Android M vs iOS 9: how do the two next-gen operating systems square up to each other


It has always been the million-dollar question: which is better, iOS or Android? Countless comparisons have been made throughout the run of both operating systems, with each winning against the other in different times. As it turns out, there could never be a real winneras both operating systems offer features that appeal to different kinds of people. Just like now, with Apple and Google both all-set to release their latest operating system versions, the question is once again raised: how does the iOS 9 and Android M compare to each other?


Apple’s branding of its operating system has been consistent. The software is simply called “iOS”, distinguished by the following number, denoting its version. The latest version, as said, is the iOS 9.

Google, meanwhile, has had the habit of branding their software versions with confectionary names, all starting with letters in descending order in the alphabet (J, K, L, M…). The latest version, Android M, does not have an official confectionary branding yet, but one may follow before its public release.

Notable new features

Perhaps the best new feature that the iOS offers is the ability to do split screen multitasking. Now, users can open two different apps and views them simultaneously with this feature. Additionally, the Maps app gets a complete overhaul and greatly improved performance. “Proactive” is another new feature that aggregates data across various apps to create real-time information for the user, and it recognizes patterns in daily activities of the user and performs tasks according to it.

As for Android M, Google Now is now “Now on Tap”, where users can go search for information without leaving a running app just by pressing the home key. While there is the Apple Pay, of course there is an Android PayGoogle’s pay system works basically the same way like Apple’s. Android Pay supports payment via tap and fingerprint authentication. While Lollipop had a lot of battery problems in its early stages, Android M greatly improved the battery life of devices, which means that this is a more efficient operating system.

Other improvements

For the iOS 9, here are some other improvements that the new software will bring:

  • “Healthkit” will now display hydration and menstrual cycle logs, too.
  • With CarPlay, device can now be linked wirelessly to a car, without the need to manually connect to a dock anymore.
  • In the Photos app, a new iPad-like thumbnail bar will appear when swiping between photos, making it easier to navigate.

Meanwhile, Android Malso offers these additional improvements and fixes:

  • The menu bar is replaced with a floating menu just beside the selected text, now indicating the command words instead of the usual icons. Jumping selection can now be done by word, or character by character.
  • Doze: This deeper sleep state aims to extend the standby battery life of the device by up to twice its power by hibernating apps while the device is idle for a long time. Only alarms and top priority notifications will be running while in Doze.
  • Simplified volume controls: Version Lollipop drastically changed how the volume control worked. Now, volume controls for ringer, alarm, and media volume are once again controlled separately.


Both OS are set to release later this year. Android M is now open for developer beta testing, while Apple offers an open beta testing for the iOS 9where everyone can participate and test the new software.