Android L vs iOS 8 Comparison Preview: Which OS Is Better?
Google and Apple both have announced their latest operating systems, namely Android L and iOS 8 respectively. In this feature, we discuss what these latest operating systems have to offer. Google has introduced a whole new look for its devices called Material Design. On the other hand, Apple has released some new interesting features like Continuity and Handoff.
Let’s have a deeper look at both operating systems and see who wins the Android L vs iOS 8 fight.
Android L vs iOS 8: How to get one?
iOS 8 was announced on June 2, 2014 while Android L was announced on June 26, 2014 in their respective conferences, WWDC 14 and Google I/0 2014. Both Android L and iOS 8 will be made available to the users in September or October. Right now, you can get a developer preview of both operating systems, which are in beta phase.
For Android L, you can get developer preview for free. Here is how to get your hands on Android L. You can get it for free, but you will need a Google Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 device.
For Apple’s iOS 8, you will have to pay to get a membership, and also you will need iPhone 4s, iPad 2 or iPad mini or later devices. This is why it might be a good idea to wait until Apple releases its final version for free. But if you want to try out the latest iOS 8, then find out how to get iOS 8 on your Apple device.
What’s new in interface?
With the release of iOS 7, Apple made major changes in its interface. “Flat” design was adopted and the previous skeuomorphism design was discarded. Hence, there are not many changes in the interface of the new iOS 8. There might be some changes in keyboard and some new short-cuts might be added. But overall there are no major changes in its interface.
This was Google’s turn to introduce a new interface design, and they did. Their new design is called “Material Design,” and it takes user experience to a whole new level. With responsive interaction, surface reactions and a very interesting multitasking window, Google takes the design of Android L to a whole new level of beauty.
If you want to experience the latest changes in design introduced in Android L, head over to Android L Material Design Introduction.
Lock screen, dialer, calculator, and notification windows have been modified and provide rich user experience.
What are the new features?
Apple has introduced very interesting features in iOS 8. Features that are worth noting include Continuity and Handoff.
Apple has also introduced iCloud Drive with which all of the photos and data will be uploaded on cloud to make the different devices owned by the same user in sync with each other. In other words, if you are writing an email on your Mac and then went somewhere else where you cannot access your Mac, you can begin writing the email at your iPhone from the exact point you left.
Another interesting feature lets you answer your calls from another Apple device. Let’s suppose that your phone is charging in another room, and you are working on your Mac OS X. This feature will let you answer your call from your Mac if both of your devices are on the same Wi-Fi.
AirDrop has also been introduced, which achieves basic functionality offered by Google Android’s AirDroid. It lets you wirelessly share content by creating an ad-hoc connection. Other key features of iOS 8 are Swift, Instant Hostspot and credit card scanning. Find out more hidden features of iOS 8.
Google has introduced some very interesting features in Android L too. Android L’s new lock screen lets you see notifications and swipe in respective directions to launch different apps.
Android L features a new dialer and new notifications screen too. The multi-tasking window offers a new design and lets you swipe left, right and browse through “cards” to perform respective actions.
Another interesting feature is Bluetooth Unlock in Android L. It will unlock your device when another device you own is in its vicinity. For example, if you are wearing an Android watch and you are near your smartphone, you will not have to unlock your phone as it will detect automatically that it is you who is trying to access the device.
Android L vs iOS 8: So which one is better?
Apple has worked hard to introduce new and interesting features while Android L focused on new design. Google’s latest design has its own appeal while iOS 8 features attract users towards its devices.
Since Android’s previous version, KitKat currently covers 14% of the smartphone market, and most of the Android phone holders do not have access to KitKat, we don’t see a point in releasing a new version already.
It will take a while for majority of the Android phone holders (those who own HTC, Samsung or others) to get their hands on Android L. Since there is no such confusion in Apple devices, we look forward to iOS 8 because we want to get our hands on those very cool features of the up and coming iOS, especially Call over Wi-Fi.
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