The battle between Android and iOS never ceases to exist, and this pushes everyone in a frenzy as they continuously try to overcome each other with every new release. While both are unique and efficient mobile platforms, they still have gaps that need to be filled. The most pressing question that arises is which one is better? Android or i0S. In this article, we will explore and debate over the worlds of Android and iOS with regard to their Operating System performance as well as their apps.
Open vs. Closed
The distinctive open and closed debate is one of the most famous topics. The Android platform is an open platform allowing Android apps (via .apk files) to be downloaded from many different app stores. With openness comes the many possibilities of exposure to the different types of preferences of people all over the world.
In contrast, the iOS platform is a closed platform and will only operate iOS apps via the iTunes Appstore. There is no scope for downloadable code. The closed ecosystem can be confining for few but if you’re one of those who finds happiness in little things, then iOS is the way to go for you.
Multiple Accounts vs. Single Account
Since its Jelly Bean version, Android has started offering multiple accounts for its users, making it the only platform to do so. The managed profiles enable users to segregate their work and personal accounts, and at the same time, manage them using a single interface. Syncing and coordinating work from a single system has proved to be very helpful in most cases that users have used them for.
But, the downside to this is that having such sensitive data of multiple accounts can pose a potential security threat. Though Android affirms secure passage of data and information, with the open platform clause and the numerous apps, there’s a concern that looms over. This concern is slightly subdued with Apple’s iOS.
Customizable vs. Non-customizable
While Android is highly customizable, iOS tends to be more fluid with its movements. Android allows you much more flexibility in terms of using 3rd party software and launchers. The interface is accommodating and is almost like a chameleon. Android earns these brownie points here. But, as there are two sides to a flip coin, though there are customizable options within Android, it can be a task to choose from the abundance, and if you don’t find the customization for anything within those put in front of you, you might as well resent the operating system for it.
Apple, on the other hand, elevates iOS to be the all-knowing interface and system that it restricts any customization or changes within its fixed OS. Creativity from the users’ side is no encouraged and this pushes the envelope toward Android.
Uneven Updates vs. Regular Updates
iOS has a good frequency of updates coming in every year, with the transition from one update to another taking place in a very seamless manner. With Android, the view looks a very fragmented and chalky since they have very uneven updates. To add to the fragments, the updates come in and go very slowly as compared to iOS’s constant updates and refinements as per the changing times.
This fragmentation caused with Android puts developers in a soup as there are vast crowds of people using different versions of Android at different points on different devices. Supporting all these can be quite cumbersome. With iOS, since it is gleefully playing the four sides of a square, apps can float easily from one system to another.
Every single smartphone owner has something or another that keeps them loyal to the platform of their choice. They seem to always kick it off in the direction of their liking. Some may love it with Android, some with iOS, and there are also others who go in for the other platforms available out there. In the midst of these, we know of iOS’s intuitiveness and Android’s abundant hardware options, and we even know how these platforms are trying to outdo each other. In the bargain, users are enjoying the bliss of high-tech functionalities and features on the platform of their choice. The pros and cons are prevalent for each, and it is what each user preference states that the buck tilts toward a winner.