So the year 2012 brought to us a series of mobile operating systems, first with Apple’s iOS 6, which features a lot of out of the box capabilities, and the Android 4.1- Jelly Bean, officially announced by Google yesterday on its first day of I/O Event 2012. If you are a regular reader of Gadgec, you would be aware that we do not focus on Android generally, unless it really grabs our attention. And something similar happened yesterday, when we the saw the search engine giant- Google featuring its Android 4.1- Jelly Bean demo to us, LIVE. With much advanced notifications center, and a siri like voice over assistant, we cannot really call Android a feature-stealing operating system, since the Apple-Android war is never ending, and I am sure we don’t want the comments area to end up as a battleground today!
Talking about the mobile operating systems, we have two-best of best mobile OS currently in the market. Both were announced recently, both sport mind-blowing features, and both have their own pros and cons. Here is our comparison of the week- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Vs Apple’s iOS 6.
Also read: Apple iOS 6 Vs Android ICS 4.x
Apple iOS 6 Vs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean – Detailed Comparison
FEEL, DESIGN AND LAYOUT
Leaving aside capabilities, functions and features, let us first consider how appealing an operating system is for human eyes. We know that looks are secondary, but when we stare at something particularly, it should appear fine to eyes. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a base to development. It is the finest and most standard form of Android which lets you build things on it. The widgets, apps and other customization capabilities add to the charm, and since it is an open source platform, it always catches the developers eyes. Android owns a custom home screen and you can customize it with widgets and what not!
Apple on the other hand is known for producing neat, fine-finished operating system, be it iOS or OS X. The layout is neat, clutter free and is not messy. Since the launch of iOS in 2007, Apple has maintained a series of protocols and has been following it religiously on its mobile operating system since ever, one of them being highly secure platform which does not allow third-party installations, of course unless you are a jailbreak-friendly person. Apple does not have a home screen. Yes, it never intends to have one. Rather, it has a springboard which might appear boring to you if you have been using iPhones for a long time.
To explain Jelly Bean better in words, concentrate on my next line. Jelly Bean is to Ice Cream Sandwich, as Windows 7 is to Windows Vista. If you are a Windows user, you would not take a minute to understand what I mean to say. To cut it short, Jelly Bean throws away the shortcomings of its predecessor, Android ICS. Jelly Bean gives you smoothest Android experience ever. The app transitions are smoother than ever, response time is better and multi-tasking is super fun. Then there is high resolution photos for contacts, better and expanded notification center and lovable Android Beam for sharing media between devices.
Apple iOS 6 on the other hand is based on a simple rule- to keep the device up-to your pace of ordering it things to do. Though, the only limitation on Apple’s iPhone is its processor, which is not competitive when considering other smart-phones with a better processor. Anyway, since we are not comparing hardware here, we are not going to cut any points of Apple iOS 6 here. iOS 6 brings FaceTime over 3G, smarter voice assistant Siri and Apple’s own 3D Maps and FlyOvers.
VOICE-OVER PHONE ASSISTANT
Android after several attempts finally has its own voice-over assistant for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. They call it Google Now. It looks much like Apple’s Siri, but as I said let us not discuss who copied who here. One edge Google Now gets over Siri is that it gathers information from Google’s own services, while Apple does not have its own search engine or other services for Siri, and it completely depends on services like Wolfram Alpha for data and statistics.
iOS 6 introduces a smarter and efficient Siri for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 finally. We fell in love with Siri back in October ‘2011, and since then the performance has been optimum.
UPDATE AND SUPPORT
Android hasn’t really had a good history when it comes to bringing operating system update for its various devices. This means the latest Samsung Galaxy S3 is not going to be the first one to get this Jelly Bean update first. The support is not really appreciable as well.
iOS 6 comes packed with over 200 features, a software support for all iOS devices together, and Apple’s strong back-end support for it as well.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean can prove out to be a game changer for Android, but the only negative aspect is its support and availability/compatibility on various Android powered devices.
Apple’s iOS 6 on the other hand is the best we can expect from Apple. We are not able to come to a conclusion right now. Let us know your view point via the comments section below. For more, keep subscribed.