Technology has become apart of our daily life and especially mobile devices which are owned by almost everyone without any discrimination to age/gender. Here I’d like to talk about the two giants that are ruling the mobile world: Android & IOS.
As per the recent stats, the majority of market shareholders in mobile operating systems are Android and iOS i.e 75% of the market is controlled by Android while almost 23% of the same by iOS and the rest of the market is occupied by Windows, KaiOS, and others. Does this mean that Android is better? Well, let’s dig into the details and see what they offer, and then I’ll leave it to you guys to choose :). Before we get into the pros and cons, let’s have a look at the history of both the OS.
Dawn of Android:
Android was initially developed as advanced software for digital cameras by a bunch of people such as Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. Later the group felt that the market for cameras wasn’t large enough and they started pitching Android as a mobile operating system and within 6 months Google acquired their OS along with the key members of the project to develop it further.
Android was built over a Linux based kernel, few modifications/changes were made as the OS evolved till recent days. The advantage which Android had over iOS is that it was free and Open Source its source code is known as Android Open Source Project (AOSP) project. It was in September 2008 an Android mobile was commercially launched for the first time by HTC as HTC Dream.
Dawn of iOS:
Steve Jobs, “The man in the machine” had a plan to build an iPhone in 2005 with two choices i.e either to shrink the already existing Mac OS or enlarge the iPod. He went with the former option to shrink the mac and created a team of developers ( Scott Forstall and Tony Fadell) from both these platforms and them i.e Scott Forstall was successful in developing iOS which was back then known as iPhone OS which is capable of running desktop-class applications. It was in 2007 the first iPhone was launched. Unlike Android which names the OS versions after sweet foods, Apple stuck to numbering the iPhone versions numerically.
Highest selling device: iOS
The first iPhone was a touch screen mobile device that was praised by the customers as a spectacular device like never before. Meanwhile, Android was only running on standard devices at that time and started working to develop it further. The first iPhone was very expensive (so are its successors though :p) i.e about $499 whereas the Android device was sold around $179. Even though the iPhone was expensive no one was complaining about it as it was in a league of its own!
The best selling touch screen mobile was iPhone 6 and iPhone 6Plus with 220 million units sold worldwide which beats the best selling Android phone by a huge number. Samsung Galaxy S4 sold about 80 million units. This is only comparing the highest sold single device in the market if we look at the market share then it’s obvious that Android wins in that game.
Best Features: Android
If we want to gauge the OS then let’s keep aside the hardware for a while. In terms of apps availability AppStore (iOS) has about 2.5 million apps while Android has around 3.5 million apps. Does that mean that Android is better? Many user reviews say that the AppStore has quality apps and Android has some questionable apps (could be in terms of security). It’s known that in the US the apps first land on iOS than Android but elsewhere the developers first target Android. So, what does this conclude? It’s a win-win situation for both in this category but Android has an edge when it comes to navigation. Google Maps are quite ahead of Apple maps. Additionally, Android comes with few pre-installed Google services which are quite handy.
Adding to that, Android has a wide range of alternate apps and allows you to sideload any app through the APK installer file whereas Apple is against third-party apps.
Battery Life: Android
Who doesn’t like that extra juice when in need? Both the platforms are being continuously developed to optimum usage of battery. They have power-saving modes that would help in suspending the unnecessary processes when activated. However, Android gives it’s users more control over which apps/services to run even when the power saver is activated.
Most of the iPhones support wireless fast charging but the user has to purchase the adapters separately on top of an expensive device. Whereas most of the Android devices have a larger battery and are shipped with quick charge adapters.
When it comes to updates, iOS beats Android because most of the iPhone devices in the market are currently updated to the latest version of the iOS i.e iOS 13 when compared to the Android devices only 10 to 15% of the Android devices are running the latest version of the OS i.e Android 10. If you want to stay updated about the security patches and new features then iOS is the go-to device.
Customization can be anything from changing your device’s theme to a custom ROM. Android has it all! You can not only change themes, add widgets but also you can install custom launchers to get a fresh look at your home screen. iOS has limited support in this segment and doesn’t give much freedom to its users. If you love to tinker with every part/feature of your OS then Android is a clear winner here.
If you prioritize having a wide range of customization options and volume of apps then Android would be your go-to OS but iOS wins in most of the important aspects such as providing timely updates and protecting the privacy and simple design. At the end of the day it’s an individual’s choice based on the expense they’re willing to spend and the features they’re looking for in a device.