Android and the iOS – two of the most happening technologies prevalent in smart-phones of this age – have a lot of differences in their basic design and procedural details. Since both of them have become equally famous on grounds of their individual qualities and performance, it is time for an in-depth analysis and study of the key features and operations.
The primary difference is on the basis of the developing company – Android has brought forth by Google Company whereas iOS has been developed by Apple Inc. C and C++ languages serve as basic programming scripts for either of the technologies, with java programming Android devices and iOS being programmed in objective-C language as well. As per the Operating System is concerned, Android runs on Linux whereas iOS does on OS X.
The android has an open source model with ui, kernel, and other standard applications, whereas the iOS has only the open source components and the kernel only and is otherwise a closed source model.
Android was first released on September, 2008 and iOS on June, 2007 with the latest version of android now being the 5.0 Key Lime Pie and that of iOS is 6.1. Speaking of the features, Android supports widgets and provides Gchat messaging and Google maps while iOS does not support widgets and offers iMessage and Apple Maps services.
The interface, however, is touch screen for either of the services. Gchat enables video chat as well on Android, which is provided by Facetime for iOS devices. Media transferability is made easy on android phones depending on their model whereas iOS achieves the same with desktop application.
Internet browsing facilities are enabled by android devices through Google chrome and by means of Safari for iOS devices. Android, in comparison with iOS, provides better and almost full customizability options.
While Google Play has nearly 800,000 apps, the Apple app store has around 775,000 apps. Most phones and tablets these days have Android facilities – such as the ones produced by LG, HTC, and Samsung Nexus phones will soon have the same. The iOS software is made available to only Apple products like the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad.
Current market statistics suggest a share of 75% on smart-phones and 3.7% tablets in North America and 44.4% in Japan by Android whereas iOS has been found to have a share of 14.9% phones and 87% tablets in North America and 40.1% tablets in Japan.