We came to a point where our world is fully occupied by the smartphones whose main warriors are Android and iOS. For example, if you’re planning to buy a new smartphone today, there are very good chances that you will run into Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS mobile operating systems. These two platforms have accounted for more than 99 percent of all new smartphones shipped over the last year, and that further rose to 99.7 percent in 2017. Microsoft has been thrown out of the race taken over by the Apple and Android devices now.
Both the smartphones operating systems are excellent. But iOS has clearly come out with flying colors. There have been many categories on which both the platforms are compared. iOS has won the race as it is among the most considerable categories.
Given below are the main considerable categories in which iOS has won the race and proved itself better than the Android:
There are a lot of apps in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. The rough estimation is
- Android apps: 2.8 million
- iOS apps: 2.2 million
But as a user, we install or run only a few popular and the old ones. But, as iOS has been a more profitable platform for app developers, so there has been a tendency for new apps to appear there first. The best mobile games first land on iOS and then they may or may not appear on Android. So, one will find better quality on iOS.
One can buy apps using fingerprint via TouchID on iPhones but cannot set up the same for the Play Store with fingerprint sensors. It’s tough to handle millions of apps and games, neither Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store does it perfectly. There are some questionable apps in both stores, but Apple gets stricter about blocking certain types of apps.
Apple’s iOS offers consistent and timely software updates and security patches. Almost 50 percent of all the iOS devices are running with the latest version. Whereas, only 0.2 percent of Android devices are running the latest Android 8.0 Oreo.
The process of handling update is very different in both the platform. iOS updates (also read) don't include every feature for older models but in Android, Play Store is handled by Google but have no control over Android.
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Both platforms offer a good range of accessibility features, but iOS is elementary and effortless to use for some important task. It’s uniform among all iOS devices, whereas Android differs from manufacturer to manufacturer although there is the only slight amount of change. iOS is less messy and more well-organized than most Android phones.
Speedy updates are an important element among the security criteria. Android is lacking behind in the update world as millions of Android phones are still running on an old and vulnerable update which further tends to have more serious security breaches, making it less secure.
Apple is continuously working on providing the improved security to the consumers, most notably with Touch ID and FaceID in the iPhones. Apple quickly push updates out to more and more devices making it more secure.
Apple always prioritizes user privacy and encrypts all the data. Apple does not store or read the personal data making it completely safe for the user. The company also encrypts data in iMessage and its other apps. Although Android also encrypts the data but only the selected ones, resulting in compromise with the user’s privacy.
Moreover, in Android Google mines your data for information that it can use to sell better ads and market products to you. Resulting, iPhone OS is the most secure platform and the one that best protects user privacy.
SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE
The design of Apple’s iPhone always looks elegant and beautiful. Its sleek and simple interface means that even a tyro can use the iPhone effortlessly. iOS highlights the slogan ‘less is more’. By taking away hardly used features and putting more focus on the important tasks.
Android allows more customization, but iOS delivers more functionality. As many people on specific functionality and don’t want to know everything so low customization is not a problem.
MULTITASKING AND FRAGMENTATION
Apple’s version of multitasking is not good but in a way, it is a good thing as multitasking takes up the whole mobile battery, unlike Android. Moreover, a mobile device cannot handle multitasking in the same way as a desktop does.
The app is a problem with Android. Some apps don’t update and require older operating systems whereas some are new and don’t support older versions. Similarly, apps won’t be able to run on some systems because of the lack of hardware requirements.
USER INTERFACE AND DEVELOPMENT TOOLS
While Android may give you a huge amount of options to alter the Android looks whereas an iPhone adds simplicity to its UI making it completely easy for new-bee. This further terminate the complexities. The development tools of iOS are far better than those of an android. Even the developer of Android would rather prefer to work on Apple’s Xcode.
HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE INTEGRATION
Apple manufactures both the software and the hardware of its devices. This, in turn, gives Apple an advantage as it can create a software experience for its user that run with a smooth synchronization with the hardware. This, in turn, helps it to be far more optimized than Android (also read). As the software’s of Android is only created by Google which is same for every model.
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Apple has its specific customer care that is specifically focused on Apple Phones and its products. The services provided by the Apple care is one of the best with skilled and trained staff. But the support care for the Android differs from brand to brand. Every brand may not have a high-level customer care. Each brand has different customer care located in different places and with different staff.
CASES AND ACCESSORIES
Apple has created a great environment of peripherals for its phones and tablets creating value for money. Android devices have acquired the Micro USB or USB-C standard making its availability rate higher, whereas Apple insists on its proprietary Lightning cable.
Apple’s ecosystem of products, iPad, Apple Watch, MacBook, and HomeKit, all work together is doing well. Since Android phones are produced by many different manufacturers, product ecosystems also differ.
The camera of iPhone is counted among the best in capturing lighting, coloring, etc, but the latest Android smartphones featured a lot of doubt on that fact.
CALLS AND MESSAGING
FaceTime and iMessage are pre-installed on every iPhone and iPad, so it is easy to connect with your friends and family. Moreover, it works best when communicating with other iPhone users.
However, in Android OS, a different manufacturer has launched their own messaging and calling app to replace Google apps for the same.
iOS is in the lead in some of the more important categories such as security, updating, privacy, etc. It’s very difficult to compare the two as both are ruling the smartphone world. But as Apple controls the hardware and the software, the user will find that iPhones OS offers a more uniform experience across devices.