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1 An Exploration and Comparison of the Apple iPhone and Google Android Operating Systems James Shore • CAP 5611 • April 12th, 2010 _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ABSTRACT In June of 2007 Apple Inc. released the iPhone mobile device which would prove to be immensely popular both as a phone and as a tool for simplifying many tasks that had previously been difficult for a device of its type. In 2005 Google Inc. acquired Android Inc. and in October of 2008 the first device running the operating system, the HTC Dream, was released. Both the iPhone and Android operating systems have gained sizeable market shares since their introductions and this paper aims to detail the workings of both as well as explore the similarities and differences between the two. 1. INTRODUCTION In the recent years both the iPhone and Android devices have become increasingly popular. Apple currently holds just over a quarter of the American smartphone market. while the relatively new Android devices already hold almost as much as Palm. (Rithcie, 2010) As these numbers grow it becomes increasingly important to understand the devices and the software that makes them work, to understand the strengths and vulnerabilities of each. This paper will begin in section 2 with a brief history of the continued development of each OS since their respective releases. Section 3 will describe the hardware of the newest iPhone, the iPhone 3GS, and one of the newest phones running the Android OS, the Nexus One. Section 4 examines details of the inner workings of each OS. Section 5 compares and contrasts the two operating systems on topics such as ease of development and security leading to some concluding statements in Section 6. 2. Histories of Development In the years since their respective releases, both operating systems have seen continuous and fruitful development. Many features have been added and they have become more robust. This section will outline the key moments in the development of both the iPhone and Android operating systems. 2.1 Development of the iPhone OS While the nature of the relationship between the iPhone OS and the iPhone device makes it difficult to describe the development of one without also describing that of the other, this section will focus on the software advances made in the years since iPhone 1.0 was released in June of 2007. Currently in version 3.1.3 (with version 3.2 available for the iPad) and with 4.0 announced, the iPhone OS has grown to support many features desired by users but unavailable at the original release. Much of the 1.x release cycle, as should be expected when releasing a new OS and device to the marked, focused on fixing bugs and making small aesthetic changes such. The aesthetic changes included items such as changing the icons of official Apple Inc. applications, allowing a double-tap of the spacebar to insert a period, enabling landscape mode for the several applications, and relabeling buttons to clarify their uses. These changes, while small, combined to add Apple's well-known
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