Android vs. Apple Applications Number

Androidvs. Apple Applications


GoogleAndroid vs. Apple iOS

Tableof Contents

Abstract 3

Overview 3

Introduction 4

Similarities between the Two Applications 5

Differences between the two OS 6

Conclusion 7

References 9


Technologyadvancement and the continued inventions in the mobile technologyhave brought along business competition between the numerous businessgiants in the mobile operating system makers. Over time, there havebeen numerous and continued development of computer and cell phoneapplications. Web applications are defined as system software’sthat are developed, upon which different web applications run.Different companies have engaged in the business of developing,running and supporting different web applications. Businesscompetition has become one of the avenues that is exploited bybusiness entities towards achievement of customer needs as well ascreating customer royalty. Two of the key and giant companies in thissector are the Apple Inc., and Google Companies which have investedin the development of web based applications. This paper is acomparative analysis between Google and Apple applications focusingon Android from Google and Apple applications.


GoogleAndroid mostly referred to as Android is a mobile operating system,which is developed by google, and is based on the Linux kernel. TheOS is developed specifically for touch screen devices, i.e., thesmartphones and tablet computers which have become the commonly useddevices in the modern world. On the other hand, AppleiOS is another mobile operating system that is created and developedby the famous Apple Inc. company. The OS has been the primarypowering for the company’s mobile devices such as the iPhone andiPad. The two giants have invented heavily in the web applicationdevelopment industry, hence becoming the leading companies in theindustry.


Themobile OperatingSystemhas for a long time been a two horse/player battle that is the AppleiOS and Google Android both of which has been trying to outsmart eachother as both vie for the top honors in the industry of webapplication making. Despite the existence of other competitors in themarket, the two have been on the forefront of the competition as whomakes what and the best App for the customers. While the two giants(Apple and Android) focuses on keeping people connected, they have adifferent approach towards development of their technologies. Thishas in turn led to the fact that, for the customers to enjoy any oftheir choice between Apple and Android, he/she must realize thedifferences between the two.

Competitionbetween various computer technologies is very common in the recentpast. This is partly due to the fact that most of the computertechnology companies have been producing similar products or productsthat have the capability of performing the same functions. One of theareas that have been largely affected is the phone industry. This isbecause of the similarity with which the smartphone producingcompanies are producing their products. For these reasons, there is agap that remains in making sure that there is a distinction isestablished between the different products that are produced byvarious companies. Mostly all the smartphone producing companies havea specific web application that is found in their devices that may bedifferent from that of the other company, but both can perform thesame function (Travlos,2012).

Oneof the competitions in the web application entails the Androidapplication system from Google and the iOS by Apple. This hasdeveloped to an extent that it has affected even the specificmarketing of different phones. For example, Samsung that uses Androidis always competing with the iPhone that is produced by Apple anduses the Apple Operating systems and web applications. This paperwill look at the various differences that exist between the twooperating systems and web applications (Travlos,2012).The Android KitKat 4.4 is the second most popular version of Androidafter the initial version known as jelly Bean. One thing that shouldbe noted that the main reason as to why most of the Apple deviceshave the iOS 7 is and very few Android devices have the KitKat 4.4 isdue to the idea that in Android, the upgrade cycles are usuallycarried out by the manufacturer. On the other hand, Apple pushes thelatest software updates directly to the devices (Shih,Lakhani &amp Nagy, 2010).

Similaritiesbetween the Two Applications

TheNative and Android apps are usually downloaded from the Apple, aswell as, Google app stores. They also offer a user experience that isunparalleled. It should be noted that they offer incredible browsingfeeds. They both also utilize the phone’s full hardware, as wellas, operating system in order to deliver some of the best featuresthat companies using these apps can use to drive brand loyalty. Theyoffer a very fast browsing speed and good offline storage.

Thehome screen provides one of the major similarities between the twooperating systems. The iOS 8 features a number of apps with about 3to 4 apps at the bottom. The home screen also changes orientationdepending on whether one is holding it horizontally or vertically.The android home screen can be customized by the user to a vastdegree. This means that a user can turn his screen in whatever waythat he feels like. It is possible in both of them to have severalscreens of apps. On the same note, the KitKat is also able to changethe orientation of the app. Android also allows users to drop widgetsin their home screens in order to ensure that they are able toperform tasks without having to launch an app. The two can be usedfor weather forecasts, calculating the exchange rates and keeping upwith the social media vibes (Butler,2011).

Differencesbetween the two OS

Despitethe many similarities that exist between the two operating systems,they have many differences as well. They differ in the design and thevarious functions that can be performed on the home screen (Tracy,2012).The way that icons are added to the home screen is also a differencebetween the two operating systems. It is important to note that withApple, the operating system is far much easier to use as compared tothe android version. In Apple or the iOS 7, to go back, one has tomove the finger from the right to the left as compared to the androidwhere one has to tap a button in order to make sure that he or shehas moved back (Shih,Lakhani &amp Nagy, 2010).

TheiOS 7 provided one of the biggest overhauls that Apple has ever doneon its devices. The iOS 8 provides a similar sports clean appearancethat was provided under the iOS 7. It offers transparency andanimation. Animation is what gives the illusion of layers hencemaking the OS easier to navigate through. On the other hand, theKitKat 4.4 uses the features of a cleaner design as compared to theJelly Bean that was a predecessor. However, KitKat 4.4 uses adifferent approach to that taken by Apple. This is because of thefact that it uses standardized icons, as well as, shadows in order togive a fun like the 3D effect (Chin,Felt, Greenwood &amp Wagner, 2011).

Theother difference between the two is the level of customization ofeach operating system. Android has an advantage at this point overthe iOS 8 or iOS 7 that cannot be customized to such a level. TheApple OS is limited in the sense that one cannot be able to addwidgets onto the home screen and therefore one has to launch the appin order to perform any tasks (Tracy,2012).The other difference between the two comes with the fact that Applecan be able to have access to many more applications as compared tothe Android users. The Apple store has numerous apps that users candownload at their own will (Shih,Lakhani &amp Nagy, 2010).However, despite the fact that the Android users have the Google Playas an App store, the number of apps is limited as compared to theones that are found in the Apple store. However, it should be notedthat the social media era has brought a revolution in terms of theapps that are common to both operating systems. Facebook, Twitter,Instagram and WhatsApp are popular to both Apple and Android.

Thecloud options in the two operating systems are different as well.When Apple has its iOS 8 acting as a virtual hard disk drive, whichmakes it easy to organize ones files, as well as, see the apps thatare taking a lot of space. It also offers a hand-off functionalitythat allows one to work on files across various devices (Chin,Felt, Greenwood &amp Wagner, 2011).This is not the same when it comes to android 4.4 that feature aGoogle Drive. Despite this being one of the best solutions when itcomes to the cloud, it is not as simple to store other files in aGoogle Drive as it is simple in Apple that offers a virtual hard diskdrive. In the fight against the web applications, the company hasembarked on who will produce the applications that are simple forcustomer use, reliable, flexible as well as can work in a range ofdevices.


Thecompetition between Google and Apple in the web Applications doesn’tappear to end anytime soon. With the continued innovation intechnology, the war between the two giants is expected to continue,as the App users continue to choose their favorite. Better smartphones and tablets will be produced, which means that more efficientoperating systems will be produced as well, which in turn means thecompetition in the web application development, will continue aswell. To the application users, making the decision between the twoapplication developers is a matter of individual preference. From theabove discussed comparisons between the two, it can be a difficultthing for the users to indisputably differentiate which platform issuperior to the other.


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