Since you probably have not heard amidst talks of new iMacs, iPhones, iPads, or other Apple products, Android released their fifth major instalment of their mobile operating system just weeks ago. The newest edition, nicknamed “Lollipop” is the same thing as Android 5.0. I will use the two terms interchangeably throughout this article. What has been most remarkable about the release is how nobody seems to have noticed, other than the die-hard Android fanatics or actual technology writers and bloggers, like myself.
The newest mobile operating system is beginning to look like a formidable addition, serving as a reputable, solid opponent for the behemoth iOS. While the two are not quite up to par with each other, they are certainly more similar than one may imagine (a surefire sign that we are on the brink of perfect competition).
Lollipop was Android’s opportunity to really begin to improve itself, putting it on par with mobile operating systems such as iOS. iOS 8 may be slowing down to the point where Android is beginning to catch up. Any time you hear an Apple fanatic spewing out the features of iOS 8, it is easy to say that Android has done the same, because they have. Examples below.
David, One of the main features highlighted in the WWDC Keynote about iOS 8 was the concept of continuity, or the ability to begin a task one of your Apple devices or machines, and pick up on your phone or tablet.
Android has done the same.
But Apple has also implemented Apple Pay, an awesome new method of completing everyday transactions, with your mobile device.
Android has done the same (there is a catch, however, mentioned in my Apple Pay article)
Well, Apple has Notification Center and Control Center!
Android has their own spins on that very concept, and it’s just a fluid and competent.
With beautiful new user interface elements, a revamped design, and awesome features, it is becoming quite difficult to ignore the waves Android is making. Anyone who takes the time just to explore the Android website and then browses the list of improvements in Android Lollipop will likely be able to notice a striking similarity between Lollipop and iOS 8. The two companies are both striving to do the same thing, and as a result, they are producing very similar software.
While there are certainly some things that are simply integral to Apple, there are things that are integral to Android. Because of the growing popularity, and the fact that Apple is simply the hot new company, many more people are favorable to a company like Apple, without knowing anything about the industry, or how other companies are working. Many are impressed multiple times a year by the keynote presentations that Apple makes throughout the year, however, if one was to just pay attention to what other companies are doing, it would be easy to realize that not all of Apple’s ideas are original; that’s the way the tech industry works. You steal an idea, improve it, and pass it off as your own.
Android’s issue, is that they are not improving any ideas quite yet, but simply producing solid software. It is now time for them to propel themselves into the number one spot, by doing something radically different. This will give them the attention, and once they have our attention, it will be time for them to do something remarkable and shut up Apple fans for good.
Android certainly has been a viable competitor to other mobile operating systems, ever since the release of Android Jelly Bean. The amount of acclaim they have received, however, has been underwhelming, to say the least. Even as an Apple fanatic, I am able to note that Android’s overall flexibility in relation to stock iOS is incredible (In my opinion, however, jail-breaking iOS gives that same flexibility, which is why a tweaked iOS 6 is the greatest mobile operation system there ever was.).
Android users truly do have a great operating system, and it only improves as time goes on. So what has been the hindrance to Androids worldwide acceptance and acclaim? Simply put, we have glorified iOS for so long, that anything else is deemed inferior prior to even the slightest inspection. As a result, we now have developers who will not even touch Android platforms until they have released an iOS version. We prioritize iOS as developers, and some consumers fail to even consider Android to be of the same quality as a result. Is it fair? No. Will it change, though? Probably not, so get used to it.