iOS vs Android: operating systems rundown

iOS vs Android: operating systems rundown

Operating systems are one of the major features that separate Samsung from Apple smartphones, and one that definitely impacts your day-to-day activities. Operating systems are the primary programs on your phone, and they manage all of the other programs. Their developers add distinctive features to each of them, some of which can really change your experience. With this in mind, let’s do a quick rundown of iOS and Android, their features, pros and cons:


An open source operating system, Android allows a great amount of customizations, which is one of its greatest advantages. You can create add-on functionalities that exceed its normal capabilities. From widgets to wallpapers, you can personalize your experience and get all kinds of applications you simply cannot get for iOS.

It is also used by several manufacturers, like HTC, Samsung, Motorola and Sony. In fact, it’s the most used operating system in the world.

Pros of Android

Java-coded, this OS can be unlocked, modified and if you’re interested, you can even develop new programs, which makes it extremely popular with developers and experienced users.

The latest version focuses on enhancing security and productivity, which are weaker in comparison to iOS, particularly the second one. It’s the most flexible operating system, and you can get its apps from both the Google Play Store and the Android Market, a lot of them built by developers, thanks to its open platform and its effortless integration ability.

Cons of Android

The newest version of Android OS has tons of changes available, as well as a new user experience. Although having so many options of customization it’s great, if you’re not a seasoned used and know a thing or two about developing, you can break your phone, and the biggest disadvantage of this OS is that it doesn’t stop you from doing this.

The lack of consistency Android has can create a wide range of experiences, but at the same time, they can be bad experiences. Also, when it comes to updates, Android users will receive the latest versions later than those of iOS. And that’s not all, because the phones can have different manufacturers, you may experience compatibility issues. This means it’s best if you receive your update from the equipment manufacturer instead of from Google.

Also, because of the variety of brands that have Android OS, app compatibility can also be a problem. The use of alternative app stores can increase risk of malware. In regards to app download, users with older Android version can be susceptible to vulnerabilities and bugs.


This Apple-developed operating system has built its reputation on its speed and security, as well as for providing a clean and simple layout, with great colors and definition. Despite owning quite a small share of the app market when compared to Android, the Appstore tends to gain access to the newest, coolest apps much faster than the Google Play Store. Also, Apple has a very strict screening process for apps, so you’ll definitely get the best.

Pros of iOS

Apple offers cutting-edge technology in its Maps, iMessage and Siri, which makes it extremely popular, as well as a user-friendly interface, easy to use and simple to navigate. It’s ideal for those not particularly interested in customization.

You can access extensive content as well as amazing apps. iOS offers uniformity and consistency in all its devices, you can quickly download new versions.

Cons of iOS

Updates can be problematic at times, specially if your model is older. Older models can come with iOS 7, which limits your access to features included in the newest versions. Also, high level changes and customizations are quite difficult (if not impossible). This OS is not open source.

However, because it’s closed, the chances of getting malware are close to none. No apps can be selected as default, and the phones don’t have widgets and interactive tiles.

Newest versions

The newest version of Android, Android O offers quite a few significant features, such as changes design-wise in the settings menu and user interface, and a few changes in regards to security and background operations. It also improved the picture-in-picture support, as well as notification badges and better bluetooth support.

iOS 11 has new features such as a new dock, better Apple Pencil support, drag and drop multitasking, files app and a new and improved Siri. The Appstore also works differently. Other major improvements include AirPlay, notification screen, lock-screen, maps and Apple Music. Not bad, huh?

Both OS have its pros and cons, but ultimately what will decide which is best for you are the use you give the phone and your overall tech savviness. Whichever one you opt for, you’ll get a good operating system. They’re not the best for nothing…