Android has a very solid notification system, and one that rivals iOS. Depending on your taste, you could easily prefer one or the other and I wouldn’t call you crazy either way. I personally think iOS has more power in their notifications, and offers a little more control over wrangling them.
Today’s post is going to be quite a bit more positive than yesterday’s, as home screens is somewhere Google definitely has Apple beat. Frankly, if I could have Android home screen with iOS’s everything else, I’d be a very happy camper. Android has a stock launcher that is better than iOS’s, and also has the ability for third party developers to create their own launchers so that if you don’t like what Google offers, you can change it up.
We’ll get into some specific Android system features in later pieces, but I had to start with the quality of software available for each platform. I want to talk about what you can actually do with your phone on the two platforms. Your phone is likely the computer you spend the most time with, and it’s an incredibly important tool in our day to day lives. If you told me I had to give up my iPhone or my MacBook, I wouldn’t have to think about it, the MacBook would get the boot. So let’s take a look at the software I use on my iPhone and see how it stacks up to what can be done on Android.
This will be a 5 part series aimed primarily at iOS users who are not familiar with Android first hand. Part 1 will be up tomorrow, and will cover the gap in quality of third party apps on iOS and Android. The following pieces will dive deep into home screens, notifications, assistants, and more.
These are things that are not givens in the world of Android, as the vast majority of people are running a version of Android that is customized by the phone manufacturer. Samsung, HTC, and LG, are some of bigger players in the market and they all ship a version of Android that is tweaked both from a functionality and a visual perspective. Because of these, it’s a whole production every time a new version of Android comes out; it’s not a matter of just shipping the new Android version to customers, you have to devote developer time to rebuild their custom software on top of the new version of Android. This is tough, and rarely happens, so many phones hit the market with one version of Android and never get upgraded to even the next release.