These rival platforms are updated every year, when their creators are bringing new devices running on them. The latest Android version is 6.0 Marshmallow, while Apple launched iOS 9 and a few updates in the meantime. In order to get to know these platforms better and to find out what new features they brought, check out this article.
Interface and Visuals
Not many changes have been made to the new versions of Android and iOS, so Marshmallow has the same chunky and colorful Material Design, which displays your tabs as separate cards in the app switcher, but some would say that Android looks a bit cartoonish. The iOS 9 has an elegant and refined interface, very classy and has the edge, offering the Split View and Slide Over modes.
Android still has more customization options and it allows you to install an alternative launcher, which will make the operating system look differently. Google gives you the possibility to change the Android dialer or the SMS app, while Apple doesn’t allow you to put the Calendar on your homescreen. Instead, it puts widgets in the Notification Center and that’s it.
Google hasn’t introduced the fingerprint recognition support, which was already available in iOS and in addition, it brought revamped app permissions system. But iOS 9 isn’t completely original, as it borrowed the low-battery mode and a back button. Both systems have support for NFC and allow their users to make online payments.
iCloud Drive is now very similar to Google Drive, featuring a separate application for file browsing. Also, the systems have become smarter and they easily recognize the applications and contacts (apps drawer and Share menu in Android and Spotlight search and Siri in iOS 9) and you will notice that even the app-switching screen is very similar.
Google Now on Tap and Proactive Siri
Android 6.0 Marshmallow has a new feature called Google Now on Tap, which allows the popular digital assistant to scan your applications and screen and depending on what you’re looking at – band names, movie titles etc. it will give you links with relevant information about the information that might interest you – when the band has concerts in your town, or when the movie is playing in your area.
Siri is also able to recognize what’s on your screen and it will offer relevant results depending on your requests. The Proactive update stole some features from Google Now, which will make Siri to provide information in certain cases, without you asking for it.