1. High quality apps
I am baffled by the average quality of the apps on the Apple App Store. You can see and feel the maturity of iOS and the benefits of having tight quality control. Apple has a small temporary advantage over Android: Apple launched its first smartphone with iOS in January 2007 and started with the App Store in July 2008.
These extra months gave Apple the luxury of being able to ban some apps from the App Store as they did not meet the quality criteria. The whole smartphone experience is therefore better in terms of applications than Android.
Google needs to be more demanding in the Play Store. Not because they hit the market a few months later, who, after eight years, are still proud to have a few hundred more applications available for their system than Apple.
Some Play Store apps are bad, very bad, and frustrate users. These apps destroy the ecosystem and give iPhone users a strong case for thinking that iOS is better than Android.
2. Greater Software Security
Another thing that Apple has due control with regard to its small range of software security products. Apple provides security updates for devices released five years ago. However, Google stops device updates after three years.
Here is a list of Apple devices that have received the update to the new iOS 9:
- iPhone 6s (2015)
- iPhone 6s Plus (2015)
- iPhone 6 (2014)
- iPhone 6 Plus (2014)
- iPhone SE (2016)
- iPhone 5s (2013)
- iPhone 5c (2013)
- iPhone 5 (2012)
- iPhone 4s (2011)
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (2015)
- iPad Pro (9.7-inch) (2016)
- iPad Air 2 (2014)
- iPad Air (2013)
- iPad 4th generation (2012)
- iPad 3rd generation (2012)
- iPad 2 (2011)
- iPad mini 4 (2015)
- iPad mini 3 (2014)
- iPad mini 2 (2013)
- iPad mini (2012)
- iPod touch 6th generation (2015)
- iPod touch 5th generation (2015)
This would also be possible on Android, as monthly security updates are offered for many devices. Even better would be, of course, if the new feature upgrades – that is, a jump from Android 5.0 to 5.1 or 6.0 – reached Samsung and LG users less than six months after the release. However, manufacturers claim that they could not optimize customizations to the user interface in less time.
Not all manufacturers choose to do the same as HTC or Motorola, which set aside much of their own interface tweaks to be able to roll out updates faster.
Google helps manufacturers by decoupling parts of the system core and releasing some of the functions like Play Store updates, which can be installed more easily than a full Android system update, thus avoiding interface issues.
And here Google wants to go a step further. The system core must be completely removed from the user interface. If a core problem is encountered and an update is available, it could be replaced by a compatible successor. This way LG, Samsung, Sony and other manufacturers could maintain their interface and quickly distribute system core updates. However, it is not known when this will happen.
3. A full backup
In my previous article about my iPhone SE experience I talked about backing up iCloud, which was wonderful. With iCloud you can transfer all data from your old phone to your new phone in less than five minutes, and everything is as it was before.
The apps are complete, in the same position on the start screen, logins are already done and your SMS, call history, conversation history, games and even the background image are exactly as before. Android does that, too, I know, but my grandmother couldn't make it to the end of the process, like the iPhone.
Transferring application data from one Android to another is a complex process. By resetting the device we started practically from scratch, because Google's recovery function, say, rubbish. If you don't pay attention, Google will install all the apps you have ever downloaded from the Play Store. In addition, you have to log in to virtually all applications again.
At this point I have to side with Google and blame the app developers. From API level 8, or Android 2.2, there is a data backup, through which you can upload your app data to any cloud service.
Since Android 6.0 Marshmallow this function is factory enabled. Developers should take a look at Google documents. If you want to argue that only a very small percentage of users have already received the upgrade to Android 6.0, thus delaying developers, it is worth mentioning that Google has already thought of it.
Android is a great operating system, much more open than iOS and forever my favorite. The three points mentioned above are, however, much better on iOS and I want to see them improved on my device. Google and Android app developers should therefore kindly step in and show Apple that they can be even better.
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