Android OS and iPhone OS (Fraternal or Identical Twins?)

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We like to make the competition fierce, in this segment it doesn’t matter how big the brands are, all we want is the competition; the little spaces that make them outwit each other.

We’ll now look at aspects of two Global brands; Google and Apple. The only thing is that today we won’t compare their differences but we would look at their differences.

The open source and firmware OS

Android OS is the most used operating system on smartphones and it is seconded by Apple iOS. Android OS does not reserve the rights to its OS, rather it gives access to any phone manufacturer that requires it.

iOS, on the other hand, is restricted, and only serves Apple devices like; iPhone, iPad and iPad touch.

Android history and timeline of success

Android was founded in 2004 by Andy Rubin, who derived the name Android from his name and the Greek word; Andro which means “the man”. Google purchased Android Inc in 2005 and retained its founder as its manager.

Android initially was supposed to be made for cameras, to enable users to have a remarkable interface experience, track location and customize their preferences.

Google further integrated the Android to accommodate phones that meet the specifications of their license requirements which is open to most phone manufacturers worldwide.

Google upon acquiring Android launched the Google Play store in several devices including the Samsung Galaxy, the HTC one series and several other devices.

The operating system now works on Smart TV (Android Smart Television), Android wearable ( smart watches), Android cameras and other forms of tech.

Android OS comes with a number of Google packages that many individuals and businesses cannot do without, E.g. Google Play store, Google Google Drive, Google Photos, Google Assistant, Gmail, etc.

Android has had numerous upgrades and the latest release is Android Pie (9.0), as Android upgrades, its hardware requirements also upgrade, the Android Pie, for example, requires a RAM of at least 4GB and it requires a 64-Bit platform.

As android upgrades, its user interface becomes very friendly and it is more adaptive to the User’s preferences; In other words, it gets familiar with the user’s needs and preferences.

With software upgrades, you’d also find hardware upgrades; Android phones now have corning gorilla glass, proximity sensors, accelerometers, pressure sensors, fingerprint sensors, and facial recognition sensors.

In short, they are making smartphones amazing and let’s not forget they have created an avenue for advertisers and app developers to get a source of income, its called Google Admob.

iOS history and timeline of success

iPhone operating system now known as iOS was founded by Steve Jobs in 2007 after the first iPhone was released. It is the second most popular operating system in the world and is restricted to only iPhones, iPads and iPad touch.

Other Apple products have their own designated operating system, but the iOS is for all Apple mobile devices.

The iOS has also had numerous upgrades overtime with the latest being iOS 12 which is what supports the iPhone X. The iOS comes with a lot of fun packages like Apple app store, iTunes, Accessibility,  iCloud, Safari and so much more.

The Apple App store has millions of apps that are downloaded daily and the lot of them have users pay for upgrades.

The iTunes music app is currently the world largest music app, with Apple music being the third largest music platform.  The license recommendations for Apple App store are numerous and that is why it is believed that only the best-coded apps are found there.

iOS also gives advertisers the chance to do their jobs in-App. More than 30% have to be paid for leaving the rest free.

iOS versions right from time require high and authentic chipsets, which is why Apple takes it’s time to produce its devices, you might see some of the specs in its latest phones in other phones but one thing is for sure; they deliver all their promises.

They are simply the class and quality mobile tech has to offer, but they might not be able to maintain that for long.

Similarities Between Both Operating Systems

Both Android and iOS have their user interface based on direct manipulation. They both have multi-touch gestures and their versions have peculiar hardware requirements.

They both have App stores, Google has the Google Play Store while iOS has the Apple App store. They both operate on 64-bit processor speed. With the same Snapdragon chipset that helps support different network connections.

Differences in Both Operating Systems

Android allows its OS on all phones that meet its license recommendation; iOS is only used for Apple mobile devices. iOS uses the iCloud storage system to enable access to mobile devices. Android links the phone to Gmail cloud services.

Android does not impose any browser on its user but for optimal utility, it is advisable to use Google Chrome. iOS on the other comes with Safari and allows users the option of downloading other browsers.

iOS is used in only Apple mobile devices while the Android is used in any device that supports the OS (Televisions, Watches, etc.).


Both operating systems mentioned today are a great deal in the tech world and they are both highly consumed. The big question is: What if Apple makes iOS available to any phone manufacturer. Would Android still be in vogue?

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