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

1. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

That last question doesnt work

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'm surprised that 47% of the people here at the time of my vote think Apple was the first with a fingerprint scanner. Heights!

20. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

How was Android First? Because of the Moto Atrix? Thats moto bring first and not "Android". Android just got "Imprint" where as iOS has had fingerprint support for years. It's not as clear cut in Androids favour. Both parties had a hand.

22. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Then the question is flawed. If we don't include the actual devices in the comparison, how would Android have ever implemented a hardware feature first? They don't produce hardware.

26. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

You can phrase the question with when did stock Android support the said hardware. Because of Androids open nature anyone can add anything and if that's the argument than It's wrong to say iOS vs Android when it's apple vs Oems.

59. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

except for the first 64 bit and App store question, every answer is Android...... although i think getjar.com was the first Mobile App Store

61. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

IPhone also had first on-screen keyboard. The first iPhone was a digital keyboard, but Android Cupcake didn't even support digital keyboards at first.

67. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Symbian had on screen keyboards before Android existed. And voice control. And widgets. And multitasking......

72. Shocky unregistered

Indeed, people seem to forgot Nokia dominated this market for years and introduced many things first.

99. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Not only Nokia but Microsoft as well. People seem to forget Microsoft's Pocket PC domination before the "smartphone" boom started. And let's not forget Palm. But then again... perhaps Apple is indeed the first with their Newton. Although I believe Palm dominated the US market before 2000.

87. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Lol. So true....

114. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

I think Nokia's app store is older.

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Atrix was still running Android nit-wit.

30. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Running Android with Custom software to support special hardware is not the same as the Os itself supporting the hardware. Moto had special software to use with the scanner, the Google built software or Android apps didn't support fingerprint to any capacity because Android didn't. If you can understand that or are just too fanboi to admit. I'll stop replying since it's useless.

41. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Android supported that custom software didn't it? Thus Android supported fingerprint scanners first.

45. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And what mobile OS did the Atrix use? Case closed.

47. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

What is the moto Atrix a windows phone? Zylam stop been an iDiot plz! Its an android phone so android has it first. Live with it!

49. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

...But if you read the actual article, it clearly states that "Apple with its iPhone or Google with one of its countless army of Android phones?" So, it is acceptable to count a single device such as the Motorola Atrix as a win for Android based off the parameters in the article. You may feel differently about a feature that's not actually a stock feature of the OS, but that's simply not what the Article is asking. Is it fair that iOS is pitted against a "countless army of Android phones"? No, of course not, but that's the nature of the platforms and the simple limitations of what Apple offers.

73. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Scott thats how Apple positioned itself they could sell lisence to other OEM to make iOS based phone. Its Apple choice to work the way they do.

95. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yes, yes it is, and Google positioned themselves to allow their OEMs to modify the Android OS to work however they see fit, which is why you see so much innovation from Android because you have dozens of companies the world over all trying to distinguishes themselves from one another. You shouldn't be upset when one platform has much more many firsts than another because it's one company competing against the entire industry.

124. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Also Google /android 1st showed off there App Store and then Apple copyed them and had it on a working phone 1st, they was just going to have it as plugins on safari before Google showed off what they was going. To have, so it was Google idea (taken from others) and then Apple copyed it and offered it 1st

125. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well I don't know if that's true or not, but I know for a fact that Google had to completely redesign Android after Apple revealed the iPhone because what they currently had at that point didn't hold a candle to iOS.

85. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Did you really forget HTC One Max?

88. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

I don't even understand....too many Android Fan boys! Please does Android support split-screen multitasking yet???? Its ONLY SAMSUNG """HIGH-END""" PHONES(and it does not even work perfectly well, and not would all apps, only 'few' apps) But split screen multitasking was fully built into ios9 PLEASE!!! Give merit to those that deserve it!!

96. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And what does Samsung phones that support multiwindows run on?! ANDROID, Einstein! Android is open source so you can basically make anything with it.

101. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Dude ios as an OS had it first before Android as an os!

127. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Since when does a iphone have multi-window or true multitasking nut. O.o

130. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Read post 49 then walk away quietly.

100. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

LG does split-screen multitasking too with "their" Android.

107. engineer-1701d unregistered

android on motorola is android. os

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