Privacy and Security
Android belongs to Google while iOS belongs to Apple. Both of it are the operating systems used primarily in all mobile technologies such as smartphones and tablets. Android as most of us may not know is a Linux-based and partly open source operating system and obviously it is more PC-like than the iOS. In this, the basic features and interference of Android is generally more customizable from top to bottom. On the other side, iOS’s uniform design elements are usually seen as being more user-friendly.
In choosing your smartphone, make a wise decision as switching from iOS to Android or vice-versa may require you to buy the apps again in the Google Play or the Apple App Store. As significant as it is, Android has got the most user base in the smartphone platform as it is used by many different manufacturers but iOS is only used on Apple devices, iPhone for example.
Interface and Apps
Looking at the user interface of iOS and Android, both use touch interfaces that have a lot in common such as swiping, tapping and long press. iOS home screen only contains rows of app icons while Andriod allows the use of widgets. Android gets its apps from Google Play Store which currently had almost six hundred thousand apps available, most of which will run on tablets. The Apple App Store which in contrast has seven hundred thousand apps, almost a quarter of them are available for iPpad. We should also take note that many originally iOS-only apps are now made available for Android which includes Instagram and Pinterest.
Despite the fact that Google update Android quite frequently, some users find that they do not receive any updates. Phone manufacturers are the ones who decide when to offer the software upgrades, even when an upgrade is offered; it is usually a few months after the new version of the Android had been released. This is one area where iOS have the advantage. iOS upgrades are available globally to all its users. Apple cites hardware capability as the reason some of its older devices may not receive the entire new feature in an upgrade depending on the older versions of iPhone.
Privacy and Security
Android’s applications are deserted from the rest of the system’s resources, except when the user specifically grants an application access to other features. This makes the system less vulnerable to bugs, but developer confusion means that many apps ask for unnecessary permissions. Malware writers are less likely to target for iOS which is due to Apple’s review of all its apps and verifications of the identity of app publishers. However, in a jailbroken iOS device with apps installed from outside Apple Store, it may be vulnerable to attacks and malware.
Talking about protecting users’ private information, definitely iOS wins. When a user installs apps on Android, the user will be presented with all the permissions that the app is requesting. The user can choose to accept the app’s request for permissions or not install the app at all. The app developers apparently take advantage of this “feature” and requested a lot of user information. However in iOS the apps get no such permissions. After it is installed and opened by the user, an iOS app may request additional permissions like location and access to contacts, but the user has rights to reject such request.
The Bottom-line of Choice
To summarise the key pros and cons of iOS, it has a massive app ecosystem and deeper integration with social apps such as Facebook and Twitter. Apple offers software upgrades to all devices that have the hardware capable of handling the new software. This hence means that devices stay current with software features for at least two or three years. With this iOS also offers better control over the user privacy of its users. However, the interface is locked down in iOS, it has limited customization options for the home screens which is not as efficient as Android does.
To summarize the pros and cons of Android, it has a massive hardware selection. A large number of Android devices are available at various price points, with varying hardware capabilities and other feature. The best part of being an Android user is that it has a highly customizable user experience. The home screen can be customized with not just app icons but widgets that also allow the user to stay connected and informed as well. Moreover, you can pick the option to install Android apps from places out of Google Play Store as well.