The current leaders in the smartphone OS arena are Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android and there’s really no doubt about that. Their dominance has left other companies scrambling for third spot and from the look of things, that is not going to change anytime soon. Both Android and iOS have recently come out with newer versions of their operating systems. And sworn to keep you guys in the loop we dutifully take a look at both and pit them in a one on one bout. Here’s our iOS 7 vs Jelly Bean 4.3 comparison.
iOS 7 vs Jelly Bean 4.3: Notifications
Android fans claim that the other camp stole the notifications bar from their preferred OS, and they’d be right. This is a legit accusation but now both operating systems present notifications in much the same manner. You will be informed about texts, emails, missed calls and Facebook notification on both. The only way they are different is in their appearance.
iOS 7’s notification center is sorted in 3 tabs and notifications are organized under these headings: today, all and missed.
Android doesn’t use tabs to organize notifications, however, a quick link to settings is provided for changing things like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Sounds etc.
To offer the same ease and service Apple has incorporated quick settings into iOS 7 too but under Control Center. From there you can control screen brightness, lock your screen or play, pause or skip songs. You can also toggle Airplane mode, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on or off and access utilities like flashlight, calculator and camera.
iOS 7 vs Jelly Bean 4.3: Sharing
Most Android phones feature NFC as opposed to the iPhone. And to be honest the tapping-and-sharing is pretty cool. Apple has worked on providing similar functionality through AirDrop but with NFC being used in more applications each day, we think Apple will have to cave in eventually.
AirDrop makes it easy for users to share photos, videos, contacts etc. from any app using the share button. It does this via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth rather than NFC and involves a lot more tapping. Although neat features like song downloads and linking to websites via advertisements give NFC the advantage.
Apart from NFC, Android has a ton of options for in-app sharing, be it text, links, images or videos. Due to Apple imposed limitations, there simply isn’t as much freedom to do what you want in iOS and for that reason, Android takes the point over iOS when it comes to sharing.
iOS 7 vs Jelly Bean 4.3: Multitasking
Multitasking is a huge bragging point for Android users and although iOS 7 tried to catch up to Jellybean 4.3, it doesn’t. The multitasking feature on the iOS is similar to Android’s open apps menu which tells you which apps are currently open and allows you to jump to any one of them. All in all it is nothing like the multi window, multi tasking approach of Android.
iOS 7 vs Jelly Bean 4.3: Features
Apple has introduced iRadio with the new iOS and Safari has been made a lot better. A new look also means that Apple has recognized the need to shake things up once in awhile. On the other hand Android 4.3 makes it easier to connect with devices via Bluetooth. Among new inclusions are also cutting edge features like gesture typing, game rotation vector, uncalibrated magnetometer and uncalibrated gyroscope. Remote control functionality is enhanced by LE and AVRCP 1.3 technology. It has been a process of progressive enhancement and iOS 7 isn’t even in the same league as Android when it comes to features.
iOS 7 vs Jelly Bean 4.3: Verdict
While both iOS 7 and Android 4.3 are modern smartphone operating systems, they are fundamentally different. iOS 7 tries to make everything as visually pleasing and simplistic as possible with a straightforward approach while Android has room to do so much more. Customizable screens, widgets, custom ROMs and custom kernels mean that Android can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, while you don’t get that choice with iOS 7. The adage different strokes for different people has never been more apt but for us at least, Android is the cutting edge of innovation and beats iOS 7 by a margin.