Android 7 Nougat vs. iOS 10: How 2 Mobile OSes Stack Up

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-08-25
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Android 7 Nougat vs. iOS 10: How 2 Mobile OSes Stack Up

    Unless you're a die-hard Apple or Android fan, choosing the right mobile OS for your needs can be confusing. Here are some of the features that set each apart.
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    Nougat Includes Productivity Enhancements

    Google has paid considerable attention to improving user productivity. Nougat comes with a multi-window view that lets users run two apps side by side for faster information access or to work on two documents at the same time. A double-tap on the device also gives users the option to switch between apps quickly. With Nougat, users can do more in the same space.
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    Both Operating Systems Deliver Enhanced Notifications
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    Both Operating Systems Deliver Enhanced Notifications

    Both Android and iOS are offering enhanced notification support. On the Nougat side, users now can respond directly to a notification without opening the app it came from. Nougat also includes a "Bundled Notifications" feature so users can see all of their recent notifications in a single spot. Apple, meanwhile, has added support for rich notifications, so users can view photos and videos or even respond to a message right in the notification instead of opening an app. A raise-to-wake feature shows users notifications as soon as they pick up their iPhones, rather than their having to first push their Home buttons.
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    Understanding Availability for Both Operating Systems
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    Understanding Availability for Both Operating Systems

    Nougat likely will become available for many devices in the coming year. However, as of this writing, it's only available as a free, over-the-air upgrade to Nexus devices and the Google Pixel C. Samsung has announced it will upgrade its latest devices, including the Galaxy Note7, to Nougat when it's ready. Apple's iOS 10 will launch this fall as another free, over-the-air upgrade. The OS will work on the iPhone 5 and up, Apple's iPad Mini 2 and up, iPad Airs and the fourth-generation iPad, as well as both iPad Pro models.
 

Competition in the mobile operating system space has entered a new phase, now that Android 7.0 Nougat has debuted on a few select handsets and Apple is expected to introduce the next major version of own mobile operating system, iOS 10, within the next month. When the platforms go head to head, users will find notable similarities. They'll also find enhancements to each OS' messaging applications and improved security features. Both iOS 10 and Android 7 include significant improvements to notifications management, with Apple adding support for rich notifications that include photos and videos and Nougat including new "bundled notifications" that present all recent notifications in a consolidated view. In sum, iOS 10 and Android Nougat are not major upgrades over their predecessors. Still, soon they'll be running on some of the mobile market's top hardware. This eWEEK slide show will cover the features of both operating systems to help potential buyers get a feel for what to expect once they get their hands on them. 

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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