Apple IOS Versus Google Android
By Will765 On 15 Sep, 2011 At 02:33 PM | Categorized As News | With 0 Comments

The first version of what was to become iOS was released in June, 2007 along with the first iPhone. Originally called iPhone OS, it was changed to iOS in June of 2010, with the ability to run on iPhones, iPod touch, and iPads. With version 4.1, support for Apple TV’s second generation media receiver was added. So now every mobile device made by Apple runs on the same operating system. The advantages of this are easily seen. Write an app for iOS, and it can be run on any number of different devices. The potential market then becomes huge.  And Apple has been very good at maintaining backwards compatibility.  If you bought an original iPhone in June 2007, all updates to iOS worked for your phone until version 4, in June 2010.  And generation 2 and above Apple devices are still able to upgrade to the latest iOS, V5.  So if you buy an Apple mobile device, you can be sure that it can be up to date for at least several years.

Now take a look at Google Android.  The first version, 1.0, was released in September, 2008.  Right away, Apple had a year+ lead in getting it’s os to the market.  In April of 2009, the first of the “dessert” versions came out, Cupcake(there was another version, 1.1, which is why 1.5′s codename starts with a “C”).  After 1.5, new versions were released fairly quickly.  In about 1 year, Froyo,v2.2 was available.  While each new update brought much needed functionality and stability to the os, it created a problem.  Devices designed for the older versions were often unable to be updated to newer ones.  And even if the hardware could support it, the manufacturers rarely did.  It was more profitable to come out with a new phone, than to produce software updates for older ones.  And the fact that so many different companies produce android devices, with varying hardware specifications, and tweaks to the android os, makes it difficult to keep older phones and tablets updated.  What it comes down to is, the choice for the average user is often to keep a device with an old os, or be forced to buy a new one.

Fortunately, for those with older devices, the big advantage android has is it’s flexibility.  While the casual user will stick with the manufacturer’s OTA updates, if you have a little bit of daring you can do quite a lot of modification to your android device.  Rooting it will allow customization of features the manufacturers never intended you to have.  You can install custom roms, with many devices having several to choose from.  And if you own a tablet,  there are usually several android versions available to install, each with it’s own pluses and minuses.  All of these choices are made possible through the efforts of  developers, who can do so much with android devices because of it’s open nature.  The freedom to make your android phone or tablet do things the way you want it to be, not as some manufacturer tells you it should be, is android’s greatest strength.  Going forward, Ice Cream Sandwich will finally integrate android devices under one operating system.  And if future versions will be as easy to apply to a year-old phone or tablet as iOS is , then the chances of Google android’s continuing success will be a sure thing.

About - Bill Anderson posts under the clever alias will765. Gets to work from a home office for a piano moving company, in glorious Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Pretty new to android, but love technology and have been building my own(and friends)pc's for about 15 years

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