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While the smartphone business continues to boom, the soul of a handset still rests on two primary players in the market. Both the Google-made Android OS and the iOS platform from Apple are the major driving forces in the business. And that doesn't seem like changing in a long time.
To be perfectly honest, these are the only two heavyweight platform contenders that see most of the action all year round. And with each passing year, both the platforms are getting better.
The latest incarnations for the same have now arrived in forms of Android L and iOS 8. Both the platforms made their entrances at developer conferences, WWDC and Google I/O. And looking at both of them, the future of the mobile platform business looks to be secured.
As we mentioned earlier, both the platforms are getting better with each passing year. In fact, both Android and iOS are getting closer to each other.
And hence, while there are a host of similarities to discuss for both the platforms, there are a few differences as well between the two rival operating systems. Here's a look at the most basic comparisons between both the platforms.
As it seems, both the platforms are getting close to each other in terms of how they present the notifications. And while Google has now introduced more interactive notifications with the new iOS 8, it seems like Android is heading the same route with the Android L.
Google has even added an authentication system that can determine when you're with your phone. This has been possible location settings and bluetooth attachments to the phone.
This one is majorly a fight between Android Auto and Apple Carplay. The Android Auto allows you to easily browse navigation and other content, apart from taking calss and texts. The Apple-based Carplay, on the other hand, also works out in a similar fashion. Although it will finally depend on car makers as to which platform they want to follow.
The design for iOS 8 remains mostly unchanged compared to its predecessors. That's also okay as iOS 7 was the one which introduced all the changes. Hence, Apple is mostly favoring a minimalist design factor in designing its OS.
As for Android L, Google has introduced a new 'Material Design' look for Android. It has already been offered to developers for use in their Android apps. The new design, seemingly, brings aesthetic changes to the OS, while also offering more depth.
With the new Android L, new lockscreens have been brought to the front. Apart from seeing notifications, users can swipe up to unlock the device. They can also swipe right to launch the dialler or swipe left for the camera.
In case of iOS 8, again, things remain mostly unchanged from what we saw in iOS 7. From notifications to sliding right and left, everything has been left without changes.
Both iOS 8 and Android L, as expected, will be released to the public this autumn. And that's probably somewhere around September or October. And although you might get the taste of the OSs from somewhere in the Internet, they are still in their beta stages.