Sorry, We’re Closed – iOS Vs. Android

The feud between Apple (iOS) and Android has been a battle lasting years, with hardcore fans of both companies and extensive research on both, there are both benefits and disadvantages to using either operating system, whether it is a free-flowing [open] system or one that is restricted or a closed system. These operating systems represent a convergence in media or even a technological shift (see my post on this from BCM112) and attract audiences that are a fan of using both mediums.

For the audience of these products, the end result of Apple using a closed platform is a central online Eco-System where you can backup contacts and photos, sync music and purchase applications all from your iPhone, your computer or your iPad in any location whenever you want. Try and leave the this garden Apple has created for you, and you’ll find the task of moving from iOS to another platform to be a whole lot less than easy.

In competition with this is Android, having an open source operating system, meaning that there are endless programming opportunities in order to customise and personalise your device, syncing them across multiple devices from all different operating systems (old and new models), except for that of iOS. Inherently, this platform opens up a gateway for massive security risks as well as device and software fragmentation existence in the market, causing problems with and by users, based on certain operating systems only running certain versions of a program.

Collectively, these two operating systems a great in hindsight and if they collaborated together, could bring a whole new level of experience to smart devices. Although both have problematic disadvantages, the advantages over the other definitely win consumers and captivate them. Conclusively, Android is open for business, whilst Apple if closed-off, only accessibly exclusively.

Interesting video based around Android and iOS – a history of both

Resources

Google’s Open Source Android OS Will Free the Wireless Web

A Fight Over Freedom At Apple’s Core

Android’s Fragmentation Problem Just Got A Whole Lot Weirder – And Bigger

iPhone Vs. Android: Which Is Better?

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6 comments

  1. Nice content!
    Creative visuals and good research effort which make the post detailed and informative.
    It can be more precise if you differentiate the two operating systems using lists or infographic
    so that it is more easier for us to see and compare.

  2. Awesome post Todd! You go into so much detail about the topics which is really good to see. You looked at both sides of the argument and used so many good images, videos and memes to express your points. Great job!

  3. Hi Todd,

    Your meme ties into your post very well, showing that the divide between Android and iOS devices is quite substantial and therefore can alienate specific audiences, or cause the transition between the two platforms to be two very different experiences.

    Personally, I do not think the walled garden is entirely a restrictive concept, and can conversely make a user feel more secure, as there is only one company to hold account for any issues. Granted, the freedom of Android’s platform is definitely a positive in today’s day and age, with the ability for individual customisation being a basic expectation from consumers.

    Your suggestion in the conclusion that the two could possibly join forces is an intriguing one, but unfortunately unlikely to happen, as made evident by the controversy surrounding Apple’s recent “Move to iOS” application on the Google Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apple.movetoios&hl=en).

    If I could make one suggestion, perhaps elaborating on a few more key advantages and disadvantages between the platforms might have strengthened your point, but otherwise a great article!

  4. Good post Todd,

    Its really clear to see the differences between the two operating systems and you have displayed it clearly as well.

    What do you prefer personally?

    I have an Android and I’ve found the main ease with it being music. Having previously had an iPhone and purchasing all my music on the iPhone from the iTunes and then not being able to get it off the iPhone and onto the Android was a nightmare and possibly a clear example of how closed iOS is. Android, no dramas.

  5. Nice post once again. Your detail in your posts are refreshing to justify your points. You’ve obviously done your research into both phone, and having very little clue about Android devices prior to this subject, I found it very intriguing.
    As it is ‘the Great Debate’ here is a cool video that shows the opinions of tech gurus and entreprenuers, the people that are qualified to gie their opinion. http://bit.ly/1M3fbwY

  6. Hey Todd,
    I really enjoyed your blog this week on Apple vs. Android. I feel like you covered both aspects of the debate in great detail, highlighting the competitive advantages of both sides. You should be complimented on your additional sources used within your blog, all helping to paint a picture of this topical competition. Good use of visuals, which help to make the blog a more enjoyable, read. Great blog, which it would appear that plenty of research has been done in creating it.

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