Android VS iOS

Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are operating systems used primarily in mobile technology, such as smartphones and tablets. Android, which is Linux-based and partly open source, is more PC-like than iOS, in that its interface and basic features are generally more customizable from top to bottom. However, iOS’ uniform design elements are sometimes seen as being more user-friendly.

You should choose your smartphone and tablet systems carefully, as switching from iOS to Android or vice versa will require you to buy apps again in the Google Play or Apple App Store. Android is now the world’s most commonly used smartphone platform and is used by many different phone manufacturers. iOS is only used on Apple devices, such as the iPhone.

Comparision between Android and iOS

DeveloperVarious, mostly Google and Open Handset AllianceApple Inc.
CustomizabilityA lot. Can change almost anything.Limited unless jailbroken
Source modelOpen sourceClosed, with open source components.
File transferEasier than iOS. Using USB port and Android File Transfer desktop app. Photos can be transferred via USB without apps.More difficult. Media files can be transferred using iTunes desktop app. Photos can be transferred out via USB without apps.
WidgetsYes, except on lockscreenYes, except on lockscreen
Internet browsingGoogle Chrome (other browsers are available). Any browser app can be set as default. Ad blocking is supported with Firefox.Safari. Any browser app can be set as default but they all use the same rendering engine (Safari/Webkit) behind the scenes. Ad blocking is supported via content blockers like Firefox Focus.
Web mapping serviceGoogle MapsApple Maps (default). Google Maps also available via a separate app download, but not as default.
Available language(s)100+ languages40 languages
Video chatGoogle Meet and other 3rd party appsFaceTime (Apple devices only) and other 3rd party apps
Virtual assistantGoogle AssistantSiri
Available onMany phones and tablets. Major manufacturers such as Samsung, Oppo, OnePlus, Vivo, Honor and Xiaomi. Android One devices are pure Android. Pixel line of devices is made by Google, using a almost pure version of AndroidiPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)
Calls and messagingGoogle Messages. 3rd party apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Duo, Discord and Skype all work on Android and iOS both.iMessage, FaceTime (with other Apple devices only). 3rd party apps like Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Duo, Discord and Skype all work on Android and iOS both.
App store , Affordability and interfaceGoogle Play Store – 2,000,000+ apps. Other app stores like Amazon and Aptoide also distribute Android apps. (“.APKs”). Apps containing virus rare, but existing.Apple App Store – 1,000,000+ apps. Apps containing virus very rare or nonexistent.
Alternative app stores and side loadingSeveral alternative app stores other than the official Google Play Store. (e.g. Aptoide, Galaxy Apps)Apple blocks 3rd party app stores. The phone needs to be jailbroken if you want to download apps from other stores.
Battery life and managementMany but not all Android phone manufacturers equip their devices with large batteries with a longer life.Apple batteries are generally not as big as the largest Android batteries. However, Apple is able to squeeze decent battery life via hardware/software optimizations.
Open sourceKernel (Based on Linux), UI, and some standard appsThe iOS kernel is not open source but is based on the open-source Darwin OS.
Photos & Videos backupApps available for automatic backup of photos and videos. Google Photos allows unlimited backup of photos at a compressed quality. OneDrive, Amazon Photos and Dropbox are other alternatives.Up to 5 GB of photos and videos can be automatically back up with iCloud, more paid iCloud storage available via subscription. All other vendors like Google, Amazon, Dropbox, Flickr and Microsoft have auto-backup apps for both iOS and Android.
SecurityMonthly security updates. Android software patches are available soonest to Pixel device users. Manufacturers tend to lag behind in pushing out these updates. So at any given time a vast majority of Android devices are running outdated OS software.Occasional security updates. Security threats rare, because iOS is locked and downloading apps out of the App Store is complicated.
Rooting, bootloaders, and jailbreakingAccess and complete control over your device is available and you can unlock the bootloader.Complete control over your device is not available.
Cloud servicesNative integration with Google Drive storage. 15GB free, $2/mo for 100GB, 1TB for $10. Apps available for Amazon Photos, OneDrive and Dropbox.Native integration with iCloud. 5GB free, 50GB for $1/mo, 200GB for $3/mo, 1TB for $10/mo. Apps available for Google Drive and Google Photos, Amazon Photos, OneDrive and Dropbox.
InterfaceTouch ScreenTouch Screen
Biometric AuthenticationFingerprint and/or Face Authentication. Availability depends on manufacturer’s hardware.Fingerprint or Face Authentication. Touch ID available on iPhone (5s and later) and iPad (Air 2 and later) but not on iPhone X or later. Face ID available on iPhone X and later, replacing Touch ID
OS familyLinuxOS X, UNIX
Headphone JackSome current Android smartphones and many don’t.None on iPhone 7 and later, lighting to 3.5mm no longer comes with phone after iPhone XS

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