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
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