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

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

TouchWiz vs iOS, so that we can see how empty iOS is

4. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

or how laggy and overcomplicated TW is. If i go android, its stock or as close to stock as possible... TW is like buying a nice car with beautiful leather and then covering up the leather with those seat covers from walmart.

9. wilsong17 unregistered

Omfg stop saYing TouchWiz lag is the animation with .1 second lag. You can shut if off in developers option

11. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Nothing to do with the animations. It has to do with being a resource hog and not managing itself properly.. Only skin that really brings down the crazy high end hardware of the top shelf android phones.

39. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

"laggy" TouchWiz on the Note 4 is faster than iOS 8 on the 6+https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVkaY-F6Zhs Though yes stock Android is much faster than TouchWiz, but you do lose cool features such as their multitasking features

46. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

That's fine it's brand new out of the box. Let's give it a couple of weeks and see. Also, I'm sure there a ton of videos that show the opposite too.

48. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Missing out on the multitasking features that only work with a very limited number of apps.

58. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

BS There are hundreds of multi-windows ready apps. And most useful ones. Get lost iGnorant.

76. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

There's a list of multi-window compatible apps online... The list is pretty pathetic. Probably less than 0.1% of 3rd party apps support multi-window. I say that's very limited, but you can go ahead and call it whatever you'd like.

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

DAYM! Can't wait for Lollipop! :D:D::D

6. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Even though I like the looks of Lollipop I must admit I am not very impressed by the new features this new version of Android has to offer Because they didn't introduce anything special. I believe IOS8 had much stronger features like Apple Pay, Better fingerprint integration, Yosemite integration and Metal Graphics for gaming, plus Apple introduced the swift programming language witch I believe will have huge benefits in the future. And yes I still believe IOS is a better looking OS than Lollipop

8. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

You obviously don't even know what is Android.....

13. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

No he doesn't, I'm sure he has no idea what ART is. It's kind of a big deal.

23. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

do you think 99% of smartphone owners care what ART is?

33. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Something that improves your battery life and makes your phone run faster? Probably not 99%, more like 100%.

10. wilsong17 unregistered

The problem is that android already had those futures welcome to 2012

17. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

What features are you talking about?

25. Awalker

Posts: 1968; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

We've had NFC payment for a while now. With the exception of Samsung we don't use fingerprints in Android. Yosemite integration is only good if you have an Apple computer. Most people don't have an Apple computer. Metal and Swift seem like the retina language Apple uses for its display. I'm not sure if they mean anything.

103. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Apple Pay with Touch ID is superior to NFC payment. Android users make a big deal of the silly Face Unlock feature, but now brush aside Touch ID unlock, even though it's more practical and works just as fast as not using any passcode (on the iPhone 6 anyway). Also developers now have the ability to use TouchID in their apps, soon we'll be able to quickly and securely log into apps (i.e. banking apps) with just the touch of a finger. Handoff/Continuity is a pretty useful tool (my favorite in iOS 8) that works if you have an Apple computer OR an iPad. Metal is pretty significant. Not only will graphics improve by allowing developers to have more direct access to the hardware, but Metal is PROPRIETARY (like lightening vs USB cable). This means that unlike the open-sourced/cross platform OpenGL APIs that both iOS and Android use, games using Metal APIs cannot be ported from the App Store to the Play Store. So get ready for more delayed game rollouts for Android (likely with inferior graphics) and even more iOS exclusives.

117. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Games? Who gives a f**k?

16. torr310

Posts: 1633; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

iOS has never impressed Android users. iOS is simpler, Android is more functional. Period.

24. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

what exactly does android do that IOS cant? functional wise....

26. Awalker

Posts: 1968; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

How about a custom launcher to change the stale interface. Edit: How about choice?

49. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

It's responses like these that reaffirm iOS users aren't missing out on anything significant. Multitasking on Android and iOS virtually identical.

68. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Multi tasking??? Lol... Do you mean recent apps menu?? Because iOS still doesn't multitask.... Armanda priced that....

69. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Multi tasking??? Lol... Do you mean recent apps menu?? Because iOS still doesn't multitask.... Armanda proved that.... Switching between apps isn't multitasking my friend..

79. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

You guys brag about multitasking as if there's a substantial difference. There's not. All the streaming, uploading, downloading, etc happen in the background.

85. Thedefenitionofawesome

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

Thats called multitasking. But ios 8 cant do it. E.g It will be better if we can watch a video while downloading a big game rather than do one at a time. Android does it ios doesnt Now rethink about what you said. It is a huge difference.

100. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Watch a movie while downloading a game? That was a very ignorant response. It proves how little you guys know about iOS multitasking APIs. iOS CAN do it, that's the whole point. Please go do some reading and educate yourself.

29. jk0907

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Uh... multitasking??

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