The Battle of the Best OS is Here: Android Q vs iOS 13
There is always an excitement in the air when new operating systems are introduced in the market. The competition is especially tough when the operating systems are launched by Apple and Android. This year we have seen two OS being launched iOS 13 (which is an Apple initiative) and Android Q (an Android vision). The question now is which one of these two OS is the best.
In fact, there was a similar comparison that happened between iOS12 and Android P. But, let bygones be bygones. Today, we are more interested in knowing how these two operating systems stack up against each other. If you are looking to take advantage of these two trending operating systems it is best to avail the services of a mobile app development company and get Android app development and iPhone app development at a reasonable price.
In the forthcoming sections of this write-up, we have provided a comprehensive guide on both the OS by looking at their features, similarities, and heads-on comparison to determine which one of the two is the best OS available in the market. We promise after reading this content piece, we will be able to decide which one of the two operating systems is the best one according to your specific requirements.
Before we look at the differences between Android Q and iOS 13 it is extremely important to look at the new features that are being offered by both iOS 13 and Android Q.
Let’s start with Android Q features.
While there are lots of features that have been announced by Google as far as the Android Q features list is concerned, we will look at only the impactful ones.
Foldable UI Support
Samsung has already made an announcement that they would be launching a foldable phone. Keeping this in perspective, few other OEMs have decided to explore the foldable SmartPhone market. And with the SmartPhone manufacturers taking interest in the foldable SmartPhone market it made perfect sense for Google to include it in their latest OS update. This is one of the best features that is included in Android Q. It should be noted that Google has already announced that it would be extending support to foldable UI in Android Q. Great news, isn’t it?
Resolution to Keep Split Screens in Active Mode while Running the Primary Application
Android Q will have an advanced feature in its OS by having an upgraded version of PHP mode and Split Screen. This way you would be able to work around all the split screens in an active mode. In simple terms, the apps that will run in the background will not go on sleep mode while you are using the primary application. Can it get any better than this?
Inclusion of Vulkan API to Provide Superlative User Experience
News is going around that Android Q will consist of Vulkan API. It is nothing but an API comprising of low overhead, cross-platform 3D graphics. This will assist in providing a superlative user experience.
Google is trying to improve the Treble compatibility within Android Q. Through this feature, users will have the scope of employing flash GSI on devices that are running on Android Q. One great thing that will happen with this feature is it will promise a much quicker system update.
This is one thing that is also present in iOS 13. Using this feature, Android users will have the scope of saving their battery consumption without compromising the whole experience and keeping it easy for the eyes.
Smart Lock Not Limited to Pixel Presence Devices
Android Q will upgrade its smart lock functionality which until now was limited to Pixel Presence devices but now it will be used by other users too. It will assist in swift ways to unlock the devices. Let’s look at some of the situations where you can unlock the device.
- When the device is in physical contact with your body
- When the SmartPhone is in a trusted location
- When you connect it to a trusted Bluetooth device
- When the phone is able to recognize your face and voice.
With the help of Android Q, Google has decided to provide the functionality of screen recording to the Android users. This feature will help users to capture the things happening on their device in a video format. It will also provide the voice-over functionality to the users through which they will be able to speak while capturing the screen’s content. Brilliant idea, isn’t it?
Flash Multiple ROMs on a Single Device
Android Q is all set to take Project Treble to the next level. This would enable developers to flash multiple ROMs using a sole device very easily. This will be done without performing data wipe or unlocking bootloader. This way Android development companies and OEMs will be able to test newer Android versions at a quick pace.
Android Q is set to change the notification setting. With this feature, the notification will not fade on its own until you act on them. In other words, until and unless you slide left for opening the notification or slide right to discuss them it will not go away.
New Sharing Shortcuts
Android Q will make the sharing for the users effortless. Through this new shortcut feature, Android users will be able to switch to another application for sharing media. This way it would become possible for them to cut back on multiple steps that users would normally follow for sharing items between applications.
Now that you have looked at the new features that are expected to be present in Android Q it is time to look at the features expected to be there in iOS 13.
Here are the most important Android iOS 13 features.
Systemwide Dark Mode
Apple, the tech giant is now working on improving the optimization. With the help of this feature, the system-wide operation would alter all the hues and transform them from white and light grey to dark grey and black on the supported applications. This way iPhone users will be able to use their phones even after dark.
Restyled Photos App
This new feature will completely overhaul the Photos app present in Apple devices. This will have a major impact on the competitive rivalry between iPhone and Android. It will become possible for the users to create their comprehensive photo library. All this in conjunction with showcasing highlights of your time – day, month, and year wise. With the presence of the in-built photo editing tool, iPhone users will be able to perform photo-editing with various brand-new functionalities.
Sign In with Apple Option
This new feature will enable iPhone users to use the new sign-in with Apple option which would make them feel safe and secured while signing into websites and applications. This Apple ID will be used to authenticate with the help of Face or Touch ID. Also, the developers will be given an exclusive ID instead of real information. Apple is also planning to have single-use random email IDs so that you will not require to share the addresses with the applications again.
Single Time Location Access Permission
There are new controls that are coming up in the iOS market that limit the data which are shared with the applications. This way your privacy will be more protected. Under this feature, you will be required to give apps permission to view your location only once. Rest of the time, Apple will send out notifications that will help you to know those apps which are using your location data.
Updates in Apple Maps
The new iOS 13 maps will have broader road coverage, accurate addresses, and a very comprehensive land cover. It will also provide information pertaining to the street-level image of the city coupled with a collection feature through which you will be able to share places and restaurants with friends.
New Reminders App
Under this new update, Apple has introduced a new reminders app with clever features that will make the app a lot more useful. It will ensure that you are able to keep a tap of reminders easily. It will also enable you to use new toolbar for adding flags, locations, dates, time, etc.
New Siri Updates
Apple has upgraded Siri for iOS 13. Now, you will be able to hear an altogether new voice that sounds more natural than ever before. There will also be a “Suggested Automation Feature” which would recommend customized shortcuts which you would like to create. On top of this, Siri will now support Live Radio through radio.com, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.
Now, that you have looked at the features of both iOS 13 and Android Q it is time to look at the similarities between the two OS which bring them to common ground.
Similarities Between iOS 13 and Android Q
While the individual features paired against each of these operating systems make them tough competitors, there are two updates in particular that bring them to common grounds.
Both the operating systems are coming with a dark mode which can get activated through the settings option of the device. Both are aimed to replace the otherwise background with the dark ascent. The amazing part is, all the first-party apps will have this automatic update. While the third-party mobile app developers will have the option of employing the companies’ toolset to add this functionality.
Both the brands are focusing rigorously on keeping the user privacy intact. This has become possible with the help of new enhancements in their operating systems. In the case of Apple, it is coming up with Sign In with Apple functionality, while Google is concentrating fully on the location setting to protect the data of the user.
These are some of the similarities between the operating systems. Now, let us divert our attention to the final section of the write-up which will provide a comparison between the two operating systems and help you decide the best amongst them.
The Battle of the Best OS: Android Q V/S. iOS 13
Focus on Privacy Settings
Google’s major business comes from targeted ads that totally depend on users’ data which is not the case with Apple. It mainly concentrates on services, apps, and hardware. Even after the huge promise by Google through Android Q to provide greater control over what gets shared, it is not up there yet. While in the case of Apple, it has the “Sign In with Apple” functionality that gives far more advanced privacy settings than ever before. So, ever there was a question of which of the two operating systems is better in terms of protecting the privacy of the users then Apple’s iOS will be a definite winner.
iOS – 1 Android Q – 0
Google introduced the dark mode in Android P which it is merely passing on across the new OS with Android Q. While when we talk about Apple, it has a vast amount of experience in this area.
It was way back in the year 2018 when it first introduced a dark theme in MacOS Mojave. This time around, with iOS 13 it is planning to bring this functionality in mobile devices as well. So, clearly in terms of dark mode too Apple’s iOS is a definite winner.
iOS – 2 Android Q – 0
Apple Maps does a wonderful job when it comes to providing information pertaining to point A to point B while traveling. Although, Google Map has a lot of things on offer in this regards like more accurate address, street view in 3D, etc. The functionalities that Apple has added in iOS 13 have made it come in equal terms to Google. Here, the honors are shared amongst the two as there is no definite winner. Hence, we are giving one point each to both the operating systems.
iOS – 3 Android Q – 1
Apple’s Siri has been around since a very long time as far as the voice assistant market is concerned. But, Google Assistant has now surpassed Siri and it has become the best assistant available in the market. The problem with Apple’s Siri is during one of our demos we found that Siri was not able to identify voices and commands properly even after iOS 13 Siri update which is proposed to make it sound more natural.
Now, when we focused on Google Assistant it worked perfectly fine with commands. What is more, it even combines the command result with its massive search database. With constant updation of Android Q’s Google Assistant chances are Apple’s Siri will fall behind here. So, Google Assistant is the ultimate winner here when it comes to voice assistants.
iOS – 3 Android Q – 2
Capturing and Sharing Photos
Google photos has everything that you will ever need in photo service. It includes the best of supreme editing tools in conjunction with effortless photo sharing coupled with suitable backup. It even enables you to search for people, places, and things which have automatically been tagged in your images through the power of Google.
Although Apple’s iOS has a wide range of editing capabilities it still has a long way to go as far as effortless sharing and limited free storage of 5GB is concerned. It has to be noted that Google photos has free storage of 15GB. So, as we can all see the winner when it comes to capturing and sharing photos is Google’s Android Q. At this stage, things are looking even-steven.
iOS – 3 Android Q – 3
First-Party Messaging Apps
Apple has concentrated on providing messaging limited to two platforms: Messages and Facetime. This way it ensures high-quality deliverables. The security measure is also great as all the communication that takes place is encrypted end-to-end. On top of this, Apple provides seamlessness when it comes to MacOS and iOS devices.
Google adopts a far more expansive approach in terms of messaging. It has Hangouts and Duo for video calls, chat and Hangouts, Messages for texting, and Google Voice for voice calls. All this makes it look a lot more cluttered. And so the real winner over here is Apple’s iOS 13.
iOS – 4 Android Q – 3
Running Apps on Multiple Platforms
It was in the year 2008 when Apple informed in the WWDC conference that it would be shifting certain iOS applications to MacOS with the help of a new tool known as Project Marzipan. In the year 2019 at the WWDC event, they announced that several iPhone app development companies would be able to bring iPad apps to Mac.
Even Google enables users to shift apps between platforms by providing Chromebook owners to access apps through PlayStore. But, there are certain loopholes like the absence of Windows and Adobe PhotoShop that prove to be a constraint in providing effective results. Hence, the clear winner in case of running apps on multiple platforms is Apple’s iOS 13.
iOS – 5 Android Q – 3
If you are someone who loves to swipe instead of typing, then you will find Apple’s iOS 13 very late in the race. On the other hand, Gboard is setting new examples in the field of swipe-based messaging. If you think Gboard only consists of the swipe functionality then you are in for a shock. It even excels in other functionalities like availability of multiple themes, ability to put gifs, and employ various languages, etc. So, when you compare both the operating systems, Google’s Android Q is the real winner here!
iOS – 5 Android Q – 4
In the end, it has got to be said that there is hardly anything to choose between both the operating systems. Only time will tell which of the two wins the battle of the best operating system.