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iOS 8.1 de Apple vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop

We face the two operating systems, Android Lollipop Vs. iOS 8.1

The latest version of the iOS 8.1 operating system arrived on October 20th, with new features such as the Apple Pay feature. Google is about to launch the new version of Android Lollipop, which will be equipped with the new Nexus 6 and HTC Nexus 9, although at the time of reading this perhaps updates to other devices are already coming.

To see what one or the other operating system offers, we have faced them in several aspects, checking what each one has to offer.

Main screens, lock and home

iOS 8.1 de Apple vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop
iOS 8.1 de Apple vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop

First of all, the comparison is made with a pure Android Lollipop, without any brand or carrier customization layers . That said, let’s get started.

Locking screen

You should pay attention to these two screens, because they are used more often than you can imagine . We consult them many times during the day, more than you might think.

On the Google operating system lock screen we found a good balance and good functionality . The screen offers, of course, the clock in the middle and different shortcuts at the back, such as accessing the camera or calls. The iOS 8.1 lock screen is quite similar, with a direct access to the camera and the clock in the middle.

Both versions of the operating system provide notifications on the lock screen, which we can review quickly or by clicking on them will take us to the respective applications from which we have received these notifications . In both cases, gestures are included on the screen, to access different options in the notifications. On the other hand, while the Apple operating system turns on the screen for a few seconds when a notification arrives, the other uses a notification LED to alert us, turning off when you check them.

Home screen

In the case of the home we have differences, while Android offers us multiple screens, with shortcuts to applications and the inclusion of Widgets. The iOS one offers us the applications that we have installed, in several pages.

The big difference is that Lollipop offers a separate section of the home page where we have all the applications installed, iOS is unchecked and does not offer this section, being the home page the main screen and where we are offered all the content of the device.

Widgets and personalization

Widgets have always been the strength of the Google operating system, as they allow you to configure the device’s home screen, something that Apple has not yet taken into account for its operating system.

Lollipop is very flexible and offers a wide range of customisation through these widgets, however, its rival also offers third party widgets, although these are relegated to the notification screen and are currently very few, more compared to its competitor.

Regarding the creation of folders to organize the applications, it is curious that the Google operating system only allows 16 applications to be stored in a maximum of one folder, while the opposite is true for an unlimited number of applications.

Notifications, quick checks and multitasking

In this aspect we find some differences and aspects that we like more of the operating system of the apple company.


While the Google operating system simply marks the notices in the corresponding section, the opposite is true for the application icons , with a number marking the number of notices.

In both cases the notification panel is accessed in the same way, by moving your finger across the screen from the top and in both systems this section has been remodelled from previous versions.

Quick checks

Both systems have access to quick controls, in both cases redesigned with their last update , being their access the differential note of both, in Android it is accessed from the notification center and in iOS it is accessed by sliding your finger from the bottom of the screen.


In this case the Apple operating system wins, as it offers a multitasking screen with more options. The last contacts we’ve spoken to or had a conversation with, plus a list of applications we’ve opened. Otherwise it just offers a list of applications, organized by the most recent ones first.

Agenda and telephone

We finish with this section, not less important, in which the Google operating system stands out, due to its consistency, design and functionality.

While in the android system we have a calling application with all the necessary information , last contacts we have called, organized by importance (we can give stars to important contacts) in a very complete calling application.

Otherwise, the phone interface is functional, but very sober and with little content . It is true that thanks to the access to the latest contacts provided by the multitasking section we will have little access to the calling application, but this is something that Apple should review in future versions of the operating system, as Google plays with advantage in this aspect.

So far the comparison of the two most important operating systems on the market, without detracting from Windows Phone. We have known all these aspects thanks to PhoneArena.

What other features would you highlight from both operating systems? I’m sure you know more differences. Which one do you take?

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