When talking about mobile operation system, Google’s Android and Apple ‘s iOS dominates the market with huge demand and popularity. Both the giants have kept with growing expectations from customers by keeping the apps regularly updated. Recently a newer version of Android and Apple OS have been made available. The Latest version of Android is termed as ‘Lollipop’ which is also referred as Android 5.0 . Meanwhile , Apple has released its latest version called iOS 8. Both of these OS has a lot of new and exiting features which can take improve smartphone interactivity.
iOS 8 has a cleaner design and icons are arranged in unscattered way. It looks similar to its predecessor iOS 7.The flat design of its menu and widgets avoids any confusion. A new gesture based interaction has been added to iOS 8 which makes interscreen and menu based navigation quick. For example if we double tap on the home screen the whole screen will come down and we can choose the desired functionality. On the other hand, Android Lollipop presents a more design centric approach with visually enhancing features like highlighting the major function buttons with different colors. The apps have a consistent design and unique illustrations making it easier to use. Some of its menus have been imparted with smooth animations. Both Lollipop and iOS 8 support 64 bit chipset. It gives the option to use high end graphic applications in your smartphones. Apple iOS comes with some new products like Apple Pay , Healthkit, Google Wallet and Google Fit, Apple Watch and Android Wear . The notifications are now much more comfortable on both the OS as they are apparently present on the Lock Screen itself. The Android Lollipop has finally provided the user with the option of ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode to give a control on turning on/off your notifications and minimizing the unwanted annoyance. The phonebook and dialer in Lollipop has been refreshed and made more presentable. The contacts are more categorized and interactive. For example, just a swipe can take you to recent calls or phonebook option. The iOS 8 has the traditional black and white contact list and dialer.
The major turnaround was however the security option provided in Android’s latest OS. The Lollipop comes with fingerprint recognition , which ofcourse is a derivation from iOS platform. The fingerprint feature comes with other enhanced lock options like Trusted Places and Trusted devices which will unlock the lock screen when you go to a trusted location like your house or a trusted device is connected via shared network (eg: Bluetooth).This is a new feature which is missing is iOS 8.
The battery life of both the devices is identical but Android Lollipop comes with battery saving modes which can boost the battery life while this feature is missing in the iOS 8. Recently, a study was conducted by San Francisco based mobile development company ‘Crittercism’ about the stability of both of these platforms. The result was pretty interesting as the Android Lollipop scored better in the overall stability when compared to iOS 8. The result showed that Android Lollipop has a crash rate of 2.0% which is a better percentage when we consider the crash rate in iOS 8 which is 2.2 % and even in earlier version of iOS 7 , it is 2.02%. Although the crash rate is marginal, this clearly indicated the hardware efficiency and app compatibility of Android Lollipop. Google has taken a few leaps ahead of Apple this time but Android Lollipop is relatively new and has been installed on fewer devices. So, a bigger picture is still in its queue.