Apple iOS 8 vs. Google Android L: The OS Battle

Apple iOS 8 vs. Google Android L: The OS Battle
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS 8 and Android L are the upcoming new versions of operating system from the tech giants, who would battle for the supremacy. A comparison between the two can be drawn on the basis of revealed specs and tweaks.

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Android L with revamped UI

Upon comparison, Google Android L has more than 5,000 SDK while iOS 8 has 4,000 new APIs for developers. Android L will be launched with for 64-bit processors, similar to what Apple integrated in iOS7.

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Android L comes with some real changes in the user interface, where Google has tried to show a “Material Design,” which would be used across all Google platforms like Android, Chrome OS, the Chrome browser and Android Wear. It has a never seen before interface design with stark colors and lot more animations for touch feedback and juggling between apps. Then there is a 3D effect with shadows and nested scrolling effect that rides out the elements that the users do not need.

Android Run Time (ART) is a new engine replacing Dalvik, which would increase the speed. ART uses AOT instead of JIT, which would enhance the performance of many elements, but primarily would increase the general performance and battery life. On the other hand, Apple has chosen Swift programming language for iOS 8 and OS X development, which will allow hardly any errors and, also, increase the performance for developers while coding iPhone and iPads.

Similar notification features on iOS 8 and Android

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has added an interactive notification on the touchscreen and has made it less interfering with the pop-ups at the top of the screen in apps.

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has, also, added some similar features in Android L by showing notifications on the lock-screen that will open the related apps and pop-ups at the top of the screen if the user is doing something else on the phone. Additionally, the notifications are ordered based on the past activity and priority of the user.

Google will launch Android Wear platform for developers, and LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live will be available for order. Android Wear will get an immediate upgrade of the apps once linked with an Android device. Apple has not come up with any announcement on the iWatch, but has updated the Health app and the HealthKit API for iOS 8. In terms of battery saving, Android L has an edge over Apple iOS 8.

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  1. Steve Jobs was wrong, it has taken seven years for them to catch up and they are still a year or two behind. As if Scr-U-gle could ever be only five years behind!

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