SANTA CRUZ, CA. Oct 7, 2015 – Almost three-quarters of mobile apps ship with between one and ten bugs, according to a recently released survey of over 500 software developers actively developing for mobile devices. A third of these developers say that between three and five bugs are found on average after the apps ship, and only five percent say that they typically have zero bugs. Twenty percent average between eleven and fifty bugs, calling into question the efficacy of their testing and QA.
Seventy percent of iOS developers typically test their apps on up to five devices, while two-thirds of Android developers test their apps on between two and four versions of Android.
Updates, which often contain bug fixes, are most likely to be pushed out or released on a weekly basis (32%) or monthly (22.7%). Eighty percent of mobile developers say they push out updates at least monthly.
“Bugs have been a fact of life for as long as we’ve had software,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data. “To have just a small handful of bugs is really quite an achievement, but the real advancement is in the constant updating of apps to fix bugs or add additional features. This virtually continuous release of software has changed the dynamic of how developers create and maintain their software.”
The current 2015 Mobile Development Survey is the 30th edition of the series, which was started in 2001 and is published twice yearly. It examines surveys software developers actively developing for mobile devices and focuses on issues of concern to mobile software development. These include: Mobile Development and Design, Development for iOS, Development for Android, Development for Windows Phone, Internet of Thins, Wearables, Connected Car, Enterprise Mobile Development, Game Development, Monetizing Applications, and more.
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