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Compare mobile OSs including iOS and Android.Mobile devices are gaining increasing popularity among common users. While the market competition between different devices has been intense, iOS devices (such as iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) and Android devices (such as Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Droid, and Kindle Fire) are most popular today. It is reported that iOS and Android devices comprise more than 79% of all existing mobile devices.Android OSAndroid OS is a Linux-based platformfor mobile phones. Android was released under the Apachev2 open source license. It was developed by Googleand the Open Handset Alliance(OHA), a coalition of hardware, software and telecommunications companies. More than 30 companies were involved in the OHA, including Qualcomm, Broadcom, HTC, Intel, Samsung, Motorola, Sprint, Texas Instruments and Japanese wireless carriers KDDI and NTT DoCoMo. Android began its life as a Palo Alto-based startup company, founded in 2003. That company was subsequently acquired by Google in 2005.It most commonly comes installed on a variety of smartphones and tablets from a host of manufacturers offering users access to Google’s own services like Search, YouTube, Maps, Gmail and more.Apple iOS OSApple iOS is a proprietary mobile operating system that runs on the iPhone, iPadand iPodTouch. Apple iOS is based on the MacOS Xoperating systemfor desktop and laptop computers. Android vs. iOS OSInterfaceiOS and Android both use touch interfaces that have a lot in common - swiping, tapping and pinch-and-zoom. Both operating systemsboot to a home screen, which is similar to a computer desktop. While an iOS home screen only contains rows of app icons, Android allows the use of widgets, which display auto-updating information such as weatherand email. The iOS user interface features a dock where users can pin their most frequentlyused applications.Apps Available on iOS vs. Android
Android gets apps from Google Play, most of which will run on tablets. However, some Android devices, such as the Kindle Fire, use separate app stores that have a smaller selection of apps available. Many originally iOS-only apps are now available for Android, including Instagram and Pinterest, and Google’s more open app-store means other exclusive apps are also available, including Adobe Flash Player and BitTorrent. iOS get apps from apple store.Software upgradesAlthough Google does update Android frequently, some users may find that they do not receive the updates on their phone, or even purchase phones with out-of-date software. Phone manufacturers decide whether and when to offer software upgrades.