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Android L and iOS 8

Android L

The heart of a mobile device is the operating system that it is based on. However much a device may be well designed and structured, if the OS doesn’t match up, then it’s bound to be a miss. Indeed, the power of the OS can be noted by Nokia’s fall. The former largest handset maker’s woes began when Google released Android. On the other hand, Samsung’s star started shining with their adoption of Android. Few people can actually relate to a Samsung smartphone without the Android OS. Without Android, Nokia can easily take up the number one spot once more, though this proposition is subjective.

In light of the above, both Android and Apple have upped their game by releasing improved versions of their OS’s. Google announced their latest manifestation of Android named Android L at this year’s Goole I/O. On the other hand, Apple announced iOS 8 at WWDC 2014 in San Francisco. It is worth noting that Microsoft is also pushing their Windows Phone OS especially through their update to Windows Phone v8.1. For now, however, let’s just focus on Android L and Apple iOS 8. There are various elements that define the changes made to these two OS’s.


The User Interface (UI) has been greatly changed in the two, the focus for both Android L and iOS 8 is making it more minimalistic in nature yet increasing the functionality. This has resulted in a neater design structured with a futuristic feel. The transition from one app to another is improved through numerous animations that endears the OS to the user. This is more visible in Android L than in iOS 8. This is partially due to the fact that iOS 7 was pretty neat to start with. Nonetheless, both focus on an improved look with shadows, nested scrolling and “material design”, resulting in a clean organized look.

Compatibility with Wear.

            Android L has great focus on compatibility with Android Wear. Smart watches are real, and it’s high time that compatibility issues are addressed. Android L is poised for the future with its tilt towards better compatibility with various wear. An example is the way that apps updated on a device also reflect on any wear linked to the device. It’s only a matter of time before we see the iWatch (or whatever Apple decides to call it).

Android Auto and Carplay

Focus is increasingly getting wider with the inclusion of auto editions, or rather, improvement in use of the devices in the car environment. This especially through navigation and hands free operation of the devices. Google showcased how Android L can be integrated into the car and help in achieving various tasks without necessarily holding the device conventionally.


There is always a lot more to talk about, such as notifications which are quite essential in today’s life. Most people’s lives are centred on their smartphone, with numerous accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, google+, and even email and text message notifications. Managing all these requires efficiency and convenience to cut out the junk and reduce clutter. Moreover, there is even integration in the home, whereby a smart TV also has to be factored into the ecosystem. This could go on and on, and it’s sufficient to say that there is always a lot to talk about in regards to technology in the current society.

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