Android vs iOS – Comparison and Difference

If you’re after a new phone then deciding on Android or iOS is one of the biggest decisions you need to make. Even if you plan to move from Android to iOS or vice versa, knowing what you will get is very important to make a good decision.

I am an Android user and very comfortable with it. I haven’t used iOS much but know the basic differences to help you.

Android and iOS are the clear leaders in mobile operating systems around the globe and the idea for each is to provide the fastest, smoothest and most robust performance and features as possible.

Comparison and Difference


Comparison is needed to judge the differences between theses two major mobile operating systems and how they stand out from each other.

1. Customization


Android is a highly customizable system as it is Linux-based. Its interface and basic features are generally more customizable from top to bottom. iOS is a closed operating system. Without taking extreme actions, the average user will never know what tweaking the OS would look like.

Android is an excellent OS for those who like to change the look of OS, where iOS is made for simplicity, turn on any Apple mobile device and enjoy the exact same experience.

Android is now the world’s most commonly used smartphone platform and is used by many different phone manufacturers. Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony and others all customize Android in their own way.

Only Google’s Nexus devices are guaranteed to be running the most recent, unmodified version of the Android operating system.

iOS is only used on Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad etc.

2. Interface


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iOS and Android both use touch interfaces that have a lot in common – swiping, tapping and pinch-and-zoom.

Both operating systems boot to a home screen, which is similar to a computer desktop. While an iOS home screen only contains rows of app icons, Android allows the use of widgets, which display auto-updating information such as weather and email.

A status bar runs across the top on both iOS and Android, offering information such the time, WiFi or cell signal, and battery life; on Android the status bar also shows the number of newly received emails, messages and reminders.

Many manufacturers do customization over Android like HTC Sense or Samsung TouchWiz.

3. User experience


In terms of user experience, iOS performs better than Android.


The overall rating of user experience of mobile operating systems, Pfeiffer Report

The overall rating of user experience of mobile operating systems.

4. Apps on Android and iOS


The store interface: what is best mobile app store


The true power of these mobile operating systems lies in the Apps available on their app stores. Android has Google Play Store while iOS has Apple App Store. Apple store has 1.5 million while Google store has 1.6 million apps approximately as of now.

Almost all apps available on one store can also be found on other store. New apps usually appear on iOS first then on Android.

5. Software upgrades


Google does update Android frequently but it takes a lot of time for users to get the updates because there are many manufacturers of Android devices who release Android updates as they want.

On the other side iOS updates are available to users of Apple devices very quickly. This is the area that iOS performs better than Android.

6. Digital Assistants


This is a big innovation in field of smartphones. Google Now is for Android while Siri is for iOS. Both give voice controlled access to smartphone for performing search, finding information and to access apps.




Both of theses platforms are stable, user-friendly and secure. Android is open source and more customizable while iOS has more polished interface and cannot be molded much to user’s liking.

As far as features are concerned both offer a lot and it is difficult to prefer one over another.

In the end it is up to the person to decide which platform to choose and once chosen it becomes difficult to go to another and start over again.


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Ahmer Faraz is an IT Executive. He blogs about Technology through his blog “”.

His aim is to provide Technology information in a simple way so that people like you can understand different Technology concepts easily and get new updates on a regular basis.


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