The two very popular mobile operating systems viz: iOS and Android have been thoroughly successful in creating waves in the world of smartphones. Catering to the needs of different mobile users, both; iOS and Android have made their way to the favorites list of mobile app developers who are residing in different corners of the world. Even though, iOS and Android have been considered as the finest mobile operating systems, there are some die-hard iOS fans who’re making a switch to Android for development of remarkable mobile applications. Even a majority of UI design experts have been migrating from iOS to Android for building high-performing applications. In this blog, I’ve thrown some more light on this very trend that has become popular among UX design professionals, both amateurs as well as professionals.
1. Advanced App Management
As compared to iOS, Android comes with improved app management options. You can simply go to Android’s Settings menu and there under the ‘Application Manager’ tab, you can opt for un-installing apps that you feel to be a mismatch. Here, you can also opt for clearing the cache for all the apps in addition to viewing the total space that’s being occupied by each application.
2. Outstanding Interface Customization
Although iOS comprises of several innovative interface perks, its overall interface hasn’t evolved much. Unlike this, Android operating system comes with a fully customizable interface that allows you to move the icons all around the page, followed by grouping them in your preferable way. You may even opt for tossing some widgets to revamp the look and feel of the mobile application. There are some handy apps like the Beautiful Icon Styler which lets you change the icons present on your app’s Home page.
3. Android users have the ability to do a lot more than just paying for stuff
Unlike the limited features available with iOS8’s NFC feature, Android allows the consumers to do a lot more than just paying for stuff. If you’re an Android user, you can choose to paste the NFC chips at any location within your house and make your smartphone do a lot of cool stuff. Android allows you to open up NFC capabilities for other app developers. With an NFC-enabled Android smartphone, you can easily swipe your device to turn on the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode.
4. Android offers multiple security options
While an iPhone expects you to swipe your device, scan a fingerprint and enter a four-digit PIN Number for unlocking your device; Android comes with amazingly effective options for securing the data that’s been stored in your device. With Android, you can enjoy the flexibility of entering a PIN Number that comprises of four or more digits. In addition to this, you can even trace a pattern across a grid of dots to unlock your smartphone. Other options for unlocking your Android smartphone include: face scanning, use of a super long password and many more. For example, the very popular Samsung Galaxy S5 allows you to use a fingerprint scanner for unlocking your gadget.
5. Flexibility of having individual user profiles for Android powered tablets
Gadget sharing has always been a nuisance for smartphone owners. Thanks to Android’s profiles, it has now become feasible for gadget owners to create partitions within the operating system using the custom apps and settings. Although, currently this feature is limited just to Android powered tablets with Jelly Bean and above versions; there are talks on extending its reach to a wide variety of other devices such as the ones that have Android L Installed in them.
6. Split-screen multitasking is a bonus feature for Android users
Android smartphones manufactured by LG and Samsung come with easy split-screen multi-tasking feature as a vital part of their interfaces. Known as Multi Window Mode in Samsung and Dual Window in LG, the split-screen multitasking feature lets users operate two apps simultaneously.
Android definitely has a greater potential as compared to iOS when it comes to designing the UX for the mobile applications. You just need to specify your requirements and the UX designer will start working on accommodating the same within your application. So, gear up now and choose Android for building apps that can impress a wider population of targeted users.