The Apple operating system was the first on the mobile device scene when, in June 2007, the first iPhone came out. Within a year, Google’s system would follow and start to become updated and overshadow Apple.
iOS has been witness to minimal changes in 5 years- you could practically say that it has not changed at all. On the other hand, Anroid has changed considerably during the same time. Apple maintained its iOS for a long period of time and the iPhone is practically the same from the beginning; however, later, little by little, they started finetuning its initial design. This is a marked contrast with Android, which has considerably changed its operating system and the devices that run it from day one.
Just five years ago, both systems appeared on the scene, but we can already affirm that they have changed our way of living, with the evolution that they have set in motion. But if Apple had been the one with more drive, we could say that Android had not been handicapped, offering users a free operating system, multiplatforms, and mutliproductions, capable of adapting itself to the needs of the majority of users. So much so that, since 2010, the number of Android’s smartphone sales is greater than the number of iPhone sales.
It is not just about knowing which is better, but seeing what features are offered by each operating system, and how adaptable it is for the wallet and taste of the consumer.
Android is available with more than 200,000 applications, of which 80% are free. They contain high-quality graphic games, but there are apps that are of very bad quality which surely will be improved with time.
In iOS, one can find any application that comes to mind. There are already more than 350,000 high-quality apps available, including some in HD (High Definition).
When it comes to updates, Google does not give its updates very quickly nor officially, since it depends on companies such as Sony Ericcson, LG, Samsung, and other telephone operators. On the other hand, Apple launches its updates officially and within short time periods (on average, every 3 months).
Strategy Analytics has made public a study about the current tablet market. Despite the fact that the situation is not surprising, it does call attention to the evolution of Android in said market. iOS is dominating with a 58% market share for the close of the last quarter of 2011, far from the 39% that is shown by Android. But, far from the cold estimates, what grabs one’s attention is the evolution: iOS increased from 68% in the same period of 2010, while Android jumped from 29%; ten points say a lot.
Statistic source: Engadget
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