The phrase “Android Vs. iOS” is usually turned into an argument among various fractions who put too much emotional investment for their favorite operating system. There is a better approach of comparing iOS 8 and Android 5 as they are offering divergent and similar approaches in design, utility, and function. So if you are interested to find out what Apple and Google are up to, then going through this article will help. In this article we are going to compare both the operating systems on various features.
After lots of alterations and Modifications, both the operating systems are now settled into their differing design aesthetics. When iOS7 launched in 2013, Apple changed the look and feel to flat design. Instead iOS is the king of clean and brilliant layout and Apple enforces its design through App Store. Most apps behave the same.
There are few actions like swipe the screen from left to right to go back which acts as in invisible back button. Translucence also give you some perspective as background.
With the launch of Android 5, Google is now getting serious about its design of Android with its completely new design theme know as the material design. It refers to how objects and moments are to reflect real-life objects. Touches creates animation, everthing seems to be finger friendly and colorful.
When it came to Apps, there are some apps which provide very good Material Design. However with time we’ll start to see even more apps go joining this aesthetic.
Google approach of Material Design gives emphasis on dividing information into easy-to-spot cards. However the most recently used apps are usually laid out. In order to change app, you need to scrool through the list by swiping your finger. The top of card contains app’s name and icon making them easier to identify.
The iOS approach is also well done with slightly different aesthetic. Multitasking menu can be opened by double clicking the home button, which contains the screenshot of the state of each app with its icon under it.
The top of list contains your most frequently used contacts. The main cons is that with vertical views, you don’t have access to so many previously used apps, you need to do lots of scrolling to find what actually you need.
Widgets and Notifications
With widgets, the Google has already held a long edge here. Also, it was the first to offer swipe down feature to get notification packed together. Adding a widget still have some confusion, as you have to scroll multiple pages of all.
Notifications in Android are still better. Developers have lost of customization options. For example, the March Madness app could send you push alerts with specific team logos and many more.
You may be glad to know that iOS 8 finally get widgets. Some of them are Evernote, Dropbox etc. Notifications still remains subpar to Android. You can’t dismiss all of them together as in Android. Double tap method is definitely superior in Android.
This is also an area where Apple Finally catching up the Android. In iOS 8 now you can share apps with one other. Since iOS 8 launch, it is seen that apps like Pocket, Evernote, and others jump on the bandwagon. You even have a little more flexibility in how it is presented, as you can also change the order in which the apps are arranged in menu.
With Android, having this form very starting biggest change is now in the looks of menu, going with a white background and better spacing between options.