We are well aware that the competition between smartphone manufacturers comes down between Apple versus the world and taking into account that latest smartphones come equipped with the latest software on the market, we are going to compare the advantages and disadvantages of iOS 10 and Android 7.0 Nougat operating systems to see their flaws and perks in order to see which one is the best.
They are the most popular operating systems for both phones and tablets and Android is currently eating the largest slice of the cake as two thirds of smartphones which were sold this year run on Android.
Both systems have maintained their previous looks and the update from their predecessors only brought some improvements regarding system tweaks as well as some interesting additions in terms of apps and optimization.
iOS 10 has brought along a redesigned lock screen with rich notifications and widgets as well as a Multi-Tab Control Centre. A new Home App was also included in the package as well as some big updates to Messages which also saw the addition of a brand new app store.
Widgets are not a new thing on the market but their usability has increased in terms of conveniene as more and more apps come equipped with widget versions which can be checked without having the need to directly launch the app.
The Addition of Apple’s Raise to wake enables users to check notifications without having the need to press a single button on their respective device.
Android on the other hand has brought VR support (Daydream) and a whole new way in which notifications interact with users by being bundled together to make browsing through them easier. Another important addition is Multi-Window support as well as Instant apps and a Quick Switch which when double tapped it will switch between the current and previously used app, just like the Alt+Tab command on a PC.
Both operating systems have seen improvements in terms of interface navigation and the only noticeable difference between them is the fact that iOS users are being forced to keep all of their apps on the home screen whilst Android has developed an app tray in which one could enable shortcuts of certain apps.
Android is the operating system which offers the biggest degree of customizing the interface in order to make the browsing experience more enjoyable as one can make use of editing buttons as well as dragging items into the main area in order to choose which app goes where.
iOS on the other hand cannot have its icons changed in the Control Centre and there are some frustrations among users as they cannot see to which Wi-Fi network they are connected to unless they enter the Settings app.
Those who own an iOS device can be sure that they are protected as the OS does not allow apps from unknown sources to be installed as it significantly reduces the chance of one user installing apps which are regarded as being malware with potential harmful consequences.
Android devices which run on 7.0 Nougat now can enjoy a file-based encryption which can confer a bit of security but they are still open to malware attacks and it is highly recommended that each device owner should have an Antivirus installed as soon as possible.
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