Apple iOS 7 vs Android 5.0 Lollipop

After the much awaited Apple iOS 7 and Android KitKat Release, the next generation Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming out in fall 2014.

Apple iOS7 released with iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C while new Android 4.4 is arriving with Google LG Nexus 5 phone.

Apple enjoys nearly a perfect history of coming up with new version of iOS software, except with few bugs and the infamous Maps App, last time. Google on the other hand has a match winning Android software team, they has never let it down.


Now days, for most of the smartphone users, instead of hardware, operating system has taken the central place while deciding, which phone, phablet or tablet to buy.

If we look at majority of smartphone market share, Android seem to be on number one place and Apple iOS as runner up. Microsoft Window Phone 8 (WP8) and Blackberry 10 (BB10) are also in the race for third and fourth slots. You can view WP8 vs BB10 to learn, how Windows Phone 8 compares with Blackberry 10.

Apple iOS 7 vs Android 5.0 Lollipop

Derived from Apple OS X, iOS kicked off the touch revolution six years ago. But while competitors like HTC, Samsung, LG, Google, Microsoft, and BlackBerry have constantly shown off newer and better looking versions of their own operating systems, Apple has largely refrained from tinkering with its success. Until now, that is. Due to mounting pressure from Android phones, Apple has redesigned iOS and added a host of new features. With iOS 7, Apple is trying to pull even with and one-up Android at every turn. So how does iOS 7 look when it is put side-by-side to Android?

Apple iOS7 vs Android 5.0 Lollipop

It is expect that both smartphone softwares to have amazing usability, flawless stability and loaded with features, going neck to neck in a iOS 7 vs Android 5.0 Lollipop competition. We are providing you a review of how the new iOS 7 will compare to Android Lollipop:
  1. Android 5.0 vs iOS 7 Flatter UI Design

    Apple iOS 7 interface has rocked a glossy look since 2007, but now the company has converted to a flat aesthetic similar to Windows Phone and Android. Other than the visual tweak, the design is hardly new and retains the old apps layout both for Apple iOS7 and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

    Android 5.0 vs iOS 7 Icons Design

  2. iOS 7 vs Android Lollipop: Lock Screen

    Android has a slide to unlock Screen for very long. Apple iOS 7 has a new, clear, simple look that may or may not be a directly inspired by Android own lock screen, but without any customization with just text telling you the time, date, and the directions to slide to unlock your device. Though widgets were rumored to make their way into iOS 7, they are still absent.

    Apple iOS 7 vs Android 5.0: Lock Screen

    In contrast, Android 5.0 LP has a similar looking screen, but allows users to customize the information with locked screen widgets.

  3. Android 5.0 and iOS 7: Notifications and Control Center

    Apple has now implemented a Control Center in the 7th edition of iOS and it looks very similar in replay to Android solution. The new menu has large buttons like Android that allow you to navigate between settings like Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, and Wifi.

    Apple new iOS 7 gives users easy access to the Control Center with a swipe up from the bottom of the screen. The control and notification center has a revamped look that focuses on quick toggles. These are a welcome addition to iOS, as they simplify the process of making quick settings changes without having to flip through the conventional work flow. These toggles focus on the most common settings like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity, brightness, and airplane mode. Apple’s Control Center also gives quick access to iTunes controls and apps that you may want to have handy, like the flashlight, the calculator, or the camera.

    Android 5.0 LP vs iOS 7: Notifications and Control Center

    Android 5.0 Lollipop Control Center pulls out from top and varies widely. For example, Samsung’s Galaxy phones have long used quick toggle style buttons in its settings. Android 5.0 also two-finger downward swipe to access controls and quick toggles. While Android 5.0 have the integration of other apps within its control center equivalent that iOS 7 has, this can largely be rectified with widgets on the phone that give quick access to controls of specific apps.

  4. Apple iOS 7 vs Android Lollipop: Messaging and Keyboard

    Typing on a mobile device quickly and efficiently is often a matter of getting used to its on-screen keyboard layout. Apple has paid great care that in iOS 7 and the iPhone, in particular, user can easily type texts using a single thumb because the iPhone width is optimal for the purpose.

    Google Android 5.0 Lollipop on the other hand is going to be used on mostly large screen devices. Thus Android 5.0 can Keyboard and Messaging layout can afford to be wider and is therefore more comfortable to use with two thumbs rather than one. Perhaps Android has a slight advantage in this category with its dedicated smiley key and the option to enter text using the swiping method.

    Apple iOS 7 vs Android 5.0: Messaging and Keyboard

    But when it comes to messaging, iOS had a significant advantage over Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, with its iMessage system, which automatically routs texts over the web instead of eating up the user's monthly SMS allowance. Google Babble is the messaging feature in Android 5.0 Lollipop that unify the various Talk, Hangout, Voice, Messenger and Chat services to compete with iOS7 iMessage.

  5. iOS 7 vs Android 5.0: Dialer and Contacts

    Voice dialing and talk is still on of the basic and primary function user require. Apple iOS 7 Phone app is pretty much all you need to call someone as it lists your contacts, your recent calls, and your favorites.

    iOS 7 vs Android 5.0: Dialer and Contacts

    Android 5.0 Stock Dialer app is pretty much the same, but it has one notable advantage over its iOS 7 counterpart, namely that it displays a photo of each contact as you scroll down the list, while the iPhone's contacts app shows a contact's image only if you tap on them to view detailed information.

  6. Android 5 vs Apple iOS 7: Multi-tasking and App Previews

    Like Android 5, applications shown in iOS 7 new multi-task are now shown running in real time and can be swiped in a card layout. WebOS along with Windows Phone have been doing something very similar for quite some time.

    Android Lollipop vs iOS 7: Multitasking and App Previews

    We have nothing to complain about when it comes to implementation of Multitasking and App Previews on both platforms. Switching between apps on both iOS 7 and Android Lollipop is pretty straightforward. Apple new iOS 7 mobile OS now provides app preview windows, unlike in previous version where the apps were listed only with their icon. Multitasking on Android is also executed well, with recent apps listed vertically along with a screenshot of their last state.

  7. Android 5.0 vs iOS 7: App Switching and Killing

    App killing has changed in this new iteration of iOS 7, since you can now kill apps by swiping the app up from the multitasking bar. Again, one of the first mobile operating systems to kill apps by swiping up was Palm WebOS which used the upward swiping motion way back in 2009.

  8. iOS 7 Safari vs Android 5.0 Chrome

    Both Chrome on Android 5 and Safari on iOS 7 are great for surfing the web as they are very fast fast, with support for multiple tabs and incognito browsing. Apple new iOS 7 Safari tab view copying Android 5.0 Chrome style. While this is more of a Safari feature, considering Apple's updated mobile browser will be rolling out with iOS 7.

    Apple iOS 7 Safari vs Android Android 5.0 Lollipop Chrome

    Also, both can synchronize bookmarks and opened tabs between multiple devices, which is pretty cool for people who have to switch frequently between their desktop computer and a smartphone or tablet. We only wish that Chrome had Safari's Reader mode, which cleans all unnecessary content from a web page, leaving only an article's text and some images for easier reading.

  9. iOS7 vs Android 5.0 Wireless Sharing

    Apple is pretty proud of iOS 7 AirDrop feature. It makes sharing between users exceedingly simple. On any app that has a share sheet, you can now choose AirDrop and send photos, videos, files, or whatever you’re trying to pass along to a friend.

    There has been an NFC (near-field communication) feature similar to this in Android called "Android Beam" available. Likewise, Android phone makers like Samsung have had features that allow for easy sharing between phones. Samsung even has Wi-Fi Direct, which pretty much does what AirDrop promises to do.

    However, Apple iOS 7 AirDrop will only be available in the latest versions of iOS devices, while on the other hand, even older Android phones have a Wireless Sharing solution of some sort comparable to AirDrop services.

  10. Android 5 Lollipop Customization and Widgets

    When it comes to customization, Android is still king with its widgets, live wallpapers, and custom launchers. However, Apple has done some progress in that aspect. The latest version of the platform features the so-called dynamic wallpapers, just like Live Wallpapers on Android. However, in this department, Apple iOS 7 is far behind Android 5 Lollipop.
Apple iOS 7 pulled some inspiration from Android. It quietly admitted that iOS has stagnated for a little too long, and made some major changes. Call it playing catch up, call it copying, but iOS 7 is a necessary step for any progression in Apple mobile OS.

While Android users can always claim they had it first, iOS users will still welcome the changes put in place with iOS 7. The new look is appealing and well themed throughout the OS and iOS devices now are capable of doing more than ever before.

If Apple can keep up with the constant changes and innovations that Android offers up and maybe even beat Android to the punch on a few things, we might have ourselves a fair fight in the mobile OS war. That is something that all mobile users can benefit from, because nothing breeds innovation like competition.

Overall, It hard to say whether iOS 7 or Android 5.0 is better. That would be like saying that bananas are better than oranges, or the other way round. The fact of the matter is that both iOS7 and Android5.0 operating systems are pretty well made. And perhaps we will not be wrong if we say that the two are in their best state to date.

Overall, those who favor a clean, elegant, intuitive interface would likely be perfectly happy with iOS 7 in its latest form. On the other hand, people who are into customization, personalization and those who like the feeling of having more customization and control over their smartphone would feel better with Android Lollipop.

Fore further information, please have a look at the new iOS7 Features and Android 5.0 Features list.
Apple iOS 7 vs Android 5.0 Lollipop Reviewed by Adnan Malik on 9:35 PM Rating: 5

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