iOS and Android: What are the Differences Between Operating Systems?

The global smartphone market is dominated mainly by iOS operating systems, in Apple iPhones and Android, developed by Google and used in Samsung, Motorola, LG, Xiaomi, Asu, among other brands.

Both have very similar features, sometimes copying from each other, with constant updates and evolutions. For the average user, today the differences between using a cell phone with iOS or Android are linked to the group of services that Google or Apple offer, such as email, maps, and entertainment stores.

In surfing, with some experience, the differences are overcome quickly, if you make a change between platforms.

If you are having doubts to choose your next smartphone, divided between the two platforms by the difference in experience – or price – Techidence, in this content, has some tips to help.



The possibility of customizing the appearance and features considerably greater in Android is one of the strengths of the Google platform. You can change practically everything on your home screen, menu sources, besides adding widgets and shortcuts. In some models, there is the option to modify the whole theme of the mobile.

Besides, the system was developed as open-source, allowing each manufacturer to customize the platform with its layout and make different additions, for a unique experience in each model.

iOS, on the other hand, has more restrictions on the home screen experience and menus, even with the recent addition of widgets in the iOS 14 update. It’s a clean and intuitive design, which limits modifications so that the user, whether beginner or experienced, can worry about everything else they can do with their iPhone.

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In navigation, the two systems have come closer in recent years: they have gesture navigation, similar widgets, notification center, open apps management and the way to close them, the dark mode, intelligent photo and video galleries, virtual assistants, etc.

Separate functions

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Design and usability are strong points in iOS. Also, one of the main advantages for those who have an iPhone is to enjoy connectivity with other devices and gadgets from Apple itself – without major configuration efforts.

The ecosystem created by the brand has benefits, access, and facilities that are not possible to use with other mobile phones: full integration with Apple Watch and AirPods, answering calls, answering messages, or working with the same file on an iPhone, iPad, a desktop computer of the brand or a Macbook.

On the other hand, Android has an advantage in freedom and possibilities, in the connection with various devices and the universe of applications created for the Google store. The functions can vary between Android phones from different manufacturers, due to some exclusive tools that the versions gain over time.

However, the ability to connect to different brands using the same operating system exists, even if it is more difficult to configure.

Samsung Android phones also offer an ecosystem of diverse opportunities, with smartwatches, headsets, Smart TVs to seamlessly stop the display without a hidden footprint and even Smart brand appliances.

And while most developers produce applications seeking both audiences, there are apps unique to one or the other system.

In the matter of security and privacy, both systems have reached similar levels. Apple has more improved facial recognition, the possibility of searching the device in case of theft and robbery, and the option to delete all data at a distance. This is also possible with Android phones, which have a facial, fingerprint, and even iris reader.

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Android 11

Android has improved its update distribution system in recent years. The improvements in the versions began to arrive more quickly and reach a larger number of users. Manufacturers have also begun to ensure more updates, especially for high-end smartphones.

As Android is present in several phone models of different brands, with distinct customizations and layouts, manufacturers take longer to make the updates.

iOs 14 features

And that’s why Apple is at the forefront in this area. Apple only needs to update the iPhone – even if there are minimal differences between iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max – so updates are released for all models at the same time. And updates usually reach mobile phones four, five, and up to six years after their release, while Androids get updates for only two or three years.

Which to buy?

iPhone 12 Pro vs Galaxy Note 20

As we said, currently it is not difficult for an iPhone user to adapt to Android and vice-versa. And even though Apple’s cell phones have a high price, other brands have high-end models as expensive as they are.

The final advantages for those who think about buying an iPhone are the permanence in the ecosystem, with Apple devices and gadgets, to take better advantage of this integration. And also the higher resale value of iPhones, which do not usually suffer much devaluation in one or two years.

For an Android user, the advantages are full integration with Google services (Gmail, Calendar, Google Photos, Drive), with all this data taken from your old phone to the new one without a problem. In price, there are many more options, ranging from entry and mid-range smartphones to the high end.

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And in certain brands, there is also connectivity and integration with other devices (smartwatch, tablet, Smart TV, etc.)

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