A Quick Comparison Between iOS 12 and Android 9 Pie:



Recently, Google launched Google Pixel devices with Android 9 Pie, only a few months before Apple launched iOS 12. Both operating systems have a long list of improvements and new features, now the user has the options to choose from the devices powered by the latest Android and iOS versions. But to make the right choice, users must compare the features of both mobile operating systems.  In this article, we will compare the features of both mobile operating systems.

Virtual assistants

Both Android Pie and iOS 12 comes with improved virtual assistants. Apple replaced Siri to allow users to perform many new tasks by providing voice commands. The most recent version of Siri built-into iOS 12 allows users to do almost everything, such as launching their favorite apps, making shortcuts that change live Photos to GIF images, sending a message using a third-party application, asking for directions, tracking schedules, setting alarms, estimating travel time for a conference. The opportunities are countless.

Although Google Assistant does not offer the same functionality as Android Pie, users can now perform additional tasks through voice commands, improved smart home controls, and its most amazing new feature is the ability to make calls and reservations for you. Google will definitely stay ahead of Apple in the virtual assistant's contest. Its Assistant is still more flexible and more reliable than Siri, regardless of the improvements that come in iOS 12.

Privacy and Security

The disadvantage of installing software from any site is because some Android users get malware on their smartphone without knowing it. But Google has taken big steps to make Android more secure in recent years. It now scans applications before installing them to make sure they are secure and quietly checks if there is anything suspicious in the background. It also caught up with iOS in many ways. Android 9 Pie support is added to encrypted data backups and protects all data entering or leaving your smartphone with Transport Layer Security (TLS). It is also the first major operating system that supports secure transactions through protected confirmation API.

Previously, iOS used to be the secure choice, but the recent improvements in Android Pie might change that. However, they will not change how Google uses your data. Android usually collects a lot of your information to improve Google services, whereas Apple only collects your data when it is very necessary, and even then, it makes it anonymous to avoid trace of where it comes from. Also, Apple will not give your data away.

Multitasking

IOS 12 comes amazing new multitasking features to the iPad. Finally, it gives users the ability to run two applications simultaneously, watch videos in Picture-in-Picture while using other applications in the background, and drag and drop content between the two windows.

Unfortunately, similar features are not available on the iPhone. So, about multitasking, Android remains the best. Android Pie allows you to use two applications simultaneously on tablets and smartphones.

Some smartphones can be connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, allowing a desktop-like interface that allows you to run applications in individual windows just similar to your PC. It's a dream come true to stay productive on the go, but there is nothing of such on iOS 12.

Software updates

 Some Android providers have gotten better at developing software and security updates, but most still suck. It takes a lot of manufacturers like Samsung; several months to come out with the latest Android release. The Galaxy S8, the South Korea firm’s flagship devices did not get its Oreo upgrade until seven months later after Google made it P available to Pixel devices.
On the other hand, IOS devices still receive updates as soon as they are available. There is no meddling from third parties, not even operators, so you can download them the day Apple's release them. In addition, iOS devices are supported for a lot longer.

Facial recognition

Another feature that rival smartphone makers adopt from iPhone X is facial recognition. And with Android P, there is a new biometric API that makes these systems as functional as Face ID. You can open your device, log into applications and sanction purchases by just looking at your smartphone (if it comes with iris scanning or facial recognition technology). Some phones also use this technology to copy iPhone X’s Animoji's.

Google could not get Animoji on Android Pie, although smartphones makers like Samsung provide their own options. AR Emoji on latest Galaxy devices works the same way, and even lets you create your own characters like iOS 12.

Digital health

Both Google and Apple want to help us put our smartphones down. iOS 12 and Android P comes with new features that allow you to control how you use your devices and impose your own restrictions to curtail your usage. You can monitor how much time you spend on individual applications like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If it is too much, you can set the timer that stops applications from running when your set time expires.

Presently, Google's digital health features are in beta. If you want to use them in Android 9 Pie, you must register to get access it. The Screen Time in iOS 12 is available to all users.

Notifications

Android's notification is far superior to iOS for years, but with iOS 12 Apple is catching up. Finally, grouped notifications are coming to the iPhone and iPad, including a number of other improvements. IOS 12 let you manage your notifications in real time from the lock screen. You can disable notifications that won’t keep quiet from individual applications. Or you can send them quietly to Notification Center.

Also, Siri will provide smart suggestions based on your notifications, similar to the Google Assistant on Android. For example, if you always ignore the notifications of a particular application without opening it, Siri will recommend that you block them completely. Apple also introduces Bedtime Mode in iOS 12. It sends all the notifications that you receive at night to Notification Center. So that when sleeping you can’t be distracted by text messages and other alerts.

Android still gives users more control over notifications. Its priority system allows you to choose which notifications you will see at the top of your lock screen and which will appear without a sound. You can as well do more with Android notifications. Somehow, notifications from Android are still okay.  But, Pie will not allow you to separate what is on the lock screen from what you see in the Notifications Center like iOS 12.

In conclusion, both Android 9 Pie and iOS 12 have some new features and improvements. Users of a particular model of iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad can upgrade to iOS latest version without changing their gadgets. But with Android, users have to purchase new devices powered by Android 9 Pie to enjoy these new features and improvements.

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