Back in the day, Google’ Android team was struggling to build a BlackBerry clone. However, a decade ago, the first Apple iPhone was unveiled, and the developers at Google instantly realized they were going about the situation all wrong. Hence, they took a peek at what Apple had to offer and came up with its own platform a year later, with the HTC Dream/G1 which had features strikingly similar to those of the iPhone. While iOS and Android were making advances, learning from each other’s mistakes and borrowing even more features from one another over the years, all other cellphone manufacturers like BlackBerry and Nokia fell behind.
Android-Powered Smartphone Displays
It can be hard to remember a time when displays were not as sophisticated, full of color, and clear as they are now. Back in 2010, Apple started a pixel war with its Retina display on the iPhone 4. While the technology was pretty neat at the time, Apple did little to keep up with its competitors and the company’s products now have the lowest resolutions among all other flagship handsets.
Even though Samsung took the lead and went uncontested for years, Apple is now looking to narrow the gap between their display technologies. With the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Cupertino-based engineers almost did it. However, it only narrowed the gap rather than overtaking Samsung and its AMOLED displays.
iOS and Android App Stores
Android and iOS users have been going at it for years. Now it is time to settle the score. Android does not have better apps than its counterpart. However, it has an open source platform for developers to come up and improve their products, allowing them more flexibility. Even so, iOS apps offer a much more consistent experience and are smoother.
Nevertheless, Samsung came up with Instant Apps in the meantime, allowing users to freely test apps up to a certain point without making any purchase instantly.
iOS and Android Software Updates
No mistake here, Samsung takes the trophy home when it comes to smooth transition from a downgraded software version to the latest available. As opposed to iOS, Android users do not have to completely stop using their device while the update is downloading, as the patches are downloaded in the background over Wi-Fi. Furthermore, the upgrade will install itself in the background and will only take effect the next time the phone is rebooted.
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