Google has recently announced its latest Android M operating system at its annual I/O conferecne and also released the developer preview version immediately. The Android M comes with major enhancements which can battle against its huge rival, Apple iOS.
Apple is all set for the WWDC 2015, its annual developer meet, which is scheduled to kickoff in just few hours. We expect that, Apple will come up with new interesting announcement of its product including the next version of iOS for iPhone and iPad. So, how the two most popular mobile operating systems make their devices better than each other. Here is a comparison of Android M and iOS 9.
Android Pay / Apple Pay
Google announced the Android Pay for its Android M OS in an attempt to rival the Apple Pay, which was introduced back in October, 2014.
The search engine giant has already entered the mobile payment domain with the Google Wallet. But with the Android Play, Google is offering a completely re-organized mobile payment system.
The Android Pay will securely store details of credit card and other payment-related data on the smartphone and creates a virtual card similar to the Apple secure tokens. Furthermore, the Google is also challenging the Apple Pay by utilizing standardized fingerprint authentication.
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The Android M interface will makes the mobile payment more convenient and secure, but Apple has introduced its proprietary mobile payment system last year and has already established something of a stake in the marketplace. Meanwhile this will remain a battleground between two tech giants.
Voice Recognition / Personal Assistant
The voice recognition is becoming an increasingly important corner in the mobile OS. Google introduced a enhanced voice recognition feature for the Android M platform. Apple has its Siri for iPhone and iPads. Meanwhile, Microsoft is now strongly emphasizing on voice recognition tool, Cortana.
Google is attempting to improve its voice recognition for search tools, specially focused on superior handling of mispronounced words and conversational requests.
On Google I/O, the company announced a new feature called 'Now on Tap' for Google Now, which basically show contextual information by long pressing on the home button. This feature will offer contextual information based on what you are doing with just a click or by voice command. Yes, the 'Ok Google' voice command will also work from any screen to get contextual information.
With the voice recognition technology, both companies are undoubtedly strengthening with their own software.
Google has also said that it will be updating the Maps providing uses with new features and capabilities. The improvised Maps apps will include the ability to display turn-by-turn directions and destination reviews while offline. The offline features can be used by downloading various regions of maps with associated information.
However, Google Maps is unquestionably the most prominent example of mapping technology that is currently available in the market. Meanwhile, Apple will place a strong emphasis on improving Apple Maps in the iOS 9, which is expected to be released in the WWDC 2015. Apple is looking to close the gap and achieve more brand awareness for its own version of the software.
Google unveiled a standalone photo and video service at the I/O and is already available for download. The Google Photos will compete with the Apple's new Photos app. Both services offers cloud-based image storage. While the Google Photos provides unlimited amount of photos which are up-to 16 megapixels quality and 1080p videos.
Other tech giants like Yahoo has its own cloud-based image storage applications called Flickr. However, Google has come up with interesting feature in the Photos service. The tech giant has made it very easy to search photos in the library. The application lets you to search for content in your photos, for instance, you can search for 'dog' or 'cycling' or 'door' and the Google Photos will display all your pictures that have dog, cycle and door in them, respectively.
Due to megapixels restrictions, Apple cannot match the offering of the Google in this application. But, with its proprietary software Apple's Photos app reached the market first.
Google Play / App Store
Google has also significantly improved the Google Play Store in an attempt to make it more friendly to families. But Apple App Store is still the definitive marketplace of its type, and most popular apps first comes to the Apple App Store.