iOS vs Android: What are they and what is the difference?

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If you have ever heard anyone talking about the comparison between iPhone and Samsung, you would have heard the terms iOS and Android. If you don’t know what these are, below is a simple explanation of each one to help you get a better understanding of what these two important acronyms are.

iOS

To put it simply, iOS is the operating system for the iPhone and is the primary software that allows you to interact with your device. iOS literally stands for the iPhone Operating System. The software enables your apps to run smoothly and manages your device’s memory to ensure that you get the optimal experience when using each app.

Android

Android is pretty much the same as iOS but for devices such as Samsung. Again, it is the operating system which allows you to interact with the device and ensure it runs smoothly. Apple devices don’t use Android and Android devices don’t use iOS.

So, what’s the difference?

To the average user, the difference between the two operating systems probably isn’t too noticeable. The user-friendliness of each one comes down to the individual and which one they prefer. The main features such as swiping, tapping, pinch-to-zoom, the status bar, etc. are either the same or relatively similar. The differences come down to more advanced tools such as customisation of each device and the “openness” to external applications. 

Android devices are considered “open” as users are able to customise their devices easier and to a greater extent than iPhone users. The devices are also able to download applications and files from the internet. Although this may seem like a good thing, it also makes the devices more susceptible to malware. This is why a warning appears whenever you try to download something from the internet. 

Apple devices are considered “closed” as they are not as fully customisable as android devices are. This provides a further precaution to avoid installing any malware, but also means that you may not be able to get some things onto your phone as easily as you would with an Android device.

As we said before, the choice of whether to get an Android or iOS device is up to the individual. We suggest going into a store and trying out some of the display phones to get a feel for which one you prefer. Either way, each operating system is great, and it doesn’t really matter which one you prefer. 

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Sources:

https://www.techopedia.com/definition/5415/android

https://recombu.com/mobile/article/what-is-ios-and-what-does-ios-stand-for

https://www.diffen.com/difference/Android_vs_iOS

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