Comparing Android Marshmallow and iOS 9: What Each Has to Offer

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-08-20
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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At long last, Google has given a soft, cuddly nickname to replace the cryptic "M" that the company used to refer to the latest version of Android. The company announced on Aug. 17 that its latest version of the mobile operating system would be henceforth known as Marshmallow. This is consistent with Google's practice of naming each new Android version after candy and confections, such as Ice Cream Sandwich, Lollipop and KitKat. With the naming issue out of the way, it's time to focus on more pressing topics, like how Marshmallow will measure up with Apple's iOS 9. Both operating systems promise significant improvements over preceding versions. Current and prospective Android and iOS mobile device owners will want to know about the main features in each and decide which operating systems will best suit their needs. So this slide show will focus on most interesting features in each new mobile operating system and perhaps tip the purchase decisions of smartphone and tablet buyers one way or another.

 
 
 
 
 
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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