With the Android and iOS mobile operating systems currently accounting for 92.6 percent of the smartphone market, it’s becoming obvious that the future of the mobile device will be dictated through the fierce competition between the two entities. Though iOS and Android were both equally popular just a few short years ago, Android devices have gained an incredible amount of traction and have emerged as the leading competitor despite their late start.
1. The Android operating system gives you more control.
With a visible file system and the ability to drag and drop files from your Android device, the Android is the clear winner for anyone who requires power, versatility and functionality in a mobile operating system. iOS users are required to complete a complex process with third-party software if they want to simply access the data on their iOS device outside of iTunes.
2. The Android has the ability to share a single device with multiple users.
One of the major issues holding iOS back is its inability to handle multiple users. Android devices can be shared among a family or, even more vitally, an entire office. An iOS device is always singular to the person who owns it; even switching between iTunes and payment accounts becomes a chore.
3. The Android has better customization and more third-party software options.
As a more open development system, the Android offers more customization options and third-party software systems such as the Swype keyboard. iOS keeps an iron-tight fist on many of the functions throughout its operating system to maintain its brand identity, but an Android phone or mobile device can often be customized to the user’s heart’s content.
4. The Android supports more types of media.
Due to its open design, practically any video file or song file you want to load on your Android device can be added in. iOS users don’t have this luxury; all files need to be imported through iTunes and converted if they are to be played on an iOS device.
5. The Android offers more cost-effective solutions.
“While Apple has attempted to remedy its price point issues through the creation of the iPhone 5C and other value-oriented options,” says security researcher for Android, “the Android still remains a less expensive option and this has made it far more popular on a global scale.” The price point of virtually all Apple devices are quite high, while Android devices are available at both ends of the price spectrum.
6. The Android has more free applications.
Though the Android marketplace has often been seen as the digital version of the Wild Wild West, there’s no doubt that there are more free applications out there for the Android than iOS. It simply costs more to develop for iOS than Android; not only do developers need to pay the fees, but they also need to pass Apple’s stringent quality controls.
7. The Android has more security options.
Security is a big deal, especially in sectors that require mobile device management. Android devices have a variety of security methods: face unlocks, patterns, PINs, passwords and more. Having a security system that can be easily customized makes it far more likely that users will actually lock their phones, thereby greatly increasing security overall.
8. The Android has a better notification and action center.
With an Android phone, you can immediately view your current notifications and then act upon them. With iOS, something as simple as sending an email requires that you first unlock your phone, launch your email application and then progress.
9. The Android has the momentum.
Though the Android was released later than the iOS, it quickly caught up in terms of capabilities and functionality. The Android system has simply advanced further than iOS within the same period of time, and this is why it has been able to capture such a large part of the market share. The Android shows no signs of slowing down, while the last few versions of the iOS were met with lackluster enthusiasm and drastic issues such as motion sickness.
10. The Android is simply on more devices.
Perhaps the greatest reason why the Android will remain supreme is that it’s available on so many different physical platforms. The Android can be licensed for a multitude of phones, devices and even watches and cars, while the iOS system is only available on Apple devices. Regardless of your budget or your needs, there’s likely an Android device out there to suit you. The same cannot be said for the limited product line offered by Apple for iOS.
There will always be those that prefer iOS to Android, but in terms of market share, Android is not only winning the battle but gaining momentum. In just four short years, Android has gone from 10 percent of the smartphone market share to nearly 75 percent. Meanwhile, iOS has remained mostly static.
About The Author: Christopher is a writer for Android antivirus company Armor for Android. Christopher has worked in the Android security field for several years and provides content and advice to Android users.