iOS 7 VS Android 4.3 Apple takes this giant leaps while Android stagnates

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Since iOS 6, the tech giant Apple has made only small and iterative tweaks and  improvements to its iOS smartphone operating system over the past few years, but with the release of the iOS 7, this time it is much different. The technology innovator from Cupertino has done some real hard work to redesign the way that the iOS looks, behaves and responds the user from the ground up. iOS has always had to compete with Google’s smartphone OS – Android – which has traditionally been simple enough and has overtaken iOS in terms of users although iOS still has more apps in Apple Store than what Android Play store has. However, the dynamic of smartphone application now reversing as well. Android has not changed a lot in the past few years with few small underlying changes since Jelly Bean which was Android version 4.3.

With iOS 7, it is Apple’s chance to regain its command and close the gap with its fiercest competitor Android when it is about the look and the feel of the smartphone operating system. Will Apple be able to do that? Those times are over where the smartphone users were novice. The users now demand more the advanced features and quality user interface which simplifies day to day tasks like multitasking on the fly. Let’s have a detailed view iOS 7 &  Jelly Bean Android version 4.3 and see how the both the smartphone operating systems compare with each other.

Sharing is the best way to care!

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Apple added the AirDrop file-sharing feature to Mac OSX a few years ago and now this feature is coming coming to the iOS as well. AirDrop is a convenient framework to easily transmit/receive files between the iOS devices over a WiFi network. The 2 iOS devices negotiate the over the air file transfer over the Bluetooth protocol and then push these files across the much faster WiFi connection. Apple is now promoting these features with much vigour by giving it a more central position in Control Center – the slide up/down panel in iOS 7.

Apple is likely to face some of the difficulties with AirDrop in the beginning after its release as iOS app developers to slowly support the AirDrop feature to their respective applications. Other Android’s sharing options and features are very much robust than the iOS’s shring features, but they are definitely much less consistent and good looking in terms of user interface. These applications can be easily categorized into the central Android menu for sharing.

Compared to AirDrop in iOS, Beam does not require the WiFi. Files to selected to be shared are pushed directly from one NFC-enabled device to the other. It’s a bit slower version, though. Samsung has its own version of Beam – the so called as S Beam feature in S4 – which uses the WiFi Direct technology to do the same thing, but it is definitely much faster since it uses Wifi. This feature can be duplicated on other Android smartphone devices with other apps ( since WiFi-Direct is also supported by Android devices as well).

Multitasking features

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Multitasking has long been an area of concern for the many iOS users even though Apple added a limited amount multitasking features back in its iOS 3 release. Previously, double-tapping the home button would produce a tray of application icons on the bottom of the screen and users can kill application from there as needed. With iOS 7, users now are presented a big, scrollable snapshot of the running apps on their iOS 7 device. Closing or killing applications in the old iOS 3 interface was quite tedious process of performing a long-press action on app to be killed and then tap a tiny, red-coloured x flags in the top-right corner of the app icon in the bottom tray. With iOS7, now the user just have to swipe applications off the screen in order to kill or close them. On the other hand, Android has been using a similar mechanism to close apps for some time, starting with Android 4.0 in the early 2011. Click the multi-tasking button (or any other multitasking button your device uses) and then the user would be presented with a list of currently running applications with screenshots on your Android device. The exact feel and the look varies from device to device but the stock User Interface is surely not as much attractive as Apple’s multitasking interface in the new iOS 7.

Camera & Photos

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Apple has consistently been leading the stage when comes to camera, whether it has to do with camera feature and/or performance. iOS 7, as expected does not really need to do much to threaten its current dominance in this area. The camera application provides many more options to the users e.g. square-format & slow motion video capture. The users can also apply various live filters even during taking their pictures!

Android’s camera application is quite different for every phone since every OEM has made a lot of changes to the stock Android camera application. The stock Android version 4.3 is pretty basic in terms of its features but it definitely provides improved settings, user interface and image capture options like 360 capture etc.  Stock Android also posseses photo-spheres which is an amazing feature. OEMs like the Samsung & HTC provide more features in their camera apps and challenge Apple’s experience. Although live filters are not on manyof the Android devices, the old gallery application usually has some very important image editing features.

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