Every year gives us new invention in Smartphone but if we think about the beginning we all used to love Nokia, and we all used to brag about our newest Nokia in the hand. Although there were many other companies who were producing some excellent and enchanting smartphone but no one was even closer to Nokia. Then on 29th July 2007, everything changed. Apple entered with its very own smartphone, “iPhone” with its very own operating system named “iOS”. The phone was an instant hit. It had that exquisite design and looks, and the feeling you had when you grabbed that phone and played around that 3.5 inch screen with your thumb, you could touch, swipe, pinch, zoom, the possibilities were endless. The OS was smooth and UI was user-friendly, so more and more people could learn easily, and experience the next generation of smartphone. Whoever used it knew that iOS is made for greatness, and that history has been made.
The War of the Smartphone OS
Google soon followed in Apple’s footsteps by launching its own OS named “Android” on September 2008.
Since then both have been waging smartphone OS war for well over 8 years now. So who is actually winning? It all depends upon the point of view really. Let’s pit few important stats together; shall we:
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The Price Factor
Apple’s iOS is a premium software for a premium hardware. They will not lower their price for you. If you have the money for it, then you are most welcome to buy one, if not then you should obviously look for the alternative. The iPhone 6s costs $650. You can get a Motorola Moto G running Android Lollipop for as low as $219.
Number of Apps
An android smartphone can download around 1.6 Million apps available on the Play store while iOS apps have a similar number of 1.5 Million apps available on the Apple’s App store.
The OEM for the OS
The Google’s open source OS is being made by many phone manufacturers or OEM (Original equipment manufacturer) hence giving the user lots of option to choose from. The list is huge but we can name a few smartphone giants such as Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola and Sony. iOS, well, only Apple and no other OEM.
Android is a leader OS, while iOS is a premium OS. Android has 82.8% global market share while iOS sits at 13.9%.
Android gives user much more freedom to customize their interface. Not just the home screen with apps but with widgets to stay connected and be informed with the world.
Because of the fact that there is no other OEM out there in the market for iOS, it is rather easy for Apple to roll out the updates to iOS and at the same time. Android has many OEM’s and many variants and therefore delivering timely and frequent updates to the OS is a hassle.
Preference is the Winner
Well there you go readers, a brief comparison between the giants of smartphone OS. There is no single winner in this. It all depends upon your likings, and what you think is of importance to you. If pricing, customization and OEM factor is your preference, then most likely you will go for Android. If you want to go for that Premium look in your hand, and want faster upgrades to the OS, go for iOS.