#Android #Apple – Seven things Apple iPhone owners can do that Android users only dream of : Alongside Microsoft Windows vs Apple OS X, the other fiercely-fought rivalry within the world of technology centres around the device in your pocket. Apple iOS and Google’s Android OS, both unveiled back in 2007, have become public rivals over the last few years.
As customers buy more dedicated accessories for their chosen mobile operating system – wireless speaker systems, smart home gadgets, wearables, smartwatches – they are increasingly locked into one platform. So, it seems the battle for smartphone hearts and minds is set to continue for a while yet.
But iPhone owners can at least take heart from the fact that their devices boasts a number of stand-out features. Of course, Android has a number of brilliant headline features as well, which you can read about here.
1 – iPhone Apps Are Almost Always First, And Better Looking
When it comes to launching a brand-new app, many developers still prioritise Apple’s App Store. There are a number of reasons for this – namely, iOS apps tend to make more money for developers than their Play Store equivalent.
Research by independent design and development agency Infinium also revealed the average Android app takes 28 per cent longer to develop than its iOS counterpart. That’s because, on average, the Android version of an app contains around 38 per cent more code to achieve the same functionality.
As a result, most of the latest and greatest smartphone games and utilities will debut on iOS ahead of Android. Prisma – the hugely-popular app that leverages artificial intelligence to transform your photos into works of art – premiered on iPhone almost two months before it arrived on the Google Play Store. Even Google is making better apps for iPhone users than its own platform.
The latest – dubbed Motion Stills – is a beautiful way to scroll through your photos, with each snap coming to life with a burst of animation as you pass it in the Instagram-style timeline. Leveraging Apple’s own Live Photos, the Google-built app lets you quickly export your animated snaps to social media in widely-accepted formats, like a GIF or a short movie.
Whether you’re using iOS or Android, you will have access to the most popular mobile apps – like Facebook, WhatsApp, Uber, SnapChat, Instagram. But even these will debut new features and tweaks on iOS ahead of Android users. WhatsApp recently made its voicemail feature live on iPhone – a week before it appeared on Android.