Android 10 vs. iOS 13: The Developer’s Perspective on Who’s Slaying it and How

With the launch of Android 10 and iOS 13, you might want to which OS is more powerful and has advanced features for users. Right? Herein we have written a dedicated blog on Android vs. iOS 13 and compared the features of both operating systems. So, let’s get started and give the developer’s perspective on who’s slaying it and how.

The Google-Apple rivalry has never been a covert affair. Every time new announcements are made, the conspicuous cold war becomes a hot topic and talk of every town, literally.

Both have always been subjected to comparison especially after such announcements. And why not? These tech giants keep improving in order to get ahead of the other. Recently, Apple announced the launch of iOS 13 and Google announced Android 10 (no desserts this time).

Android 10 was announced during Google I/O 2019, held from May 7 to 9. The final version was launched on September 3, 2019, after its successful beta testing. iOS 13, on the other hand, was announced during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference from June 3 to 7, 2019. It was launched in final form on September 19, 2019. 

Developers and tech-savvy people from all around the world went into a technological frenzy. Everyone started to talk about the new features and updates in these new OS’s. A comparison was the next natural thing. 

Even tech geeks like us couldn’t keep our hands off the sizzling topic and decided to have a face-off between these newest operating systems. But what are the key differences between the two new operating systems? And what are the most significant changes that will matter to iOS and Android developers? In this blog, we will be discussing some of the features of iOS 13 and Android 10.

Mind well, this blog doesn’t comprise of all the new features, but the features and new updates in both the operating systems that can be compared and contrasted.

Android 10 vs. iOS 13 – Let The Battle Begin

  1. Dark mode

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    The system-wide dark appearance made its first appearance in macOS Mojave in 2018. This dark mode switches a bright theme to a darker one. It maintains vibrancy and contrast to make foreground content stand out against a darker background. It was finally introduced in iOS from iOS 13 versions and later. This much-awaited feature is used when the surrounding is dark as it puts a lesser strain on the eyes in comparison to the light mode. Android was the first to introduce the dark theme or dark mode in the phone operating systems. Google incorporated this unique feature in Android Pie (or Android 9) and has made a few new updates in it in the Android 10. 
    The dark mode uses a darker color palette for all screens, views, menus, and even controls. This can be set to automatic when the ambient light is low. Using dark mode in phones like iPhone X, XS, XS Max can also improve battery life as fewer pixels light up on the screen.In Android Pie, the theme was not available uniformly and the theme couldn’t be used everywhere. Now, in Android 10, it is more evenly distributed across the mobile OS. However, mobile apps such as Chrome still lack a dark mode option.
  2. Privacy features

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    Apple has always taken a dig at Google for being at the center of privacy-related controversies. Apple has a simple monetization strategy: make money by offering services, hardware and apps. It prizes its users’ privacy atop everything and keeping that as the USP.Even after being targeted many times for not complying with privacy policies and facing criticism over it, Google has still managed to stay at the top of its game. In fact, Google has commented about the security flaws in iPhones due to malware.
    At this year’s WWDC, the company made a number of privacy announcements that continue this way of thinking. The company introduced, for example, the ‘Sign in with Apple’ button that allows users to sign in to websites and applications without being tracked. It also comes with two-factor authentication consisting of Apple-ID password and touch or face ID. This feature is compatible with iOS 13 and later versions.With the release of Android 10, Google has given more control to users in order to keep their personal information private. Now, users have the power to see which apps can access which information. 
    Apple also revealed that applications will now have to ask for location permission every time a user uses it. This means the app cannot store location data without the user’s explicit consent.Users can manage permissions in the privacy settings under the permission manager section. Users can see which apps have permission to their contacts, camera, microphone, and make changes as per their wish.

    Verdict: Both the OS’s have different ways and methods to address privacy issues. The users can decide which method suits them the best and choose their OS accordingly. 

  3. Photos

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    Apple Photos has been a favorite of Apple users for very long. The users love the editing tools that allow them to see the pictures in a new light. It has features like face-recognition to help sort images. In iOS 13 more intriguing and unique features were added to win the hearts of the users yet again. Combined with the new iPhone 11 cameras, we are sure there will be huge improvements.There are not many who can complain about the Google Photos app. The app provides all the tools and services that a photo app should have. It has easy-to-use editing tools, quick and flawless back-up and effortless photo-sharing features. This is considered one of the best photo apps for Android.
    These intriguing new photo features include the ability to adjust the intensity of portrait lighting with a slider, the ability to rotate videos right and other dynamic adjustments in the Photos app itself. The Night Site mode has made night time or dark photography incredible in every way possible for a smartphone. Google Photos has no other major changes in Android 10 and didn’t really need them anyway. 
  4. Mapping

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    Apple maps haven’t been around for as long as Google Maps have been. This is why they still fall short in many aspects. We are not saying they are bad, they just need to buckle up and compete with Google maps. And they are on the right track. Along with announcing iOS 13, they have announced that they are going to revamp the Apple maps. 
    They are adding more information about the roads for pedestrians and precise addresses. The Look Around feature enables the users to see a 3D view of the location. 
    Google has had these features for a long time (Smart view is its own 3D street view). Google Maps has proven to be very reliable and precise in the matter to address. In Android 10, they have introduced a navigation mode that is completely gestural. They have also eliminated the navigation bar area and allow apps to use the full screen to deliver richer, more immersive experiences. 
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  6. Siri voice and Google Assistant

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    Apple was first to launch the concept of a voice assistant with Siri in 2011. Apple keeps on improving and adding new features to this assistant. In iOS 13, they have made new updates like the new organic (comparatively less robotic) voice, reading and reverting to incoming messages, streaming radio stations, searching for WatchOS apps on the Apple Watch.Google Assistant, though developed after Siri, has no competition in recognizing different voices and differentiating new commands. Google Assistant is integrated with every task and app that the user uses his smartphone for. It can keep track of your appointments and events by just taking a look at the calendar. 
    In order to compete with Alexa and Google Assistant, Apple has introduced Siri Shortcuts. This feature allows the user to control different apps with the help of Siri just with voice commands. It will also integrate with new apps like Caviar, Merriam Webster Dictionary, and Airbnb.
    Users will also be able to message using Whatsapp, hail a taxi using Uber, make
    payments on PayPal and search on Pinterest using SiriKit (software integration).
    The latest features include customized questions based on the user’s personal contacts. For example, they can ask for the weather at one of your contact’s locations (by their address). It also gives suggestions for entertainment and routes.
  7. Swipey keyboard

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    This feature is being introduced in iPhones for the first time. It is called Quick Path typing and users can just swipe their finger over the letters on the keyboard to type. It is faster than typing each word letter by letter and just as accurate as well. Users don’t have to compromise on word suggestions as well.This is no news for Android users. They have been using this feature for many years now either using third-party apps like Swype or Swiftkey. Now, it is integrated in the OS also. This feature is just perfect for one-hand typing.
    Now, let’s talk about some of the new splendid features launched by Google in Android 10 and by Apple in iOS 13.

New Features in Android 10

  1. Smart Reply

    Smart Reply feature suggests actionable functions. If somebody sends an address, one can click on it to open it in Google Maps. Same with videos. They can be opened directly on YouTube and start streaming. There is no hassle of copy-pasting, Google aims for making lives simpler.

  2. Silent Notifications

    An average smartphone user gets a substantial number of 46 notifications, in one day. This is because all apps use push notifications and it can get irritating. Users can use this feature and silence the notifications for a given duration of time. Thus, they have more control over the number and time of notifications they receive. 

  3. Family Link

    Already a part of many Android Pie phones, the feature has new updates. It has become easier for parents to keep a check on certain actions on their children’s’ phones. They can set digital time limits, restrict certain actions and functions to provide a healthier and safer digital well-being.

New features in iOS 13

  1. Reminders

    It used to be quite complicated to set a reminder using an iPhone. This has changed as the reminders feature is being revamped. There is a toolbar to add time, date, location, attachments and flags quickly. The reminders app is now easy to use and has smart filtering options as well. 

  2. Memoji and Animoji

    Searching for emojis of their choice is now easier than ever. Users can even create customized Memojis that include hairstyles, headwear, accessories, makeup). Three animojis of a cow, octopus and a mouse are soon to be added in Apple Messages.

  3. Find My

    In iOS 13, Apple has merged two apps- Find My Friends and Find My iPhone. This feature will allow the users to find their devices even when the internet is not available. Basically, there is no need for the internet to find their or their friends’ phones. 

On a Concluding Note

Both Apple and Google tout their OS’s to be the best. The war has been going on since a time that can’t even be traced back. Probably, the rivalry has been there since the conception of these two huge ideas. There are certain aspects where Android is the deniable winner like when it comes to Maps and Home Assistant features. 

On the other hand, iOS is the ruling king in the kingdom of Privacy and Dark Mode. There are pros and cons for every feature and they will keep on improving. So, if you still have any queries or confuse related to Android 10 vs. iOS 13 features, iOS or Android app development, get in touch with us as we are a leading mobile app development company with a dedicated team of Android and iOS app developers. 

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Well, we can’t say who wins this time. Instead of fighting, we should rather wait and watch. Let’s see what the future holds in the field of mobile technology.

Author Bio
Hitesh Trivedi
Hitesh Trivedi
Designation: iOS Team Lead

Hitesh Trivedi is an iOS Team Lead at Space-O Technologies. He has over 10 years of experience in iOS app development. He has guided to develop over 100 iPhone apps with unique features and functionalities. He has special expertise in Swift and Objective-C.