Where iOS Must Learn From Android

iOS must learn from Android.

Apple can afford to play the student because there are aspects where iOS must learn from Android.


The earlier post highlighting iOS superiority over Android received some outrageous response from readers. I respect that everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion, something rightly pointed out in the comments. I intend to use the very right as I present my take on various topics. Anyways, we all appreciate that both iOS and Android are special in their own different ways. However, there are various areas where iOS must learn from Android. This is exactly what we aim to achieve with today’s post. Let us kick off and see what and how iOS must learn from Android OS.


iOS Must Learn From Android To Customize Better

Customizability is one of Android’s strongest points.

iOS Must Learn From Android: Free Hand At Customizability

There is no denying that iOS is very simplistic; thus, easy to get used to. However, this comes at the expense of customization options. There is little room in the homescreens and widgets for users to express themselves. Sadly, it merely offers the freedom to switch between a few screens and organize folders.

iOS must learn from Android in this regard. Android devices lend themselves well to users and deliver a genuine feeling of belonging. Being able to organize the homescreen and embellish it with various little widgets adds the cherry to the icing. If you own something you should be able to use it how you please. Yes, iOS feels nice. However, it would feel even better with enhanced customizability. It would certainly help redesign the makeup of your iDevice to make it look different than your neighbour’s.


iOS must learn from Android and allow freedom to users.

Having to sync with iTunes every time is like being chained without a reason.

iOS Must Learn From Android: Syncing Without Being Locked Down

It feels good to be able copy stuff from the PC to an iDevice but it can be an annoying process having to connect with iTunes each time. iOS tends to give users the impression that they are chained within a closed system. This is another one of those aspects where iOS must learn from Android.

Android simply follows a plug and play approach. This is time-saving and less hectic as users simply plug the phone to the PC and chip away. In a way, Windows PC quite rightly displays an Android device as a USB. That is precisely how the process goes: copy, paste and end of story. iOS needs to allow its users to escape this shell and offer quick syncing. This will also offer great levels of convenience for users because no one likes to be bogged down like that.


Multitasking - iOS must learn from Android.

It wouldn’t hurt to take a friendly lesson on multitasking from a Droid, would it?

iOS Must Learn From Android: Do Multitasking the Android Way (Atleast)

Let us be honest: there is no ‘true’ form of multitasking available on the iOS. In all fairness, it isn’t available on an Android in its pure form either. I mean, do you really consider an array of Recent Apps to serve as a multitasking bar? The fact of the matter is, the real potential of multitasking still remains untapped. However, the real difference lies in the way iOS and Android manage this somewhat ‘cosmetic’ effect.

When users hit the Home  button on an iDevice, the currently running app is pushed to the background just like you would expect from an Android device. Soon, it converts to a suspended app whereby the app does not use any process cycles. Now, in case your currently running app needs extra memory, the suspended app will be closed by the system in no time.

Android utilizes this in a slightly better fashion. The suspended app does close down the same way, provided that the current app requires more memory. However, on an Android device the the multiple background apps are allowed some more time and functionality to keep them running for longer. Thus, another thing that iOS must learn from Android.

Tell us what you wish iOS and Android should learn from each other.

  • DannyBizzle

    Android, with floating apps, does allow true multitasking.

  • SuperAndroid

    Note II and multitask – true multitask? You can have 2 apps open at the same time – on the same screen. And yea… Note II is Android-based.

  • ShaunBraiggs

    The article is spot on. Multitasking is still a bit of a gimmickry. Android only allows you more time with it while iOS closes apps quicker. I have had my Android do that to me too. Its just that it is able to hold out those apps for a bit longer.
    A good piece, nevertheless.

  • Walter

    Completely agreed. Apple has to learn a lot from Note II when it comes to multitasking. iPhone still has zero capability of running more than one app on the screen. Apple made no effort to use the larger screen real-estate in iPhone 5 to step up it’s multi-tasking capabilities.

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