iOS 7 vs Android 4.4 KitKat – Epic Encounter
Probably more than half of the smartphones in the world right now are powered by iOS and Android, the two most popular mobile operating system by Apple and Google respectively. This year saw both giants releasing a major update to their OS. While the iOS 7 is the biggest change yet since its first iteration, the same cannot be said of Android 4.4 KitKat. It is not the “big” change Android enthusiast are looking for but nevertheless it does bring with it tons of visible improvements and new features.
So how does iOS 7 compared to Android 4.4 KitKat?
UI (User Interface)
We start with iOS 7. After years of having the same interface, iOS 7 finally introduces a whole new look that is more bright, colorful and clean. The app icons are now “flat” rather than 3D-looking. New animations permeate every corner of the UI. Major overhauls has been made to things such as the new notification panel and multitasking page. We also see a new lock screen with the iconic “slide to unlock” bar at the bottom no longer there. All in all, with major changes like this, you either love or hate the new look…with some people even getting sick at it.
Dramatic changes are not on Android 4.4 KitKat’s agenda, however, but it still refreshes the stock Android look, in a good way. There are no more persistent black bars at the top and bottom of the UI, replaced with a lighter shade, thus making the overall display appear larger. The apps menu also finally see the light of the day, with the ability to set wallpapers to the menu background. Besides that, the app icons in the apps menu are larger, now occupying four columns instead of five.
Among the major new features iOS 7 introduces ois AirDrop, giving newer Apple devices the ability to share contents easily with other compatible Apple devices over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Then there is iTunes Radio, Apple’s own internet radio service but it is currently only available in the US. Perhaps the best new feature is Control Center, a panel which houses quick settings such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and brightness settings, which is accessible simply by swiping up from the bottom of the screen so users will no longer have to wade into the settings menu each time they want to access those.
On the other hand, Android 4.4 Kitkat’s new features include a new Google Now page, now residing in the left home screen page and which can be voice-activated by saying “OK Google.” A new dialer and phone app is also in the offing, enabling the automatic sorting of your contacts based on the frequency you contacted them as well as matching unknown callers not in your contact list with businesses with a local listing on Google Maps. Besides that, the default messaging/SMS app has been integrated into the Google Hangouts app so there are one of the same. Other new features in the long list include immersive mode (full-screen viewing), emoji support, wireless printing and HDR+ photography.
iOS 7 is currently only compatible with these devices:
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 4s
- iPhone 4
- iPad Air
- iPad 4th Gen
- iPad 3rd Gen
- iPad 2
- iPad mini with Retina display
- iPad mini
- iPod Touch 5th Gen
Android 4.4 KitKat is currently a Nexus 5 exclusive but Google has officially announced that it will come to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition and HTC One Google Play edition in the coming weeks. Additionally, Sony has also just announced that it will come to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1, though no exact dates and time frame were given.