Android Beats Apple for Innovation

There has been a long-term debate over which phone company is better, Android or Apple. While both phone companies have great systems that offer a lot to their users, Android has a slight leg up against Apple when it comes to innovation. Android phones beat Apple when it comes to innovation for their phones as well as customization.

Android’s phones have larger screens in comparison to the iPhone. Nowadays, the leading phones in Android like the Samsung Galaxy S4 provide as much resolution as a movie playing on the big screen, only it is on a five-inch screen on a phone. The iPhone has a four-inch screen with a resolution that does not compare to that of Android’s HD resolution.

Androids offer users more choices. Android phones allow users to choose their own keyboard, have movable backgrounds or screen savers, and customize in many more areas in comparison to the iPhone. Android users are given endless options for customizing their individual phones, in fact the Android even has a customizing feature that can make the phone look like an iPhone. The vast customization opportunity is a big factor that draws customers to Android over Apple. All Apple iPhones look the same, but Android phones can be uniquely tailored to each individual buyer. In addition to choosing any style of keyboard, the user can also choose a texting style. Android offer the ability to use “Swype” which is a form of texting by dragging the finger along words as opposed to clicking each individual letter. This style of typing is much swifter and faster, it can also be more enjoyable for some.

Android phones have the ability to connect with other Android phones by simply touching the two phones together in order to transfer files from one phone to the other. This is done through the NFC chip, near field communications. In addition to connecting to other Android phones, this chip also allows users to connect with headphones and televisions with just one simple tap. This is an innovative function the iPhone has yet to announce, a big way in which Android beats Apple.

The Android phones allow users to see all files downloaded on to the phone in a computer like fashion. Another function allows users to easily and quickly move or erase files and folders all together. Android’s universal sharing menu allows its users to quickly share photos or websites with friends via social media, email, or other sharing apps. The sharing feature allows users to have multiple sharing options when it comes to displaying content. Android also has the ability to display multiple apps on the home screen at one time. Apps will come up side by side, allowing the user to multi-task.

Android’s use of Google is better than iPhone’s use of Siri. When asking questions Google can right away generate a list of website catered to answering that questions, whereas Siri will immediately search Bing, not Google. Android allows music to come from anywhere on the phone. Apple requires all music to first be downloaded into iTunes. In addition, iPhoto is needed to browse through pictures.

iPhone has been drawing its consumers in with its name. Everyone wants the iPhone because everyone else has the iPhone. It is purchased more for its popularity in the brand name as opposed to its use as actually being a good phone. When it comes to technology, innovation, and customization Android wins. Android phones beat Apple iPhones with innovation catered to that of the individual user.

Opinion by Amena S. Chaudhri

NBC News
Business Insider

12 Responses to "Android Beats Apple for Innovation"

  1. edzel   June 24, 2014 at 12:45 am

    the price of iphone was expensive compare to other phone not just because of its OS, its expensive because of its material, its durability, its reliability,…etc., as of now, my cousin iphone1 still in very good condition, you can still use it while plug with its charger, because the battery dont recharge already.

  2. edzel   June 23, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    both operating system are good, it just depends on the user. we are talking her of OS not the quality of picture, not the quality of movie..etc.
    if your are comparing the quality of pics, movie, sounds… you should compare it with the brand name like iphone vs samsung or iphone vs htc.
    now, about the OS, both are good, but in my opinion, apple OS is not user friendly compare to android. Why?….its easy to transfer files from other brand of celfon, it is easier to transfer music, videos or other files from computer to android phone.

    anyway, quality depends on the user.

  3. ckay   June 23, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Apple give more commitment than android does. Apple might not offer every latest technologies that is available on the market, this is because their standard of making iphone is to put in technologies that add value to their product, and in their standard, which is to customer’s life more convenient, secure, productive and efficient.

    Apple continuously review and upgrade their software which bring things more convenient, reliable and secure for the user of their OS and they trying their best to keep the old model to be compatible with the latest software so customer don’t have to change their phone often to keep their phone updated.

    Apple also build great quality product which doesn’t break down as often as android phones. I do respect android OS, but the hardware that carries it are causing it very fragile and unreliable. It is both the hardware and software that make iPhone so successful, the brand name might helped, but the reputation is the main factor why apple still leading the industry until today.

    But however, everything is business. When it comes to business, if you trying to sell your product, other than the quality of your product, the other main thing is customer satisfactions. Obviously, apple has did a very good job to keep their customers satisfied and loyal to their brand. The after sales service enhance the value of their product which makes people think it’s worth for the money.

    Anyway, both company is doing great in their own way, they both make a lot of money, therefore there’s no need to compare one to another as it finally comes under own preferences.

    And yes i’m a apple guy, and i’m a degree graduates from business course and currently studying ACCA professional level. This is no fan boy thing, I’m viewing this in business perspective. This is P3 business analysis. Customers satisfaction, Swot analysis, marketing strategies.

  4. michael   June 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Android phones are very fragile, it is good as a software, but the hardware make it underperformed, and unreliable~

    • Kern Cunter   September 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Look at the Huffington post. An average adult, probably even a high school student, can bend and iPhone 6/6+ with enough force.

  5. john   June 23, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    This years WWDC made it very clear that iOS is far behind android in innovation.

  6. john   June 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    >> If this is the quality of article on this site it would be my last visit here. I am an iPhone user

    Ahh, you can’t keep all the fanboys happy all the time. No matter what you do, you offend someone, who leaves in a huff.

  7. Amateur   June 23, 2014 at 9:12 am

    First time visit this website for another article and stayed for this. If this is the quality of article on this site it would be my last visit here. I am an iPhone user but also tests Android phones regularly to see what the fuss is about. I am not talking about checking out an Android phone at store for 10 minutes, I am talking about buying the phone and use it for a month. I tested a G2 around December 2013 and currently have a Note 3 for the monthlong test. Android phones have many good features like the big screen, low price for phone and accessory and great customization if you want it. What’s bad is the low quality UI, low quality and limited apps and poor integration of features. SwiftKey is a good keyboard but do not support East Asian languages. There is no universal language support at the OS level like iOS. Many apps are ported from iOS and have buttons that doesn’t work because Android phone have dedicated “back” and “menu” so the onscreen one aren’t functioning. The phone also lags compare with my iPhone 5 and I am guessing it is TouchWiz and AT&T’s bloatware’s fault. Too many apps covering the same functions.

    The final point for my test is: iPhone is like expensive Japanese restaurant where you eat what the chef wants to make. No choice but super delicious and clean. Android is like going to Applebee’s and ordering from the appetizer menu. Hit or miss but you can order many dishes to try out. Just don’t get annoyed at taking so long to order and pay for some dish you don’t like.

  8. everinm   June 23, 2014 at 6:35 am

    We all know that Android is way behind Apples IOS, and High End Android hardware is always way better than the current iphone. At least apple start catching up, for example on Apple IO8 presentation, they are finally adding features we have on Android for the last 3 years.

    The iphone is just an over-priced non-premium device at the price of a premium device.

  9. Ed Shea   June 23, 2014 at 4:47 am

    I believe you are way off. I’ll give two examples. Apple has away to share data without “bumping” You just need to be close and will show them. I believe the abstraction from the OS is an innovation. Apple hides the OS from the user. Yes android can customize, but the customization is not complete. Example, on my Android phone I installed a 3rd party SMS. When I did that, I would expect that that would be the SMS program used. But in many places on the phone, the old icon would show but launch the new SMS. Sometimes the built SMS would show up.

    You don’t talk about things that Apple has that Android doesn’t do, like AirPlay and the fact the malware is almost nonexistent. IOS 8 includes random mac addressing on Wifi to protect your privacy. Your actual MAC address is disclosed when/if you connect to the hotspot.

    Next is continuity. In iOS 8 your iOS and Mac will communicate, answer your phone from your iPad or Mac.

    When comparing the the 2 companies, you need to look at both sides. You can’t go down the list of what 1 has and pick the features the other doesn’t. The other thing, I think you need to compare stock Android or mention when a feature is a specific vendor.

    Here is my opinion. Android throws a ton of features at the wall and see what sticks. Apple will add features as the mature or build the ecosystem for it. NFC is a great example. None of credit card companies want to allow NFC with the credit cards. It’s nearly useless unless you want go around bumping phones.

  10. ukjb   June 23, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Another Correction:
    “Android also has the ability to display multiple apps on the home screen at one time. Apps will come up side by side, allowing the user to multi-task.”

    This is not a feature of android (yet). but is a feature of Samsung’s offerings in their android skin, touchwiz.

  11. Ankit   June 23, 2014 at 12:54 am

    “which phone company is better, Android or Apple”
    Android is not a company. It is an open source operating system.


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