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In the last few years we’ve seen some changes to the tablet and smartphone hardware. The tablet sales are not going very well and this is because the “phablet” sized smartphones have taken their place.

Today we’re going to talk about two rival mobile operating systems: the iOS 9 and the Android Marshmallow, because both Apple and other Android companies have released smartphones and tablets.


The iOS 9 and Android Marshmallow look almost identical. Both come with a home screen that support things such as widgets, app icons and allows you to place them the way you like/want.

Compared to the iOS 8 and Android Lollipop, these two new mobile operating systems have not changed much visually. Apple’s iOS platform is simpler than the Android OS, but the mobile operating system released by Google is without any doubts more customizable than the one released by Apple. You can change almost everything on Android OS and for even more control, you can also “root” the device and install custom ROMs such as the CyanogenMod. Apple’s users can jailbreak the iOS as well, but Apple is really not happy at all about this and it voids the handset’s warranty.

Mobile Payments

In Android Marshmallow, the Google Wallet has been renamed as Android Pay. Without any doubts, this is a direct “attack” to the Apple Pay.

Both the Android Pay and Apple Pay are identical, but what’s nice about Android M is that now it supports the fingerprint scanner on your Android devices. With other words, more smartphones will be compatible with Android Pay by default. On the other hand, the iOS 9 comes with Apple Pay, which allows Touch ID to read fingerprints faster than before and the new Apple Wallet app is now supporting loyalty cards.

Digital Assistants

iOS 9 comes with a new feature called Proactive and an improved Siri. Proactive is a screen that learns what applications you are using more often and who are your favorite contacts and then offers shortcuts for them. Siri is now smarter and it will return relevant results to your queries.

Android comes with Google Now, which has always been much more accurate than Siri and this hasn’t changed. With Android M, the Google Now feature is called “Google Now on Tap”, which will understand the context of a question based on the application that you are in and that will return a more relevant result.

Battery Life

We agree that a bigger mAh battery will last longer, but depending on the operating system it runs, it might last longer or less. Google has brought its new Doze application on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow that is doing a better job on keeping the battery life longer. On the other hand, Apple has the “Low Power Mode” feature on its iOS 9, which is also trying to keep the battery life last longer.