Mobile operating systems are the ones that determine how a mobile phone works. There are two main rivals right now: iOS and Android. Coincidentally, they both released a new version recently. In fact, Apple announced its new OS just a month after Google announced its own. Naturally users began to compare these two right away, and the question remains: which one is better?
It is almost impossible to determine which one is better, because they are both designed for different kind of devices and different users. However, this article will try to place them side by side and compare all their features.
iOS 11 new features
iOS 11 comes with plenty of additions. One of them is multitasking. This was especially designed for iPad, and it comes with a brand new dock that makes multitasking way easier. The change allows you to access to most used files and apps and there is a new App Switcher that allows you to switch between apps easily.
iOS 11 also comes with a new do not disturb mode created for driving. This mode will remove all distractions, but it will allow you to access features that are needed for navigation or other functions that can be useful for drivers.
Files is another new app that came with iOS 11. It is only available for iOS 11 and it is a great tool for managing files. It keeps all your documents in one place that is easy to access. You will also be able to manage attachments better, and you can drag and drop them from Mail or different apps. This should allow you to organise them better so that you can find them easily.
App Store also received a new design after the upgrade. When you open the app you will be taken to a Today tab that should help you discover new applications. There are new tabs, for both Games and other applications and you can easily find new applications based on their popularity and release date.
Android Oreo new features
Android Oreo also has its fair share of new features. For example, Smart Text Selection. This uses Google AI in order to analyze whatever it is selected so that it can offer you shortcuts that fir the context. Highlighting an address will display a shortcut for Google Maps and highlighting a phone number can show you the option to dial it.
Picture-in-Picture mode is another new addition. iOS already had this feature, but Google only brought it after Android Oreo was released. Simply tap the Home button and the video that you are watching should appear in a smaller window on your screen. This allows you to use other apps and continue to do different tasks.
Android Oreo also came with notification dots. These allows you to see a small dot next to app icons whenever you have an unopened notification. Long-pressing the icon should allow you to preview the notification without opening the app. You will see the notification in a small pop-up screen.
There are other performance and security improvements brought by Android Oreo. For example, this upgrade brought Wise Limits, which will add some restrictions to apps and it won’t allow them to run in the background for too long. This is a good addition that should prevent your battery from draining too quickly.
Another addition is Google Play Protect. Just as the name suggests, this is supposed to protect Google Play. It should scan Android apps for viruses and other malicious content. Google Play Protect should make your device safer.