Which is better Apple Ios or Android?

This is a never ending debate. The answer to your question is which one do you prefer?

In the many years since iOS and Android have been powering devices everywhere, the way they each look and function has changed significantly.

Android has gone through numerous makeovers, yet Apple has kept iOS looking fairly similar since its 2007 launch.

The basics of Android are the same as they’ve been for years. You’ve got a lock screen that displays notifications, then, once unlocked, you’ve got an app-centric home screen. And there’s an app drawer for storing everything else you’ve downloaded.

iOS follows this blueprint too, though Apple ditches the app drawer, instead giving you just the app icon-filled home screens.


One of the killer features in iOS is a fairly recent one, Continuity. This ridiculously handy addition to iOS 8 lets your Apple-branded devices talk to each other, and ensures their core apps are all hooked up. You can ‘Handoff’ stuff from your phone and table to your Mac, and vice-versa, so a text message can be started on your iPhone and finished off on your Mac. You can also take calls on your MacBook if your phone is out of reach.

There isn’t really a similar system-wide feature on Android just yet. Samsung’s Flow app offered to provide something comparable, but it remains in a pretty limited beta state for now, and it inherently lacks the intuitive, system-spanning scope of Apple’s solution. We’ll have to wait and see if Samsung can make anything of this, but it doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to pushing new services. ChatOn, anyone?

Both Android and iOS have free messaging apps – Hangouts and iMessage. Google’s Hangouts it a little more open and can be used on other platforms (iOS included) and the web, but rumour has it that it will be losing its current SMS integration in a future update. Even with it, iMessage definitely has a wider feature set and a slicker layout.

Fitness features are also becoming more and more common on phones. Both Google Fit and Apple Health work as a sort of fitness framework service, recording and storing health data for separate certified fitness apps and devices to contribute to. Both also tie in with their respective companies’ wearables, whether that be the singular Apple Watch or the more varied Android Wear market.


Another key feature of each of these operating systems is its ‘virtual assistant,’ and it’s becoming an increasingly important battleground. We’ve come a long way since dodgy voice control on phones, with Siri and Google Now taking pride of place on iOS and Android respectively.

Google Now’s skill is it feeds you handy information throughout the day, both from apps you have installed like Spotify and from the web. If you’re near a bus stop, for example, it will show you upcoming departures. Is the football team you’ve previously searched for playing? Now will let you know the score. It works fantastically, and with Google opening up the APIs to developers, it also incorporates third party apps in its operations.

More recently, in Android 6.0 Marshmallow we’ve received Google Now on Tap. This provides contextual information based on what’s on the screen at the time. Looking at an email from a friend about a film you want to go and see? Google Now on Tap will surface relevant information on that film, including local viewing times, simply by pressing and holding the home button.

At present, the idea of Google Now on Tap is better than the execution – it’s a little haphazard with its results.

Siri is accurate in understanding what you’re saying, and it feels more like an actual assistant than Google Now, but it’s a little more limited in terms of the information it can provide. It’s improved massively since iOS 9, though.

You can ask it to set an alarm, start a timer, listen to what song is playing, and set a reminder as usual, but it now goes further. Like Google, Apple has integrated its personal assistant deeper into the OS.

Swiping right from the homescreen now brings up Siri’s suggestions for contacts and apps you might want to use, as well as a universal search field and the latest Apple News stories. Meanwhile the normal voice-activated assistant can now pull out photos from specific times or countries, while the Spotlight universal search system now incorporates third party apps.


Both Apple and Google have gone with fingerprint-sensing technology to help secure their latest mobile operating systems. Apple went first, introducing Touch ID authentication with iOS 7, while Google baked it into Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

In both cases, compatible smartphones will let you gain access with a light touch of your finger on a sensor rather than inputting a password or pattern.


The iPhone’s active notifications let you respond from within the notification without opening the app – something Android lacks. But Android lets you set which notifications are “priority,” automatically sending them to the top of the list (and minimizing less important messages). It’s also easier to clear Android notifications with a single swipe

Android notifications were spruced up in Lollipop, putting them right on your lock screen and making them better than ever. Long press on one and it’ll show you the app it’s coming from, swipe down with two fingers and certain ones are actionable. You can quickly reply to an email, share a screenshot, delete a text or save a news article. The notification panel on Android highlights separate notifications in cleanly defined boxes that sit over whatever you’re doing 

iOS has some similar ‘actionable’ qualities, but they’re far more limited. Having said that, developers can now add quick reply functionality to their messaging apps, which means that you can reply to messages from within Notification Centre, without having to boot up the app itself. It used to be an iMessage-only feature, but no more.


Pick up a number of iOS devices and chances are they’ll all look fairly similar. Yes, icons will be different and colours & wallpapers might be different, but thanks to very strict customisation options, it can’t be pimped out and altered by the user.

Android, on the other hand, is completely the opposite. 

The main load of customisations for Google’s OS comes from OEMs, or the companies that actually make the handsets. Samsung has TouchWiz, HTC has Sense, and so on. Each of these completely alters Androids look and feel, adds in an array of new features and gives each device a unique, if not always better, look.

Thankfully, as Android has developed its own appealing style, these skins have somewhat lessened in severity. Even Samsung’s latest iteration of TouchWiz is much lighter and less overbearing that the version used on the Galaxy S5.

Android users can also install custom launchers, separate icon packs and numerous widgets to add even more personality to their devices. One of these is Google’s own Google Now Launcher, which gives your phone a stock Android feel.

Meanwhile, those aforementioned Android widgets come in a range of shapes and sizes, allowing you to transform the look and function of your phone’s home screen.


Whether they’re for you or not, wearables are here and by the looks of things, here to stay. Making the choice about the operating system you go might now rest on what watch or fitness accessory you want to pair with it, at least partially.

Android Wear is designed for wearables of all shapes and sizes, though currently just available on smartwatches, Wear is effectively an extension of Google Now. Instead of just buzzing your wrist with notifications, the OS displays relevant Now cards and brings up timely information when it thinks you’ll need it. You need an Android device to get the most out of it, though there is also limited iOS compatibility.

Apple’s first wearable, the Apple Watch has plenty of promise, and there’s plenty of app support already, but Apple has simply tried to do too much. The OS is confusing, cluttered, and sluggish, without really giving you a good reason to use it ahead of your iPhone.

In truth, we’re not particularly taken with the smartwatch efforts of any of these companies right now. Android Wear wins out for sheer range and support, while the Apple Watch has the larger number of features and the best integration for iPhone users.


We could sit here and talk about the pros and cons of each of these operating systems until we’re running Android T: Toffee Crisp and iOS X, but we still wouldn’t be able to come to a decision on which is best.
The answer is that each has its quirks, plusses and minuses. Things we love, things we hate and things we manage to get over.
iOS has better apps, great support for other Apple devices and an easy to use UI.
Android wins out with far better notifications, the fantastic Google Now, awesome customisation potential, and a wide variety of available devices.

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