Security Messaging Android allows users to log onto GTalk for instant messages. iOS does not offer a native way to chat to non-Apple users. Users can message over Apple users using iMessage or use apps from Google for GTalk and Microsoft for Skype. Video Chat Google Hangouts on Android can also be used for video chat. iOS uses Facetime. However, it only allows users to communicate with other Apple devices. Voice Commands iOS uses Siri, a voice-based virtual assistant, to understand and respond to both dictation as well as spoken commands. Android offers a similar assistant, Google Now, which features the above abilities, plus can keep track of your calendar and give verbal reminders when it is time to leave. It allows for voice search and dictation. Building and Publishing Android apps are programmed using C, C++ and Java . It is an "open" platform; anyone can download the Android source code and Android SDK for free. Anyone can create and distribute Android apps for free; users are free to download apps from outside the official Google Play store. There is, however, a one-time $25 registration fee for developers who want to publish their apps (whether free or paid apps) on the official Google Play store. Apps published on Google Play undergo a review by Google. The Android SDK is available for all platforms - Mac, PC and Linux . iOS apps are programmed using Objective-C. Developers must pay $99 every year for access to the iOS SDK and the right to publish in Apple's app store. The iOS SDK is only available for the Mac platform. Summary
Android vs iOS comparison Developer Google Apple Inc. Initial release 2008 2007 Source model Open source Closed, with open source components. Customizability A lot. Can change almost anything. Limited unless jailbroken File transfer Easier than iOS. Using USB port and Android File Transfer desktop app. Photos can be transferred via USB without apps. More difficult. Media files can be transferred using iTunes desktop app. Photos can be transferred out via USB without apps. Available on Many phones and tablets . Major manufacturers are Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC and Sony. Kindle Fire also uses a modified version of Android. Nexus line of devices is pure Android, others bundle manufacturer software iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation) Calls and messaging Google Hangouts. 3rd party apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Duo and Skype all work on Android and iOS both. iMessage, FaceTime (with other Apple devices only). 3rd party apps like Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Duo and Skype all work on Android and iOS both.
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