The comparison between iOS 12 and Android P, a clash of different philosophies? Google’s Android OS is based on Android Open Source Project (AOSP), an open source initiative led by Google. It can certainly be said that Apple’s iOS is closed and its good functioning only occurs within the relatively small device ecosystem.
Both companies have released the beta versions of their latest operating systems, now we will look at the features of iOS 12 and Android P side by side. However, as mentioned earlier, being a beta version and both Apple and Google love to save some surprises for the actual launch of their OS, so this will not be a final evaluation.
We expect that the first iPhone with iOS 12 will be launched in September and that the first phone with Android P will arrive in September or October this year.
Features of iOS 12 and Android P
Notch and Gestures
As we know, iPhone X was the first phone appeared on the scene featuring the well-known notch. However, it wasn’t. Essential Phone was the first smartphone to come with a notch and gestures.
Google in its latest Android P has officially adopted notches and navigational gestures, although Android developers are already grappling with their own experiments. Since Android manufacturers prefer to customize their devices, gestures and notches have less uniformity on Android than the iPhone.
Android P supports a central notch, a corner notch and a notch on the top and bottom of the display, just in case.
Voice Assistant: Google Assistant against Siri
Siri in iOS 12 has been updated to focus on making your iPhone able to predict what you want before looking for it. A new app called Shortcuts lets you set up profiles that perform a detailed procedure when you’re saying certain keywords. For example, “Directed Home” can send text messages to your spouse, play your favourite radio station and start navigation on the less busy route.
Siri Shortcuts brings Apple devices closer to Google Assistant, which also supports routines (so Amazon Alexa).
Siri remained behind when it comes to quality of the information and the way it is presented in comparison to the Google Assistant. But after Google I/O developer conference last month, Siri is staggering hard.
Google has developed six new entries for Assistant. It can handle a series of questions or a grouped command and teach children’s good manners. Google is also working on AI capabilities making the Assistant human enough to keep a short conversation with other humans by making a reservation or appointment on your behalf.
Strangely, at the moment Apple does not seem to work as Google working on improving its assistant.
Messaging: iMessage against Google’s…?
Apple’s iMessage app continues to improve. In one corner we have Animojis. Memoji (Animojis that you make of your own face). Peer-to-peer payments. FaceTime videos call you from the app, Wi-Fi messaging with other iMessage users, cross-platform SMS messages between your iPhone, iPad and Mac.
On the other hande messaging on Android … what exactly? Google Hangouts is extremely limited and underdeveloped. The Android messaging app is for phone only and does not have an app or website for the desktop (it is not cross-platform). Google Duo makes good video calls but does not open on your desktops or other Google messaging apps, like Hangouts or Messages.
Play in the same AR app with friends
iOS 12 is becoming a fantastic multiplayer feature that will allow you and your friends to interact in the same AR environment at the same time.
Google goes further, offering Android and iPhone users the ability to play together regardless of the operating system in use. Cloud Anchors, as it is called, allow multiple devices to generate a shared, synchronized understanding of the world.
Face unlocking: safe against convenient
Android’s Face Unlock is known to be comfortable, but not as secure as a fingerprint. Face ID appeared for the first time on iPhone X which uses a 3D scanning technology in the front camera, which is why the top of the Apple range uses a notch so extensive.
Xiaomi has also launched its flagship smartphone Mi 8 that comes with 3D scanning technology used for face unlocking.
Maps: Apple Maps against Google Maps
Apple Maps is functional for step-by-step driving directions; But Google Maps goes much deeper, with a level of information you can use if you wish. Google is also thinking about how to adopt maps for the future. Last month it showed how a virtual guide could one day drive you to an unknown city.
Manage dependence on your smartphone
Advantage: too early to say
Both iOS 12 and Android P have added features that help you sleep when you’re going to bed, limiting apps that otherwise might attract your attention. Both platforms have also developed features that allow you to manage how much time you spend on your device.
Three new features in iOS 12.
- Do not disturb will turn off most of the notifications before going to sleep.
- Screentime provides weekly reports on your use.
- You can set usage limits for you and your children, for any app.
Features Android P
- The Wind Down mode sets the colours of the smartphone to grayscale before going to sleep.
- A dashboard shows how often you use apps.
- You can set app limits and apps in grey to remember your goals.
- Rotate the phone face down to activate the do not disturb mode.
Final Verdict: Which Mobile OS (iOS 12 vs Android P) moves ahead?
We’ve already said that both iOS 12 and Android P are in their beta stage and are incomplete, so it’s still not really possible to say which one is actually better until they’re on smartphones in their final versions. The software can change and Apple and Google may surprise us with even more features than those mentioned.