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Fight for the top: Android 4.4 KitKat vs iOS 7

0. phoneArena posted on 18 Nov 2013, 12:31

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and the software powering our beloved gadgets isn't an exception. With each new release, mobile platforms are growing sleeker, faster, and more versatile than ever before. That's mobile OS evolution we're witnessing, and we're calling it evolution not only because software is constantly being improved, but also because the fittest are the ones that survive, while those who can't keep up eventually meet their demise. So, which is the best survivor of them all? The ultimate mobile operating system? Well, that's one of those questions that seem simpler than they actually are...

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posted on 18 Nov 2013, 20:18

76. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

You wanna know what else is huge?

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 12:56 23

11. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Android vs Android???

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:39 31

24. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Android vs buggy clone of Android???

Fixed your post for you.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:06 9

44. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Seriously - iOS7 does look like a deformed clone of Android 4.4, now.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:33 1

52. GeekMovement (unregistered)

+1 networkdood. While I would say that the appearance of iOS7 UI is elegant (aside from the flashy colors), a lot of it is definitely inspired from Android.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:39 13

56. GeekMovement (unregistered)

*sorry i meant to say copied, not inspired.

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 08:34

104. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

X Windows Phone

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:23 3

20. buccob (Posts: 2714; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

"...those who simply aren't sure what they want, would be perfectly happy with a device running iOS 7..."

This is you right here..

Best description of an iOS user who loves it for this very reason.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 14:32 3

37. xfire99 (Posts: 934; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)

U need to crawl out yours Apple batcave and see yours world most advanced mobile OS that is broken.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 20:42 2

82. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

The "just works" part is a bit outdated, to be honest. While it was true a while ago, now it has simply transformed into a figure of speech, usually to describe anything related to Apple. I miss those days.

Now, regarding the "world's most advanced mobile OS": this is a statement expected to come from the fan of a brand, backed only by what suits YOU and whatever features you really know the existance of.

To determine the OS's standing, first and foremost, you would need to define "advanced." Next, define "mobile OS." Afterwards, you should list every mobile OS that is still being maintained in this time and age and start creating groups of sub-lists with their characteristics per feature. Once you're done, you will probably still feel a little biased, but that is OK - we've all been there. It only takes a little reading, perseverance and passion. Hopefully, you will learn to love technology as a whole by then (even if it's just a little).

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 14:10 5

97. jacko1977 (Posts: 428; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

worlds most advanced dumbed down os i think u was ment to say

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 14:12 4

98. jacko1977 (Posts: 428; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

on my note 3 i have 2 windows open and then another 8 if not more can ios do that.....oh wait i forgot

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 02:37 1

101. taikucing (unregistered)

the worlds most advanced OS that has many flying UI bugs & still can't do multitasking properly.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 12:49 6

8. d_droid (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

iphone fanboys hit the gates running in the hate race

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 12:50 31

9. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Android is way easier to use IMO. In my admittedly-brief experience with my new iPad mini, I've been frustrated by hideous zooming animations, random reboots, and the fact that I have to reach ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP OF THE EFFING SCREEN to go back on a webpage. Not to mention that I have to enter my password every damn time I want to get an app, free or not, and the fact that I have to exit out of most apps to change their settings. I also can't have multiple shortcuts to the same app on my homescreens/in folders, meaning for example I can't put Google Maps in both my "Google" folder and my "Navigation" folder at the same time.

I've taken Android's ease of use for granted for far too long.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:00

14. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

Just press the "url" at the top of the screen to bring up the action items again. No need to scroll back to the top. I had that same issue, since I'd been using a Nexus 4 for a year prior to the iPhone 5S. Hope this helps.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:02 8

15. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

It's not that I need the action buttons to reappear, because even when they're there I STILL have to reach up to the top to hit the button, whereas Android has a dedicated back key at the bottom, which is easily within my thumb's reach.

I'm using an iPad, not an iPhone, so places that are easily reachable on the iPhone's 4" screen are not so on the mini's 7.9" screen.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 14:32

38. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

I see what you mean re: the dedicated back button. Re-read your original post too, and interesting point on the shortcuts. I didn't think of that. I just skimmed through it and thought you were only talking about web browsing. There's definitely a trade off from each.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 14:17 2

34. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

dude just swipe left to right with your finger on the side of the screen to go back a webpage...

yall are whinning about things that were corrected/enhanced last year.

iPad is hand gesture friendly 1 2 3 4 or even 5 fingers can be used to perfom tasks that keep you from scrolling or clicking the home button.

why would you even want to have two shortcuts? this problem you're having is not a fail on apple's part. come on dude.


posted on 27 Nov 2013, 23:38

124. lilduderob (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

if you have an iPhone 5s you don't need to type password finger print scanner. I do agree with you. I hate typing in password for a free app.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 12:58 5

12. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

I'm a user of both, but I prefer iOS7. It is cleaner and a little more consistent than Android. But that doesn't mean Android isn't great in its own right. I just wouldn't say Android is "better" than iOS. I would say that Android is a great alternative. What makes iOS my preferred Mobile OS right now is how it is completely integrated with the hardware.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:34 6

53. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Have you even used Kitkat yet? Because that's what they're comparing iOS7 to just fyi.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 18:54

70. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

Yes I have. Which is why I said, "I'm a user of both".

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 00:08

90. GeekMovement (unregistered)

I asked you that question because you said that it is "more consistent" than android kitkat and I'd be surprised with that statement due to the many bugs on iOS7 (which I am using too btw).
You also stated only "Android" and not kitkat specifically which is why I assumed that you may have been speaking about Android in general. Nevertheless interesting statement.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:12

16. medicci37 (Posts: 1331; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

Still waiting for kit kat on my Nexus 7. Would be awesome if Google would explain Wtf is taking so long!

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 14:22

36. ThinkingBrian (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

I haven't received Android 4.4 KitKat neither and I'm not worried about it. In all the time I have owned both my Nexus 7 (2012) and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, both devices have taken about a week to exactly a week to get the latest update once they started releasing it, so right now its right on pace. Of course I'm only waiting on my Nexus 7 to get the update. I rooted my GNex once we were told no update was coming for it and KitKat will now come from cyanogenmod.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:15

17. Tuxedo (Posts: 356; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

One important point is the iOS 7 is officially available to a much wider user base, vs just Nexus 5 owners at the moment.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:27 16

22. buccob (Posts: 2714; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

you are correct, but you can compare iOS 7 to Jelly Bean and ICS and still Android would be preferred by many, and the comparisson would still be quite fair

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 14:21 1

35. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

4.4 is available officially on the nexus 5 and nexus 7 and nexus 10 WiFi models. If you look at Google+ or xda there are unofficial 4.4 alpha builds for nearly every flagship device available, right now.

In total over 200million devices have android 4.4 available. Not just the 2million nexus 5 devices in consumers hands.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 16:16

49. Ninetysix (Posts: 2644; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Lol...I wouldn't even run those alpha builds on my daily driver phone. Just because an alpha build is available doesn't mean that people will use them. Do you even know how many people root or change ROMS?

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