First to the race: Apple or Android?


It's the question that sets conversation on fire amongst the nerdier crowds: who was first to the race with a particular feature: Apple with its iPhone or Google with one of its countless army of Android phones?

Well, how about we ask you directly, so that you can check your knowledge of the two platforms?

The rules are simple: we ask the questions now and we're looking forward to your answers in the comments section, where the civilized discussion takes place.

On Monday, we reveal the correct answers with a little back story for those who are curious to learn why and how events happened in the history of our current world of iPhone and Android devices. Let's start with the first ten questions:

#1: Who came up first with an on-screen keyboard?

Who came up first with an on-screen keyboard?

Android
32.72%
Apple iOS
67.28%

#2: Who was the first to have a fully functional modern app store?

Who was the first to have a fully functional modern app store?

Android
23.84%
Apple iOS
76.16%

#3: Who was the first to feature 4K video recording?

Who was the first to feature 4K video recording?

Android
95.69%
Apple iOS
4.31%

#4: Which platform was first to have widgets?

Which platform was first to have widgets?

Android
95.93%
Apple iOS
4.07%

#5: Who was the first to have multitasking?

Who was the first to have multitasking?

Android
87.29%
Apple iOS
12.71%

#6: First with a 64-bit system chip?

First with a 64-bit system chip?

Android
28.02%
Apple iOS
71.98%

#7: First with a fingerprint scanner?

First with a fingerprint scanner?

Android
49.25%
Apple iOS
50.75%

#8: Which platform was the first with a phone payment system (via NFC)?

Which platform was the first with a phone payment system (via NFC)?

Android
78.01%
Apple iOS
21.99%

#9: Who was the first to offer split-screen multitasking?

Who was the first to offer split-screen multitasking?

Android
93.46%
Apple iOS
6.54%

#10: First with voice actions?

First with voice actions?

Android
0%
Apple iOS
0%

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122 Comments

129. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

PA you put min questions. On screen keyboard was present way before iph and Android. U forgot Sony Ericsson, moto PDAs, Compaq and many others. So this is dump poll.

123. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

For the ones wondering why people voted almsot as much for Apple as for Android in the fingeprint scanner. It is because Apple deserves the credit here, consider this, Apple has had fingerprint recognition in its OS since iOS 7, Android only just recently has it on its own OS with Android M. However, it is true that there were other smartphones using android before Apple that had a fingeprint. But, do it wasn't Google who did any of that and it's own OS did not actually support such a feauture yet, hence Google should not receive any credit for something that a third party company did. Besides, Apple's first fingeprint phone, the iphone 5S (2013) was much more accurate, fast and secure than the "third party" phone makers that supported such a feauture. Conclusion: Apple deserves to be named first for the fingeprint feauture because they had the whole kit, it was properly made and they did they had it first inside the OS code.

126. AlikMalix unregistered

There could be a poll that we choose based on who SET the trend (or who did it right) vs who had it first... To be honest, I've never heard of Atrix until after Apple made their own Touch ID, but I have tried Atrix and they might as well not wasted their time.. But because this pole only suggests who's FIRST - then that goes to Android Phone which was Atrix...

122. DialtoneHumm

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

This is going to end stupidly

116. mrochester

Posts: 1048; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

It's amazing how many people have got question 5 wrong. iOS has been a mulitasking OS since 2007, predating the release of Android in 2008.

119. AlikMalix unregistered

Oh man - I didn't want to comment as I'm not gonna have time to deal with angry android fan's emotions. But yes I remember playing music and browsing, taking calls and browsing. Navigating and playing YouTube (youtube used to be a standalone app without any ads). It wasn't as advanced as modern mobile multitasking - but never the less it was multitasking and android was a word from a sy-fy movie.

121. mrochester

Posts: 1048; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I guess it speaks volumes about the technical knowledge of many people commenting on this site. There's a big difference between what they think they know and what they actually know.

111. ananthu07 unregistered

The title of the Poll is not iPhone vs Nexus so, everyone saying Android did not support it natively, just burn. If it was about native support for fingerprint they should have mentioned it the article. They are comparing both platforms as a whole and that means ALL OEMs should be considered regardless of whether it was Google implementing it natively of OEMs modifying the OS to implement the feature.

109. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Who came up first with an on-screen keyboard and app market? nokia? :-/

113. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

While that is true, phonearena.com believes that information is no longer relevant.

104. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I answered/ voted fairly, I am happy with the results. But some 50-100 apple fans on 3,4,5? Are you high or did I miss those features on my past iPhones? Lol!

103. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

There are around 7% mad apple fans of here with brute to answer apple iOS is the first hahaha

102. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

apple first with fingerprint scanner? yourl must be crazy

98. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

What was that Android phone in 2003? I would of bought one. I was probably using a flip phone then.

90. Totse2k15

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Slow news day, eh? Gotta start OS fanboys war.

81. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple actually had a widget first, the music widget. Android owns widgets however.

86. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

On iOS? Because it specifically said iOS and Android.

71. Shocky unregistered

Would have better with an other category as in some cases neither iOS or Android were first so the question is pointless because it doesn't matter if somebody beat them both to it.

66. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Of course, many of these features were actually on Symbian long before Android or iOS even existed. On screen keyboards, an app store, multitasking and widgets all existed on Symbian before the original iPhone or the G1 were released. Don't know if Symbian was actually first with any of these features, but they were certainly available on Symbian phones before they were on any Android or iOS device.

65. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

Lol, the answer to most of these questions is Nokia, at least in regards to smartphones...

64. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

i have bought the biggest popcorn ever ! enough for 100 people to enjoy eating while watching the battle in the comments, who wants to join ? popcorn for all !! (Sent from the best Smartphone in the World, iPhone 6 Plus)

91. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just wait till later lol.

63. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

This poll is upsetting for those of us who actually know about the mobile environment for over 20 years. Symbian was first to have widgets, multitasking, true app store, Lumia was first with OIS, 4K, come on PA give credit where credit is due.

69. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Well actually Note 3 had 4k video recording before Lumia 1520 (after WP 8.1 Denim update). You are right on other things tho.

94. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Note 3 didn't have 4K from the get go (at least here in USA with t-mobile) I guess you live in Europe or Asia, denim wasn't that far after the 1520 w released.

62. chenski

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I like the picture

60. HildyJ

Posts: 346; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Of course the real answer for all of these except the app store is Windows for the PC. The question should be who ported x86 functionality to an ARM chip first. Plus, the answer to that is Palm for a number of the questions.

55. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Good job PA. If your goal was another empty, partisan, click-bait article, then you've succeeded!

54. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Let's just all agree that Apple got the basics right while Android built on the concept and brought ALL the other features to mobile devices. Apple= Basic/ Android= Pushing Boundaries.

74. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

We could all agree that, but we'd all be wrong. Both Apple and Android built on the concepts introduced in Symbian, which was pushing boundaries long before iOS or Android even existed. Not that Symbian was first with many of those features either, but it brought them to the masses.

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