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Comparing Android Marshmallow to iOS 9

Oct 16, 2015

Both Android and Apple fans have been dealt a great hand in the past month, as both Android and iOS got new updated operating systems, along with new devices launching for each. Android Marshmallow was released in October and iOS 9 was released in September, and ever since then people have been wondering what the differences were between the two newest operating systems, and which one is better to purchase.

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Since both operating systems have now been released, it is a good idea to compare the operating systems to see which new features really stand out among both devices, and although there are new features added to both, chances are either you are an iOS fan or Android fan. Here are some of the important updates to Android and iOS and how each of them compare to one another.

Privacy– When it comes to privacy, iOS used to be the best when it came to built in privacy features for users, but over the years people have turned a little more towards Android, even though iOS could still be the best in this department. While iOS 9 does not come with any new privacy features, you can still expect the same privacy as before.

When you look at Android Marshmallow, there are now eight core permissions that you need to grant apps, including access to contacts and the microphone. Before it was an all or nothing approach to apps and permissions, but now you can have a little more leeway in terms of what permissions you grant the apps, which is a step in the right direction towards a more privacy-concerned user.

Battery Life– Android Marshmallow and iOS 9 have both increased battery life and battery capabilities, which is great considering that before, battery issues were a thing that affected both operating systems. Android created something called Doze on the new Android Marshmallow, which is a really neat feature that lets a motion sensor in the smartphone detect whether or not an app is being used. If the app is not being used, the phone will shut down the app accordingly, and this will save you battery life.

On the other hand, Apple created Low Power Mode for iOS 9, and it also provides you with a way to optimize the settings to help you conserve battery life, especially if your battery is very low, and this means you will still have the ability to make a call or send an email if you need to. Even with Doze being a cooler feature, Apple has always had a leg up on battery life and saving battery power.

Interface– Both iOS 9 and Android Marshmallow look similar in terms of the user interface, with both using home screens that have widget support and home screens that also support app icons. With Marshmallow and iOS 9, not much changed in either one in terms of the interface, also a few tweaks were made that can make things look much cleaner on both operating systems. If you look at iOS 9, it looks a lot like iOS 8, and Android Marshmallow pretty much looks like Android Lollipop, so you won’t find much difference here as they both play off of past versions of their own system.


Digital Assistants– One good thing about iOS 9 is that you have a new and improved Siri, along with Proactive, which is a screen that begins learning who your common contacts are, and learns what apps you use most often. Proactive offers a lot of shortcuts to the apps you use a lot and the contacts you communicate with the most. Siri also is able now to give you more relevant results for what you are searching for, and also has voice recognition abilities so you can train Siri to know your voice and commands.

For Android Marshmallow, you have Google Now on Tap, which is like a Siri competitor, and Google Now on Tap understands the context of your question, and you can use this within an app so that you do not have to close down an app to search, and then provides you the answers within the app you are currently using. In terms of which is better, Google Now and Google Now on Tap are far superior to Siri.

Compatibility– In short, iOS 9 is way better as it can support much older devices and models of iPhones, even iPhone 4S. Android Marshmallow is more limited and is only supporting devices from a couple of years ago, with limited 3-year old devices being supported. Only major manufacturers get Android updates, whereas iOS 9 has a much broader appeal and can be used on much older devices spanning several years ago up until the newest release this year.