The argument between iOS and Android users over which platform is better is one that will go on forever. The truth is, both sides have a point, ranging from security and encryption for iOS users to customization and Google Assistant prowess for Android users.
In this article, we will shed some light on some of Android’s strengths that iOS is yet to boast of. See 5 Things Your Android Phone Can Do That iPhone Users Can Only Dream Of:
1. Use the application you fancy, not the applications Google compels you to use:
iPhone users have been unable to set Gmail as the default email app on their devices for some time now.
Despite the fact that Apple added the option to get rid of its own apps from iOS, it is still not possible to set a default app. Meanwhile, Android allows you to set Firefox or Opera as your default browser rather than Chrome.
Android users can also set Google’s Messages app as their SMS app of choice to take advantage of RCS, Google’s recently launched chat feature that is identical to Apple’s iMessage.
2. Google Assistant for the win:
iOS owners have Siri, but Android users enjoy Google Assistant, a better tool than Siri for several reasons, the most vital one being Google’s amazing database.
Google Assistant understands common requests for businesses and names, and it gets the requests right most of the time. It returns high-quality responses very well too, coming from Google Search, a tool that Siri has no access to.
3. Use two apps simultaneously through split-screen mode:
It is true that iPadOS 13 supports using several applications at once, but iOS 13 and the iPhone do not. Android owners, however, have had split-screen applications for 4 years now with the launch of Android 7.0 Nougat.
4. Customize your home screen just how you like it:
Apple places every installed application in a grid across several pages. Android, however, gives you a home screen and an app drawer. The home screen has no grid layout, letting you place applications wherever you want.
Android helps you to personalize the home screen by arranging application icons in any pattern of your choice, and it supports widgets of several sizes.
5. You can use launchers to fully customize your phone:
Launchers are a known form of Android customization. These applications allow you to totally transform how you interact with the home screen, the app drawer and even the app icons on your device.
The launcher lets you personalize almost all aspects of how your device appears and acts, and this makes your device more personal that it formerly was.
More Information On Android:
Android is a mobile operating system based on a modified version of the Linux kernel and other open-source software, designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Android is developed by a consortium of developers known as the Open Handset Alliance, with the main contributor and commercial marketer being Google.
Initially developed by Android Inc., which Google bought in 2005, Android was unveiled in 2007, with the first commercial Android device launched in September 2008. The current stable version is Android 10, released on September 3, 2019.
The core Android source code is known as the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which is primarily licensed under the Apache License.
This has allowed variants of Android to be developed on a range of other electronics, such as game consoles, digital cameras, PCs and others, each with a specialized user interface. Some well-known derivatives include Android TV for televisions and Wear OS for wearables, both developed by Google.
Android’s source code has been used as the basis of different ecosystems, most notably that of Google which is associated with a suite of proprietary software called Google Mobile Services (GMS), that frequently comes pre-installed on said devices.
This includes core apps such as Gmail, the digital distribution platform Google Play and associated Google Play Services development platform, and usually apps such as the Google Chrome web browser.
These apps are licensed by manufacturers of Android devices certified under standards imposed by Google.
Other competing Android ecosystems include Amazon.com’s Fire OS or LineageOS. Software distribution is generally offered through proprietary application stores like Google Play Store or Samsung Galaxy Store, or open-source platforms like Aptoide or F-Droid, which utilize software packages in the APK format.
Android has been the best-selling OS worldwide on smartphones since 2011 and on tablets since 2013.
As of May 2017, it has over two billion monthly active users, the largest installed base of any operating system, and as of December 2018, the Google Play Store features over 2.6 million apps.
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