Do you keep any advantage over iOS Android … or vice versa!

The arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop raises inevitable comparisons with other mobile platforms in the market, but mostly focuses on iOS 8 most direct rival in the conquest by mobile devices. What is the current status of the two alternatives?

The truth is that the maturity of both projects is huge, and now that there was clear differentiation in certain sections -fluidize, usability, versatility- has faded. In Android 5.0 and iOS eight are differences, of course, but also many similarities. Some have taken ideas from others, and that has made it more difficult than before to determine which platform is superior. As usual, it all depends on the user’s needs.

SmartphoneFreedom as a selling

Long time Android users boast of the freedom they have in many areas of the mobile platform. The ability to customize all kinds of visual -Interface sections aspect icons, fonts, and themes personalization- pitching is amazing, and this is still undoubtedly one of the great advantages of this alternative.

That reality remains clear when we look at an iOS 8 below options too limiting. You can not hide application icons do not use as often yes grouping for better-classification, nor is it possible to enjoy the versatile basic desktop widgets.

Here Apple has done with iOS August 1 of the most unique concessions: to offer widgets on the notification area. The idea is interesting and opens up these components in that part of the experience of using Apple terminals, but for many it may not be enough. Android continues to shine with its own light the word “options”. All users have them, and widgets can be placed in this focus-for example on the desktop or in the lock screen, enable and disable them at will, and even customize their appearance thanks to the efforts of developers. Freedom and the degree of customization again stress on Google’s mobile platform.

Extensibility and convergence

That freedom also extends to another key area, the application: Android still enjoy an extraordinary ability to choose the default application you want to use in each section -navigator, video player, etc, but it’s also fantastic that great communication between applications. Many of them allow you to export the workflow so that a photo we took in an application can share alternate camera through an application that is published on our social networks.

That feature was one of the major limitations of previous versions of iOS, but iOS eight things have changed dramatically thanks to the extensibility. The options offered cicadas e.g. Safari when sharing content are now higher thanks to that similar capacity to that of Android. So far since we started to see the first benefits-for the most important applications in order to share a link to my Instapaper from Safari is not a torture but here there is much work to be done by developers who will surely want to take advantage of this option.

These options have been reinforced in iOS 8 access to some areas that were previously the preserve of Apple. We have seen in the supply of alternative keyboards that can finally be used in place of the default Apple keyboard, which is not bad, it must be said, but in this new API that gives the option to have available applications Photo with hand controls, even when the tool native Apple camera not worry about that aspect. Apple seems to have changed his mind about the limitations in certain areas, and those steps could certainly be convincing to many users still prefer the wider range of customization options and usability of Android.

And of course, these latter options, clearly modeled on his good behavior in Android -to Apple then complain copies indiscriminate Xiaomi- we add some features homegrown. This is the case Handoff Continuity and two technologies to move the workflow from one to another Apple device ecosystem. We can work and play in various applications from an iPhone to an iPad or a MacBook (whatever the order of these and other factors) without that flow is cut, thus strengthening the ecosystem of Cupertino and encouraging users to be convinced that in your life need only Apple devices.

Actually the idea of continuity and convergence is not new: we can write an email in Gmail, it is automatically saved in drafts, and may continue writing on another device years. It is also true that Chrome OS also allows transfer of the workflow or entertainment to / from Android devices, e.g. answering calls or messages we received on mobile from the keyboard of one of those teams with the desktop operating system of Google. That reality still runs Windows desktops, but can that possibility is not too far in view of the emergence of development as Archon in recent times.

Usability also evolves

There are many other sections in which it is impossible not to compare the two alternatives. One of the protagonists is the notification area, which are now interactive in both solutions and we can not even access the application that generated the notification to act on it. In many cases we can perform the desired action – descartar an email, replying to a message from a client IM- directly from the notification area.

The control over the installation and removal of applications and their data, yes, still field advantage in the case of Android, where you can delete the data associated with an application to free memory, transfer it to an external microSD memory card – not all Android devices with microSD slot, but in many-or as we mentioned alter the default application mapping assigned to one or another task. In iOS 8 these options are much more limited, and Apple must continue to strive in the future to provide more capacity in this area.

It is also funny how now talks of a theoretical multi-window mode for iOS 8 in a hypothetical 12.9-inch iPad when such property takes time available devices Samsung or LG, as it seemed, yet to confirm- also be an integral feature of Android 5.0 Lollipop (especially considering the huge diagonal of Nexus 6).

Obvious differences in other sections

The distinctions between the two platforms become more obvious when we talk about patents realities on Android 5.0 and iOS 8 today. So, Android has multi user support from Android 4.2 Jelly Bean , but officials Apple does not seem to be too concerned about adding an option that is especially useful for sharing devices.

In Android 5.0 Lollipop multiuser support that was initially designed for tablets has been extended to mobile, so that for example if we lose our phone can recover “our user session” and our -contacts data, photos, messages-if we have synchronized with Google services with a single login Google with that data.

Security options are also higher in Android platform that is not only possible to use different block patterns and encryption options both Apple and Google automatically encrypt data in recent versions- but also accept external security solutions, as The Knock Code technology which is featured in the latest LG. The logon face recognition unlocking the terminal or through proximity to a smart watch or other wearable devices are other options that demonstrate the versatility of Android.

Apple has offered its own commitment to their security systems, among which stands out clearly Touch ID. The fingerprint sensor of the iPhone-and, theoretically, the new iPad presented today, is unmatched in the Android world, and although some manufacturers have built similar solutions, efficiency and usability of Touch ID is well above party solutions. That solution is gradually increasing its capacity and becomes cornerstone of Apple Pay-system of mobile payments as few- promising, but also in a way to make payments on the App Store. We’ll see if Apple has opened the door for Touch ID can be used more and better-and you can use it to log into applications and services parts- third but certainly in that direction this technology Apple is today than any Android World option.

But if Apple gives the C’s with Touch ID, Google gives it to Google Now. The voice assistant for Android devices came later than Siri, but its capacity is much higher. Now Google is in fact beyond the original capabilities of these assistants, and is able to go ahead and anticipate user needs.

There is also advantage for Google in its approach to installing applications. We can install new tools from Google Play or other stores with Android catalogs you-some more reliable, others less, but in the case of Google Play we can also perform this installation without touching the phone, just browsing from your laptop or PC (e.g. ) and selecting the application to install on your device directly from your browser. Probably will not see that option and iOS and the App Store for a long time, and she adds another limitation: the iron grip that Apple imposes on its App Catalog makes it almost impossible (unless prior jailbreak) to install third-party tools that are not Available on the App Store. For Android the ability to install packages via APK remains one of its strengths, but that freedom in this case has serious implications for the safety of the devices. Here the responsibility is on the user, which should be consistent and have the sense to use this option only if it comes from reliable sources.

Findings

While it is clear that in many Android and iOS matching sections are gone, his philosophy against the resolution of certain problems and scenarios is still very different. Maybe the interface is similar, and that actions to access applications or notifications are already fairly smooth, but still remain fundamental differences principles.

If something stands out for Android is the freedom it offers to users. Freedom to customize, to make decisions-good or bad and to enjoy a much more open in all sections ecosystem. For iOS, this freedom has increased appreciably iOS 8, but is nowhere near that offered Google’s mobile platform.

Clearly, Apple’s philosophy remains the control and try to ensure a wonderful experience. They do this in part by cutting the options, but also by the fact that not only control the software, but the hardware on which it runs.

That should give you a major advantage in usability and fluidity of the interface, but that’s not as true in recent times. Yes it shows in other sections such as autonomy or energy efficiency Go on surprising how well that runs iOS hardware 8 in a whole lost on paper with Android- terminals, and that makes Apple’s solution keeps the guy in many areas Android and come out ahead in others.

In the end the choice between the two platform again a matter of commitments and preferences. And fortunately that battle of performance, efficiency, usability-whether or freedoms that Sean does nothing but benefit us, the users, we should be amazed what I’m- -I so it has managed just seven years after birth this new era of mobility. A handheld (though that pocket has an increasingly large size) is able to offer the experience and benefits it offers is prodigious. Good for iOS and Android well. Elegiac wisely without forgetting other big as Windows Phone or Blackberry OS- and Enjoy them healthy.

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