If there were to be a battle between the various Operating Systems available in the techie market, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS would clearly emerge as victorious. But the highly speculated and debated question is that who emerges as the winner among the two – Android or iOS ? The phone-users of the world can conveniently be divided into two categories – those who use android and those who use iOS. These are the two operating software’s that are dominating the world markets right now. While Android software is used by most of the leading phone makers such as LG, Samsung, HTC etc. , iOS is limited only to Apple and it’s products. This individuality and inimitability of is what makes users fall in love with it right away. This battle has been on since forever.
Competing once again for the top spot in the Operating Software markets, Android and Apple are all set to set woo the world with their latest versions – Android’s KitKat 4.4 and Apple’s iOS 8. On one hand the techno junkies are worshiping KITKAT calling it a work of art and the next big thing in Planet Gadget on the other hand Apple’s widely held iOS 8 has also been tagged as being technologically way ahead of its time and Apple’s very own masterpiece. Apparently making a fair choice between these two is going to be easier said than done. This is definitely a Clash of the Titans ! So how do you judge an OS whether it’s good, bad or path breaking ? What are the decisive factors that make users love it or hate it? How do the Tech Gurus derive conclusions when there’s so much to investigate ? Let’s take a sneak- peak into some of these factors and how each of these operating software’s are responding to them.
User Interface is a very important element (most important, for some), when it comes to the desired attributes a potential buyer or user looks for in any gadget. UI bridges the gap between the user and the features present in a gadget. In fact, a successful interface is so important that in its absence, the user wouldn’t be able to interrelate with their gadget. Make a bad UI and the user won’t be able to access and navigate most of the apps or features present. What is the point of having a phone full of awesome apps which you can’t even get through with ease ? It’s like having chocolate cake right in front of you and not being able to eat it. How bad is that.
When it comes to User Interface, both KitKat and iOS 8 have done some hardcore improvisations in their latest versions. Android has always been recognized for its bright and vibrant display with a generous use of bright colors and hues. Remember Jellybean 4.2 ? But with this one Google has kept it’s interface/display very minimal in colors and highly unobtrusive. Which is good in a way because it’s going to be a refreshing change from the usual gaudy and vivid avatar of Android. Notifications on the top have now been changed to a classy white unlike the colored ones in Jelly bean. Another noticeable amendment is that the top and bottom black margins on the display have been eliminated leading to more room on the desktop for apps or widgets ultimately making the screen look bigger and more polished. Apart from these changes, the interface continues to be routinely and harmonizing with the UI elements of the subsequent versions.
Apple iOS 8 has also not left any stones unturned when it comes to making the necessary changes and giving a tough competition to KitKat. Apple anyway did some major modification and repair-work in it’s previous version iOS 7 so with iOS 8 it maintains almost the same design and visuals. So it looks largely the same as iOS 7 with no new surprising changes or anything. What is new is a number of small features here and there but there are no radical changes in the interface other than the fact that it’s smoother and faster to access. This is because while the outer appearance and the layout remains the same, some subtle yet powerful changes underneath have made this version a much better and modernistic version of iOS 7. But nonetheless there are certain changes like notifications have been made faster and smoother to respond to. For example you can respond and act upon a notification even if you’re in a completely different app. So mark an email as read or unread in the middle of a game or an Whatsapp conversation without having to quit.
CONCLUSION- While Android has done a great job with the sharp Display and the elegant use of colors and layout , Apple’s new InstaRespond feature where you can respond to the notifications from the notification box itself is a great feature to look forward to. Android goes out of its way and does some serious experimentation but Apple plays safe and sticks to the UI of iOS7. So if you’re looking for a change of interface and something new then android is the word but if you don’t like to be surprised and refuse to experiment then go for Apple.
APPS AND APP STORE
Apple’s App Store undoubtedly rules the market when it comes to the collection of apps. Although both Apple and Android stores have 2 million apps available for download, Apple has been the leader when it comes to the quality and assortment of it’s apps. But then Android is fast catching up by coming up with new and better stuff each day. But it should also be noticed that the number of downloads from the android app store are much more than the iOS store for the simple reason that Android is certainly the most used OS on the planet.
With the new iOS8, Apple has slaughtered the source of revenue of a lot of app developers by in-building most of the features which could only be installed as third-party apps. So basically a lot of features have been introduced with this version which have rendered a lot of apps ineffective. This is a good news as well as a bad one. Good because no need to download third party apps and bad because you’ll have to live with these new changes. For example- The iMessage in iOS8 allows you to send multimedia messages so who needs WhatsApp and Snapchat anymore? (if all your friends happen to be using the iPhone). iCloud has been done so awesomely this time that eliminates the need for Dropbox and forget Skype because of the phone’s ability to make calls over Wi-Fi, without using an app (we could talk about that, eh ? )Also, Apple is keeping up with the recent fitness fad and is focusing more on lifestyle apps such as HomeKit and HealthKit to its suite of APIs. The former permits developers to manage things in your home, from the lighting, to your thermostat, even your fridge if you want it to, while HealthKit enables app makers to merge health monitoring apps and devices to third party apps that you can download. Makes the iOS 8 more desirable , right ?
Android also has developed some really cool apps for the android kitkat version which will make you fall in love with your phone right away. The thing about Android is that almost any app can run on the Android OS and is compatible with it. So when there are so many third party apps available for downloads the possibility of customizing and personalizing your phone are infinitive. The Google Now app this time has been improvised into something more advanced and understanding( LITERALLY). It actually listens to you. Yes it does. You can now jump-start Google Now by simply saying “OK Google”. It’s only available to Nexus 5 for now though. The contextual cards feature also gets an advancement. Google Now cards will try to predict information you need based on your where you are currently, favorite sites or TV programs. So it does understand you well like nobody else. It is definitely your perfect partner.
Moreover , Android 4.4 features a new app-linking feature, which allows Google Search to deep-link search results to applications installed on your phone. So, for example, searching for a restaurant via Google Now can automatically take you to a restaurant reservation app such as OpenTable, ready to make a reservation for that particular restaurant. It’s smart, fast and identifies with you really well. (And no we’re not talking about the perfect boyfriend here).
CONCLUSION- Using iOS 8 is highly recommended if you’re one hell of a lazy person and would choose to save yourself the trouble of downloading third party apps because honestly with so many high-end features, Apple doesn’t really leave much scope or need for downloading external apps. But it’s also true that you’ll have to find your feet with all these changes that you may or may not like.
In contrast to this, Google leaves a lot of its functionality to be carried out by external apps and let’s you feel the thrill of downloading new apps and trying them on your device. You can do so much with your Android device. Though a few new APIs were embedded in KitKat, Google Cloud Print has been integrated into Android, but AirPrint already exists in iOS. So it’s not basically a new act to charm the audience with. There’s an API allowing developers to use the health sensors such as the pedometer, but it isn’t transferable onto all devices, only working if the hardware exists.So if you like downloading apps and if you’re a fan of Android’s ability to let you personalize your phone and do stuff with it, then Android KitKat is your thing because the functionality and appearance is so much more flexible than the iPhone.
COMMUNICATION AND BROWSING
Communication is the sun around which the Apple solar system revolves. The in-built communication apps in Apple are always ahead of its time and ultramodern. Didn’t you just love Facetiming and iMessaging? And with iOS8 it only gets better. Updates to iMessage and Facetime mean iOS 8 is already ahead of Android 4.4. The biggest enhancement is the ability to send multimedia messages and voice messages via iMessage. Although it means you’ll still have to use Snapchat or WhatsApp if you’re messaging to a different OS other than iOS, iPhone users are able to communicate without having to pay the usual sms charges. Besides the iMessage is a beauty to work on interface and appearance wise.
Group chat has also been blessed with a lot of new features. Renaming Conversations being one of them just like WhatsApp, and you can control the conversation by adding or removing people if you want. It definitely has made things easier.
Although Apple didn’t say that out loud to the world at the iOS launch event, it’s been rumored that users soon will be able to make phone calls over Wi-Fi, rather than just the contacts. You could do that via skype also but then it’s hoped that Apple will let you do it for free. Facetime will support Call Waiting, that is now you can reject or accept another Facetime call while you’re already on one. It’s like you do on regular voice call. You can switch between the calls, just as you can on a call using your mobile network.
Google has it’s Google Hangouts service to compete with the iMessage service. Kitkat marks the revelation of a lot of new features and additions in the Google Hangouts service in functionality as well as the appearance. The new Hangouts app replaces the old Messaging text app, but it feels a bit congested and it’s hard to comprehend at times. The cluttered interface can be confusing and the app doesn’t integrate SMS and Google Hangout messages from the same contact together, which can complicate matters for new users. It can be replaced with an SMS app of your own choice but for that you have to download a third-party application. But those who are at home with Google Hangouts, for them things just got fancier. Old-handed Android users shouldn’t be complaining at all.
CONCLUSION- If you’re a steadfast user of Android and have loved all the previous versions then you can sit in peace because you won’t have much to complain in this one either. While Android has tried it’s best to deal with the little problems that were present in the older versions, a few newer ones have emerged. But if you’re an Android lover then you can always snub these tribulations. If you’re looking for something better or are bored of using Android devices all the time (It’s in a lot of Devices so chances are pretty high), iOS is a good catch for you. Apple has a good Apple to Apple communique method which makes it all the more exclusive (you may take it as good or bad). It has made some major in-built changes that can not be undone( Apple is not as customizable as Android). So basically each one has some loop holes here and there but they’re also great and ahead of their time no doubt. It’s hard to say which one is better in general because honestly it depends on what you’re looking for in a device. One has a better interface while the other one has better functionality.
ABSOLUTE WINNER – We all are aware of the mass-popularity and the hype surrounding the launch of both of these OS but right now iOS 8 is what has caught our fancy more than the Android KitKat. Apple has played all it’s cards well and have created an OS which may not be perfect but it is definitely a step or two ahead of Android. It has smashed the new Android in terms of interface and features and is riding higher than all its contenders. It is packed with features, redefined and all the past issues sincerely dealt with. It’s worth the price tag and is something you should definitely give a try. So this New Year treat yourself to the ever-luxurious iPhone 6 which has already become the talk of the town and kick start the year with a taste of the APPLE.( pun intended !)