Apart from iPhone comparisons, iPhone vs. Android Smartphone wars and new iPhone reviews, there are more heated debates as to who is best at the roots, behind the curtains, from the base; Android based devices or iOS ones? Apple’s slick operating system is currently the best all around, even though, lacking somewhat in advanced compatibility, enhanced media and wireless support, and from Apple’s side; unbiased promotional techniques.
Firstly, we won’t be going into details on those topics that have already gotten a thorough look-in by various discussions on the performance and features of the Operating Systems. What we aim to discuss is that why Android has been taking huge chunks from the iPhone Android market share being average, young and lacking in resources. Not because, it had one of the most powerful firms backing it up or maybe it was supported by renowned companies during its growth. But, there is more to it in what it offers.
We will not be overhauling either system above the other under the pretext of “ease of use”, “Responsiveness” or similar additions to the fray, as these things keep on changing all the times. At the rate, Android keeps churning out new services, you may hope for something to be added and see tomorrow’s Android device bearing it. Apple also should consider a change of plans and some more upgrades. See our previous post on iDevices of 2011.
Of course, iOS leads, but Android sure is catching up fast. Below, we will briefly match up both OSes and later commence with Android Froyo’s specifications.
Multitasking in iOS 4 wasn’t a Day 1 package unlike Android that ran this feature since its start.
Photos and recording video in iOS 4 is way ahead of Android’s compatibility for the same. Apple’s product facilitates tap to focus in video and photo shoots. One can furthermore customize the photo dimensions in MMS. In addition, images are geo-tagged automatically featuring map locations. Various photography apps exist that can even deal in video editing, while nothing Android created is even remotely comparable to this.
The android options are more according to the likes of compact cameras. With a few fascinating shoot mode options.
Social Networking just gets better and better through iOS with game central, social networking applications for Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, several Messengers and lots of built-in utilities.
Whilst that is so, Android literally means social networking. The motto is “all aboard” and nearly anything else that can get in!
Internet browsing on iOS 4 is rather convenient with Safari built-in browser supporting HTML 5, MP4 playback and talks speed. The Android browser; WebKit-based software, offers just about all what a browser should give. Yet, Flash 10.1 support on Android simply says it all. So, now you can DO what any browser can!
Now, looking on the Android side of the battlefield, we find that the new Froyo supports many new and exciting features including JIT compiler, free additional RAM, Flash 10.1 support, Internet Tethering, Microsoft Exchange integration, Home screen, Camera and Gallery, Several keypad languages, Kernel Memory Manager, Color Trackball Activation and lots more.
This really means that it can run apps about five times faster, and surf the net 3x faster. This speed upgrade also brings good tidings to consumption with prolonged battery life. Now, Android handsets can last a day, while healthily retaining battery time from average work.
All phones running on Android can now run Flash, natively. So, you watch on the go. It’s not perfect, but as a concept, it’s great being able to view videos without necessitating the switching of another support application.
Also, Android still has iOS 4 beat, in sync compatibility. If you have several desktop and computing platforms, while looking for convenient tethering and library sync, then Apple’s iOS 4 has you splat against the wall. Android system devices on the other hand, have got the advantage of open syncing and moreover, the utilization of Memory card Data transfer by drag and drop method.
Android 2.2 and iOS 4 have mostly the fundamental similar features, yet faster browsing, greater ad services, advanced digital media compatibility and respectable provider market, delivers Android’s popularity and services edge. Whereas, iOS 4 with its plush system and trappings, makes it more of a user-friendly utility console with the capability of sheer app numbers, the immense worldwide ranking and its great multimedia tools. IOS 4 compatible app store has over 200,000 ONLY iPhone apps with smooth functionality, thus making iOS devices such a wonderful experience.
The diverse ecosystem characteristics for both OSes, fortified for iOS and open source in Android, are both their highest weaknesses and strengths. It is advisable for their individual firms to maintain their properties and exploit them to their advantages.
Being cutting-edge platforms, both the iOS 4 and Android 2.2 add attractive functionality and the required backend stuff that enable devices to keep the systems running as a breeze to use. It’s difficult to recommend one over the other, given that both are slick and well-formed software of modern day and held technology; it all narrows down to individual usage and compatibility, as to decide, which one really rules turf.