IOS is the system released by Apple Inc. in 2007, used to
operate their smartphones. Developed for smart phones initially, Apple has expanded
this system to run iPods and iPads too, now reaching a billion active users at
present. The IOS software is strictly restricted to Apple products.
The Android was initially pitched as a system to run cameras
by, over the years, it evolved to compete with the IOS as an operating system.
Android extends its system to major manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, Nexus, LG
etc. currently boasting the world’s largest database of customers, reaching a
record number of 2 billion users.
The release of the Android in 2008 sparked a never ending
debate, Android vs iOS. With avid fans on either side of the debate, both
operating systems continue to thrive. Despite a large number of differences, both
operating systems are based on direct manipulation that use touch inputs like
pinching, tapping, swiping etc. They further incorporate responsiveness of apps
to shaking, rotating the screen i.e, landscape and portrait, steering etc.
Apple however has received praise for its Accessibility function that allows
people with disabilities to use their smartphones properly.
Both operating systems boot to Home screens where users can
view data like time, battery status, and strength of cellular signals. Users can
access all downloaded applications and respective App Stores. Another similarity
lies in the status bar, which can be accessed by swiping motions, which is
essentially a control panel containing widgets for Bluetooth, camera, WiFi,
Siri and Google Now/ Assistant allow both systems to be
operated by voice commands. Both systems offer attractive backup features by
means of Google Drive and iCloud etc.
A key difference between the operating systems lies in the
user’s ability to customize their said smart phone. Android has unlimited
options for customization, Apple however chooses to curb this feature. An IOS
user has limited choices unless they opt to jailbreak their device.
IOS offers inbuilt communication options between Apple
users, apart from third party applications like WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype etc
which are available on all operating systems. iMessage and Facetime are an
attractive feature of the IOS in contrast to Android.
Androids are known for their battery life and outperform the
IOS in this field. Apple has released features that allow longevity of battery
life but Androids still take the win for battery life.
Many users argue that the most attractive feature of Android
is the reasonable price range, with a phone available for every budget. Android
has rooted its position as providers of great value for money. On the other end
of the spectrum IOS users claim to be exclusive and desirable.
With both companies releasing continuous improvements, the
competition now is fiercer than ever. Both tech giants have grown phenomenally,
becoming extremely user friendly in the process. It is a race calling for
continuous growth and development. There is no clear answer that ends this
debate, the key lies within the individual requirements of each user.