The top 100 free Android apps from Amazon

In today's open source roundup: Download the top one hundred free Android apps from Amazon. Plus: Android 5.0 Lollipop crashes less than iOS 8, and is the Ubuntu Phone's hardware underpowered?

The Top 100 free Android apps on Amazon

Yesterday, I linked to a page on Amazon that offered $140 of free Android apps for a limited time. But I goofed because there's also another page that includes an ongoing list of the one hundred top free Android apps in Amazon's store, and I forgot to include it. The list includes free games as well as free apps, and it's updated hourly.

Note that you'll need to install Amazon's Appstore app for Android on your device. Amazon has an instructions page that will walk you through downloading and installing it on any Android device. Since Amazon seems to offer regular bundles of free Android apps, it's a good idea to install their app store to have it handy for when you need it later. You'll be able to quickly download all of their free Android apps.

Android 5.0 Lollipop versus iOS 8

Android 5.0 Lollipop and iOS 8 have both been out for a while. But which one has fewer crashes? The answer might surprise you.

Jimmy Westenberg reports for Android Authority:

According to the report, Android Lollipop’s app crash rate is at a mere 2%, while the app crash rate on iOS 8 is 2.2%. The data also shows that iOS 8 has a higher app crash rate than iOS 7, with only a 1.9% rate. When talking specifically of Android, Lollipop’s crash rate is significantly less than previous versions of Android. Apps on KitKat and Ice Cream Sandwich both crash the same amount at 2.6%. Unfortunately, there was no information regarding the crash rates of devices running Jelly Bean.

This data seems to be proven true for previous iterations of each OS in the past. Back in 2012, we saw the same case. When comparing Android versus iOS apps crashing, Android versions 1.6 to 4.0.1 crashed significantly less than iOS versions 3.1.3 to 5.1.

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Redditors reacted to the report:

DearTereza: "I know at least 2 people who swore off Android because they had budget Android phones and assumed the problems they experienced were indicative of the OS as a whole. Their solution: buy an iPhone, the most expensive phone of the bunch. If they'd have spent somewhere in the middle on a decent Android phone, not even necessarily a flagship, they'd have been fine."

SpaceCadet2000: "It's actually a 10% difference. 2% crash rate on Android vs 2.2% crash rate on iOS. The difference between the two is 10%."

Griffolion: "I agree. Lollipop's memory leak issue is disgraceful. On my N5, it's a 1 in 2 chance of my entire homescreen re-drawing when I exit out of an app. Compare all you want to iOS, it literally doesn't matter one bit. What matters is improving your own product and letting Apple improve theirs in peace."

Nicksvr4: "That's because ios dumps all stuff running in the background. I'll be in the browser, then hop over to another app, go to a third app, and back to the browser and everything has to load again. I don't have this problem with android."

Lysander91: "I don't think this is all that surprising. I haven't owned an Apple product in a while, but they used to put new versions of iOS on old devices that couldn't handle it. Your device would go from buttery smooth and crash proof to painfully slow and crash prone. If they haven't changed their policy, I imagine that this is still happening. As a side note, I wonder if it's a way to incentivize people to upgrade."

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