Android 4.2 Jelly Bean vs iOS 7

June 11, 2013

    Siri vs Google Now

    Apple didn’t spend a lot of time talking about Siri in iOS 7 other than the fact that it has new voices. Of course it also adds extra functionality like the ability to increase your brightness, but personally, functionality wasn’t the problem with Siri, rather it was its lack of understanding anything I said, so hopefully the voice recognition has been improved. Siri still functions as an “ask and I shall tell” application, meaning that it doesn’t offer contextual based information like Google Now.

    Google Now on the other hand, is much more proactive and offers up information without the need to search for it. It’ll give you the weather at your current location, travel times to your home and work, live scores for your favorite team, currency conversions and the time back home when you’re travelling, and so much more. It’s crazy accurate and a little creepy at times, but its ability to offer information without the need to ask for it, is unique in its own way.

    Google Now wins award

    Camera and gallery apps

    iOS 7’s new camera app is redesigned into 4 trays with the formats still, video, square and panorama. It also offers the ability to add filters right from the app, allowing you to see how the photo will look before you take the shot, so Instagram users will definitely like this addition.

    The Photo app has been completely redesigned to auto-organize your photos from moments to collections, and even to years. Your photos and videos are organized based on the places you took them, so if you went on a holiday to Bali and took some photos there, they would all be grouped, automatically in their own folder. Overall, the photo app is incredible and possibly the best application in the whole of iOS 7.

    iOS 7 Camera

    In Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the Android camera app is simple, yet elegant. On the bottom left there is a button to swap between still shot, video, panorama and photosphere (more on that a little later). Tapping anywhere on the screen will bring up the settings menu, a 360(degree) menu that allows you to change white balance, turn flash on and off, switch cameras and edit your other camera settings.

    Swiping to the left from the right edge will reveal the gallery app. Here you can see your albums or other albums based on people tagged in them, the location and time. When in an album there are two ways to view your photos, gridview and filmstrip view. Filmstrip view allows you to delete your photos by simply throwing them off of the screen with a swipe.

    Nexus 4 camera button layout

    Nexus 4 camera button layout

    iTunes Radio vs Play Music All Access

    iTunes Radio is a curated Internet radio, which allows you to stream songs based on factors like genre, artist or time period. Like Pandora it is free with ads, and is ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers, meaning it will cost $24.99 a year for ad-free listening.

    Like iOS 7, it’ll be released this fall and will be available to U.S. customers at the beginning, with more countries added later. The service will be provided on iOS, Mac, Windows and Apple TV.

    iTunes Radio is a curated Internet radio, while Play Music All Access is a complete music streaming service.

    Play Music All Access is a complete music streaming service which costs $9.99 a month and is currently only available to U.S. customers, but more countries will be added later.

    Unlike iTunes Radio, Play Music All Access allows you to search for specific artists, lets you listen to their albums, create playlists and most importantly allows you to save them onto your device for offline listening. So think of it as a Spotify competitor, rather than a direct competitor to iTunes Radio. Play Music All Access is currently available on Android and has its own web-based application. It will also be available on iOS soon.

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    • MasterMuffin

      Waiting for KLP to have a similar face lift that puts Android safely on the #1 spot

      • john

        Ey We don´t need new OS with that “updates” of the IOs. Android 4.0 is more that IOs 7

      • Ivan Budiutama

        Don’ need KLP, the current one already do. My friend (a dedicated Apple Fanboy) even went as far as saying “Ugly as f***! look like a cheap chinese Android UI” (the cheap chinese Android actually use very minimum modification on the UI leaving it similar to Nexus, it is the middle-end phone like Firefly UI on Oppo he actually mentioned). Anyway, he is not alone, the people at “Wire” said similar tone:

    • MasterMuffin

      Waiting for KLP to have a similar face lift that puts Android safely on the #1 spot

      • john

        Ey We don´t need new OS with that “updates” of the IOs. Android 4.0 is more that IOs 7

    • Jared Persinger

      Wow, I’m glad android has some good Competition again! This can only make the android expierence better than what it is right now

    • Jared Persinger

      Wow, I’m glad android has some good Competition again! This can only make the android expierence better than what it is right now

    • john

      Poor iphone owners… the future is very dark…. sorry very white.(sarcasm)

    • john

      Poor iphone owners… the future is very dark…. sorry very white.(sarcasm)

    • Dtect

      This is motivation for Key Lime Pie (okay, just a little)!

    • Dtect

      This is motivation for Key Lime Pie (okay, just a little)!

    • AhmedAlalfy

      Great article from AA as usual … but Android ICS was released 2011 not 2010

    • AhmedAlalfy

      Great article from AA as usual … but Android ICS was released 2011 not 2010

    • the Craigness

      You didn’t mention the reliability of ANY of the features you talk about. I have both an iphone 5 and a new Galaxy s4. And by far the iphone experience is smoother, more intuitive and reliable. I would compare the two to a PC running Windows 7 to a mac. The first things you notice is “why is it so difficult to get anything done” on the Galaxy. Plus I gave up on google trying to understand my dictation. The Siri app got a 95% accuracy rating while the google version is more like 70% or less. Overall I find the look and feel of the IOS much more productive and easier to use while you are on the move. The Android is flashier, more detailed and by far more colorful but after the pomp wears off, it comes down to throw factor. When i’m frustrated and under pressure at work, i’m FAR LESS likely to throw my iphone against a brick wall than my Galaxy when i’m trying to get things done and the phone is not cooperating. You NEVER see iphones on the side of the highway smashed up, only droids.

      • Adama Simmons

        So what your saying is that iPhone users are just lazy and dim witted because they cant figure out how to operate anything outside of iOS. The new iPhone commercial should be cave men grunting using the iPhone with ease and then grabbing the S4, slamming it on the ground yelling because “Android….ugh….it complicated! Me use iOS!”

      • holms

        Did you really try to compare windows 7 to os X? Windows 7 blows mac os out of the water when it comes to ease of use… There’s a reason boot camp exist and why a good chunk of the Mac community installs win 7 on their computers… Your argument became moot when you even tried to make that comparison.

      • Ivan Budiutama

        I would do the same, iPhone (even the 4s) cost a leg here, $800 for iPhone 5, I mean who is crazy enough to throw a $800 phone against the wall? When I’m frustrated, I threw my Nokia 3310 (yes, still hold one) against the wall and WOW, it works like magic, usually I am relieved. You can donate your Galaxy if you want to, I’ll trade it with my 3310 for you to throw as you please, and believe me, it will last no matter how many times you throw it against anything you can imagine. I can use some used-android donation myself too.

      • Kevin

        Siri more accurate than Google Now? Really… come on that is naive and stupid, there have been a lot of test and that simply isn’t the case.

        Galaxy S4 is not difficult to use, my wife has one, she used the whole its too complicated I want an iphone…. I ignored that an got her an s4… she doesnt think its complicated anymore, its an argument iphone users use, but is completely untrue.

        You say like the look and feel of IOS, ok then download Espier launcher and look at that, BOOM!! you now have IOS look and feel on android, however I don’t know why you’d do that when it is poor in comparison to other launchers! I do agree that touchwiz is a bit crap though.

        • Victor V.

          lol I’m going to download that espier launcher,and have it ready the next time an iPhone owner asks me to let them play with me S4. it will make them feel right at home, but confuse the hell out of them at the same time.

      • deepen03

        really? I had an iPhone 5.. and sold it to get an S4. and I am never looking back!

      • John Holmes

        I’m not a fan of overlays like TouchWiz & HTC Sense. The S4 is somewhat scattered as far as all the features. You can kind of tell there were different departments at Samsung working on features, then they all kind of just got thrown in to the whole package without much thought to unifying stuff. Kind of like the comparison between S4 & HTC1 says.

        However, just comparing Android 4.2 to iOS 6 or 7…Android is WIN in almost every category. The only 2 things I like better in iOS is the 1) GameCenter and 2) the way push-notifications are handled. Even with jailbreak on iOS6, things still suck. Like keyboards on iOS….where are the custom keyboards like SwiftKey for Android? The iOS keyboard is horrible and I’ve even made it better with $9 worth of jailbreak keyboard apps.

    • mbkarki

      Android 4.2 is better than iOS 7??? What difference does that make??? How much better Android may be, all users don’t get a chance to experience it. Unlike Apple devices, not all Android devices are compatible for latest Android software. Even when they are compatible, customers have to wait years before they get the update. It’s been 8 months since JB 4.2 was released and only 4% of Android users have got it. The rest of us are just reading about how good it is or it is not. Would love iOS if their devices were little more affordable.

      • Adama Simmons

        Its called Rooting ladies and gentlemen! Get it rooted and your phone will be running the OS you want even if the carrier is taking their sweet time. Jelly Bean is far more than 4% my friend, try 33% as of June 3rd. Theres really no excuse not to be running the OS you want on an Android device unless you went for the cheapest oldest phone, hell even my old HTC Thunderbolt is running jellybean, flawlessly might I add. ROOT people, get up and be free ROOT!!

        • Kevin

          Not all apps are available with root unfortunately, 2 of my most used apps are my banking application and sky go, both of which dont work if you have rooted your phone (even if you hide root), so sometimes this isn’t possible. Saying that I have a Nexus 4 so will always be on the latest version anyways! :)

          • John Holmes

            Oh wow, I didn’t know any Android apps cared about root, other than MobileIron. That is super lame, just like the iOS apps that won’t run on jailbroken devices.

      • john

        You are so ignorant! You can keep your jailphone and you doesn´t read the opinions of the people that every day see the difference. Android users can be updated by provider or root and install any android version.

        • mbkarki

          Call me ignorant but I have no doubt the Iphone is a jailphone. However, breaking the android jail is not easy either. Not a majority are as tech savvy as you guys are. I know what you said and I do play a lot with rooting stuff but I have not been able to root my LG Optimus 4x so far even after a few tries. Besides, installing a custom ROM may have its own security concerns and most of them are tampered with, I guess.

          • Ivan Budiutama

            Try Launcher, Nova Launcher (the free one is available) is highly recommended, it is clean, smooth as butter (even smoother on JB). You can even tweak the feel and changing themes are simple. Don’t like the look on the icons (GOD, have you seen the new photos and game icons on iOS 7)? Nova can change them individually (Prime, paid feature I’m afraid). No other prerequisite or rooting required. Try one, thank me later.

    • Joshua

      If you are not using iOS7, then multitasking is quite difficult to accomplish with iOS devices. The competition between these two companies is getting stiffer and tougher each day.

      • mobilemann

        (that’s total rubbish)

    • Jeremiah Burns

      A fair review. Basically it comes down to, “Sure, iOS is still playing catch-up in many respects. But at least they’re playing and therefore progressing.”

    • Thef

      Android suck!

      • xspirits

        So do you, sir… Or do you deserve a “sir”? hum..

      • George Av

        Your mom suck!

        • Anonymousfella

          Dont feed the troll, dude…

      • Nexus

        This guy is jealous because he has an iPhone.

    • Biavela

      AA guys, I prefer scrolling, just letting you know…

    • James Earley

      Playing catch up but let’s be honest, it still hasn’t caught up.

    • End in sight

      Nice review. I want to check our their new icons in more detail. These arguments over which is “better”, to me is a moot point. “Better” is relative and so android is better for some and iOS is better for some. Almost mm point in fighting.

      Here is one area that really irks me: the inability for iOS to talk nicely with non-iOS users and devices. Apple knows they have a minority for iOS and Mac OS. So why don’t they make it so their OS’s can easily shake hands with the Mallor majo majority outside the Apple ecosystem?

      Case in point: was visiting my folks who both have GS3s and love them. I have nexus devices. When we take photos, it is easy to share the raw photo files around. Then my brother and sis in law show up with two iphones. After they take a bunch of photos, I am them to please share them with me, but not via email. They are stuck. I am sure it must be possible and probably easy, but they can’t figure it out.

      If Apple were smart, they would make cheap end devices to capture market share. Then they should make their devices talk nicely with all other ecosystems. Then they would have a chance with places like China and India. As it stands now, they act childish, like some private club only for iOS users. Lame.

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      • Paolo Cervantes

        White Nexus 4 in mine!! with free bumper

      • YOSTA

        I GOT MINE! ;D

    • Chino Kairo Serrano

      It is true that iOS falls behind Android when it comes to features. But remember why many people are still sticking to iOS. Its because of the stability and smoothness of the operating system. And that’s what Android should have in order for it to be the king. I am a proud owner of a Galaxy S3 and I’m a little bit disappointed with its performance whenever I remember how powerful its hardware is. Android said that Jellybean will be fast and smooth. But why lags can be found everywhere? Maybe we can blame Touchwiz for that.

      • disqus_ckr7qVZNP0

        there’s no lag

      • Kash Gummaraju

        kinda late, but people stick with iOS since so many people use it. No one ever buys an Apple product because they actually “want” to, it’s due to societal influence and the need to find a group that they can associate themselves with.

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    • Simon Fearby

      When will the be available for all handsets? iOS 6.3 still works on the iPhone 3G, most androids cant run an OS newer than 6 months.

    • Abdullah

      I admit ios I much much faster and more stable tgan android ( im an s3 holder but previously had a 4s but its smooth because it has nothing no widgets no notification panel no futuristic features no nothing that’s why its stable and I prefer a cool features but slow os than a boring srable os