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Both Google and Apple have released a new operating system and these giants focused more on improving the performance and extending the battery life, but they’ve also added a few important features. This is the reason why there are fewer visual modifications, but we’ll talk about the ones that matter.

Lock Screen And Home Screen

In iOS 9, the users have a shortcut in the lower left corner, which is for a frequent app, while Marshmallow has replaced the dialer shortcut with the icon for the Google Now voice.

Quick Settings

Google hasn’t made many changes to the quick settings pane, which was introduced in Lollipop, but still, we must mention the new Do Not Disturb toggle which is placed in the first row of items, but thanks to the hidden System UI Tuner menu, you can add, remove or rearrange items.

iOS 9 has the old Control Center, which contains settings toggles, auto controls and some shortcuts for most used applications.


The Android users can install a third-party launcher and change the appearance of their folders, but the stock version of the operating system allows you only to rearrange the icons inside or to change folders’ names. It’s the same situation with iOS.

Siri vs. Google Now

Google’s intelligent personal assistant is able to provide app suggestions, right inside the launcher, while Now on Tap can predict what you want to know, delivering suggestions before asking the question. iOS 9’s Siri has now contextual awareness, being capable to remember to remind you to do “this”, as it links back to the original conversation.

Settings Menu

Both operating systems are faster and deliver search results without forcing the users to dig though all kinds of menus. Also, both companies opted for a light background and in iOS 9, the list of main menus contains: Airplane mode, wifi, Bluetooth, Cellular, Carrier, Notifications, Control Center, Do not disturb, General and Display & Brightness, while Android has fewer options: wifi, Bluetooth, Data usage, More, Display, Sound and Notification and Apps.

App switchers

Apple overhauled the app switcher of iOS 9, as the applications are now displayed in a more fashionable way, imitating an effect of flicking a book’s pages. Marshmallow has an app switcher that hasn’t changed much and when browsing the internet with Google Chrome, the tabs appear as separate cards, but in the app switcher.

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