With both Google I/O and WWDC having come and passed already, the rivalry between Google and Apple is as fresh and alive as ever. This is mainly due to the fact that both tech giants are releasing new versions of their in-house operating systems this fall. It’s only natural that people have started debating on who has the upper hand here, seeing as how they both plan to release a similar product in a similar time frame. Let’s discuss.
Android O, the OS King
Let’s cut right to the chase: Android O is clearly the superior operating system here. The main advantage that it has over iOS 11 is that it focuses more on artificial intelligence, which is known to be the next big thing in the tech industry. Not only will Android O come with a revamped Google Assistant that promises to destroy Siri altogether, it will also have other cool AI-related features.
For example, when your device is updated to Android O in the fall, you will be able to insert any password automatically if you point your camera towards a place where it’s written down. This feature might seem trivial, but it could be extremely useful in bars or clubs that have their Wi-Fi passwords written on the wall or the menu. And this is just one case scenario.
On top of that, Android O might come sooner than September even, if Google keeps up the good work. The new OS is already at its second developer preview, and will most likely release a couple more soon. Then, it’s time for the official launch. On the other side of the tech ocean, iOS 11 has barely been revealed on Monday, and it’s first beta developer preview isn’t even available in the public beta testing program yet.3