Android vs iOS

Android vs iOS

Feb 3, 2011

CES wrapped up less than a month ago leaving us all in shock and awe with anticipation for the future of electronics. Our’s is a world of integration and studying the market trend one can easily predict that’s what this next decade is about. 2011 will be remembered as the year of the cell phone. Why? For the first time ever our cell phone’s have written micro operating systems which can be used to incorporate open source software to take advantage of technology in ways we have never been able to before. Apps released for Apple’s iOS iPhone software and the rapidly growing Android community allow us to lock our homes, view remote cameras, operate on computers remotely and even start our cars. This new technological niche has helped spur the growth of what we call the “cloud

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

(a term you will hear more frequently as the technology backing it becomes available). In short, the cloud computing is location-independent computing, whereby shared servers provide resources, software, and data to computers and other devices on demand, as with the electricity grid. Cloud computing is a natural evolution of the widespread adoption of virtualization, service-oriented architecture and utility computing. Details are abstracted from consumers, who no longer have need for expertise in, or control over, the technology infrastructure “in the cloud” that supports them.

As a result of the heavier emphasis placed on synchronization and interconnectivity has created a beautiful market for the creation of applications for our telephones. The two dipoles of our cellular world are the famed and conservative looking iPhone which boasts very powerful specs on the back of a resource conservative telephone vs. the Android OS phones led by Motorola primarily. From the standpoint of a techie the immediate differences are that android phones tend to be slower due to the fact that they require more resources to process different telephone functions and the quality of the user’s experience varies from phone to phone. Apple has made their brand based on their reliability and chic testament to the concept that “less is more.” Though different Android phones varying degrees of power against the iPhone, Android pulls through in Applications. Since the entire Android market is loosely regulated and completely open source, the potentials are much higher and will receive increased emphasis as Google (primary developers of Android OS) will release their new Chrome operating system scheduled for the end of this year. Chrome will feel similar to Android and is said to be a nail in the coffin for Apple. Either way the coin flips, Apple will have a serious competitor in their market ( just as we can see in the struggle between cell phones right now).

Similarities between the Apple’s iOS and Android are a large part of what has brought each operating system so much success. The two platforms are based enormously on their gigantic application and media support. In one sense they are closely related in terms of functionality. In fact, for what most people use them for, the phones will end up serving the exact same purposes.

What can be said about the differences between the two platforms? Digging deeper beneath the skin, one can determine the Apple’s iOS is focused on ease of use and simplicity. Much for the same reason that many consumers prefer Mac OS for their computers, the iOS platform is extremely user friendly and verges on the border of intuitive. Accessing the app store you can take immediate advantage of very popular applications that you are always hearing about from your friends. This is one of the primary differences between the iOS platform and Android. As I mentioned above, the Android market offers a much wider range of applications since everything it is essentially an unlimited market. Due to the Apple’s regulations and the demand to sell or create an effective product in the iOS market, applications available to iPhone users tend to be fuller, well thought out, and more aesthetically pleasing than what would be easily available in the Android market. iOS is largely driven by media accessibility (regarding apps for audio/visual entertainment like Netflix, CollegeHumor, Pandora, etc.) and in doing so creates an environment for mobile interactivity and education.

Android is not there yet though many are sure that Android is paving the roads for the future of technology. Being completely open source as an operating system, the Android market is far more susceptible to low-quality applications and/or applications with unbearable aesthetics. Many apps available on the Android Market tend to be less graphically pleasing and tend to serve the gods of functionality. This would be a perfect system for those who are not as taken in by graphics if the market was more comprehensive. One major drawback is that many apps available only serve one function mandating users to download many different kinds of applications to achieve three or four closely related functions. One major advantage that Android has is the fact that most phones include 4 buttons for navigating through the operating system and many phones feature a slide out keyboard. Though this many not be in the interest of every individual, no one can argue that physical buttons (rather than on-screen digital buttons) are not easier to work with. Android features a dedicated “Menu” key allowing easy access to any application’s settings mid-use wasting less of the consumer’s time. It is clear the the Android was built around the central theme of open source usability. The best word to describe the major difference between the two operating systems is customization. If you love media and entertainment centric applications and seamless networking between your phone and other Apple products, the iPhone is your recommended phone. If you can manage poor battery life and want to take advantage of a much larger community of applications or simply don’t like the AT&T network, the Android is definitely the option for you.

 
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