What Android has over iOS

June 10, 2013

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    Apple’s WWDC will be upon us in a few hours, and Apple hopes to reignite a stale iOS, after it has fallen behind Android in recent times. Join us as we take a look at all the reasons why Android is king of the mobile operating system world.

    Disclaimer: I do not absolutely, positively hate iOS. I think it’s a decent operating system, but I believe Android has surpassed iOS in terms of functionality and user experience. I own a 4th gen iPod Touch and a third generation iPad, and both devices are running the latest version of iOS 6.

    Sharing and Near Field Communications

    No matter how revolutionary iOS 7 can be, it can’t add technology which just isn’t there. A noticeable omission from the iPhone 5 was NFC, and while the technology hasn’t reached its full potential yet, it is still a valuable piece of technology.

    NFC has many uses, it can be used as a portable wallet, allowing you to pay with a single tap of your smartphone. There are also stickers which you can buy that can toggle settings or complete a number of actions. Another feature is sharing with a single tap. This feature allows you to quickly share files between devices, it can allow businessmen to share their business cards from phone to phone and also allows friends to quickly share their favorite pics.

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    Android also defeats iOS when it comes to sharing between other apps on the phone. For example, sharing a photo from the gallery application on iOS gives you the meager options to share to Facebook, Twitter or send it as an email. Android on the other hand allows you to share to a multitude of applications like Google Drive, Dropbox, any social network app you have, and many other applications.

    Default applications – I’m looking at you Apple Maps

    When you are sent a link for directions, iOS will direct you straight to Apple Maps even if you prefer Google Maps or another maps application. Android on the other hand, allows you to choose your favourite app to open a link.

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    Another feature where Android has the upper hand is keyboards. There are many keyboards in the Play Store, including favorites like Swiftkey and Swype, whereas Apple’s iOS only offers the standard iOS keyboard. These keyboards offer personalized auto-correct and adapt to your typing, giving you a much improved typing experience on a touch screen.

    Multitasking and multi-user support

    We aren’t going to get into too much depth on multitasking here, but it is a well known fact that Android has far superior multitasking capabilities than iOS. To put it in the most simplest terms Android offers multitasking which is akin to a desktop operating system, while iOS simply pauses an application when you leave it, putting it in a sort of suspended state.

    While Android allows you to have more than one applications open at a time (Samsung’s Multiview feature comes to mind), Apple is a firm believer in the one task at a time approach.

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    In Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google offered the ability to create multiple users on a tablet, perfect for sharing a tablet between partners, splitting work and play, and giving children a place for them to play games without them stumbling their way into your email. Apple currently offers no option to create multiple users on iOS.

    Hardware and software diversity

    Android offers multiple devices at multiple price points. Whether you are looking for a budget smartphone, a large-screen smartphone, a 7-inch tablet, even a connected camera, Android offers devices that span almost every part of the mobile market.

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    Tablet, smartphone or a connected camera, Android has them all.

    On the software front you have options for a feature packed OS in TouchWiz, a clean looking OS in Sense, as well all the other skins and custom ROMs. That’s without mentioning pure unadulterated stock Android, which offers timely updates and a pure Google experience. Apple still maintains its one size fits all mantra, even as the mobile market moves on and evolves.

    Launchers

    Another feature that Android has over iOS is launchers.

    Launchers allow you to change the look of your device without rooting your phone.

    Launchers allow you to change the look of your device without rooting your phone, allowing you to explore the world of Android without the risks that custom ROMs sometimes come with. Currently, there is no way to change the complete look of an iOS running device without jailbreaking.

    We recently took a look at all of the best launchers on Android, so to check out that article, click here.

    Custom ROMs and the developer community

    No doubt one of the biggest features of Android is the choice of custom ROMs that allow you to tweak and personalize your device to suit your exact needs. The fact that the Android developer community can create custom ROMs within weeks of the release of a new device is incredible, and is unrivalled in the mobile space.

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    Apple on the other hand, is always trying to lock its mobile operating system. It took 136 days for a jailbreak to appear for iOS 6 and the time it takes to jailbreak a new version of iOS always increases meaning iOS users could be in for an even longer wait for an iOS 7 jailbreak.

    Custom ROMs provide a lot of stimulus for innovation, for example Paranoid Android has been gaining plenty of recognition for its HALO feature.

    Widgets and Live Wallpapers

    Widgets and live wallpapers add a little bit of personal touch to your mobile user experience. Compared to iOS’s static rows of apps, Android allows you to delve into your information without opening any apps.

    Widgets can also toggle your settings, let you check the weather, your email and other bits and pieces of information. Then there are lock screen widgets, which give you access to all your favorite bits of information without needing to unlock your phone. We recently covered the best Android widgets and you can check them out in the video below.

    Notifications and toggles

    It’s safe to say Android is the best operating system when it comes to notifications.

    It’s safe to say Android is the best operating system when it comes to notifications.

     Android 4.1 Jelly Bean added expandable notifications, allowing you to see more information from an email or text message, and even reply to the email straight from the notifications bar. In fact Android’s notifications system is so good that Apple chose to use the notification bar in iOS 5, and will most likely take cues for notifications in iOS 7 as well.

    Toggles are also an invaluable element of Android, allowing you to toggle settings like Wi-Fi and data without opening up the settings app.

    Wrap up

    iOS 7 will no doubt improve and expand upon the currently limited operating system, but Apple is in quite a predicament. Change too much and it could risk losing its diehard users, change too little and those on the fence may choose to abandon ship to Android. Whatever Apple comes up with at WWDC, I for one hope that it can seriously challenge Android, because competition sparks innovation. However, at this current point in time, Android offers too much for iOS to be considered a superior mobile operating system.

    Can iOS catch up to Android? What do you think iOS 7 needs to surpass Android? Let us know in the comments below.

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    • milksop held

      What? Androids multitasking is just like ios’s, when I leave an app it pauses the only exception is if the app is running a process

      • vgergo

        Any app on Android may start any number of background services

      • Godsmack

        You’re dumb. Go try multi tasking on an android device again then come back to me. Idiot.

        • RarestName

          watch?v=taK5rtgbgAA

          • John Cummings

            Jailbroken iPhones sadly don’t count as true out-of-the box Multi-tasking.

            • RarestName

              My point is that Android doesn’t have all of the applications truly backgrounded, they have both types of multitasking! And that’s not a bad thing!

      • Rooney-

        Go home dude,you are drunk!!

      • Diabolic

        Nope it is much more like windows.

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        The only exception is when an app is running a service, as processes are the apps themselves. Any app can run any service, which lets it do what it wants in the background by keeping the necessary code loaded instead of the whole app. It’s not as true as OS like Symbian, MeeGo, etc where the entire app stays in background if needed, but it’s the closest to true multitasking. iOS simply does not allow an app to do anything in background, except run music, keep GPS running, or download something (even that has a limit).

    • vgergo

      I hope they will copy every good thing from Android, then add some more which then can come back to us soon. Ideas should not have any barriers. To hell with patents.

      Having said this, it does feel nice to be able to say we have the superior system with Android… We will see if that holds true tomorrow.

    • milksop held

      The only thing that iOS has over android is the apps, they’re just so much better( in general) and they often have many more exclusive apps. I really hope one day there is a fully functional iOS emulator for android. That would be awesome

      • vgergo

        iOS apps are dumbed down so much their simplicity makes them confusing. I miss sophisticated Windows Mobile apps. Fortunatelly some android apps still give you options and settings. I think it’s an advantage over brain dead minimalism.

        Have any of you used iGo navigation on Windows Mobile? It was so perfect. Then they made an iOS version, with eye-candy (iCandy) and probably 20% of the features (yes, we know the 20-80% rule, but somebody should think about us 20%). Then they ported that to Android. I miss the original with all the settings and features.

        • Daniel

          I think you’ve got the 20 80 rule backwards.

          • Harry

            ^ **diehardtechfan#1

        • Piyush

          I thought technology was to make life simpler not sophisticated , IOS is stale i understand that but confusing , nah , i am android fan but most people don’t even know how to use above features specially nfc.

          • Trent Richards

            Being able to toggle on and off things like wifi from a drop down quick menu is simpler than having to dig into a settings menu. Being able to go back to a previous page with a back button that is always in the same place is simpler than having to search for a back button that is unique to each app and sometimes nonexistent. I personally believe that Android is in fact simpler and easier to use even if you don’t want the extra features.

          • Trent Richards

            Being able to toggle on and off things like wifi from a drop down quick menu is simpler than having to dig into a settings menu. Being able to go back to a previous page with a back button that is always in the same place is simpler than having to search for a back button that is unique to each app and sometimes nonexistent. I personally believe that Android is in fact simpler and easier to use even if you don’t want the extra features.

            • Piyush

              yeah few things are simpler on android , but i know people why they use ios only because of apple consistency in ios devices.

            • Trent Richards

              Consistency with their own devices sure. I believe most people prefer consistency with market standards though. This is something Apple avoids like the plague.

            • mobilemann

              iOS can do both of those things, but why know anything about what you’re talking about?

            • Trent Richards

              Hey pal I am sure I have used more iOS devices than you as I am in IT support and work with iPhones and iPads almost daily. Before iOS 7 the ability to toggle quick settings from a drop down menu was not available. Thus the reason the “control panel” is a new feature to iOS 7. Also the back button functionality in iOS 6 and earlier was entirely dependent on developers coding it into their app. The OS itself has not had a back function until iOS 7. Now since iOS 7 has yet to be released on any iDevice, those features still aren’t available on iOS. I do my research before stating an opinion. I suggest you do the same.

            • mobilemann

              Hey kid, i’m level 3 for a fortune 20, so i very, very much doubt (considering i support like 20 ad agencies in NYC) that you handle more android and iOS devices than I do. that doesn’t matter. As for the back button, i was actually talking about the universal back swipe. There was no universal back button in iOS 6, just universal guidelines for iOS apps like always. while i do have a phone running iOS 7, I just thought it was quite humors that literally both your complaints are already solved.

              “I do my research before stating an opinion.”

              Then why state two “advantages” that have already been taken away with iOS 7? Why not talk about it’s real weak points like intents? iOS also got sbs settings around the time that the G1 was released; please don’t be patronizing.

            • Trent Richards

              First of all my comment that you replied to was posted before WWDC. Therefore at the time of posting, those features had not yet been revealed. Furthermore, you first make a condescending comment to me about “knowing what I am talking about” and then start this post off by calling me kid, yet you tell me “please don’t be patronizing”. As for my credentials, I am the senior support specialist at my site working for a very large international law firm who’s name I am prohibited from dropping on some Internet argument. I too support hundreds of users and some of them are also in NYC(which really means nothing).

            • mobilemann

              funny, as today is the 20th. your comment is 10 days old, and the keynote was on the 10th @ 10am:D it doesn’t matter though:D I called you kid cause you called me pal, guy. Considering how long ago the keynote was ~ i’m kinda surprised you didn’t expect a response like that. Well maybe not here, because it’s fanboy central. This is getting far to Meta. go respond to one of my other arguments, (above) and lets see how much you know:D

        • carlisimo

          It’s the opposite in games. All the high-end games, especially turn-based ones, seem to be iOS-exclusive. As a result I’ll probably stick to Android phones alongside an iPad.

        • mobilemann

          wow,

          as someone who used windows mobile 5.5 through 6.5, you’ve got to be fucking joking.

          and i used tomtom on both platforms. I just know the iOS one doesn’t crash, has smaller file sizes and was way easier to setup. (there was setup for the windows mobile version)

          You take better drugs than i do

          • vgergo

            Okay, let me know how to restrict POI searches along a planned route. Can you enter unlimited number of via points and then have the application sort them into the optimal order? How about switching away from the navigation app to any other and still have the turn by turn announced. Not to mention driving speed dependent device volume, ability to mark roads blocked to exclude them from routing. I haven’s seen offline adaptive route planning and speed estimates which molds to your driving habbits over time. And there were many more. Yes, we can live without any of these features – that was my premise – but I loved to have these as options and used them.

            • mobilemann

              wow, and lol.

              First:

              Your first example isn’t exclusive to iOS or Android, or any API etc. those are functions of a mapping app. You think that can’t be integrated into tomtom, garmin, google maps, here maps, etc? (chances are POI searching is done the same way on those app’s, i just don’t know for sure, and i’m not a stupid little kid who talks about stuff he hasn’t used, like you:D) as for switching to another app and still having directions through notifications, it’s the same on iOS, you still get directions through the notification bar, it’s persistent. (this is a great example of why your comment is totally inappropriate, you know fuck all about iOS)

              Second:

              Offline adaptive road planning has been easy for iOS users since tomtom was released in 08 or 09. (it has full country maps stored within itself) So, again, sorry, and again, why the fuck are you commenting on stuff you clearly know nothing about? are you also so incredibly ignorant of iOS features that you didn’t see iOS 7′s car mode?

              You could have picked a worse subject, but not by much. This is like shooting paralyzed fish in a small barrel.

    • MasterMuffin

      “Can iOs catch up to Android” Nope

      • Guest

        Android needs to slow down to do that. Sorry.

      • Diabolic

        Android needs to slow down and wait for ios to do that. Sorry.

        • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

          Google has run out of ideas that’s why there was no android 4.3 at this years I/O LOL they are waiting to copy Apple again.

          • Adonis

            My friend, you are truly ignorant. Google released android 4.0.x in December 2011, android 4.1.x in July 2012, and android 4.2.x in November 2012. They are releasing android 4.3.x in the next few weeks, judging by recent rumors That’s more frequent that any IOS release (offering new features, not fixing bugs like the Apple maps fail). What exactly have they copied from IOS? Could it be photosphere? Daydream screensavers? Multitasking apps? Multiple user accounts? The most powerful and intuitive actionable notification center on any mobile platform today? A native music streaming service? Widget support? Perhaps NFC capablities? Open access bluetooth? I could go on, but with a comment like that, you’re probably a lost cause already. So please keep enjoying that outdated, extremely limited single icon user interface that you love so much…but before commenting, do your homework.

            • Seth Forbus

              You are my hero Adonis

            • Brandon Wright

              I love how his name is IhateHipsters, but he uses the OS of choice for hipsters.

            • Trent Richards

              I called him on the same thing a few weeks ago. The truth is, this guy is literally only on AA to troll.

            • mobilemann

              dude, Android (really samsung) is the hipster choice, and has been since about 2012

            • nishantsirohi123

              no it isn’t just google about hipsters and how much iphone means to them

            • mobilemann

              is that english? I just thought sammy was the new hipster brand. I live in williamsburg, so i would fucking know.

            • Trent Richards

              So you live in Williamsburg but work in NYC that is 6.5 hours away? You are just full of lies! Ok so next you will say that you work in Williamsburg but support companies in NYC. Ok so that means remote support, meaning that you don’t actually touch any of their mobile devices. So either you are lying about where you live, where you work, or touching all those mobile devices as a “level 3″. It is becoming very clear that you are nothing but troll.

            • mobilemann

              Next time, i suggest you ask before making yourself look like a giant idiot. Williamsburg is not just in VA. It is also a section in Brooklyn, like Green Point, (which is queens imo) or Red Hook, or Park Slope. Also, yeah, i’m not sure if anywhere in VA would be hipster central. That thing between your ears is useful. Try it out.

            • Trent Richards

              It is ok to be wrong sometimes. In fact, being able to admit when you are wrong is a great trait to have. This isn’t something I would expect a personality like you to grasp though. You see, you seem to think that you are above all others on the Internet. Every single word that you post screams “I am never wrong and anyone that disagrees with me is an idiot”. You pretty much call everyone on AA a bunch of idiots on almost every post and you expect people to take you seriously. You have the audacity to call other people trolls when they call you out on your behavior. I see other people call you out on it as well and you just call them idiots too. In fact, have you even made a post on here that is the calling someone an idiot? I made a statement about somethings Android had in it that iOS didn’t in an article that was talking about iOS 6 before iOS 7 was released. You respond to me very rudely(seriously was Steve Jobs you boyfriend or something, because you act like people are insulting your family whenever someone says anything about Apple) and completely out of context. So the question remains, why do you come to AA? You clearly don’t agree with the authors on this site or the community that comments on it. You clearly believe we are all idiots. So why come here to read “stupid articles” and discuss with “idiots”?

            • mobilemann

              Of course it’s ok to be wrong sometimes. we simply have different thresholds for trolling and truth. for example. You are incredibly upset i’ve called you a half wit and an idiot. I trolled you because you had no idea RE: iOS what you were talking about. Ever since then you have whined about your feelings and not gotten back on anything i actually called you out on.

              If you think i’m that awful and mean, don’t reply to my posts every 6 min:D

              Since you’ve read my post history, then you should know my next phone is the note 3, so maybe i’m here to see leaks of that? Or perhaps talk to other like minded dual platform users who don’t need to extend their ego via their smartphone.

            • Trent Richards

              I bow to your greatness.

            • mobilemann

              You forgot on your now 3rd edit of this post, to remove the end bit. And the information was revealed the same day you posted it, (probably after, but neither can prove that;D) I don’t know why you bother either. But it was fun verbally destroying your posts.

            • Trent Richards

              This was actually my first edit of this post. The first draft simply said “I bow to your greatness” and I didn’t forget to remove it. Not sure where you think you destroyed my posts. Do you think calling me names wins you some sort of points? The fact is, you haven’t said anything to disprove anything I have said. You did make a couple points that contradict mine, however you failed to discredit my points. Anytime that I responded to your points I was met by nothing but name calling and what I equate to a child holding his ears and yelling “I’m right and your wrong”. You think that calling me names such as idiot and half wit is somehow making me feel bad or hurting my feelings. I would have to first care in the least about your opinion of me, and then would have to consider you someone of better than average intelligence, which is something you have yet to convince me of.

            • mobilemann

              The thing is, throughout this, i wasn’t trying to convince you of my greatness, or intelligence. i was trolling you, looking to get a reaction. I won because you respond with anger, at nauseating length. At first i was just correcting you, but your a smug, arrogant little man, who has more in common with his perception of apple users then he does real android users, so why not play games? I’m off to talk to people about tech. You may fill out your internet butthurt report here: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=internet+butthurt+report

            • Trent Richards

              Haha man you really do think you are something special. First of all, you have yet to get an angry reaction from me. I would like to point out that it is you that has been calling names and cussing me out. Looks to me like you are angry. You don’t have to tell me that you have been trolling me, that is pretty obvious. I do think it is humorous that your are proud of this as it shows how small of a person you are. Calling me smug and arrogant is just hilarious. I don’t think I have seen an ounce of humility in any of your posts to me or anyone else on this site. I always love watching the anonymity of the Internet bring out the best in people. Keep on trying to make yourself feel cool by showing complete lack of respect for others.

            • mobilemann

              lol, i can feeeeeel the indignation you responded to over my use of the words smug and arrogant, you play like a harp. You still don’t understand the game your playing:D You have my pity:D And it’s not others, it’s just for you big man:D

            • Trent Richards

              Heh you still going on? Sorry man everything you say just comes across like this.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5tWT6I1GvY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

            • mobilemann

              you finally get it! Only took 18 posts. *recommended*

            • smokebomb

              Arlington/Alexandria, VA are pretty hipstery.

            • Cal Rankin

              I almost see the Nexus line as the choice for hipsters. Them or people who absolutely LOVE vanilla Android

            • Genesoid

              Funny. If Android is so powerful and innovative, why are 30-40% of the users on 2.3 – 4.0? I mean, shouldn’t Google, samsung, htc, lg, sony, acer, asus, and the rest of the android superfriends be able to present users with the latest and greatest user interface?? Since there are so innovative, right?

              Also, its so funny that how the”outdated, extremely limited single icon user interface” is on a phone and a tablet that no single android device has yet to catch in sells, U.S. or worldwide. Oh, and don’t use the whole GS4, Samsung counts units shipped, not units sold.

              There are many holes in your argument but as you stated “you’re probably a lost cause already.”

              I have a G Note 2 and an iPad and I can appreciate the subtle nuances of both OSes.

            • Genesoid

              Funny. If Android is so powerful and innovative, why are 30-40% of the users on 2.3 – 4.0? I mean, shouldn’t Google, samsung, htc, lg, sony, acer, asus, and the rest of the android superfriends be able to present users with the latest and greatest user interface?? Since there are so innovative, right?

              Also, its so funny that how the”outdated, extremely limited single icon user interface” is on a phone and a tablet that no single android device has yet to catch in sells, U.S. or worldwide. Oh, and don’t use the whole GS4, Samsung counts units shipped, not units sold.

              There are many holes in your argument but as you stated “you’re probably a lost cause already.”

              I have a G Note 2 and an iPad and I can appreciate the subtle nuances of both OSes.

            • Trent Richards

              Last I checked sales reflects good marketing rather than innovation. Apple has a genius marketing department. Samsung has the best marketing of the Android OEMs and therefore sells the most Android devices. Has nothing to do with who is more innovative. Compare Android and iOS side by side and it is obvious where the innovation is.

            • Adama Simmons

              Air Gestures…..ahem! thats not innovative?

            • Trent Richards

              Where did I say anything about Samsung not being innovative? I simply said that innovation is not what drives sales. A company can have innovative ideas flowing out of their ears but if they don’t market their products well, most of the world will never know about those innovative ideas. Marketing drives sales, not innovation.

            • mobilemann

              the only thing in my workflow that i can’t do is torrent. Enlighten me as to what people are missing.

            • nishantsirohi123

              ok here’s a list

              1. bluetooth file share
              2. expandable memory(i have the options)
              3. screen size options (anything from 3.5 inch to 6.3 inches)
              4. hardware keyboards (yes there are still options with android devices)
              5. drag and drop files
              6. a proper file manager
              7. Swype type keyboard

            • mobilemann

              idiot comment, by idiot, is idiotic.

              bt apps exist with full file transfers, it’s not native, it’s an app. It works great, i’ve used it. Again, why are you talking shit about stuff you know nothing about?

              memory? Can you install apps on it? Is it the same as your internal store? I have a microsd 64gb too, though, and it’s a very valid response, though, i really enjoy not having to move music between my phones. However, it’s kinda bullshit again for the second reason that only samsung supports this these days, of the major OEMs.

              screen size options, aren’t black and white either. Want 3.5″? You’re not getting quad core, or several other features etc. But this is true, and this is the main reason i prefer android to iOS for my phones.

              you can drag and drop files with iOS. There’s a million apps that let you mount it to a desktop, or you can do it through another mobile, etc. Stuff you would know if you fucking used it.

              and there are probably 20 file managers in iOS. If you had bothered to read my posts, i talk about specific ones. No, i don’t have root, but i don’t on my s3 until i actually root it. (don’t worry, i run nightlies past rc5 of cm10.1)

              lol @ you kids.

            • On a Clear Day

              I don’t think Apple so much designs devices as it does marketing plans designed to rope people into them – via draconian control over their ecosystems so that all monetary roads lead to Apple – as well as making their stuff as incompatible as possible (an old Sony trick) with every other manufacturers on the planet.

              If Apple were a kid in a school yard it would be the one you want to stay away from because it would be trying to take all of your marbles from you and leave you with none. LOL

              This may be why the insist on a one size must fit all . If you are designing a multiplicity of devices to fit a lot of peoples needs it means you have to seriously care about innovation and designing something new to meet different price points and needs. That’s a whole lotta work and gets in the way of money management and harder to maintain a hot air balloon buoyed up by and filled with ephemeral, marketing gasses.

            • Trent Richards

              Last I checked sales reflects good marketing rather than innovation. Apple has a genius marketing department. Samsung has the best marketing of the Android OEMs and therefore sells the most Android devices. Has nothing to do with who is more innovative. Compare Android and iOS side by side and it is obvious where the innovation is.

            • Adama Simmons

              Jellybean Android 4.2 is the newest and accounts for 33% of Android users today. Get your facts straight before running off at the mouth iSheep.

            • mobilemann

              lol @adamasimmons:disqus

              Have trouble reading? 33% is 4.1 and 4.2 added together. 4.2 alone, is 4%.

              36.4% (or right in the middle of what he’s saying,) still run Gingerbread.

              http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html

              get your facts straight before running off at the mouth, idiot.

            • nishantsirohi123

              don’t you speak of updates
              android devices even when getting left behind, are honest about it, besides the rooting option is always there(if you love your device so much, so as not to change it for years)
              the iphone 4 shall not receive even 80% of the features of the iOS7 and yet it is called an “update”

              thats not an update, thats just a feature pack

              even the “oh so evil” Microsoft is honest about the WP7.x devices, when it announced that with WP7.8 update the devices shall get the WP8 interface but shall remain on the WP7

            • mobilemann

              “the iphone 4 shall not receive even 80% of the features of the iOS7 and yet it is called an “update”"

              lol~ again, why do you make me defend apple? You paint at most again, 25% of the picture. first tell me what the iphone 4 isn’t getting. (i had to google it myself) It’s airdrop and camera filters. You seriously think that cripples this update? Because that’s crazy.

              As for that being a push to make people upgrade to the newest devices ie airdrop, i would love for you to tell me how to enable wifi direct on hardware that was built before it was a standard. Also, it’s more than just a number, it’s the API’s in the background, which allow the device to run newer 3rd party software that’s important. It extends the life of these phones greatly, and allows dev’s to target much much newer versions of iOS without being penalized, like they are in android. (loosing 2.3 compatibility looses you 35% of the entire market. etc)

              learn something

            • mobilemann

              why do you consistently compare Android to iOS? You don’t know nearly enough about iOS to do this.

            • Cal Rankin

              Lots of us know about iOS, and therefore we can make an educated decision to use either platform

            • Adama Simmons

              Amen my friend! Amen!

            • AL

              You’re soo right! My only big “negative” about the system is that I can’t keep up with it! My phone is running the “ancient” 4.1 version. I’ll never be able to catch up. Meanwhile, one guy at work is going to ditch his Iphone 5 when his contract expires because he’s sick of Apple overpromising and failing to deliver. Out of 10 co-workers, only 3 use the iPhone and another is considering dropping the IOS platform too.

          • jake from State Farm

            It is more likely that Google knew that apple would be releasing this so they waited so that after ios7 was announced and copied androids feature then they could unveil a new android version with newer better features that blows ios away once again.

          • gtaguy333

            your name says it all ..

          • Diabolic

            FUCK YEAH SEAKING.

            It is ironic to see that post after Apple copied Android 4.x and iOS 7 became Anrdoid. I’m grinning here.

          • Diabolic

            FUCK YEAH SEAKING.

            It is ironic to see that post after Apple copied Android 4.x and iOS 7 became Anrdoid. I’m grinning here.

          • Sree
      • Harry

        do you really believe that Apple with its superior resources; in terms of sheer man power and 40 years of experience in coding and UI design and development, the power and stability of the xnu kernel and all that money, money and more money can’t un-hide true multitasking or add support for widgets and swipe-able notifications?? it is out of pure ignorance and arrogance that iOS continues to be the grandpa-safe OS that it is today. Apple could catch up to and perhaps surpass the current Android experience in a single iOS update – its just a matter of whether it has become a priority for them or not. at the end of the day they account for 30% of smart phones shipped yet command almost 70% of the industry profits. they can do whatever they want really – no matter how angry it makes us tech nerds who jump on android fan site comment boards to air our grievances. we’re a niche crowd who in the big picture mean very little to their bottom line.

        • Trent Richards

          First off there is a big difference between if they can and if they will. Secondly, do you really think that Apple is so far superior to Google that they could surpass their latest version of Android in one update? You are fooling yourself if you do.

          • Harry

            thats a matter of how comprehensive the update…if you recall it took a single android update for that platform to surpass iOS a couple of years ago with the release of ICS. and yes when you are already a much larger conglomerate, with a much larger IP portfolio and with much deeper pockets – if there is in fact anything that you can’t build yourself you can buy it. that’s not to say that google can’t do the same… like i said they surpassed iOS in one swoop just 2 years ago. when you’re as big as these two companies are its not hard to play “can you top this?” over and over.

            • Trent Richards

              In my honest opinion, Android was superior to iOS when it was revealed in Oct of 2007. It may not have run as smoothly, but the UI was already more friendly and the feature list was longer. For instance, you could install apps on Android where iOS didn’t have that feature until 5 months later in March of 2008. It wasn’t nearly as far ahead of iOS as it is now, especially considering iOS was smoother on screen swiping and the such, but it has been widening the gap ever since.

            • carlisimo

              Didn’t the first Android phone go on sale in late 2008?

            • Trent Richards

              Yes, however Android was revealed in Oct of 2007 fully functional(Apple announced the development of the new feature to install apps later that same month). It took OEMs until 2008 to put a product out running Android.

            • mobilemann

              no it wasn’t, “fully funcitonal” It was alpha, it didn’t have a fucking keyboard. it didn’t have android market until 23 September 2008, didn’t get widgets until 2009. You couldn’t be more full of shit.

            • Trent Richards

              Wow man you sure are emotional for someone that claims to hold such a high position at some big shot company in NYC! Where did I say anything about the app market or widgets in this conversation? You really shouldn’t let people’s opinions get you so worked up, it isn’t healthy.

            • mobilemann

              wouldn’t fully functional include a keyboard? Also, if anyone, clearly i’ve hit the nerve; it’s cool, you’ll get over it.

            • mobilemann

              the android beta wasn’t even out in Oct of 2007. The Android beta was released on 5 November 2007, anything before that was alpha. So cute that you talk about beta features, but i’n another post, you call me out for talking iOS 7 beta features. Thanks for confirming your just another one of those kids who hates things based on brand.

              also, why has google spent the last two revisions working on project butter? You’re a cheerleader. Nothing more.

            • Trent Richards

              Actually I called you out on trashing me for not knowing or mentioning features that had yet to be revealed at the time of my posting. That is all.

            • mobilemann

              to be fair, how was i to know? you posted them the day of wwdc; it easily looked like you just didn’t know. I despise cheerleaders; as i’ve said before, i do enjoy my ipad mini, but my gs3 is my main phone. Also, re “emotional reaction”: read your post, kid. :D

          • anthonyakl

            So true…

          • anthonyakl

            So true…

          • woahkthere

            Yes, and with half the bugs each Google point release has.

          • woahkthere

            Yes, and with half the bugs each Google point release has.

        • MasterMuffin

          They COULD. Hell, they could even drop iOs and go for Android, but they won’t, unless they get some fresh people with fresh ideas. Aaand if money was the key, WP would be the best mobile Os…

      • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

        Hopefully android can catch up to IOS in fluidity some day. Plus the iPhone 5 has superior multitasking, where as android needs to reload the apps when switching. Sad really.

        • MasterMuffin

          Come on, some people get really mad because of your trolling. Go back to hating hipsterssssss, plz :)

        • Adonis

          The trolling really does get irritating. Do you really consider IOS app-switching as multitasking? Really man? Really? This is android multitasking- absolute complete fluidity. Try getting this on IOS! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI4ZEhlsX-Y

          • mobilemann

            What a idiot comment! iOS multi tasks really well. It’s implementation as far as i’ve ever seen is superior. My gs3 has 2gb of ram, but still, when i pause simpsons tapped out, just like on my iphone, i have to re-log in when i come back to it. Same with temple run 2 unless (just like my iphone) i’m not using my phone that much that day.

            There are only upsides, which is battery life. And honestly, iOS 7′s new multi tasking features are pretty genius. The phone actually learns your usage habits for your apps, and pre-updates them before you use them in the background it’s one of those rare cases where apple actually out googled google. This is totally something they would have done.

            But by all means, keep being a cheerleader. It’s not at all disgusting.

            • nishantsirohi123

              you do not have a galaxy S3

              you are still sucking on your iphone4 that you got free on a 2 years contract

            • mobilemann

              I do own a galaxy s3, and a gnex, and a s2. I even have the no lemon fucking 7000 mah battery for my s3.

              But yeah, someone who doesn’t like a bunch of stupid know nothing kids trashing a platform he likes (i own an ipad mini too) doesn’t mind smiting trolls while schooling idiots, like you!

        • Trent Richards

          Is there serious not a point where trolling gets you banned from this site or disqus?

          • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

            Stating facts isn’t trolling.

            • Trent Richards

              I wish I could find one fact that you have ever posted.

      • mobilemann

        What a stupid article followed by stupid commenters. Anyone who isn’t bi platform is a technological luddite, like the writers of this pathetic article.

        iOS has just as big of a aftermarket dev community, the jailbreak scene is massive, and un fragmented, unlike the Rom community, who all faction off into their own worlds of the phones they own. I’ve done lots of fun hacking with my iOS devices, for example, i’ve never seen anyone else control their plex library through google now as i’ve done with my siri proxy server.

        Android has the best notifications, easily, but it blows compared to iOS at user control over notifications. You can’t say, make an app just show up on the lock screen, or the notification bar, it’s all or none. And having to go into the app info for each to turn off notifications for obtrusive apps (of which there are more of on android) is far slower than iOS’s method, which puts them all in one spot for user security.

        App permissions is another massive place android could learn about iOS. CM’s incognito mode is a stupid way around the situation that will be supported only by the roms based on CM (of which there are plenty) iOS style, is easily better, being able to revoke apps permissions at any times, makes me feel better than on iOS, when i install free apps, they aren’t just immediately scraping my contacts and location.

        shall we talk about find my iphone? the incomplete project butter?

        I guess the question is can either of them catch up to each other, unless your a what i consider, a little bitch with a skint knee.

        But what do i know? I only use my (funnily enough; android as i roll with a gs3 i747 running cm10 nightlies, which have actually been really good past rc5) phone for real tasks, starting backups, resetting passwords, VNC and RDP over VPN, monitoring my ip cam network, ssh’ing into older boxes / my apple tv to run updates.

        mean while all these kids talking shit about what they know dick about flash fucking roms to update their G+ or FB status.

        Real fucking nerds don’t have alliances they test everything to actually learn stuff; technology is not a team sport.

        grats to 99% of you guys on being complete fucking tools.

        • MasterMuffin

          Funny how internet is full of people who are always smarter and better than others. I didn’t get the point of your comment though, a little summary please?

          • mobilemann

            my point is they are ahead of each other in many area’s, and it’s not black and white.

            funny how these articles are always written by people who know fuck all about the platforms they are comparing android too, and it’s a greater shame to see people cheerleading for brands.

            I by no means think i’m better than you by the way, or anyone else, however, I actually use both platforms, and from the comments i’ve seen… i’m pretty assured about the other side:D

            But if you need to be told your personal gadgets are the best to feel good about yourself, then you’ve earned something else. My pity.

            • MasterMuffin

              Oka. I agree that iOs has some parts that are better compared to Android. That’s all I agree with, not in the mood to write long comments :)

    • RarestName

      I want something like Background Manager on Android :)

      • Trent Richards

        Doesn’t Background Manager simply give iOS multitasking similar to Android?

        • RarestName

          Per-app configuration, auto launch when closed, auto launch on boot, gesture to activate/deactivate true backgrounding and so on.

          • Trent Richards

            I see. Those would be some nice features to have on Android. Perhaps an app that could handle that.

          • Trent Richards

            I see. Those would be some nice features to have on Android. Perhaps an app that could handle that.

    • htcrap

      ios can copy up android but not catch up.

    • Hoggles

      iOS is so far behind Android… I love my iPad3, but the lack of common sense features in iOS is truly laughable. It seems geared toward small children and seniors.

      • anthonyakl

        i bought an ipad2 for 4yo kid to play around.coz its simple.

      • anthonyakl

        i bought an ipad2 for 4yo kid to play around.coz its simple.

        • mobilemann

          i do the same administration on both platforms. I use the same apps. They both have settings apps. What is so hard about android? placing a widget?

    • Reluctant Android user
      • End in sight

        Don’t be such pompous ass. Design is the preference of the user so it is all relative. Apple design is good for those who like it. Personally, I find Apple hardware unnecessary overkill, and the software non-intuitive. But it works for others, so to each his own.

      • End in sight

        Don’t be such pompous ass. Design is the preference of the user so it is all relative. Apple design is good for those who like it. Personally, I find Apple hardware unnecessary overkill, and the software non-intuitive. But it works for others, so to each his own.

    • Adam Blakey

      So many people bitching about what system is better… Look, I like Android purely because of the way I can tweak the little things so easily – for most people, they wouldn’t need any of that

    • Mandude123

      LOL!!!! OMFG NFC as an excuse? really bro? iOS fallen behind android? Lets get current version of broke-droid on more than 60% of its install base then we’ll talk about who has fallen behind whom.

    • Mandude123

      LOL!!!! OMFG NFC as an excuse? really bro? iOS fallen behind android? Lets get current version of broke-droid on more than 60% of its install base then we’ll talk about who has fallen behind whom.

      • swannanoa72

        Well, the current release of iOS says it all.

    • Leo

      IOS sucks

    • Leo

      IOS sucks

    • Someone with a Galaxy S4

      iOS sucks! Android is the best!

    • Someone with a Galaxy S4

      iOS sucks! Android is the best!

    • anthonyakl

      ios is a selfish os…they are not design to share…they just keep it to themselves.lol

    • anthonyakl

      ios is a selfish os…they are not design to share…they just keep it to themselves.lol

    • Christof

      I think apple should cue the fog

    • Christof

      I think apple should cue the fog

    • http://www.sk1wbw.wordpress.com/ Wayne Williams

      NFC is not an Android feature, it’s a hardware feature. It’s been around before Android believe it or not and you still can’t use it everywhere. And hardware diversity is not an Android feature, that’s a hardware feature. Screen sizes are not an inherent feature of Android. Yes, Android has widgets, but I do not like them. They take up too much screen space. And notifications are not better in Android. You can’t setup notifications the same way on an app by app basis like you can in iOS. You can’t get popups on sms messages on Android like you can on iOS, for instance. It’s not a built in function, yes you can get them from apps, but iOS supports it in the OS. Live wallpapers are nothing more than a gimmick that eats your battery. Sure they’re cool to look at, but they provide nothing to the core functionality of Android. There’s two main features that I miss from iOS that Android does not support out of the box. Proper backups and restores, which purely suck on Android, and also app badges. I’d rather have that than widgets. Widgets just take up too much screen space and they eat the battery.

      • clell

        Thats because you dont have the screen rea estate for widgets on a idevice. Of course you’d hate them. The screen is too small for them to be useful. Geez.

      • Timmy

        You are correct that NFC is a hardware feature and it’s not used everywhere but it’s growing in popularity. I guess it won’t be “cool” until iOS support it too?
        http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2013/04/01/534908/10026935/en/Learn-About-the-Growing-NFC-Ecosystem-and-the-Road-to-Mass-Market-Adoption-at-the-NFC-Solutions-Summit-2013.html

        You are correct that screen sizes are not an inherent feature of Android but is one (OK, two) size fits all the best approach? I switched from iOS to Android because the iPhone was too small as have many others. I learned about many of the other features listed in this article and am glad I switched.

        Yes, those 1×1 widgets I use for running custom apps and functions like AutoSMS, ScreenFilter and traffic (esimated time to my destination) take up a lot of room on my screen. Some of those widgets are (gasp!) 2 x 1!!!!! I also like how I can read email, tweet, read Facebook, etc etc without ever opening the app. Yea, I see now why you would rather take extra steps to do all these things….much more efficient.

        Actually, you can setup notifications on an app by app basis in Android. Pop-up functionality for SMS is not built into the OS but Android offers you the ability to set it how you want it. What if I don’t want pop-up SMS notifications? The point here is that Android gives you a choice so whatever is not built into the OS can be added on.

        Live wallpapers are freaking fantasitc!!! How can you not like them? Actually, they are gimmicky, kinda like an iPhone.

        Yes, Android does not have the same backup/restore option OOB as iOS. There are apps with different options but clearly you don’t like options. There’s also an app for app badges but Andoird does offer mail and SMS app badges OOB. Of course, again, there are apps that give you this and then some but we all know how you don’t like choices. Personally, I hate app badges and disable them any chance I get. But see, there again is that choice word. I “get” to choose with Android. I can have widgets AND app badges if I want.

      • john

        First, You must buy an Android phone (Sony, HTC, Samsung) and I can learn to use a real OS, later You could compare the benefits. It seems that you ignore about the apps and pay for the best.
        You are talking about hardware but you don´t know of that,NFC born with Android,and it works with bluetooth but apple actually doesn´t know for what is that.

    • http://www.sk1wbw.wordpress.com/ Wayne Williams

      NFC is not an Android feature, it’s a hardware feature. It’s been around before Android believe it or not and you still can’t use it everywhere. And hardware diversity is not an Android feature, that’s a hardware feature. Screen sizes are not an inherent feature of Android. Yes, Android has widgets, but I do not like them. They take up too much screen space. And notifications are not better in Android. You can’t setup notifications the same way on an app by app basis like you can in iOS. You can’t get popups on sms messages on Android like you can on iOS, for instance. It’s not a built in function, yes you can get them from apps, but iOS supports it in the OS. Live wallpapers are nothing more than a gimmick that eats your battery. Sure they’re cool to look at, but they provide nothing to the core functionality of Android. There’s two main features that I miss from iOS that Android does not support out of the box. Proper backups and restores, which purely suck on Android, and also app badges. I’d rather have that than widgets. Widgets just take up too much screen space and they eat the battery.

      • clell

        Thats because you dont have the screen rea estate for widgets on a idevice. Of course you’d hate them. The screen is too small for them to be useful. Geez.

      • Timmy

        You are correct that NFC is a hardware feature and it’s not used everywhere but it’s growing in popularity. I guess it won’t be “cool” until iOS support it too?
        http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2013/04/01/534908/10026935/en/Learn-About-the-Growing-NFC-Ecosystem-and-the-Road-to-Mass-Market-Adoption-at-the-NFC-Solutions-Summit-2013.html

        You are correct that screen sizes are not an inherent feature of Android but is one (OK, two) size fits all the best approach? I switched from iOS to Android because the iPhone was too small as have many others. I learned about many of the other features listed in this article and am glad I switched.

        Yes, those 1×1 widgets I use for running custom apps and functions like AutoSMS, ScreenFilter and traffic (esimated time to my destination) take up a lot of room on my screen. Some of those widgets are (gasp!) 2 x 1!!!!! I also like how I can read email, tweet, read Facebook, etc etc without ever opening the app. Yea, I see now why you would rather take extra steps to do all these things….much more efficient.

        Actually, you can setup notifications on an app by app basis in Android. Pop-up functionality for SMS is not built into the OS but Android offers you the ability to set it how you want it. What if I don’t want pop-up SMS notifications? The point here is that Android gives you a choice so whatever is not built into the OS can be added on.

        Live wallpapers are freaking fantasitc!!! How can you not like them? Actually, they are gimmicky, kinda like an iPhone.

        Yes, Android does not have the same backup/restore option OOB as iOS. There are apps with different options but clearly you don’t like options. There’s also an app for app badges but Andoird does offer mail and SMS app badges OOB. Of course, again, there are apps that give you this and then some but we all know how you don’t like choices. Personally, I hate app badges and disable them any chance I get. But see, there again is that choice word. I “get” to choose with Android. I can have widgets AND app badges if I want.

    • freewheeler

      What about browserspeed and the battery?

    • freewheeler

      What about browserspeed and the battery?

    • john

      No more words… Android is more powerful, nice, configurable, complete and more (that IOs) but one word IS FREE. That word is unknown for the owners of IOs because they are so ignorant and they need some very simple and easy…as simple and blocked that It would be destined for a child or an famous person

    • john

      No more words… Android is more powerful, nice, configurable, complete and more (that IOs) but one word IS FREE. That word is unknown for the owners of IOs because they are so ignorant and they need some very simple and easy…as simple and blocked that It would be destined for a child or an famous person

    • Faisal Jafar

      Android has the freedom
      like copy and paste and delete no iTunse requird
      good bluetooth

    • Faisal Jafar

      Android has the freedom
      like copy and paste and delete no iTunse requird
      good bluetooth

    • Alu Zeros

      Love android but it needs to clean up its lockscreen widgets, and their control center for toggles is the most annoying location, why not put it straight in the notification center or an easier gesture to access.

    • K

      Guys, there are so many truths here, like iOS 7 is a ripoff from Android… But trust me, doing tech business is not only about having the latest technologies in your stock.

      Just imagine an arbitrary someone, say a laywer, needs a new phone. He has absolute no idea what fancy words like “NFC”, “AirDrop”, “multitasking”, or “widget” means, which one would he choose: an iPhone or an Android? Who cares about iOS is years behind? As long as the *it works*, nothing else matters . Nothing else, really, from his perspective. And being busy with his job, he obviously doesn’t have time to troll around the web, reading thru this long list of comments, most of which don’t make any sense to him anyway. You can say what you want about Apple, but its market never shrinks too small because there are so many out there willing to pay more instead of spending a few hours learning how to use his phone [wait, WHY should someone have to learn how to use his phone?]. Seriously, some don’t even know how to use Google properly. By the way, they are ignorant in tech doesn’t mean they are ignorant *people*. That lawyer above is very likely enjoying a 6-digit salary. He is just smart enough to know where to spend his precious time and effort.

      Regarding copying, it’s not that bad (OK, I am not discussing in terms of ethics, or business — there are simply too many ways to define what is “right” and “wrong” here — I mean, as a *user*), since it makes innovations available to a wider audience. If that guy who invented transistor (assuming you know what it is) was selfish and kept the invention to himself, what would our world look like today? That lighter, that knife, clothes, cars, everything… you use everyday were certainly not made by one single person or company. Truth is, someone copied an idea from someone else, improved it (even just a little bit), and *be copied* by another someone else… No ideas are really truly “original” since they are all borrowed and modified. We all stand on giant’s shoulders, and that’s what we should do, if we don’t want to be at the same spot in the next 1000 years.

      Apple may have ripped off Android, but one thing everyone must agree: it has brought those so-called latest innovations to its huge user base, which are mostly non-technical people who are too busy with their lives (as opposed to “with their phones”) to find out these innovations themselves. Yeah they’ve probably been there on Android for years, but there are those who spend less than an hour a week to visit Google Play, leaving alone some random websites with some super-complex instructions using all sort of Android jargons. Inventing is one thing, whether inventions actually reach end-user is another matter.

      A note: I write apps on both iOS and Android. I am not an iOS fan and I don’t despise Android, it’s a matter of taste I believe. But I **do** despise Android development, it is a f**king joke compared to iOS development.

      • Trent Richards

        Indeed the large bulk of the attorneys that I support use iOS devices simply because it is what they know. The more tech savvy ones do choose mostly Android though. Funny thing is, I have to help the iOS users way more frequently than the Android users.

    • Adama Simmons

      So it seems like weve found our resident troll and internet badass. Mobileman….step up to the plate.

    • nishantsirohi123

      well for starters … bluetooth file share

    • AL

      I have to use an iPhone 4 at work and the keyboard is #$@&. Every sentence I type ALWAYS has one error. No matter how slowly I try the keyboard is so inaccurate and the most damning thing is you can’t realign it like with the old Palm Pilots. And no, you can’t have anything else because this silly phone is locked up, sealed, closed. You can’t alter anything on it. When you have to use this several times a day, it becomes frustrating. And the battery life is horrible too. The thing dies on me way before it reaches the 9-hour mark.

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