Android vs. iOS: Open System meets seamless integration

Apple has presented 11 features in iOS that occur we already know Android users. Android 8.0 Oreo turn builds its strengths and on, to give up the iOS users. In the new video you can see the new systems compared.

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  • Android 8 Oreo: release, features and news

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  • Which devices get iOS 11 that Android 8 Oreo?
  • What are the biggest differences between Android (8 Oreo) and iOS (11)?
  • What similarities have iOS and Android 11 8 Oreo?

Which devices get iOS 11 that Android 8.0 Oreo?

iOS is only available on the original Apple devices and is centrally played. The oldest device with the update date back to 2013.

iOS 11 comes on the following devices

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone Plus 8
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • 12.9" iPad Pro (2nd generation)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro (1st generation)
  • 10.5" iPad Pro
  • 9.7" iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod touch (6th generation)
AndroidPIT iPhone SE 4193The small iPhone SE (2016), but also his older look-alike iPhone 5s (2013) will still get iOS. 11 / © AndroidPIT

In the case of Android 8.0 Oreo, however, it is up to the individual smartphone and chipset manufacturers and network operators to adapt the source code available to their respective devices, test and release the update. This did not happen in individual cases, often with several months delay, and only in the case of Google pixel immediately. The usual maximum age of an Android smartphone that still gets a big system update is 18 months.

AndroidPIT Galaxy S6 xtrestrolite rom app drawerFormer top devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6 (2015) received no Oreo update more. / © AndroidPIT

As manufacturers like Samsung or Sony make any binding promises regarding the software update, there is this of us, unfortunately, only a work-in-progress list:

  • Android 8.0 Oreo: Update index for smartphones and tablets

In addition to system updates Google also provides monthly security updates, whose source code is ready for devices with old versions of Android such as Android 4.4 KitKat. Unfortunately smartphone manufacturers use these updates to only in exceptional cases for old hardware, so that Google's effort fizzles and Android devices bottom line are less secure than iPhone.

Attack vectors at the level of the system kernel, such as Blue Borne thus remain open. After all vulnerabilities on user level through updates to the Play Services and the WebView service can be updated from the Play Store. These are older than four years on devices still available.

What are the biggest differences between Android (8 Oreo) and iOS (11)?

  • Backup and cloud integration
  • Openness to apps from third-party sources
  • Customizable default apps in Android vs. Uniformity in iOS
  • Simple file management in Android vs. closed box with iTunes duty
  • Wallet (only Apple)

Backup system and iCloud

Apple produces a high customer loyalty, especially through the ecosystem nature of its products. That iPhone users often have an iPad or a MacBook is due to the simple networking products. The iCloud serves as online storage, are stored in the settings, passwords and photos as well as licenses for centrally purchased videos.

the user moves from one iPhone to the next, he can the settings of the previous device on the new one: take the first Manual app downloads or new applications account for; even the contacts and the list of past calls are displayed correctly on the new iPhone.

Google could achieve 6.0 marshmallow with his counterpart Drive and automatic backups for Android a similar backup scope. Automatic deletion of the data after two and a half months and the faulty backups, whom do you change the devices frequently or resets, making the feature, however, incomplete and useless in many cases; especially since app developers can disable the backup function.

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Third-party apps

The iPhone is apps can download almost exclusively from the App Store and install it. Exceptions are reserved developers with official tools or hobbyists with the jailbreak. However, the principle of the Walled Garden is a welcomed by Apple customers feature and ensures that the ecosystem is largely free of malware.

android 8 oreo 3rd party appsInstead of allowing unknown sources sweeping, your apps like F-Droid Android issued from 8 Oreo individually for permission to install APKs. / © AndroidPIT

Google changes in Android 8 the security concept for apps from unknown sources. So your turn to trusted third-store F-Droid free and prohibits other apps to install APKs.

Pick Your standard apps in Android itself

Whether browser launcher, keyboard, voice assistant, calendar, camera or card service: Google and Android let you free hand, want to use your important tasks for which app and which provider. The user experience is very individual so that molds to your taste and your habits.

  • As you can set your default apps and change app shortcuts on Android
android 8 Oreo app defaultsWhich app opens what? Vote for your own standards with Android. / © AndroidPIT

Apple's iOS, however, provides a consistent user experience and an all-round concept, whose components are perfectly matched. This is becoming increasingly evident, among other things with the AI ​​behind Siri, analyzes the e-mails entering appointments in the calendar, you navigate in time for the goal and concert tickets or boarding passes automatically add to Wallet.


Here in Germany, the function of Wallet is more limited due to lack of Apple Pay, but is still used by many airlines and ticket providers. After the online check-in is collect boarding passes, from the confirmation e-mail refers Wallet the concert ticket. Rarely you have to make more than a click to make this happen. Current term the matching card is then ready to hand as a notification on your lock screen.

ios wallet 11Wallet collect your boarding passes and tickets; and actually credit cards. / © AndroidPIT

Neither Google nor third in the Play Store can successfully establish a Wallet counterpart for Android in Germany.

browse files

If you connect your Android phone to a computer, can you any files to copy it and open them on your Android smartphone - provided that the file type can be opened. So have you drawn from a DRM-free online store or convert your own CDs to your music, you can simply copy onto Android smartphone and play so that these files; without the hassles with iTunes.

android 8 Oreo file explorerLet's show the internal memory and already you can scour the public partition. / © AndroidPIT

In the same way you can on Android smartphones USB flash drives, external hard drives, microSD cards (also via USB reader) or even other smartphones browse with the download app. The USB port can be used in many ways thanks to cheaper adapter. We show that in the video.

With Apple's new app is called Files. However, it is on is not a local File Explorer or Apple's response "Downloads" in Android. Files indexes the files that you have stored on different cloud services; including Google Drive. The internal memory will remain only individual apps accessible and is not used as flexible as in Android.

QR code in the camera app

That was actually so obvious that it grabs the mind that they are only now on: Apple integrates the QR reader into the camera app. Do you take the camera app over a 2D code, a heads-up notification with the URL or the readable transcription appears.

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For Android, this feature is only available in camera apps fewer manufacturers. Often, you charge QR scanner from the Play Store, some of which contain advertising and read out and sell your other data.

What similarities have iOS and Android 11 8 Oreo?

  • automatically fill in passwords and forms
  • Notification system with direct reply to instant messages
  • Language assistant Siri Assistant and as smart home control
  • Maps features (Indoor, MyTaxi)
  • App icons: Context menus and Notification Bubbles (new in Android 8)
  • Multi-Window (only for Android in smartphones)
  • Notifications on the lock screen
  • Control and Quick Settings
  • Night reading mode (for Android Herstellerabhängig)
  • Arkit and Arcore

Passwords for all

Both Android and iOS 8 11 can automatically fill in passwords and forms in apps. These features were both browsers Chrome or Safari reserved. Your already stored in the respective cloud data will now be typed no longer limited to sites but also in apps as if by magic. However, the implementation is slightly different.

ios 11 password managerApple's password selection appears practicing the keyboard. / © AndroidPIT

Apple integrates the password manager in the device settings. Have you been there the log-in data for a provider deposited, proposals for the log-in are displayed above the keyboard. Your app and site logins are protected by Touch ID against foreign access. This is a good thing, after all, you can see there open passwords.

lastpass autofill android oreoInstead of Google you can also take another password manager. / © AndroidPIT

Google, however, puts the system in the form of autofill API as an open programming interface to. Third parties such as LastPass jumping on the train and replace as Google as a storage location for all your passwords. Belasst your it to Google, here manages your saved passwords.

answer notifications directly

At least on the iPhone 6s and future 3D touch-enabled iPhones will provide a new dimension of interaction alerts. Since iOS 10 you can interact directly on the lock screen with notifications.

quick response ios 10 android 7Compatible apps have interactive notifications. / © AndroidPIT

Language assistants, instant messages and the Smart Home

Apple's voice assistant Siri can finally control apps. Says: "Write a message telegram" asks Siri and to whom they should go. This can be useful especially in the car, while wearing the headsets or if you want to speak the command only fast in a day.

voice command apps android 7 ios 10"Hey Siri / OK Google: Write a message Telegram!" / © AndroidPIT

Apple has already proved successful WeChat, Slack, WhatsApp, Ride Booking, Uber, Lyft and Didi from the Siri interface. But above all, can be used the same in all languages ​​Siri feature. The Google language assistant in the Google app can, too. A list of Google voice commands, we have already prepared for you.

AndroidPIT iphone 7 vs google pixel 0806The future is in the assistance. / © AndroidPIT

Many Android smartphones are subsequently equipped with the Google Assistant. It extends the functionality of the Google Voice Search, among other things with a deep integration into the Smart Home. Both Google and Apple also establish here systems that want to compete with Amazon Echo and its language assistants Alexa. That does not stop Google from performing assistantship as an interface. So you can replace the Google Assistant as standard Wizard by Cortana or Alex as it please you.

cortana for android as default assistantCortana place Google Assistant: Sets the language assistant in Android itself. / © AndroidPIT

Apple ships with the app home a uniform interface for home automation. Previously, hardware makers for IP Ping, remote-controlled curtains and networked lighting could only sporadically or not agree on standards for control. Mixed operation with devices from different manufacturers was able to get complex. By HomeKit interface of this mixing operation is, however, easier and thus reduce the inhibitions of potential smart home customers.

AndroidPIT google home 7223Google Home and Cast Ready speakers are Google's answer to HomeKit. / © AndroidPIT

A few weeks after the launch of Apple Home countered Google by summarily renamed the Chromecast app on Google Home. This is to integrate also smart home devices from different manufacturers and administer especially the smart speaker Google Home. However, the presentation of the app is not quite as successful as Apple Home.

Maps integrated transport services and navigate in malls

In Google Maps, you can order by MyTaxi integration a driver for some time. In Apple Maps You can follow the Lyft or Uber live on the map the taxi. In addition, you can pay the same in Apple Maps.

maps ride android 7 ios 10Both Apple and Google Maps Your driver can call and pay. / © AndroidPIT

Apple Maps may finally, as Here Maps or Google Maps for some time, navigate Indoor. In the US, purportedly works, but in our popular, Tegel international airport you will find the toilet still faster with Google Maps.

here Maps raw terrainHere Maps for years been dominating indoor navigation. / © AndroidPIT

App icons with context menus

Apple has introduced it with Force Touch and Google solves it quite similar over a long press of the app icons Kontenxtmeüs make it possible to launch apps immediately with a particular action. Start Messenger chatting with favorite contacts, maps navigate you home immediately.

ios 11 app context menusQuick Start in app sub-functions are achieved by Force Touch. / © AndroidPIT

Google has also stapled in Android 8 Oreo notifications in the form of small blisters on the app icons. Has an app such a bubble, you can be seen directly from the context menu notifications.

android 8 Oreo app shortcutsYou see immediately the notifications to the app icons. / © AndroidPIT

Multi-window and multi-tasking

to run two apps at once, is not fun on the small iPhone screen. But Android phones are often much larger. As the gain is already apparent. Even Android 7.0 has him and bring him on smartphones unless their manufacturers to unlock him.

iOS does as well, but Apple activates it only on some iPads. Smartphones, however multitask different. Do they Force Touch, draw their users with some pressure from the left edge to the right. Then the previously opened app opens.

Android users since Android 7 Nougat other hand, double-tap on the button for an overview of the open app to quickly switch between two apps back and forth.

Notifications on the lock screen

iOS 11 sorted notifications now by age. In the first test, it looks like that everything is more than three hours to "older Notifications" falls. This does not end up on the front of the lock screen but must first be herbeigewischt from below.

betas android vs ios o 11 notificationsThe notifications I like Android but better. / © AndroidPIT

In Android, the new system of alerts was introduced mandatory even with the update to version 7.0 nougat. It sorts notification support apps that they emit. They also provide immediate actions for quick answers before you open the app. Holding down the notifications you get to the notification settings for each app. So at least I configure the interruptions much faster than iOS. 11

betas android vs ios o 11 notifications2You can directly answer notifications. / © AndroidPIT

Control vs. Quick Settings

The control center is a nice idea to offer even on the lock screen simple shortcuts. In iOS 11 You must finally choose which to display. Maybe Apple will also open sometime third-party access to the buttons.

Control Center vs. quick settingsThe quick settings can be configured on site. / © AndroidPIT

Android is already there. Since Android nougat third party may officially put tiles in the quick settings. Using the example in the video you can see how this works with LastPass. In addition, the handling of the fast settings is much more intuitive than that of the Control Center.

Night Reading Mode

In the night reading mode is blue filtered from the display. So you hold non-growing smartphone while reading the last article in bed. Night mode is available with iOS 9.3 on iPhone. For Android it exists only by certain manufacturers. Google has it, for example in the pixel series, Huawei has him in the models of the P series and in Mate. 9

Augmented Reality

Arkit and Arcore make conventional smartphones fit for AR applications. Many games also IKEA jumping on the train and create the next generation of applications.

It is not yet clear which of the two platforms, the superior. This is especially dependent on the will of the app developers who contribute significantly to their success.


The overlapping of the systems iOS and Android are considerable. Both show with smart home and augmented reality together in the new direction. The ecosystem networked with our environment and the form factor smartphone is increasingly becoming a sideshow. The next hurdle will be to structure the ecosystem for these new tasks and to convince app developers and hardware and accessories manufacturers of himself.

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However, examples of how third-party apps, the free use of the file system or setting the standard apps, including language assistants show that Android is more open than the applied Walled Garden iOS. The self-determination of the user but also the hardware manufacturer is to drive the masses to this system.

iOS, however, creates an all-in-one cast feeling. The apps are seamlessly interlocked, the user experience consistently smooth and coordinated product range with each other. However, this is blessing and a curse, since the user must adapt to this structure. Apps, videos or music can raise only to a few types, file management is not provided. If the user can, however, strongly disagrees with this re-education, he will not soon want to leave this ecosystem where the grass is much greener.

Which iOS feature your love would have in Android or Android which feature in iOS? Which new feature we have not addressed here, that you have grown fond of?

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