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  1. As smartphone wars rage on, here’s how iOS 10 fares against Android Nougat 7

As smartphone wars rage on, here’s how iOS 10 fares against Android Nougat 7

With the launch of several new high-end smartphones including tech giants like Apple and Samsung, the virtual war has reached very interesting times.

By: | Published: September 5, 2016 5:23 PM
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With the launch of several new high-end smartphones including tech giants like Apple and Samsung, the virtual war has reached  very interesting times. Apple and Google’s major operating systems – Android and iOS are fighting it out as well. On September 7, Apple is most likely to launch its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. According to reports, there have been key changes in the camera and power among other things. The final versions of iOS 10 and Android Nougat 7 are not out yet, but their beta versions have made their way into the market. There is much official information by developers on the features and reviews. It is interesting to note that both the platforms have borrowed features from each other and are eventually becoming more similar than ever before.

Apart from the platform’s fragmented nature, the update cycles look to be a bit problematic for most parts of the Android Nougat, added with the fact that often only new handsets can receive the updates leaving out most old phones. The problem occurs as the Google’s platform is used by other manufacturers, and they in order to sell new hardware neglect the previous versions of smartphones in a vast majority. Consumers generally have to update their hardware each year. Apple, with its top-down management, has complete control of both its hardware and software. The adoption of latest iOS is very high as the updates are available as soon as it arrives in the market. Now the question arises whether there are any differences between in other aspects so that one of them can overtake another at least for a year. Here are a few differences found in the beta version:

Operating system updates:
Android has long been untethered from its stock applications and has been implementing the updates faster than iOS. This helps because Google doesn’t have to update every default apps each time the main OS is updated, which makes it quicker. But now iOS has made it possible to delete the stock apps, and it may help Apple to push in faster updates.

User Interface:
Bothe iOS and Android have long been trying to reach various aspects of each other when it comes to user interface. They have been vying to achieve similar aesthetics of design as one another. For starters, this year Android has redesigned its user interface, and the most notable feature is its minimalistic borders. The icons occupy the width of the screen along with smaller fonts. It will be safe to say the Android looks more like iOS this year. iOS too is not far behind, by using the 3D Touch and implementing widgets to the home screen, it has tried to go the Android way here as well.

Operating system updates:
Android has long been untethered from its stock applications and has been implementing the updates faster than iOS. This helps because Google doesn’t have to update every default apps each time the main OS is updated, which makes it quicker. But now iOS has made it possible to delete the stock apps, and it may help Apple to push in faster updates.

Stock applications and Delete
Now, its is possible in both iOS 10 and Nougat to delete stock apps. But what the feature does is, it just hides the app instead of deleting it from the device, and that too not all.

photo app
iOS 10 now offers a feature which Google has been providing to its users for a year. It uses machine learning and identifies places and people in the image and users can use it to search as well. Like, if one searches for ‘mountains’ the app with automatically return with images features mountains. The app also creates slideshows with the user’s best images. Hence when it comes to this feature, both of them are going neck to neck.

Music applications:
Although Apple has revamped its Music app in iOS 10 with a more simplified navigation and user interface, yet Android has better options. While Apple offers a good streaming option, Google goes one up for its music fans by giving an app which along with streaming also allows the user to store and play music.

Personal assistants Siri and Google Now:
According to reports, Apple has massively improved upon its virtual personal assistant Siri. Siri has better  features, and although late, has allowed developers all over the world to provide suggestions with an aim to improve the build. It will be a tough task to compete with Google’s algorithms, in its Google Now, yet the competition can get interesting.

It is always a tough task to compare mobile operating system software platforms. According to reports on the beta versions by developers, iOS 10 appears to have more features and improvements than its Android counterpart. But when it comes as a whole the OSes are more similar than ever before. Apple firstly needs to catch up with Android in its personal assistant department with Siri, especially since it will be used in many other devices. With Artificial Intelligence being the next big thing in the world of technology, both the platforms will try to capture that area with as much aggression as they can.

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