The reason why Android is vastly more efficient than iOS
Android and iOS are undoubtedly the most popular mobile operating systems at present. Many others have tried and failed, or no longer have considerable market share because users didn’t find them efficient or practical to use.
Both of these operating systems have a devout following, this is obvious in the sales figures which show continuous improvement year-on-year, both in terms of the number of units sold as well as how much users are willing to pay. Apple boasts of higher performance and efficiency on paper, but does this really translate into efficiency in real-life usage?
While other factors such as lower price options and regional availability can also affect market share, Android has had the lion’s share (76% – 2019) of the mobile OS market share due to the efficiency it offers in actual usage.
Reasons why Android is more efficient than iOS
Android is Open Source
Don’t like the latest iPhones? Is it that camera module? Or that it is almost the same as last year’s model? Whatever your reason is, you don’t really have any options. Just like when you put all your eggs in the same basket.
Android being open source, has given many brands the flexibility to use their operating system and design a multitude of devices that are powered by a common core. This also gives you other benefits like being able to easily transfer files between the device and a computer.
What is more, with a good amount of coding knowledge, you can customize the codebase yourself and install it on almost any Android device as a custom ROM. So your options for an Android device are very high.
This is where the power of open source really shines with Android. GSMArena, a well-known mobile phone reviewing site lists 370+ Android devices released in 2019 by over 10 popular brands. This is one of the main benefits of Android being open source.
Android offerings range from sub $100 budget devices to $1000+ premium flagships. User preferences have forced many brands to design devices with trending features. This benefit also extends to support for maintenance and repairs. You are restricted to Apple premium services on iOS.
Flexibility to Customize
Even if you are not a developer and can’t create your own custom ROM, you still have a lot of options to customize how your Android device looks and functions. Unlike iOS, Android offers a multitude of customization options beginning from how your home screen looks, to change the app that forms your home screen.
While it’s not possible to list everything that can be customized on Android and not on iOS, we can say with certainty that there is either a configuration option or a third-party app that can do exactly what you want. Bloatware is another menace to many users, while it’s common to both OSs, Android gives you options to get rid of most of them. You can either use a third-party app to do so or even completely rid your device of bloatware by unlocking the kernel through the process called unrooting.
If customization and making your device unique is important to you, then Android is the way to go.
App availability and App sources
A survey by Statista reports that by 2019, there are 2.4 billion active applications in the Android Playstore compared to only 1.8 billion on the Apple Appstore. Many argue that iOS offers better apps, there is some truth to this as developers focus more on iOS as it offers better returns.
However, in terms of the availability of free apps and the numerous options available for each category, Android is clearly ahead. Another feature of Android that makes it more efficient is the possibility to install apps from external sources. These can be from third-party app stores or even .apk files shared by developers.
This may not sound significant to the average user, however, to developers and enthusiasts, it makes a big difference for promoting app sales and even testing new apps. There are also instances where apps are developed for private groups and they prefer to distribute the app themselves.
You can do this to some extent on iOS by jailbreaking it and sideloading apps, but that takes a lot of effort and voids the warranty.
First to introduce new features
Android has been the first to introduce many new features. iOS has always followed up with similar, or even better implementations, however, Android has to be applauded for its innovation and also for making features available for such a large variety of devices. It is easy for iOS to imitate these features and optimize them for just a single line of similar devices.
Hardware features such as fast charging (2014), dual cameras (2014), water resistance (2015), an under-display fingerprint scanning (2018) were introduced many years prior to iOS devices. Some of these features are still not available on iPhones. In terms of software features, split-screen, multi-tasking, and desktop modes are just some of the highlights.
More for Developers with Developer options
Developer options are a menu only available in Android and have been making the lives of developers easier for years. Its main benefit is debugging. Developing Android apps becomes much easier as you can test them on real devices with a lot more convenience than on iOS and debugging is available right from the device.
You can do a lot more like setting mock sensor data, controlling animations and transitions, and adjust CPU performance. This allows developers to test for a wide array of test cases, both common and edge scenarios.
We have looked at the main reasons, in our opinion, that makes Android more efficient than iOS. But there are many others like longer battery life with larger capacity batteries and even removable batteries, Bluetooth file transfer, and instant apps.
There is a user group that these features appeal to, and it is very large. iOS devices appeal more to a group of users that prefer simplicity and to follow a trend. So they don’t really look for too many options, unlike Android users. We hope that we have persuaded you that Android is vastly more efficient than iOS.