Historically, Apple’s iPhone OS has dominated the smartphone marketplace. However, over the past several releases, Google’s Android OS has produced many amazing phones that have been at least comparable, if not better than, the iPhone. Both platforms have many characteristics in common. For one, they are Linux-based operating systems (OS) for smartphones that have been developed by two companies that are well-known for their technological accomplishments. However, there are drastic differences that make each platform unique.

The Differences

Closed Versus Open OS

Apple’s OS is completely closed, indicating that it is only developed by Apple for Apple products. On the other hand, Google’s OS is open, so several companies are assisting with the development. There are positives and negatives to both options, but Android has the advantage. The greatest benefit of an open system is that the OS is adaptable, allowing others to create innovative new applications. As a result, many different phone manufacturers use the Android platform and each phone model is unique. A closed system has certainly limited the capabilities of the iPhone device. There are no memory card slots or any major additions that can be added to the unit.

Interface
The iPhone’s OS delivers a clean and simple menu system that those who are new to smartphones can easily navigate. However, the iPhone OS is almost too simple. There is no depth beyond what you see on the screen. Also, the iPhone platform lacks a dedicated QWERTY keyboard, resulting in slower message responses and continuous errors. The Android’s QWERTY keyboard is ideal for typing.

Multitasking Capabilities
From a multitasking standpoint, the Android platform easily switches between applications. Although the iPhone’s multitasking capabilities have improved, they are still dependent on the app store’s classification, which compromises speed and efficiency. Android has no restrictions, so multitasking is seamless between screens.

Hardware
One of the greatest differences between the two operating systems is NFC (Near Field Communications) capability. NFC allows the consumer to link with other phones or data so that it is available immediately. This technology does not require an app or any additional downloads; it is built-in to the Android OS. Unfortunately, the iPhone does not feature this technology.

NFC is beneficial because it provides new opportunities to improve business and connect with customers. The technology is heavily used in the transportation and payment industries. Now that it has been integrated into Android platforms, users can securely make purchases, use coupons and engage in a variety of activities. One of the greatest benefits is that NFC is always available for use. Also, it is convenient, easy-to-use and simple to deploy given that the technology is integrated. Mobile NFC places the iPhone at a huge disadvantage to the Android platform.

No company will refute that Apple started the smartphone revolution. Unfortunately, they have only improved on the hardware. This has resulted in Apple losing its competitive edge to the Android platform. Apple has an extremely strong marketing presence which has made the ordinary consumer believe it is a better product. However, looking at the facts, Android is now the smartphone king.