In the battle for dominance of the mobile device operating system market, two operating systems stand out. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has its relatively new iOS 8 and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has the new Android 5.1 which is nicknamed “lollipop”.
Anyone who is familiar with the smartphones industry, knows that the two operating systems are extremely engineered. They have constant upgrades and the constant cut-throat competition for the top position has rather brought about more perfection for the two.
With both having amazing designs and strong considerations towards user experience, it’s really hard to decide which one to go for. But perhaps a careful scrutiny of both operating systems may give one preference.
In terms of design, in 2013, Apple came up with iOS 7. Its clinical and simple design was just as expected from Apple, with a clean layout that complemented the hardware. Unfortunately, the design seemed somewhat lacking.
Since then, Apple has been hot on heels with improvements for the new system. New improvements have been made to make it even more beautiful and more userfriendly. The new system looks more sophisticated and the color coordination is just perfect. All these changes have been done without compromise on the clinical nature of Apple.
The Android 5.0 on the other hand has taken another approach to its design. The icons are made to evoke the shape of the real objects they are related to. The design is much more comprehensive with more consideration or the more useful pre-installed apps. The interface looks fluent.
In terms of multitasking, Android apps are arranged in an overlapping design. To move across multiple applications, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) incorporates the “record album scrolling” design. The downside is that one cannot see the full app details while scrolling, as opposed to the previous multi-tasking style.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on the other hand has used a refined design. Double clicking the home button reveals the multi-tasking menu. Applications in iOS 8 incorporate a screenshot design. To view a different app, you swipe across or side to side.
When it comes to widgets, Android always has a nice design. Apple now has widgets unlike before. Apple is also closing gaps where it was week. For example, apps can now interact with each other thus eliminating the need to copy paste data.
Android has always released constant software updates, while Apple rarely does so. In terms of security, both are very good especially if you make sure you always install apps from play store. You might want to consider which system you want especially if you are the kind who likes connectivity to other devices.
Generally, both operating systems are great. The choice comes down to one’s preference.