Two of the world's biggest tech giants - Apple and Google are set-off against each other. Both the companies have a strong set of supporters and critics. And, now they aim to rule your smartphone OS.
Google-backed Android largely dominates the mobile OS in respect of popularity. iOS, on the other hand, is really good and can stand up to Android in terms of features and usability factor.
This year, all changed completely with the arrival of iOS 8 and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Both the mobile operating systems (OS) now have more similarities than ever. At the same time, there are many similarities between the two.
Here are 10 major differences between Android 5.0 Vs iOS 8 that users need to know to get ready. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!
Android 5.0 Vs iOS 8 - Design
The design of iOS 8 hasn't changed much from the design of iOS 7. By the way, iOS 8 has more flat design. This very year, Google has introduced the latest update to Android - Android 5.0 Lollipop. Android 5.0 brings more depth to the mobile OS. The new ‘Material Design' look for Android has been received well.
Android 5.0 Vs iOS 8 - Notifications
In Android 5.0, you'll find enhanced notifications. With the new update, you can get them on the lock screen - and they will be automatically ordered in priority. Users can now pull down their device's Notifications Drawer from the lock screen and double tap a notification to automatically jump to a specific app.
Similarly, notifications have improved on iOS 8. Of course, they're more interactive than ever.
Android 5.0 Vs iOS 8 - Lock Screen
Android 5.0 Lollipop offers a new lockscreen which will show you notifications. You need to swipe up to lock or you can swipe right to launch the dialer or left to launch the camera.
In iOS 8, the lock screen is unchanged from iOS 7, offering notifications, slide right to unlock and slide up to access the camera.
Android 5.0 Vs iOS 8 - Multi-Tasking
Android 5.0 brings multi-tasking to a whole new level. Opening apps will appear in cards in a carousel, which you can flow through by sliding up or down on the screen.
Multi-tasking on iOS 8 is greatly improved. The multitasking feature which can be accessed by double pressing on the home button -- now includes a listing of your most recent contacts for quick and easy access.
Android 5.0 Vs iOS 8 - 64-bit
Finally, Android 5.0 Lollipop support 64-bit CPUs. So we expect more devices to use a 64-bit processor under the hood. Currently, there aren't many handsets or tablets that support 64-bit chipsets. Google also promises that Android's new Android Extension Pack will bring PC-level graphics to mobile devices. Apple last year introduced 64-bit compatibility to the operating system (iOS 7).
Android 5.0 Vs iOS 8 - Security
Security is a key element for Android users. A new feature will let you unlock your smartphone when physically near to a device like an Android Wear-based watch. If you have an Android Wear watch on, for instance, your Android Lollipop device will recognize the watch and let you unlock your phone by simply tapping the power button.
Apple has its Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which is built-in to the home button of the iPhone 5S. In iOS 7, it was only able to unlock the device or be used instead of entering Apple ID details, but it'll be opened up to third-party developers with iOS 8.
Android 5.0 Vs iOS 8 - Battery Life
Google has added a dedicated battery saver mode to Android Lollipop that will give up to 90 minutes of extra use per charge.
Well, as of now, there is no such featured added to make your iPhone less power hungry.
Android 5.0 Vs iOS 8 - Health and fitness
Both Apple and Google have unveiled their respective fitness tracking platforms. Apple's special health suite is called Healthkit, while Google's is called Google Fit for Android.
Android 5.0 Vs iOS 8 - Compatibility
iOS 8 will be able to run on the iPhone 4S or later, the iPad 2 or later and both generations of iPad mini. Android 5.0, on the other hand, will be available on a range of devices from leading manufacturers.
Android 5.0 Vs iOS 8 - CarPlay & Android Auto
Earlier this year, Google announced Android Auto, an Android system designed for use within cars, at its annual developer conference Google I/O 2014.
Basically, Android Auto aims to put navigation, music and communication within easy access of the driver but without any major distractions.
CarPlay is a new platform introduced by Apple. It will let you control your car's entertainment and GPS system, and it connects to any Lightning dock-equipped iPhone.