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Even though Android is open-source, it is near unusable without Google Apps and a Google account. For example, it's impossible to download apps from the Google play store without a Google account unless the user is sideloading the app from 3rd party source such as APK Mirror. See More
Android gives users the ability to define which apps perform which action. For example, if an Android device has several browsers installed, the user can choose a default one which will start every time a link is for example opened from another app. See More
Most Android phones seem to be released on a "Let's release a few software updates until we release the next phone, and never push out an update again." For example, In May 2014, 8.5% of phones were Kitkat, 60.8% were spread out between three versions of jellybean (with bias towards older versions), and the another 20% spread out over ICS, Honeycomb, Gingerbread, and Froyo. Google no longer maintains Android 4.3 or prior and serious security exploits remain in those versions. Device manufacturers are also taking no action, which leaves almost a billion Android users exposed. You may also encounter lingering and unfixed bugs, glitches, etc. as a result of the manufacturer's and Google's lack of interest in older versions. Some flagship phones are well supported into the future, but the fact that your phone won't be supported by its manufacturer and/or Google is a consideration you must make when purchasing an Android phone. See More
While there are many great Android phones, there are also many Android phones that lack in both hardware and software. When purchasing Android phones, a consumer might want to do some research first - especially when buying on a budget. Not only do you have to worry about shotty hardware or poor quality testing, manufacturers tend to tinker with the software on phones. More often than not this leads to poor performance, unintuitive 'features', slower (or complete lack of) updates, and custom software that detracts from the user's experience. See More
Android M paired with newer devices are getting audio latency down to 20 milliseconds or less, which is great compared to previous Android versions, however is still slower than Apple's 7ms on the iPhone 4S - a 4 year old phone. There are almost no professional audio tools available for Android because the latency was way too slow for professional audio creation, but perhaps now that Android isn't so far back we will start to see a few options come to Android. See More
One of the massive benefits of Android being open-sourced are all the modifications you can make to the phone to customise pretty much anything. Some of the cooler things you can do are: Replace the entire operating system with a custom ROM. Replace the keyboard. Change the home screen launcher. Change the lock screen. See More
Any users from Android M onward are not affected by this issue. Permissions are only granted via a pop-up when the app requests. The application permission system used requires requesting access to more user data than should be needed to run an app. For example, in order to enable matchmaking in games the app needs access to contacts list. Additionally, since Google doesn't enforce requesting only the permissions necessary for an app to function, a culture of requesting permissions that aren't in any way needed for the app to function has emerged. See More
Google Now is an intelligent personal assistant available within the Google Search mobile application for the Android and iOS operating systems. It's software that makes your life more convenient by giving you all the information you need at any moment. See More
Desktop widgets provide quick access to the information you need quickly and access the most. These are available out of the box, and can be developed by anyone. Widgets on the lockscreen have been removed since the Lollipop update, but is available on 3rd party lockscreens such as AC Display and KK Locker. See More
Unlike Android, iOS is developed to be used on similiar devices and both the hardware and iOS itself are developed by Apple. This means that they are highly adapted to work with each other. Even after the hardware becomes a little outdated, the performance still remains consistent and smooth on several iOS versions. See More
The iOS user interface is known by millions. It has mostly stayed the same throughout the years. The main view is a simple grid menu which displays all the installed applications. On the bottom there is an app tray which displays the icons for the most used apps. The iOS user interface is especially easy for users who want an easy experience and don't want to spend time learning on how to navigate through their phones. Everything is displayed right in the main view and it's easy to find. The fact that it has not changed, at least significantly in the past years has made it possible for it's most devoted users to keep upgrading their iOS devices without having any difficulty to adapt. See More
iOS delibrately slows the CPU down on older iPhones with worn-out batteries so as to preserve battery life, resulting in possible slower-than-expected performance. This only applies to iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and iPhone SE running iOS 10.2.1 and above, and iPhone 7 running iOS 11.2 and above. See More
Windows 10 Mobile now has the ability to synchronize notifications, calls and SMS to a Windows 10 PC, which allows for continuity between phone and desktop, eg: when a user dismiss's one of their notifications on the desktop, the notification will also be dismissed on their phone as well. In addition, a user can also have the ability to send SMS from their PC through Cortana or the Skype app as well as make a phone call through the Microsoft Phone app in Windows 10. See More
Windows 10 Mobile comes with Continuum feature where users can use a phone/tablet as a full desktop PC experience when the device is connected to a monitor, keyboard and mouse using a specific dock. The apps used on the Continuum will be the desktop version of the app which is keyboard and mouse friendly rather than smartphone app. This is currently available on selected devices such as Microsoft Lumia 950. See More
Windows 10 Mobile / Windows Phone comes with Microsoft Office which is bundled by default inside the system. The newer version of Office uses a similar interface as the desktop counterpart. The usage of the Microsoft Office is free of charge. See More
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