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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108. Tolooei

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

android 5.0 is good os...

110. Det87

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

Nautrally it's biased in favor of iOS/Apple, but it was actually delightful to see some of the "Android wins here" points (even if less numerous and always used different words). Also, if iOS provides less you can't just say "it's intuitive and simple - like it should be", but when Android does, you suddenly think "iOS scores a point in our book". Wherever Android "provides less" you can always find bazillions of apps from Play Store to do whatever and more that iOS does.

112. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

Yeah, I noticed that. It's a bit humorous to be honest. And whenever I read comparison/reviews like this, I always find myself saying in my head, "I have an app for exactly that solution." I know it's not exactly right to consider a third-party app in a review of the OS, though, since they didn't program it and it's not *part* of the OS, but I think they are worth the mention, and functionally do improve the OS because they do exist and can be used to solve that shortcoming--and in many people's cases, that's all that's needed to make one OS perfect for them.

111. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

I'm happy to see a pretty objective comparison of the two OS's. Only one thing bugged and confused me. It seems a bit contradictory to say that Android's recent apps list can be cumbersome because "no more than 3 cards can fit properly on the screen", and then say that the equivalent "in iOS 8 is the better solution", when it fits even less cards (1 full and 2 halves) in the screen at one time... Heh.

115. TonyStark

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Put them to fight would be politically incorrect. Remember, this is iPhoneArena and GalaxyArena.

116. TaylorMade

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 07, 2014

Just gonna throw this out there. I love Extensability on my iPhone. It got glazed over in the article, but it lets apps share specific data to each other. This means that sharing articles or text to Evernote, for example is way more streamlined (and I know android has always been good at the sharing feature). In the camera app specifically though, Extensability lets me edit my photos with filters from Camera+ or Instagram , for example, without leaving the camera app itself. The changes are saved in the original photo and I can still use the deep editing tools newly added to the Camera app itself. Think iPhoto level of color and saturation nauancing. (Shameless jab: let's see Google's servers enhance the original images that quickly and creatively)

120. yogeshkumar19

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 12, 2014

Android 5.0 Lollipop having issues with some apps

121. yogeshkumar19

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 12, 2014

The highly anticipated Android Lollipop 5.0 will bring the Material Design officially to your LG G3 Android device, and the design features brings more shadow and animations add more to its display.

122. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I am placing my bet right now that iOS 9 or maybe even sooner, iOS will look just like Android 5.0. Just watch. I am calling that right now. What Apple drop the circles from the pin log-in and more. Just watch.

127. pdqgp

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Good article. However several of the points on Android are missed perhaps because the reviewer doesn’t regularly use both? Lock screen notifications, quick replies such as what he claims iOS8 has and lollipop now has have been available on Kit Kat through an app. Nothing new there. So while iOS has them now, Android has had them for a while. It’s a simple customization through an app which is where most of the power of Android resides. Widgets. No doubt iOS has come a long way, but Android has Notification Toggle that allows for apps not just widget information to be available in the pull down. Something iOS still doesn’t do and is cracking down on their developers for doing by removing that capability. I’m not sure where the limitation of 16 apps in a folder comes from. I think he has it backwards or something. I have folders on Android with over 16 apps in them. There’s not limitation there.

130. ttony1324

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 27, 2014

Hey I searched this subject just because all the talk about "this new android whatever , I've had smartphones before there were smartphones, blackberry , Nextel whatever , I got a Samsung so I could trade stocks on e trade 7 years ago , listen most of your comparisons and arguments are bull , who cares does the phone do what u want it to do ? If so great if not get a new one , let me tell ya one ultimate fact your new one won't be much different then the one ya had because they all do the same freakin thing there ain't no new and or significant thing it couldn't do a year ago . It's ultamatly what your used to I'm using an iPad my girlfriend bought me and after 3 months I'm still having trouble getting used to it . Point being I've used android devices since they came out , that's the biggest driving factor in this argument what your used to , which ones better neither there both good

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