In an earlier blog article, we discussed the apps only iOS users had access too. Today we are looking at some of the features only Android smartphones have and iOS still hasn’t incorporated with iOS 12 (seriously!).
Multiple User Accounts & Guest Access (Android 5.0 & Higher)
Android users can share their devices with another person without giving them access to their primary account and app data. The Guest mode protects the user’s personal data and information from other people using the phone for simple tasks. This feature enables multiple user access without having to log in.
In the case of an iPhone, the phone is given to the second user as it is. This feature, some might argue, is not essential seeing as smartphones are a single user device. iOS can use this feature in iPads where multiple user access is more common.
File System & USB Connectivity
Android users have the convenience of accessing their files when connected to a PC via USB like any other external storage. In case of an iPhone, you can only access the photos clicked on the phone. Having used both platforms, I can vouch for the amount of time I saved when transferring files between my phone and PC.
Accessing the file system from within the Android device is a breeze as compared to doing the same on an iOS device. The default file manager for an android device gives full access with clear partition and ability to transfer files between internal storage and external SD cards. Add to that, the Google Play Store has numerous file manager apps that can work as an alternative. The same does not hold true for the App Store in iOS
Home Screen Customizations
On iOS, you see rows and rows of app icons. You can rearrange icons and group them into folders, but that’s it. On Android, you have the same functionality complemented by the ability to add widgets. Users can now customize their home screens and see relevant information wherever they want at a single glance.
There are a plethora of third-party launcher applications you can install from the Play Store. You can customize any attribute you choose to and redesign the home screen from scratch. This is a significant differentiator with endless possibilities for the user’s experience.
In iOS, the rule is simple, what you see is what you get. The platform has a default browser (Safari), e-mail app (Mail), message app (Messages), photos (Photos), video (Videos) and keyboard. The sad part is, you can’t change these default settings to other third-party apps like Chrome for instance. There is no way to set preferences.
In Android, the option to change your default apps exists and extremely simple. You can download your favorite third-party apps and set your preferences as you see fit.
The idea behind bringing up these features is to highlight the stark differences between the platforms. These differences make each platform unique in their own right even as both continue to expand and co-exist. The “which platform is better?” question may never have a clear answer. In the end, it is about what the user thinks works best for them. That is exactly why both ecosystems will thrive and continue to improve and attract new users.