Not long ago Apple released their latest wrinkle—iOS 8. As it appears, Apple, while developing this mobile platform, had much of their attention directed on the visual aspect of this new OS. At the time, reports about Google releasing Android 5.0 Lollipop were beginning to heat up. Now the two mobile OS have been released and are now available the market, but which one between the two has an upper hand over the other? To find out, let’s look at each of them in great detail.
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They may be different, but the two OS have a lot in common. From the use of touch interfaces, both of them allow tapping, swiping, as well as pinching and zooming–to their ability to boot directly to a home screen—like a computer desktop, we can confidently say the two OS have greatly improved ever since they first appeared in the market. But if we were to reward one, which one would take the trophy home?
Well, to begin with, while iOS home screen has app icons arranged in a row, Android has widgets which display auto-updated information, including emails and weather. But iOS evens out this feature with their dock, which allows users to pin up most of their frequently used applications for easy access.
Both android and iOS have a status bar running across at the top. This bar offers information on time, cell signals, battery life, and WiFi. Also notified via the status bar are the newly received messages, emails, and reminders.
A recent report as compiled by Pfeiffer seems to rank iOS slightly above android on user friction and cognitive load.
Android Apps vs. iOS Apps
Apple gets its apps from Google play, which at the moment has a ballpark figure of 600, 000 apps—most of which run on tablets only. But for some Android devices, including the kindle fire, there are separate app stores for them. Only a small number of apps are usually made available on these app stores.
For android users, the good thing is that most of the originally iOS-only Apps can now be found on Android, including Pinterest and Instagram.
Apple app store, on the other hand, has over 700, 000 apps, with 250, 000 apps being exclusively designed for iPads. In fact, it’s a well-known that most developers first develop their apps for iOS before reinventing them for Android. Twitter client Tweetbot and Game Infinity Blade are good examples of such Apps.
The bottom-line is that most of the popular apps can be found on both Apple and Google App stores. But there are a good number of Apps that are specifically designed for iPads as there are some that are specifically developed for Android tablets.
According to the most recent report from Crittercism mobile experience—March 2014, Android KitKat was ranked slightly above iOS 7.1 as far as app stability goes. They’re yet to compare the stability between iOS 8 and Android 5.0 L. The report also pointed out that both Android and iOS are more stable while running on phone than on Tablets and iPads.
To be more specific, iOS 7.1 was found to have a crash rate of 1.6 percent, while iOs 7 and iOS 5 had a crash rate of 2.1 and 2.5 percent respectively. For Android, Gingerbread 2.3 had a crash rate of 1.7 percent, while Jelly Bean, KitKat, and Ice Cream Sandwich registered a tie with a crashing rate of 0.7 percent.
iOS users, unlike their Android counterparts, can easily upgrade their mobile OS to the latest version. For instance, if you’re using iOS 7 or 7.1, you can easily upgrade it to iOS 8 any time you want. This is however exceptional for devices that were released over three years ago.
Google updates their OS from time to time, yes. But users don’t receive the updates whenever they’re released. Reason being phone manufacturers are the ones who decide on whether to offer the upgrades or not. As such, they may not offer the latest version of android to all their handset. And if they do, it’ll be several months after the latest version has been released.
From the illustrations, it’s apparently hard to rank one OS over the other as each of them has a weakness that the other takes advantage of, and a strong point that the other can only dream of. But as it appears, a good number of people are making a shift from iOS to Android. This can be attributed to the fact that Android has a strong connection with Google’s line of service, which is unequivocally more useful than Apple’s cloud service.