Difference Apple (IOS) & Google (ANDROID)

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Difference Apple (IOS) & Google (ANDROID)

Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are operating systems used primarily in mobile technology, such as smartphones and tablets. Android, which is Linux-based and partly open source, is more PC-like than iOS, in that its interface and basic features are generally more customizable from top to bottom. However, iOS’ uniform design elements are sometimes seen as being more user-friendly.

You should choose your smartphone and tablet systems carefully, as switching from iOS to Android or vice versa will require you to buy apps again in the Google Play or Apple App Store. Android is now the world’s most commonly used smartphone platform and is used by many different phone manufacturers. iOS is only used on Apple devices, such as the iPhone.

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Android iOS
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Developer Various, mostly Google and Open Handset Alliance Apple Inc.
Initial release September 23, 2008 July 29, 2007
First version Android 1.0, Alpha iPhone OS 1, before named iOS
Latest stable release and Updates Android 10 (September 3, 2019) iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 (January 28, 2020)
Working state Current Current
Customizability A lot. Can change almost anything. Limited unless jailbroken
Source model Open source Closed, with open source components.
File transfer Easier than iOS. Using USB port and Android File Transfer desktop app. Photos can be transferred via USB without apps. More difficult. Media files can be transferred using iTunes desktop app. Photos can be transferred out via USB without apps.
Widgets Yes, except on lockscreen No, except in Notification Center
Internet browsing Google Chrome (other browsers are available). Any browser app can be set as default. Safari (Other browsers are available but not as default)
Web mapping service Google Maps Apple Maps, default as of iOS 6 (Google Maps also available via a separate app download, but not as default, formerly used in iOS 5 and older)
Available language(s) 100+ Languages 34 Languages
Video chat Google Duo and other 3rd party apps FaceTime (Apple devices only) and other 3rd party apps
Virtual assistant Google Assistant Siri
Available on Many phones and tablets. Major manufacturers such as Samsung, Oppo, OnePlus, Vivo, Honor and Xiaomi. Android One devices are pure Android. Pixel line of devices is made by Google, using a almost pure version of Android iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)
Calls and messaging Google Messages. 3rd party apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Duo, Discord and Skype all work on Android and iOS both. iMessage, FaceTime (with other Apple devices only). 3rd party apps like Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Duo, Discord and Skype all work on Android and iOS both.
App store , Affordability and interface Google Play Store – 2,000,000+ apps. Other app stores like Amazon and Aptoide also distribute Android apps. (“.APKs”). Apps containing virus rare, but existing. Apple App Store – 1,000,000+ apps. Apps containing virus very rare or nonexistent.
Alternative app stores and side loading Several alternative app stores other than the official Google Play Store. (e.g. Aptoide, Galaxy Apps) Apple blocks 3rd party app stores. The phone needs to be jailbroken if you want to download apps from other stores.
Battery life and management Many but not all Android phone manufacturers equip their devices with large batteries with a longer life. Apple batteries are generally not as big as the largest Android batteries. However, Apple is able to squeeze decent battery life via hardware/software optimizations.
Open source Kernel (Based on Linux), UI, and some standard apps The iOS kernel is not open source but is based on the open-source Darwin OS.
File manager Yes. (Stock Android File Manager included on devices running Android 7.1.1) Files app, limited and less useful (iOS 12).
Photos & Videos backup Apps available for automatic backup of photos and videos. Google Photos allows unlimited backup of photos at a compressed quality. OneDrive, Amazon Photos and Dropbox are other alternatives. Up to 5 GB of photos and videos can be automatically back up with iCloud, more paid iCloud storage available via subscription. All other vendors like Google, Amazon, Dropbox, Flickr and Microsoft have auto-backup apps for both iOS and Android.
Security Monthly security updates. Android software patches are available soonest to Pixel device users. Manufacturers tend to lag behind in pushing out these updates. So at any given time a vast majority of Android devices are running outdated OS software. Occasional security updates. Security threats rare, because iOS is locked and downloading apps out of the App Store is complicated.
Rooting, bootloaders, and jailbreaking Access and complete control over your device is available and you can unlock the bootloader. Complete control over your device is not available.
Cloud services Native integration with Google Drive storage. 15GB free, $2/mo for 100GB, 1TB for $10. Apps available for Amazon Photos, OneDrive and Dropbox. Native integration with iCloud. 5GB free, 50GB for $1/mo, 200GB for $3/mo, 1TB for $10/mo. Apps available for Google Drive and Google Photos, Amazon Photos, OneDrive and Dropbox.
Interface Touch Screen Touch Screen
Biometric Authentication Fingerprint and/or Face Authentication. Availability depends on manufacturer’s hardware. Fingerprint or Face Authentication. Touch ID available on iPhone (5s and later) and iPad (Air 2 and later) but not on iPhone X or later. Face ID available on iPhone X and later, replacing Touch ID
OS family Linux OS X, UNIX
Headphone Jack Some current Android smartphones and many don’t. None on iPhone 7 and later, lighting to 3.5mm no longer comes with phone after iPhone XS

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