Android vs iOS

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Which smart phone platform do you find or do you guess is easier to support?

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There are a couple of things to consider.

  1. Would you be supporting this in a corporate environment?
  2. How familiar are you with either already?

In my experience, they are very similar in the sense that neither has changed much since inception. Granted, icon’s change and apps are added but overall, the root filesystems of each are pretty cut and dry. I would suggest visiting The Android Development Center and the Apple IOS Development Center. From either of these, you can download (for free) the lateset operating systems in a development environment. This includes simulators etc…

That way, you can navigate and poke around a bit.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    Android's version fragmentation is a frustrating reality but Apple is not necessarily known for their enterprise integration and scalability. I'd recommend looking at a higher-level MDM system such as AirWatch or MaaS360 that can control all types of mobile devices. That's where the real value of mobile security controls will come into play.
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  • Brijesh

    Google's Android and Apple's iOS are operating systems used primarily in mobile technology, such as smartphones and tablets. Android, which is Linux-based and partly open source, is more PC-like than iOS, in that its interface and basic features are generally more customizable from top to bottom. However, iOS' uniform design elements are sometimes seen as being more user-friendly.

    Android is now the world’s most commonly used smartphone platform and is used by many different phone manufacturers. iOS is only used on Apple devices, such as the iPhone.


    Developer Google Apple Inc.
    OS family Linux OS X, UNIX
    Customizability A lot. Can change almost anything. Limited unless jailbroken
    Initial release September 23, 2008 July 29, 2007
    Programmed in C, C++, java C, C++, Objective-C
    Dependent on a PC or a Mac No No
    Easy media transfer depends on model with desktop application
    Source model Open source Closed, with open source components.
    Open source Kernel, UI, and some standard apps The iOS kernel is not open source but is based on the open-source Darwin OS.
    Widgets Yes No, except in NotificationCenter
    Call features supported Auto-respond Auto-respond, call-back reminder, do not disturb mode
    Internet browsing Google Chrome (or Android Browser on older versions; other browsers are available) Mobile Safari (Other browsers are available)
    Available on Many phones and tablets, including Kindle Fire(modified android), LG, HTC, Samsung, Sony, Motorola, Nexus, and others. Also, Google Glasses iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)
    Interface Touch screen, Smartwatch Touch screen
    Messaging Google Hangouts iMessage
    Voice commands Google Now (on newer versions) Siri
    Maps Google Maps Apple Maps
    Video chat Google Hangouts Facetime
    App store Google Play – 1,000,000+ Apps. Other app stores like Amazon and Getjar also distribute Android apps. (unconfirmed ".APK's") Apple app store – 1,000,000+ Apps
    Market share 81% of smartphones, 3.7% of tablets in North America (as of Jan'13) and 44.4% of tablets in Japan (as of Jan'13). In the United States in Q1 2013 - 52.3% phones, 47.7% tablets. 12.9% of smartphones, 87% of tablets in North America (as of Jan'13) and 40.1% of tablets in Japan (as of Jan'13)
    Available language(s) 32 Languages 34 Languages
    Latest stable release Android 5.0.1(lollipop), (November 2014) 7.1 (March 10, 2014)
    Device manufacturer Google, LG, Samsung, HTC, Sony, ASUS, Motorola, and many more Apple Inc
    Upcoming releases/Release dates Unknown Unknown
    Working state Current Current

    Hope this helps.

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