although stability is commonly a KPI owned by engineering organizations, it has a significant impact on overall business performance and growth,” said Smith. “Engineering organizations can no longer separate business metrics from the stability of their applications — they must standardize error monitoring and stability solutions across the stack and across multiple teams.”

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