This coming week it is widely expected that Google will unveil Android M, the company’s latest mobile operating system, at Google I/O 2015. The immediate comparisons and conversations will be based on what Apple might release this summer or fall, when iOS 9 finally is unveiled as well. As the two are always harshly compared and contested, it will be interesting to see which formally comes out on top. That being said though, at this juncture it’s hard to predict who the winner might be between the two. One thing for certain though, there is no shortage of rumors regarding the two mobile operating systems and how they will stack up against one another.
Google and Apple are expected to go head-to-head with design elements that will completely challenge the way people deal with their smart devices. While a lot is being said about the new feature integration, or security aspects of both operating systems – it’s clear that both companies are taking the design of these operating systems very seriously. Material design is something that Android has used as a calling card in its last installment of a new operating system. Google will be working to expand its material design, to ensure that it reaches every corner of Android, but Apple is going to be completely overhauling its design this time around. Much like the changes that were visibly seen between iOS 6 and 7, users can expect to see a huge shakeup to everything ranging from fonts to icon sizing, and much more – if the rumors hold up.
There is going to be a serious emphasis placed on security for all devices, which is something that Google has been stressing lately. This is something that Google says it will have shored up for its next operating system, as flaws have become more easily exploited. Right now, Google has been employing the one-touch kill switch, which prevents unauthorized users from taking or using a stolen device. Google will apply this same type of technology with getting into apps on its device, creating yet another barrier of security between the user and their devices. Apple has always had the advantage when it comes to security because Apple products are largely seen as more secure platforms due to their lack of customization. However, as with anything people have begun seeing more in the way of security threats when it comes to Apple products and operating systems, so it will be interesting to see what Apple does with that. It’s unclear at this point what Apple is going to do to push their security to the next level – but it’s clear that Apple will likely do something to improve its own security as Google pushes Android forward.
When it comes to home integration both operating systems are expected to see significant upgrades. Apple is expected to be introducing an app called “Home,” which will push the boundaries of home integration. That being said, Android is really going to be pushing the limits of home integration with more information being provided this week at Google I/O 2015. It’s clear that there is something significant to be said for what Google is doing with Android. At the same time though, Apple isn’t forgetting about it either. The big thing for Google though, which plays heavily in its favor, is that it will be introducing a number of corresponding products and features that Apple likely won’t be able to compete with. Being the application, which will be stock with iPhone’s after iOS 9 is introduced, it’s unclear how aggressively Apple will be chasing the home integration space. It is clear though that with companies like Nest on-board, Google is going to have a serious advantage.
When it comes to integrating wear technology, it’s unclear who will be the undisputed winner between Android and iOS. At this point it looks clear that Android is going to see significant upgrades in this department, while iOS will likely be spending more time and energy focusing on improving the integration that already exists. This area is somewhat gray for most people looking at the battle taking place between Android and iOS.
Google is expected to announce Android M this week at its conference in San Francisco, while Apple is expected to announce theirs at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Either way, both will be hitting devices late in the summer, or early in the fall. For Android users though, as many still haven’t gotten Android 5.0, it’s likely that a wait of some period could be possible, except for those who will be going out to get a new device altogether.