The differences between Android and Apple iOS have been getting harder to detect now-a-days. With each new software release, the two mobile operating systems look more and more alike… which isn’t all that surprising since they both seem to be “borrowing” the best features from each other. Android, however, is pulling ahead of Apple in a lot of key ways.
1.) Choice of phones
Apple really only gives you two choices: the 4.7-inch iPhone 6/6s or the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus. With Android smartphones, you have a huge variety of phones from a wide variety of manufacturers to choose from. Like Samsung? Grab one of theirs. Like Motorola? Grab one of theirs. LG? Nokia? I can go on and on.
2.) Google Now on Tap
One of Android’s newest and best features is called Google Now. It is Google’s virtual personal assistant, the equivalent of Apple’s Siri , and it aims to delivers all sorts of contextual information without having to leave the app you’re in. For example, you and a friend are chatting in Google Hangouts about going to dinner. If you hold down the home button the phone will give you a quick look at the restaurant’s rating, an option to call the restaurant or even book a table, in addition to creating a calendar event and getting directions to the venue — all without leaving Hangouts. Google Now on Tap is an awesome feature, and one that the current iPhones cannot match.
3.) Standard connectors
Apple uses its own proprietary Lightning cables to power its iOS devices but Android phones are embracing standardized cables like the UBS type-C.
4.) Better battery life thanks to Doze
In order to battle battery drains while the phone is not in use, Android devices now have a feature called “Doze.” Doze detects when you’ve left your phone alone for a long period of time and once your phone is inactive and not moving for a while, the device enters Doze mode, which disables your data network, ignores wake locks, and shuts down all background processing.
Android phones also have better cameras and better screen resolution.
Basically, even die-hard Apple fans… it never can hurt to give the other side a second look next time you are shopping for a new smartphone.
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