Much has been said and discussed about Google’s new update, the Android Lollipop and Apple’s latest operating platform, the iOS 8. Since the launch of these two operating systems, consumers are abuzz with their all new features, cool designs and better battery management.

Both the operating systems shine with their latest visual presentation. Google’s all new ‘Material Design’ (more on that later) has grabbed a lot of attention. Apple’s video editing apps come with new improvements as well. With so many exciting features coupled with these two operating systems, it calls for a fair comparison between them.

Animation iOS 8 packs in a subtler animation as compared to it’s previous versions. The apps and widgets moves, zooms in or slides back smoothly whenever you play with them. Google’s animation is cooler than before. There’s always an animation, which triggers and unfolds whenever you tap the screen. Plus, the vibration with each tap, is much smoother and less obvious.

Material Design

The all ambitious ‘material design’ is the biggest leap of radical redesigns on Android history. By eliminating the over informative icons, the Lollipop has vouched for a much simpler looking icons. Unlike its darker-hued predecessor, ‘KitKat’, the Lollipop is brighter, more colorful and more minimalistic. The design update has also reshuffled the functionalities of buttons. The buttons now react and interacts in a much amicable way, rendering the best user experience.

iOS 8 has banked on Skeuomorphic designs (using the icons for varied digital functions that resembled real world objects)  for a long time now. Much of the redesigning occurred with Steve Job’s demise and the launch of iOS 7. The latest version is simply a revision of it’s previous one. The new features include improved gesture functions and better navigation.

As you double tap the home button, the screen moves down and up, enabling you to view all the apps without scrolling with your fingers. Thanks to the recent jump of the screen size in iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, typing on iOS 8 has become more comfortable.

Security

Google has rolled a new feature of using Bluetooth devices in proximity to unlock your Lollipop device. You can add up your Bluetooth-enabled car, watch or any other device, respectively under the trusted list. Whenever you ask your Lollipop to authorize access based on the presence of these trusted devices, your phone unlocks. In addition, the Lollipop device can also unlock based on facial recognition, as you check on your new notifications. However, these new cool feature is trumped by iOS 8’s ‘Touch ID’. The home button scans your trusted fingerprint to unlock. It is simpler that way, unlike the Lollipop’s Bluetooth concept, which requires the trusted devices to remain in vicinity.

Features

As far as new features are concerned, Google concentrated more on redefining and refining the UI than the iOS, which added certain new attributes. Needless to say, the two operating systems are always emulating the best bits of the other. Taking this cue, the apple iOS 8 has gotten rid of the pesky pop-ups and replaced them with repressed notifications. In addition, iOS 8 now features actionable widgets in their notification center and allows app sharing. However, the biggest rip-off is the ‘swipe keyboard’ that has been a flagship Android invention. iOS 8 also supports third party keyboards now.

Lollipop boasts a number of added features. Again, they are more about refinement. Pull down shortcuts are the new feature in Lollipop’s notification bar. You can now view, reject or snooze your notifications for every app from one place. ‘App Switcher’ is the new kid on the block. It lets you go back not only to background apps, but a specific thing within the app. This is reminiscent of the ‘windows key + tab’ combination on a desktop running Windows

Continuity

This is perhaps where iOS 8 steals the show. Continuity allows its users to ‘hand-off’ a phone call, a new message, email or Skype calls to other Apple devices. In every aspect, the Continuity function makes Apple truly seamless. Google’s Lollipop has not yet come in terms with such an advanced feature. However, hopes are high that Google will hit back with excellent new features regarding its cloud service.

Debates pertaining to the preference of Android and iOS, rage on among consumers. Which is a better OS? Well the answer lies in your lifestyle and of course, ‘budget’. Apple runs an excellent hardware with little or no chances of freezing. However, Google offers superior battery life, options that are far more customizable and better security. Both has impressive features that reach the core of your business and activities. However, it’s Lollipop, which runs a little ahead of otherwise conservative and expensive, iOS 8.