Android L vs iOS 8: first look
Today, over a century later, we have the rivalry between Google's Android and Apple's iOS. Much like the aforementioned inventors, the two platforms fueled a revolution. iOS played a key role in defining what a modern smartphone OS should look and act like, while Android won the hearts of many with its openness and brought the smartphone experience to a broad array of price points. But at the same time, Android and iOS are different on so many levels that opinions on which one's better can be highly polarized – those who favor one despise the other, and vice versa.
Lock and home screens
The Android L lock screen has one thing that iOS lacks – a shortcut to the Phone application. This lets the user dial a contact's number in as little steps as possible. What's present on both platforms' lock screens, however, is a camera shortcut.
Notification panel, quick controls, multitasking
Keyboard, Dialer, Contacts
Contacts in iOS 8 are displayed in a single alphabetical list. Perhaps it would have been nicer if a picture was shown next to their name, but our guess is that Apple didn't want to include the option as many of those contacts would't have one assigned anyway. Profile pictures are displayed for contacts on the Favorites list, however. On Android, the contacts list has been made more compact, with smaller profile pictures and less empty space between names.
Search, voice commands
Cameras, photo gallery
Android L and iOS 8 – coming this fall
1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1200; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I wonder when the two companies will merge together.
4. Iodine (Posts: 166; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)
They were wery good partners.... Until google ripped them off with android.
13. T.Law (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 May 2014)
*until Android surpassed iOS both in terms of functionality and market share.
67. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Android has been better than iOS with functionality since the Android Donut days....
86. NinjaBanana (Posts: 24; Member since: 20 Apr 2014)
Apple, the company of simplicity. Beats Android by far in terms of all that.
21. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 61; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)
or Until apple's growth was dented by google with an overall superior and more functional OS...
25. boosook (Posts: 914; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Until Google allowed people who couldn't afford to spend seven hundred euros to own a smartphone as well.
33. Liveitup (Posts: 914; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
PH needs video reviews of devices. Id like to see a comparison of the top four operating systems.
61. akki20892 (Posts: 3276; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
RIP resolutions of nexus 5 below Expectations title.
2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2274; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I kinda want to use Windows or BlackBerry now.
17. blackberry_Boy (Posts: 104; Member since: 27 May 2014)
Both windows and blackberry are two great dependable platforms just struggles on apps if your a person who loves productive apps and smooth none buggy UI either one is great I've been a blackberry fan for years and now wishing I still had my Z10 becaue I don't even use the raw power of my note 3 I have now I just use one screen of apps and all of them of day to day productivity apps.
19. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2274; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Yeah. Android has tons of features but now that I've had the Z2 for a while I realised that I don't really need all of them. I mean I have a PC for real feature rich use. It's not even convenient to use a smartphone for all the work.
I love android though but I just wish I could use an other OS on my Z2. Maybe the Jolla launcher will change things a bit. But I think WP would look great on Sonys hardware
24. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2716; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
So you are just a Sony fanboy. Doubts cleared.
28. Jinto (Posts: 309; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)
You know what would be great, a Sony WP flagship or a real Nokia android flagship
35. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2274; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Umm. Jeez where did that come from? A short explanation would be useful here...
48. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7450; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Your love for Sony is probably the most potent of all users on this site.
54. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2274; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
That might be true. But I think it's more like love for Japan and since Sony is kinda the best international Japanese tech company, it become my favourite. Still not a blind fanboy though.
55. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7450; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Your comments on this article proves otherwise, especially the one I called you out on.
56. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2274; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
You mean #116?
Yes in that I express how I love Sony. If it gives the idea that I'm a blind fanboy who accepts anything from Sony and hates everything else, then I wrote it in a wrong way. I mean I accept Sony's flaws. They're not that good in marketing. They're not the best in software development. And I agree that in the previous decade even their hardware quality wasn't on the level it was originally or is now. But overall I have so much good experience of their products and love the design that I can't but love them.
But Sony is not the only one I like. I would probably get a Sharp TV if I was buying a new one now. And in phones HTC M8 is very tempting too, but the low res camera and not being waterproof are major things for me. In consoles I actually prefer Nintendo to Sony.
And TBH if I lived in Japan, I probably wouldn't have much Sony products. There are so many other stuff you can't get anywhere else.
59. mistertimi (Posts: 72; Member since: 28 May 2014)
You're both sad f*cks. ArtSim might love Sony, but his original comment was a pretty fair comment, he likes their hardware, but I guess that's only acceptable to say if the M8 is being talked about right? And papsmurf stop constantly arguing with him, why does the fact he likes Sony so much annoy you lol? How old are you?
You gotta love PhoneArena, it's a bunch of 15-25yr olds who get so annoyed that someone a thousand miles away has a different favourite manufacturer. So sad.
60. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2274; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I like that first sentence. Saying things straight :)
101. sgodsell (Posts: 908; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
If you like WP so much, and I know you do. Then just install a WP launcher. This way you have the best of both worlds. Android with its vast ecosystem and the look and feel of WP. The power of Android.
5. Antimio (Posts: 129; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)
"Yet points go to Apple for enabling us to block calls and texts from certain contacts in iOS."
Sorry to correct you guys but Android also offers that option under the contact list. Please make sure what you're writing
10. Vexify (Posts: 194; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)
Exactly. Uneducated author. Also read my post below where he missed something.
76. Nick_T (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Hi there and thanks for commenting. Note that the preview is based on stock Android, which lacks the option. Custom interfaces like Samsung's TouchWiz have blocking options out of the box.
79. Vexify (Posts: 194; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)
Sorry for putting you in the fire like that. Thanks for the clearification.
6. Quezdagreat (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
wow look at that lockscreen. huge ripoff of ios 7
8. hafini_27 (Posts: 234; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
We can discuss all day how both OSs "ripoff" each other. Upcoming iOS8 or android L. Users benefit the most from that. Get over it, choose a side or use both, seriously.
14. T.Law (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 May 2014)
which, itself, is a ripoff of Android 4+ lockscreen.
26. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2716; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Ouch! That must have hurt, LOL.
27. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2716; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Meh, Roboto has been used in Android since ICS(2011). So shall we say iOS 7 copied fonts from Android 4.0 :)
78. illusionmist (Posts: 91; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)
Wow. Are you seriously saying that Helvetica Neue copied Roboto? Please stop embarrassing yourself.
82. pulkit1 (Posts: 80; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)
but roborto has changed on android 5.0. i think both os's have copied each other but iOS takes a lot of heat because they used to sue everyone else .
68. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Wow...look at many of the features of iOS 6, 7 and 8.....huge ripoff of Android and others.
We can go back n forth like this all day....
As was said, choose a side or both and get over it.
7. hafini_27 (Posts: 234; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
Both are beautiful in their own ways. I prefer the card based ui of android L though. IOS 7 overused the blur effect
29. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2716; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Does anybody have an idea how to blur or give a frozen glass effect to any image/wallpaper? Thanks in advance.
37. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2274; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Go to the image editor and apply some blur maybe?
44. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2716; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
No I've tried it, not quite the glass effect....
39. hafini_27 (Posts: 234; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
There is an app called Blur. Search for it
46. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2716; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Hearty Thanks! Got it.
9. Vexify (Posts: 194; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)
In iOS 7 (and 8), you choose which notifications are important to be shown in notification center by rearranging in settings. Not everyone feels certain things are as important or superiorly important to others, i.e Email, fb, etc. You missed that or didnt know about that, but just pointing it out.
77. Nick_T (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Thanks for your comment. I have mentioned that iOS lets you change the order in which notifications are listed. It is just that Android L now does that automatically for you and it works pretty well.
80. Vexify (Posts: 194; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)
Thank you for the clarification. I really liked the article overall.
11. karamelakimo (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 May 2014)
both are great really
but in my opinion in case of a mobile i prefer android cuz of easy file transfer and file manager
and also personalization options
and in case of tablet i prefer ios on ipad , it's way better with apps optimized for it and huge n of apps also
i love the idea to have the best of both systems ;)
12. Commentator (Posts: 2296; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I can't speak for iOS8, but I've been using the Android 5 Preview for about a day now. While the changes from 4.4 are pretty much limited to the keyboard, settings menu, multitasking UI, nav keys, and lock screen (oh, and the calculator app) I'm not sure I like Material Design any more than I liked Holo. For all Matias Duarte's talk about how great intuitive it is, I can't help but feel they did this just... because.
31. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2716; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Same here, I like HOLO more than Material design. :)
45. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3884; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I don't think they made Material design for improved functionality. They're pushing for consistency and ease of development across all Google platforms, while also making animations for a more seamless experience. Granted they probably could have achieved that while still keeping Holo, but I think the consumers convinced them to give Android a new design this year. Many people (including myself) were saying they were tired of 0.x updates with generally the same look and feel as the previous update. ICS and on has been great, but I don't want Android 4.x to become the next iOS 1-6. I'm glad Google made a new design this year.
15. iampayne (Posts: 215; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
I have to say this is the most civil Ive seen a comment thread when its come to Android and iOS. EVER... Lets keep up the positive route.
30. Jinto (Posts: 309; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)
Apple iGirls are amazed by Android L, they are too stunned to talk
16. ahhxd717 (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
iOS 8 seems to have caught up with features, maybe not all of them, but the ones that matter to me most. I still prefer android, though I haven't tried Android L yet; however, iOS is seeming to make good improvements. I wonder how custom skins will look on the new Android L... Excited for the new iterations of all major mobile platforms honestly
83. pulkit1 (Posts: 80; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)
it is great to see that iOS is becoming a little bit more open .