Face it; this comparison was inevitable. Google (GOOGL) just announced three new products in the Nexus series, the Nexus 9 Tablet, the Nexus 6 Phablet, and the Nexus Player. While they may be very different devices, there is one thing common amongst all of them, the fact that they run Google’s latest and greatest Android offering yet, the 5.0 Lollipop. Since its last offering of 4.4.4 KitKat, the mobile operating system has been given a complete overhaul, both visually, and in running performance. Many claimed that Apple’s iOS always had an advantage over its Google rival. With the Lollipop, however, that may not be the case anymore.
Apple’s (AAPL) iOS has performed brilliantly, and that can be seen with the iOS 7 adoption rate when it was released. Just a few weeks after its release, it had a 67% adoption rate; that is, 67 percent of all iPhones were running the latest version of the operating system. However, the iOS 8 was introduced with the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and has had a much rougher ride. It was unstable and buggy in its earliest version, and often caused apps to crash. To fix it, Apple released an update that went horribly wrong; it took away the phone’s calling ability and deactivated the touch id fingerprint sensor. Apple was quick to undo its mistake with an update that corrects it, but problems still persist. It won’t be long, though, before Apple fixes the issues and allows users to unlock the true potential of their new operating system, which, like the Lollipop, had been updated multiple times since its predecessors.
One of the key points of an operating system is how easy the creators make it for the developers to create apps and features for it. As before, Apple expects developers to maintain a yearly paid subscription, while developing on Android is free like always. This has its advantages and disadvantages, as can be seen when comparing the Google PlayStore to the Apple iStore. By forcing a subscription fee, the company discourages indie and budding developers to create new and innovative apps for the platform, because many cannot afford to pay Apple just to be able to develop for it. This makes fewer apps available to iPhone users, but the ones at the user’s disposal are usually of higher quality. However, they are often highly monetized and very few good apps on Apple’s iStore are free. Android, on the other hand, promotes development and has a lot more free apps than the iOS 8.
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