It can be hard to choose between iOS 10 and Android Nougat as both operating systems have their own advantages. We may see that iOS 10 is to some extent, more advanced, while Android Nougat is closing in with their super exciting features. The two new competing operating systems are focusing on their target market as both contain new features. The two presented new features that can enhance not only effectiveness but also productivity.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets launched with updates to the display tech, camera, CPU and storage options. The entry for 16GB will halt while 32GB will take over as the base model. It has been known that as the two operating systems are getting matured, both Android and iOS have borrowed some key features from each other, with the result of being two different operating systems becoming more alike!
Android 7.0 Nougat’s Compatibility
Android Nougat is out and if you have a Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9, Google Pixel C, Nexus Player or an Android One, you can get the update. Sony phones will also get the update such as Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia XA Ultra and more. LG, Motorola, Huawei, Xiaomi and Samsung also confirmed to bring Android Nougat to their devices.
The Android Nougat’s availability and compatibility for the current android phones has also become one of the hottest topics. Update cycles are normally disappointing in the Android space as only the latest phones are receiving it while handsets 2 to 3 years older are being left out. Because Android OEMs are more eager in selling new handsets, older phones are often neglected which leaves approximately 80% of the users suffering from old software.
Mostly, to enjoy the greatest and newest version of Android, it’s either:
- One has to update the hardware once a year
- Install custom ROMs on your device or
- Buy a Nexus phone.
For the rest of the users, these options are not even available which is why it sometimes takes longer than a year to hit 10% of adaptation in the world of Android.
iOS 10’s Compatibility
Apple runs its business in a unique way. They are able to control the flow of new software onto their hardware. iPad and iPhone users are always aware of the new features as well as the new operating system available which is why the adoption rate of iOS is always high.
iOS 10 is compatible with iPhone 6, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. For iPad, it is compatible with iPad Pro 12.9 inch, iPad Pro 9.7 inch, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4th Generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 2. It is also available for iPod touch 6th generation.
Comparison Between iOS 10 and Android 7.0 Nougat
Some users have gotten around testing both new operating systems and here is the comparison between the two.
#1 Photos App
Smartphones evolved rapidly from being the center of digital life to your personal life. The developments made on the cameras on smartphones can now store the most important memories of your life in the form of videos.
With the iPhone’s reputation as the most popular digital camera for taking photos, iOS 10 made a major improvement in their Photos app. It can now identify objects, places, scenes and people inside the pictures which allow the users to sort and search photos easily by setting. For instance, Photos can identify which of the pictures have garden in them. You can search “flowers” or “grass” and it will show the pictures of grass and flowers. The Photos app can also create slideshows automatically.
Both iOS 10 and Android Nougat use machine learning to group photos into albums automatically and search images by location, people and object. Both are offering smart searches and create videos of your memories. The Photos app in iOS also has a new tab named Memories. This is where you can see automatically showed and personalized videos including your photos and videos from the past.
If this sounds familiar, this is because it’s what Google’s Photo app was doing for almost a year. If you noticed, the Photos app on iOS and Android are almost the same.
Androids seem to have more updates than iOS. This is true since Android has been untied from its stock apps before iOS. Most stock apps are already available on Google Play store for some time already which means Google can simply concentrate on releasing updates for the main operating system instead of updating every app.
iOS 10 now allows its users its users to delete stock apps form their phone.
#3 Music App
The Music app of iOS 10 has received a BIG makeover. It is now simplified and much easier to use. More users can give Apple Music streaming a try once and for all. The renewed interface looks clearer with bold and big text. Its “For You” section improved with lyrics included which Google Play Music do not have.
However, Play Music on Android is still considered better by many as it has built around both streaming and individual songs downloaded. This just means that Play Music simply cares about music lovers.
#4 User Interface
Many critics have lambasted both Android and iOS for what they see in their designs. It looks as if both operating systems haven only small difference in their approaches to achieve similar results.
The iOS 10 also comes with a new wake feature, enhanced 3D Touch architecture and widget support. The “wake” feature is added to solve the touch problem that was faced in the previous operating system and this is quite similar with the Android’s feature “Always On”. The widget support is one of the new features if iOS 10 which allows the users to swipe to the right to see more widget information.
In Android Nougat, they offer the option to use two apps at the same time in landscape and items can be dragged and dropped between those open apps. Before, the multi-window screen feature was only limited to tablets, but now phones can also run two apps side-by-side at the same time. This allows you to continue watching your favorite show in a smaller screen while doing a different task.
Both Android Nougat and iOS 10 take different approaches in achieving similar designs. Android Nougat redesigned the notifications which are now easier to read. It occupies the screen’s width, smaller font and can be attached together based on the app which looks like iOS notifications. Notification banners also appear in minimalist style.
Android Nougat also allows you to reply to messages directly from the notifications bar. Notifications can also be blocked or arranged base on importance.
iOS 10 is also taking clues Android and implementing their design differently. Users can do more without having to jump from app to app with 3D Touch. For instance, if you receive a message notification, you can check the pop feature of 3D touch and reply from there without having to open the messages app.
Another great thing is that you do not have to get the latest device just to enjoy the 3D touch. Apple has committed to bring rich notifications to older devices as well without 3D touch displays.
#6 Messages App
The Apple’s iOS 10 comes with more social features applied into iMessage in an effort to make it the best chat service for iPhone users. It can make chatting fun with stickers, emojis and more. There are also emojisugestions. For instance, you type “I love apples” and the keyboard will convert the world apple to an emoji.
Digital touches can also be added in iOS 10 Messages App. You can handwrite your message or send a doodle. You can also “like” a message without having to type any reply like from Facebook. There are also screen effects. For example, you type “Happy Birthday” and balloons will appear in the background. It is also easy to attach files in messages such as video and photo which is the same experience in app like Facebook Messenger.
Android Nougat decided to take a more low-key approach. It comes with better messaging function called Allo and Duo which is a video messaging services. Google claims that Allo will be a messaging app on steroids and is designed to compete against the Messages App of Apple. Duo will be a video messaging app designed to compete against Skype and FaceTime.
Allo has intelligent features and integrates with the phone number. The message bubbles can be resized and there are free emojis, photos, stickers and more. Allo also features reply suggestions. For instance, someone suggests dinner. This app will learn about you and offer replies based on the conversations you had.
#7 Digital Assistants
The digital assistants on both platforms are also getting smarter. Both Google and Apple are opening up Google Now and Siri which are more intelligent than ever.
iOS 10 allows Siri to be integrated with third-party apps in order to catch up to Google Now. You can always ask Siri to order you meals or get you a taxi from Uber. Siri’s intelligence is beyond just commands and voice searches. With the new keyboard, Siri can also help you reply faster. If someone asks you for someone’s number, Siri is able to offer the number as part of the predictive feature on keyboard. If a friend also asked you to go to a movie on Saturday night, Siri can create a calendar event automatically.
Google also improved its Google Now on Android Nougat by making it more conversational.
It is never easy when comparing two mobile operating systems. The progress of iOS and Android are on an intersecting path, which shows that both of them are listening to their users’ feedback to improve previous versions.
The choice today whether iOS or Android depends less on the features the operating systems offer but more on your own preferences. Here are some of the features offered by the two operating systems:
Android 7.0 Nougat
- Multi-window multitasking – Allows you to do two tasks at once.
- Bundled and Better notifications – You can reply to notifications directly from their spot.
- Project Doze – More ways to save your phone’s battery.
- Uses less mobile data – New tools in Android Nougat can keep from using more mobile data.
- More emoji – There will be more than 1,500 emoji.
- Improved security – This allows you to keep your data private.
- New accessibility features – New ways to zoom in and adjust the size of text.
- Quicker settings – You can see a row of quick setting short cuts above pending notifications.
- iMessage apps – Allows you to access easily your favorite apps to share, make payments and more without leaving Messages
- Siri opens to new apps – Siri can book you a ride or send money with Square Cash.
- Maps can take reservations – This allows you to book a table through apps such as Opentable and a ride with Uber.
- Home smart home – The new Home app lets you unlock doors, turn lights on or raise window shades all at once if you like.
- Redesigned music – More simple to make it easier to enjoy your favorite songs.
- Raise to wake – Simply pick up your phone to wake it up.
- Memories – Presents your past beautifully.
There are more features added on both operating systems which are both beneficial and entertaining for all users. Which of the two is forming to be the forward-thinking and exciting operating system? Even if Google and Apple are taking different routes to where they are now, Android Nougat and iOS 10 show that they are slowly converging. Either way, both platforms are beneficial to all of us.