Android 4.2 Jelly Bean vs iOS 7

by: Adam KoueiderJune 11, 2013

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Airdrop uses Wi-Fi Direct to share photos with other iOS users.

Airdrop is a sharing feature which uses Wi-Fi direct to share photos between iOS users. If that sounds familiar it’s because Samsung released a similar feature with the Galaxy S3 called Group Share. Unfortunately, iOS’s lack of sharing functionality is still apparent in iOS 7, so there is no way to share to apps that aren’t Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, iMessage or Mail, straight from the photos app.

On the Android front, NFC and Android Beam allow you to easily share photos, music, websites, contact info and more by tapping the backs of devices together. However, Airdrop does offer the added functionality of being able to send photos to more than one person at a time, but NFC does allow you to share information with more than just Android devices.

Toggles/Control Center

iOS fans rejoice, quick toggles are now on iOS 7. Now you can quickly turn Wi-Fi on and off, adjust the brightness, mute the phone and more, all by swiping up from the bottom of the screen to unveil the Control Center. Android has had toggles for as long as I remember, but hey, better late than never, right?

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Photo Sphere

The easiest way to imagine what a Photo Sphere is to take a look at Google Maps Street View. Photo Sphere allows you to take 360° panorama photographs, which show off where you are and what you’re looking at. It’s a brilliant piece of software and is something you have to see to believe.

Multi-user support

iOS 7 did not add any multi-user support and this is still one place where Android surpasses iOS. Multi-user support is available on Android tablets running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and is perfect for separating work from play, sharing a tablet between partners and creating a playground for kids.


Wrap Up

iOS 7 definitely advances the iOS operating system and is a step in the right direction for iOS users and the mobile market as a whole. Something we should never forget is that competition sparks innovation.

We also shouldn’t forget that Android hasn’t had a major update since Ice Cream Sandwich in 2011. Both Jelly Bean updates have been relatively minor, yet still feature-packed updates. If the reports are correct, later this year, we could see Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie be unveiled, and then it starts to get really exciting.

Both iOS 7 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean are very capable operating systems and while iOS 7 was mostly playing catch up, features like intelligent multitasking are certainly interesting and I’m looking forward to checking it out.

What do you think of iOS 7? How does it compare to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean?

  • 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

  • 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:

  • 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