Android 5.0 Lollipop vs iOS 8.1: the best, compared

Among the multitude of things that can get a geek genuinely excited are the major updates for his or her gadgets. First comes the hype surrounding the software's announcement, then there's the excitement of exploring its new features, and after that arrives the enjoyment of actually using the features brought by the update. This is what iOS and Android users have been or are about to go through. Apple launched its iOS 8.1 update last week, and Google is about to release Android 5.0 Lollipop in a matter of days. Both software releases have been enjoying a lot of attention, and they're worthy of it given what they have to offer. This calls for a comparison between the latest and greatest Google and Apple have come up with...
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132 Comments

1. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Let them fight.

7. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Popcorn?

12. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Android is the world's most advanced mobile OS as mentioned before. Nothing comes close. WP is the only mobile OS that can heat up Android but the rate that WP is, Android's chilling in the park.

18. technosiastic

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Xperia fan. Can u please elaborate that what is new in lollipop. Ios is still superior in terms of speed, design, gaming, surfing web.

20. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Speed (browser) is negligible. Some YouTube videos show different results for speed. As for gaming, they look better on bigger screens. Design of Android can be changed (to me, iOS looks like a finalised kid's colouring book. That's just to me).

83. technosiastic

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

As for gaming looks better on bogger screen ? Fyi iphone 6 & 6+ has bigger screen Ios looks like a finalised kids colouring book? Fyi. Lollipop copied the lock screen design from colouring book. Lollipop has nothing new all these thing that they are offering are already there. They just add some animation and changed the icons. Tell me a single ground breaking thing that they have introduce thus year..

94. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

lol do a little research before posting . with lollipop google has introduced 5000 new api and not to mention ART .

114. curbthepain

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

lol "Fyi iphone 6 & 6+ has bigger screen", well here not only does the Note 4 have a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display (which is way way way stronger than your plain old IPS display and also has almost twice the pixels) it also has a quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 Gigabytes of RAM, and a Adreno 420. Which all in all against the iPhone 6 Plus and its 1.4 ghz dual-core processor, 1 Gigabyte of ram, and PowerVR gpu scores a 3272 in Geekbench vs the iPhones 2917. That's a 355 score difference! You think just cause your thin bendable piece of metal and glass has a 64-bit processor that it is the future in comparison to our beasts. Android users can choose from single core processors all the way to octa-core processors and they have a multitude of customization options for the multitude of phones they have to choose from. Android takes nothing from apple BTW. the lock screen is really not all that different from kitkat. It just has new animations, new notification ribbons on the lock screen and a new "material" feel to it. If you want to argue about ground breaking, choose an operating system that has tons and tons of developer communities that dedicate their days to making android better. An operating system that has more than just one company working on it full time. We have Samsung, Lg, Motorola, ZTE, Sony, Xiaomi, and many more. You have apple. We released 5000 api's in our new os. You released around 4000. Get up to speed. Android is next gen. iOS is just our competitor that just cant keep up in the race. Open-source vs Closed-source. (since the beginning) there is no comparison.

27. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I can't make comparisons to iOS, but Lollipop is fast and smooth. I can't really quantify it, but 5.0 just feels more "pleasing" than older iterations of Android. Not a big fan of the stock colors though. This is based on my tinkering with the L dev preview ported to the Nexus 4.

38. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Speed Nope, "laggy" TouchWiz on the Note 4 is faster than iOS 8 on the 6+https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVkaY-F6Zhs Lollipop is far faster than KitKat, mainly due to ART, but also to other things like improved RAM management Design Totally personal preference Gaming Hard to say, personal preference again since: iOS has great exclusives, such as BioShock and Bastion But so does Nvidia on Android, such as Half Life 2 and Portal Also Nvidia has GameStream and GRID And Sony has PS4 Remote Play But iOS also has Metal API which reduces driver overhead like Mantle Surfacing the web Again personal preference iOS has Safari which is the fastest browser (see browser benchmarks such as Octane & SunSpider) But the difference is negligible in actual usage. And Android has browsers with more features, e.g. third party multi window browsers so you can leave it loading in the background and for multi tasking

42. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Android obviously wins design, because you can easily make the UI look however you want it to.

45. diehardnokian

Posts: 147; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

woah both the operating systems are becoming very identical to each other...just look at the dialer and the lock screen. :O

131. iHateFanBoys

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

The lock screens are completely different. On lollipop, you swipe UP to unlock and you also have the phone and camera shortcuts by swiping left or right. iPhone doesn't have all of that on their lockscreen and you unlock by swiping right.

107. skyhaunter

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

The shield trumps all and any dreams Apple has about games or performance.

50. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Android may be most popular bug many of the features and looks like the lock screen animation, the three dot menu, the alphabetized contacts list, the different themes of text messaging apps, the Tiled based contacts apps, in app purchases, app trials, the Flat minimalistic UI, the new widgets looks etc are all inspired by WP, pretty soon Google will use sorely Live based Tiles on the homescreen and call them widgets, just a matter of time, Samsung Iconic UI, HTC Blinkfeed they are all looking up to WP UI so yeah Google may be chilling with market share but its new OS is MS inspired.

51. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Again the same BS! Yawn..

60. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Not crap its the truth.

66. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Delusional wp user is delusional. I suggest that you go to a shrink. You seemed depressed.

72. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Well tell me what was delusional about what i said, its easy to call someone names its another thing to prove them wrong.

65. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Lol you're the most delusional wp user I've ever encountered on the internet. And my God just stop with the everybody is copying WP UI.

67. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Again utter BS.... Flat =! WP... Btw material UI is not flat it's layered...it gives importance to small things which metro doesn't...material UI uses shadow metro doesn't...material UI strikes balance between function and form....metro gives importance to form.... The base of material UI us laid in honeycomb 3.0...and various google apps and websites....it didn't happen all the sudden....

74. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Of course Material UI is Flat, the problem is the disingenuous people like yourself cant give credit where ts due, look at WP in 2010, look at Android in 2010 now look at Android today its clear that its WP influenced. http://www.developer-tech.com/news/2014/jun/26/googles-material-design-pays-homage-microsofts-flat-cross-platform-modern-ui/

78. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Just because an obscure writer from an obscure blog says that android is inspired by wp ui doesn't make it true. Again android lollipop isn't flat. It shows layers through the use of shadows. Wp ui is flat and ugly.

95. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Cause that look does so much for WP no? You are only fooling yourself, an maybe other WP fans but that would be about it.

61. ishan.heru

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Android and iOS are "Brothers from another Mother" :)

113. MrOmkar

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

I agree! but most android fans don't think so, they are becoming more and more like iSheeps!

22. ABDULGHAFOOR

Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

Unbiased Review Well done Phonearena +1

71. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

At some point I like the ios, but most of the time I liked Android UI..

88. dorfoz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

iOS = 3 phones (iPhone 4s, 5, 6/6+) Android = Too many to list For iOS, its a conspiracy that they ALWAYS lag the oldest model so that you buy a new phone, but overall you're dealing with 2 variants. Android has hundreds of phones with multiple spec variations. To sum this crap up, each OS is only as good as it's BEST phone, in iOS's case, the 6+ and for Android it's (Insert your most biased phone preference here). Then battle. Until then, this is an ongoing war between two fanbases that will never end. In my case, I'd rather have some techs of Sony, Samsung, and Motorola and slap an iOS on that sucker and call it a day. (one can dream right? lol)

2. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Honestly its good that they updated their OS visually but the way i see it being a WP user ive been used to what other have been enjoying or is now going to be enjoying on Android or iOS, that's the nature of trends i guess.

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