In the month before Apple launched iOS 12, Android 9 Pie landed on Google Pixel phone. Both have a long string of new features and improvements, but who is better than anyone? Now let's take a look at the contrast between iOS 12 and Android 9 Pie.
You may be surprised to find that Android and iOS are more similar than ever before. Many of Android 9 Pie's features are clearly inspired by the iPhone X, and iOS 12 uses some of the features of Google's latest operating system. This may make it more difficult for consumers to choose between the two, but we can look at which platform is better in terms of security, multitasking, application support, and so on.
The latest Android system finally got rid of the buttons and used simple sliding gestures to control it. This is almost identical to what iPhone X recently introduced in iOS, sliding up and back to the home screen, sliding up and holding down the most recently used application, sliding left and right at the bottom of the screen, and switching between applications quickly to achieve faster multitasking.
The biggest difference between Android 9 Pie and iOS 12 on the iPhone X is that Google lets you choose the navigation you like. If you don't like sliding gestures, you can continue using the screen navigation button. In fact, Android 9 Pie defaults to screen buttons, and sliding gestures won't be standard until Pixel 3 comes out later this year.
Android's notification system has been far superior to iOS for years, but Apple's iOS 12 is catching up. IPhone and iPad finally welcomed group notification and other popular improvements. IOS 12 allows users to manage notifications in real-time on the lock screen. You can press a warning to turn off notifications from applications that can't keep quiet, or you can send them quietly to the notification center.
More importantly, Siri will provide intelligent advice based on your notifications, just like Android's Google Assistant. For example, if you don't always open an application's notification, Siri will suggest that you completely block it. Apple also introduced sleep mode in iOS 12, and all notifications that the iPhone receives at night will be sent to the notification center. That way, if you just wake up at night, check the time on your cell phone and you won't be disturbed by the notifications.
By contrast, Android still lets users have more control over notifications. Its priority system allows users to choose which notifications to see at the top of the lock screen and which ones to display quietly. In some ways, the notification function of Android is still better. However, Pie won't let you separate what you see in the lock screen interface from what you see in the notification center, as iOS 12 does.
Liu Haiping support
Apple's competitors (and many Android fans) laughed at its bangs when the iPhone X debuted last September, and they thought it was ridiculous. And less than a year later, almost all Android flagship smartphones had bangs.
As a result, Google seems to have no choice but to add bangs to Android 9 Pie, which means that Android 9 Pie will automatically adapt to phones with grooves on the screen so that manufacturers don't have to re-customize them. Of course, if other manufacturers are willing, they can make adjustments. On one plus six, users can specify which applications avoid bangs and which applications can be extended to "full screen" mode.
Face recognition is another function similar to Android 9 Pie and iOS 12 on iPhone X. Android 9 Pie has a new biometric API that makes the new system as useful as Face ID.
Users can unlock, log in to an application, or buy it from within (if it supports face recognition or iris scanning) with just a glance at the phone. Some mobile phones are also using this technology to copy the Animoji characteristics of iPhone X.
Google hasn't added features like Animoji to Android 9 Pie yet, but manufacturers like Samsung have offered their own alternatives. AR Emoji on the latest Galaxy device works exactly the same way, even allowing you to create your own characters as iOS 12 does.
Apple has taken a big step forward in the field of augmented reality with ARKit, an iOS framework that allows a wide variety of applications and games to interact with the real world as never before. Therefore, more and more applications in App Store begin to provide AR experience.
IOS 12 even added Apple's first AR application, Measure, which allows users to measure objects in the real world with a camera, as the name suggests. ARCore in Android offers developers the same opportunity, but it doesn't support all devices yet. In other words, the Android device you choose may not have the augmented reality capabilities of the iPhone, and you won't find as many AR applications in the Google Play store.
Believe it or not, apple and Google want to help us put down smartphones. Android 9 Pie and iOS 12 offer new features that allow you to monitor and restrict how you use your phone. For example, you can see exactly how much time you spend on personal applications like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you have too much time, you can set a timer to stop the application from running at the end of your allotted time.
But Google's Digital Wellbeing feature is still in beta testing. If you want to use them immediately in Android 9 Pie, you need to submit your registration to the Digital Wellbeing Beta Preview page.
A few Android vendors do better in software and security updates, but most are still bad. Manufacturers such as Samsung will take months to push the latest Android updates, and Samsung's flagship Galaxy S8 didn't push the Android Oreo upgrade until March, seven months after Google applied it to Pixel devices.
By contrast, iOS devices are updating faster. There is no third-party interference with iOS push updates, as long as Apple officially releases updates, users can download upgrades. More importantly, iOS devices will last longer, and iOS 12 will be the fifth major upgrade to the iPhone 5S.
Apple has made great improvements to Siri in iOS 12. With Siri shortcuts, you can do almost anything by voice commands. Siri shortcuts are based on the Workflow app Apple acquired in 2017, which allows users to create multi-step shortcuts using third-party apps, which can then be activated using Siri voice commands.
For example, you can create a shortcut to perform a series of operations, such as using the Nest application to turn on the thermostat at home, texting your roommate to tell him you're on the way, opening the map navigation, and so on, and then activating it with a Siri command to "go home". Siri shortcuts are customizable, and third-party applications can provide Siri with a series of quick actions that can be integrated into the shortcut menu.
Google Assistant doesn't offer the same functionality in Android 9 Pie, but users can expect improved smart home control and more. Google undoubtedly leads Apple in the competition for virtual assistants, and despite improvements in iOS 12, Google Assistant is still more flexible and reliable than Siri.
Apple had already brought incredible multitasking capabilities to the iPad when it launched iOS 11, which eventually allowed users to run two applications simultaneously, drag and drop content between windows, and so on.
Unfortunately, iPhone does not have the same function. So Android still leads when it comes to multitasking, and Android 9 Pie lets you use both applications on smartphones and tablets. Some devices can even be connected to monitors, keyboards, and mice, and use desktop-like interfaces to run applications on separate windows as on a PC, which iOS can't do yet.
Although we can't run both apps on the iPhone, iOS still has the best application support. Android has caught up in recent years, but many developers still choose to develop iOS first or ignore Android altogether.
Epic Game s's shooting game "night of the fortress" is a good example. It debuted on iOS in March, and the Android beta wasn't released until this week, and can only be downloaded using Samsung's Galaxy device.
However, Android does have several great advantages. Google's application audit guidelines are still not strict with apple. Android still allows you to install applications from third party sources. This means simulators and other software that Apple doesn't allow are easily available on Android devices.
Privacy and security
Of course, you should be careful about the source of these applications, because some of them may be dangerous. The disadvantage of being able to install software from any source is that some Android users end up installing malware on their devices that they may never know.
However, Google has taken major measures in recent years to make Android more secure. Now, before installing applications, Android scans them to make sure they're safe, and then quietly checks anything suspicious in the background.
Android 9 Pie adds support for encrypted data backups and protects all data entering or leaving the device through Transport Layer Security (TLS). It is also the first major operating system that supports secure transactions through protected API.
It is too early to say which operating system is the best way to protect data. Historically, iOS has been the safest option, but improvements in Android 9 Pie may change that. But they will not change the way Google uses data. Android is famous for collecting vast amounts of data from users to improve Google's services, and Apple is proud of not intervening.
Apple collects information only when it is absolutely necessary. Even so, it anonymizes the information so that there is no trace of where it came from, and more importantly, Apple doesn't reveal your data. Apple has been at odds with law enforcement over its strict stance on privacy issues and its refusal to set back doors in iOS.
How to choose?
According to previous rumors, Apple is expected to launch three new iPhones this year, each with a different size and price, but don't expect them to cost less than $700. If you want a cheaper iPhone, you need to choose older models.
If you want to choose the Android 9 Pie device, it's another matter. With so many phones available to upgrade Android 9 Pie, you'll find products that fit your budget. The price of one plus six is only $529, and the specifications and screens are already pretty good. Nokia 7 Plus will be one of the first third-party devices to get an Android 9 Pie push, and you can buy it for $320.
Users who choose Android systems will have a wider choice than iOS systems. However, it would cost the first time to update the system, Apple ecosystem, customer support and AppleCare services. As to how to choose, it is up to you to meet your own needs.