Ever since the launches of the iPhone and Android in 2007 and 2008, the battle has raged over which one was better. Both have mammoth companies backing them, revolutionary UX design, and customers who were hungry for smartphones. It’s been 8 years since both phones have been competing on the market and it’s clear Android has won the race. With a cheaper price point and over a billion Android users worldwide dwarfing the Apple user base, Android is ahead of the curve and is likely to stay that way.
The Android UI and and the iOS UI have similar properties. Both are essentially one or more pages of apps behind a lock screen, but what puts Android ahead of the curve is its customization options. Android has widget features which allows users to customize the placement and size of important apps on their homescreen. iOS offers quick looks at the time and date, but Android widgets offer everything from weather, to a music player, to shortcuts in a variety of colors, styles, and themes. If you don’t like the interface, you can always load a Launcher which completely changes the look of the UI as well as how it functions.
Customization goes further than just the UI. Android is an open source operating system, so anyone can comb through the source code, find and report bugs, suggest ways the OS can be improved, and even create their own OS based on the Android code. An active modding community has also created custom ROMs for modified versions of the OS.
Android has Google behind it, which gives it the powerful Google Drive as a cloud storage system. If you use the photo app on Android, then it’s easy to automatically backup all of your photos and videos to the cloud. Google Drive also offers 15GB of free space compared to iOS’ measly 5 free GB.
Both Apple and Android operating systems have swipe-down notification functions that allow you to see your recent notifications. While iOS shows your notifications in order of when they were received, Android allows you to customize your display by allowing you to set some notifications as “priority.” No more combing through tweets and Facebook comments to get to an urgent email: those things will get relegated to the bottom of your notification list so you can focus on more important matters.
The main element that holds Android above Apple iOS, is customization.Apple has a clean UI, but the only thing you can do is move the apps around. With Android, you can change just about everything from the color, to the shape, to the style of everything on the phone all through the original UI. Android phones are for people who like to tinker and modify and who don’t want to settle for the same cookie-cutter user interface.
So, Guys, in a nutshell, the above is the brief comparative analysis of Android and iOS. Hope you have enjoyed reading the same.
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Article By: Gabrielle Montoute