jumia buyers guide

Andriod vs iOS

Jumia Buying Guide


android vs iOS

A Mobile Operating System is an operating system that is specially designed to run on mobile devices such as Smartphones, Tablets, PDAs and other handheld devices. It is responsible for determining the functions and features available on your mobile device, such as keyboards, applications, email, text messaging and more. When you buy a mobile device the manufacturer will have selected the operating system for that device. It is, therefore, important to learn about the mobile operating system to ensure great compatibility and support for the mobile applications you want to use.

It is very important that you choose your smartphone and tablet systems carefully, as switching from iOS to Android or vice versa is complex or completely impossible. It may interest you to know that Android is now the world’s most commonly used smartphone platform and is used by many different phone manufacturers, on the other hand, iOS is only used on Apple devices, such as the iPhone.

Comparison Chart Showing some Differences and Similarities between the two Operating Systems

ANDROID iOS
Developer Google Apple Inc.
Initial release September 23, 2008 July 29, 2007
Source model Open source Closed, with open source components.
Customizability A lot. Can change almost anything Limited unless jailbroken
Easy media transfer Depends on model With desktop application
Available on Many phones and tablets, including Kindle Fire(modified android), LG, HTC, Samsung, Sony, Motorola, Nexus, and others. Also, Google Glasses iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation)
Video Chat Google Hangouts Facetime
OS Family Linux OS X, UNIX
Dependent on a PC or a Mac No No
Open Source Kernel, UI, and some standard apps The iOS kernel is not open source but is based on the open-source Darwin OS.
Widgets Yes No, except in NotificationCenter
Calls Features Supported Auto-respond Auto-respond, call-back reminder, do not disturb mode
Internet Browsing Google Chrome (or Android Browser on older versions; other browsers are available) Mobile Safari (Other browsers are available)
Interface Touch screen, Smartwatch Touch screen, Smartwatch
Voice Commands Google Now (on newer versions) Siri
Maps Google Maps Apple Maps
Available Language 32 Languages 34 Languages
Messaging Google Hangout iMessage
Latest Stable Release Android 5.0.1 (lollipop), (November 2014) iOS 8.1 (March 10, 2015)

The bottomline when comparing Google and Apple's app stores is that most popular apps are available for both platforms. But for tablets, there are more apps designed specifically for the iPad while Android tablet apps are often scaled up versions of Android smartphone apps. With all these informations, you should be able to make an informed decision when buying a smart mobile device.