fbpx

Android Calls Foul on Apple’s New iOS7

Unfortunately for Microsoft, Windows 8 and its bid to become a contender in the mobile market has not succeeded. Using Apple’s app-based approach, the end result was a confused and nose-crinkling OS that has muddied the waters instead of forging a new, clear path.

Which leaves Android and Apple. Their history has been a contentious one marked by patent infringement lawsuits and a vicious war to become the dominant mobile OS provider in the world.

Inevitably, when a major software release is announced or a game-changing device unveiled, the boxing gloves come out. Google’s acquisition of Motorola was a nod to the Apple way of doing business: owning both the OS and the device.

The slew of lawsuits also gives homage to the, ahem, exchange of ideas and technology between the two giants. Apple’s latest OS release, iOS7, is no different and it has Android lovers piping up with the battle cry of: “the iOS7 mimics the Android platform.”

Let’s investigate the validity of that assertion.

User interface

Otherwise known as UI, this is one of the biggest differentiators between operating systems and is immediately noticeable. Design, colors, and navigation through applications form the greater part of our enjoyment when we first dive into a mobile device.

Side by side, the difference in UI has always been clear. Apple’s clean design and facility of functionality are the trademarks that make it truly beautiful. Android’s UI is perhaps not as streamlined, but it is an OS that opens up a wide range of functionality and is much more customizable.

Lockscreen, notification bar, music, and multitasking

In side-by-side comparisons of these iOS7 screen views versus Google, ICS, and HTC, the look and design are similar. Copied? Not quite, but perhaps inspired.

Both lockscreen views are clean and simple, and they highlight the time. The notification bars do have similar layout and functionality, as do the multitasking bars. Perhaps most galling to the Android crowd is the comparable look of the music page.

Response

Apple devotees haven’t responded well to the iOS7 beta, perhaps because it veers so far from the beloved designs of yore. Android users, on the other hand, have been quick to adopt the interface and create Android skins that will adopt the interface for their platform.

Behind the interface, pundits are saying iOS is in catch-up mode technologically speaking. From improved functionality in the email client to resource allocation for most-used applications, the similarities are evident between the two platforms.

The good news? Android users can have the best of both worlds with Apple’s latest release and reap the benefits of both.

Anna Johansson
Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

More from author

Leave a Reply!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related posts

Advertisment

Categories

Latest posts

Building a loyalty program from scratch

You have seen many companies prompt their loyalty program and getting thousands of members to sign up and perform repeat purchases. If...

Easy Ways to Get Your Steps In

Over the last few years, wearable technology has become exceptionally popular. Many of us have Fitbits, Smartwatches, or other activity trackers. We...

What Makes Soccer So Popular

Although it hasn’t made significant inroads in the USA - it is getting more popular here though - soccer is the world’s...

Want to stay up to date with the latest news?

We would love to hear from you! Please fill in your details and we will stay in touch. It's that simple!