The Android L, which is yet to be made available to people, is the latest update to the Android OS by Google, which is tagged as Android 5.0 as well.
The iOS 8, as we all already know, is the new OS by Apple that has already made a debut in the iPhone6 this year.
Both these OS’s promise improved functionality and a better user experience and try to leave as little room for improvement as possible.
Consequently, these OS’s have come quite close to each other in terms of features. Let’s take a few examples of a few similarities and differences of the two:
While the basic structural design of the iOS remains unchanged from the iOS7 and only brings a ‘flatter’ interface while getting rid of skeuomorphism, Android L displays a major design change from its predecessor, Android Kitkat and focuses more on ‘Material Design’ that provides a depth in the interface by using more shadows.
Android L provides better notification systems and arranges them according to priority. Notifications on the iOS8 are rendered interactive and you can easily reply to messages, use Facebook, snooze alarms and accept calendar invitations, right from the notification area.
The lockscreen on the Android L is a piece of cake to use; swipe up to unlock, swipe right to launch the dialler or swipe left to launch the camera.
On the iOS8, you can slide right to unlock and slide up to access the camera; accessing the dialer is not possible from the notification center.
Android L supports multitasking and open apps appear in form of carousels that can be accessed by sliding up and down the screen. This is something iOS 8 cannot do, but keeping multiple browser tabs open will stack them up one over the other.
In the Android, the users can unlock their phones without the passcode, provided there is an Android wearable nearby. On the other hand, iOS8 supports the Fingerprint touch id sensor, that is used to scan the user’s fingerprints and allow access.
iOS 8 has a battery management system, that boosts power efficiency quite well. The Android L makers have claimed that it can boost battery power for the Nexus 5 by 90%.
Both OS’s now have a 64 bit support system.
The Android L and the iOS8 have both ventured into health apps by launching the HealthKit for Apple and the Google Fit for Android. They can keep track of heart rate and even act as a pedometer. It can be used in by the phone sensors and by wearables as well.
Both the iOS8 and the Android L have voice assistants – Google OK for Android and Siri for iOS 8. Also they both have car related apps like Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto.