Apple and Google are the main competitors when it comes to the ideal system for smartphones. However, iOS runs solely on devices created by Apple whereas the Android system can be installed on devices made by Google (of course), Samsung, and Sony, among others. There is a battle for supremacy between the two each year, and this year is no exception. But which new mobile platform will garner the most praise?
Both the iOS 11 and Android 8.0 (or Android O) are the latest versions of the two most popular mobile platforms on the planet. The former was announced during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference last June 5 while a developer preview of the latter was unveiled back in March with a third developer preview released in June.
iOS 11 and Android 8.0 are both available as beta releases but those who want a stable version should wait until they are rolled out during the third quarter.
iOS 11 will only be available on devices with 64-bit processors which means that the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and the fourth-generation iPad won’t be supported.
On the other hand, several factors such as region and type of phone will determine when Android smartphones will get an update. What’s certain is that Google devices (Pixel and Nexus) will get it first followed by all the others. The target release date for Android 8.0 is August.
iPads are increasingly becoming laptop replacements and Apple has worked out ways to make that transition smoother. The coming iOS 11 features a dock – much like the one present on Macs – to facilitate the ease of transfer between apps. iOS 11 allows two apps to be open side by side which makes multitasking a lot easier. Plus, drag and drop is also coming to iPads which will surely improve productivity.
Clearly, iPads haven been given a big boost with the coming iOS 11 but there are overall changes worth noting as well. The new update will now combine the lock screen and Notification Center while the Control Center received a redesign. Siri will also sound more human and a new “Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode” blocks unnecessary notifications and sends an auto-reply to inform the message sender why the user can’t be reached at the moment.
iOS 11 is also gearing up for the future by supporting augmented reality through the ARkit.
Android O has some interesting features as well. It will continue to maximize battery life and will now support picture-in-picture to allow users to work on two apps at once. Notifications have improved slightly with a dot appearing on top of an app with notifications and users can also long press on that app to see the exact notifications and take action right there. Android 8.0 will also have improved audio thanks to the addition of Sony’s LDAC codec.
It seems that iOS 11 may have provided much more new features to look forward to than Android 8.0. But that doesn’t mean one is automatically better over the other. In case you can’t wait for iOS 11 to roll out, you can tweak the look of your iOS 10 passcode keypad instead.