Jun 02 AT 4:27 PM Dustin Earley 38 Comments

What does iOS 8 mean for Android

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With today’s announcement of iOS 8, my Twitter feed blew up with one common theme: How does iOS 8 compare to Android and what does this mean for Android? Let’s take a brief moment to discuss these topics.

Before we get started, you might want to read a great summary of today’s WWDC keynote provided by the Verge.

Now that you’re all caught up… Time and time again we’ve seen major iOS releases with major features revealed and the same thing always happens. There is no one feature, or couple features, that is going to totally change the mobile market. Despite what some alarmists might want you to think, the market is much more complex than that. Sorry, third-party keyboard support in iOS 8 isn’t going to make $700 phones more affordable or change the marketing budget for Samsung. If you see an article saying that iOS 8 is signaling the end of Android’s dominance in the market, walk away.

The one key thing you can takeaway from today’s iOS 8 announcement and what it means for Android is this: it’s great for Android. How is it great for Android? It shows that Google still needs to be on their toes. Right now, Google and Apple are really the only two major players pushing each other forward. Through Jelly Bean and KitKat, Google has released some amazing features and services. Apple is responding with iOS 8. Google will respond with whatever major update comes next.

iOS 8 will get a ton of attention for the next couple weeks, and then Google I/O will come and Android will get a ton of attention for a couple weeks. This is how it works. If iOS 8 were to completely change the direction the industry’s been going for the last couple years, I’m not the only one who would be blown away.

There were a lot of interesting things announced and said today (Apple is releasing a new programming language, they mentioned Google search a couple times–think about that how you will–and Apple is clearly getting very close with Microsoft), but nothing that’s going to turn the industry on its head.

Anyway, how about that Samsung Z?

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • DDP

    Shit is about to get REAL! Can’t Wait!

    • kelly humphries

      Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

      • Aymen

        ahead in 3.6 versions? i dont wanna live on this planet anymore….. iOS is featureless in front of Android… you can’t even set a default app…. damn, you apple idiotboys need get some OS lessons…

        • Russ

          I feel bad for people that actually choose to use any Apple product, not being able to use the device the way they WANT to use, only being able to use it the way Apple will LET them use it.

          • PAPA

            Have it not occurred to you that what Apple lets them use is enough for what they want? And that Apple’s restrictions are to avoid hassles these users do not want to deal with?

        • James

          Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

          • Nate B.

            You do realize for the past 3 years I would say at least Apple has been adding features that Android already has? That includes the ones you named. I don’t even mean to entertain your ignorance, but I feel like you need to know.

      • Vidy

        Welcome to ginger bread. All the important features in ios8 were in ginger bread or earlier. (Custom keyboard, 3rd party notifications, app integration). You still have to wait another 2 or 3 years if you have to use file manager, able to attach or play all file types, sideload apps. You got multitasking 3 years after android. Happy waiting and good luck with next os version.

        • John

          **Custom keyboard? I have yet to see one of my friends using Android that ACTUALLY USE a custom keyboard.
          **3rd party notifications? iOS already has that. Get your facts straight
          **App integration? I’ll give you that one, but since we all know Apple users actually use the devices for more things than just a feature phone (i.e. receive calls, and send a few text), this will feature will become much more relevant in the hands of iPhone users
          **File Manager? Who cares. I can guarantee you 0.01% of Android users care about this
          **Play all file types? VLC app takes care of this
          **Sideload apps? Now you’re talking nonsense.

      • Mike

        You are a certified moron.

        3.6 versions ahead? Are you fucking retarded or something? They’re different softwares from different companies and follow different naming schemes. This was one of the dumbest things I’ve read all year.

      • codie

        You are very ignorant. You have no idea how any of this works. Android own 87% of the phone market. Who is really infront.
        by the way ios goes up by 1 and google goes up by how big the update is.

    • sam kup

      http://youtu.be/yf81dG9-58c

      Video proves Apple’s dominance!

  • Broseph Stalin

    Almost all new features are just catch-up moves to Android or Windows Phone. Nothing to get excited about (even though there’s bound to be Apple fanboys shouting “REVOLUTIONARY!”).

  • steve

    I am sure ios 8 will bring a lot of new features, probably features that have been around in Android for years. Is there support for third party launchers or browsers? Does ios 8 let you customize at all? Or is it the same old boring iphone? Let’s not even get into the lack of hardware apple has in their phones, that would be too much. When iphone can tell you exactly how long of a drive it is to work, like Android, I may give them another shot, but right now their so far begind

    • James

      Notification Center does, I’m told how long it’ll take me to drive to school, work, and home; tapping the text takes me to Maps with turn-by-turn directions loading.

      • Jwhap

        Ummmm….. Have you heard of Google now?

        • James

          Yes, yes I have. And I have no preference over the other, that being Today View and Google Now.

      • Scotty

        For the record, your maps app is Google maps because iPhones original maps app sucked in the most horrible way possible. You can thank Google for your accurate maps and turn by turn directions.

  • Nigel

    Decision 1) – is it robust well supported OS?
    Decision 2) – what is cheapest.

    Sorry but I stop there and don’t consider IOS. Android wins as its robust, well supported and is plain cheapest. No need to move to IOS. Of course the decision is to people who invested in IOS stick with it and continue to pay more due to inertia?

    • Tangent

      Honestly my decision to go with Android didn’t even need the price to be a consideration. I wanted an OS that could be customized to my liking and was available on a device that fit my needs. My mom recently got an iPhone and playing with that is my longest exposure to iOS. I’m just blown away at the level to which you aren’t allowed to make the device yours. The simple fact that you can’t even have apps in an app drawer instead of having each and every one scattered about on your home screens (or whatever apple calls them) or hidden away in folders at best was amazing to me. I like a clean interface and that’s apparently just not an option with an iPhone. Have 50 apps? Here are all 50 icons on your screen all the time! >.<

      • John

        You Droids take customization way too seriously! Who cares!?

        Besides, have you heard of spotlight? With it I can bring up any app in an instant with it, regardless of where it is on my iPhone! App drawer….please…

      • Ashleigh

        I just had to say that you actually can put apps in a box, I have a lot of of apps in about 7 boxes on my screen

  • trey

    Apple is playing catch up once again. I guess we will have to wait for Google’s announcement at I/O to see what IOS9 will bring next year.

    Its funny how they compared running android versions to iOS. They can do so because their supported hardware is extremely limited. While it would be nice for all Android phones to be able to run the latest OS when it is released, its not worth sacrificing every Android phone to use the same hardware layout.

    • masterpfa

      But Android is up to date with Nexus 4,5, 7, 7 and 10 being update with prompt updates.
      OEM’s run a modified version of Android which Google cannot have any control over.

      lest not forget that when older iDevices are updated usually incompatible features are left off so the iOS version although the same numeric value is not the same user experience

  • John

    Thanks for writing the most balanced and logical post I’ve seen about iOS8 from an Android perspective.

    I live and breath in both worlds and it’s always a game of catchup for both sides in a world of plateauing features and specs.

    • Nate B.

      Software wise that consist of features, I would say Apple I’d usually the one catching up. For the most part anyway.

  • Apay

    With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft can catch up very. Giving that the licences are free, the software more stable, secure, light and simple, this is much more threatening for Android than IOS 8. Well, nobody knows, but i won’t be surprised to see some trend reversal in the next few years.
    For the rest of the keynote, i find that Mac OS X 10.10 is more thrilling than IOS 8. Too bad that all these exciting stuff (WiFi call, ect…) will only be possible with an iPhone or iDevice. But Microsoft should take some lessons here : this is how a modern OS should look like and behave.

  • gfgf

    Looks like Apple is begging old users TO STAY, not to find NEW users.

  • jerrbomb

    This article speaks sound on so many levels… It’s crazy

  • NexusNYC

    With the news of the Nexus program going away, the selling of Motorola, and the closing of the factory in Texas I have a really bitter taste in my mouth with Google right now. Im VERY interested to see what Google rolls out at I/O. Now more than ever I am considering hanging up my Android flag for a bit and jumping ship to iOS8. I do like using Nova launcher and switching out the icons and such but when it comes down to it, these cosmetic changes have nothing to do with the functionality. Im excited to see what happens!!!

  • Paul Atreides

    I’m glad Apple has continued copying Android. It’s enough to force Google and OEM’s to further innovate their products. Can’t wait until IO!

  • the u

    Cant wait for ios 8, our college is Apple obsessed – everyone got a an iphone :D

  • BobbyK

    I’ve spent two years with Andriod and it’s not been fun. It was gift so I gave up my precision tooled iPhone for a samsung egg box cut out with kitchen scissors galaxy. Bugs like crazy. Ive spent two years on forums, watching youtube videos trying to get this thing to work right. Hardly any of the ‘features’ work at all. I do love the screen size and swype keyboard. Happy to see Apple copy Android in all ways, only diffence is that they make the Android innovation (credit where it’s due) work.

  • Eddie McArdle

    All I’m going to say is… Apple doesn’t do anything that android doesn’t, most people are f*cking fascinated by things that us android users have had for ages -_-

    • John

      Awesome! You’ve been able to change the color of your keyboard from blue to pink for the past 4 years. How are old are you? 12?

  • Unknown

    ************************************************************************************************************
    Come on guys…
    Once, SJ told Apple iPhone is years ahead in innovation.
    Now, compare IOS8 – Android 4.4.3 Kitkat.
    Now tell me whoz years ahead?
    What makes sense is… Anyone can expect what features for IOS 9 & above versions could get…. :)
    Come on guys… Grow up… Grow up to Android… Even at least Grow up to a WP8.1
    or Just admit that you are a blind loyalty guy for Apple. Apple always tries to fool you around with a very costly price tag & pretty old features to use.
    I’m just eagerly waiting for a day when GOOGLE sues APPLE. That day is no more far from now. Watch the game.
    The way they sued SAMSUNG was so cheap. Now, you tell me at what degree GOOGLE/MICROSOFT/SAMSUNG/SONY/NOKIA
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/03/21/the-majority-of-iphone-users-admit-to-blind-loyalty-why-this-a-problem-for-apple/
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/10632787/iPhone-owners-admit-having-blind-loyalty-to-Apple.html
    ************************************************************************************************************

  • Unknown

    ************************************************************************************************************
    Come on guys…
    Once, SJ told Apple iPhone is years ahead in innovation.
    Now, compare IOS8 – Android 4.4.3 Kitkat.
    Now tell me whoz years ahead?
    What makes sense is… Anyone can expect what features for IOS 9 & above versions could get…. :)
    Come on guys… Grow up… Grow up to Android… Even at least Grow up to a WP8.1
    or Just admit that you are a blind loyalty guy for Apple. Apple always tries to fool you around with a very costly price tag & pretty old features to use.
    I’m just eagerly waiting for a day when GOOGLE sues APPLE. That day is no more far from now. Watch the game.
    The way they sued SAMSUNG was so cheap. Now, you tell me at what degree GOOGLE/MICROSOFT/SAMSUNG/SONY/NOKIA should sue APPLE now ?
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/03/21/the-majority-of-iphone-users-admit-to-blind-loyalty-why-this-a-problem-for-apple/
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/10632787/iPhone-owners-admit-having-blind-loyalty-to-Apple.html
    ************************************************************************************************************

  1. DDPGuest 10 months ago

    Shit is about to get REAL! Can’t Wait!

    • kelly humphriesGuest 10 months ago

      Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

      • AymenGuest 10 months ago

        ahead in 3.6 versions? i dont wanna live on this planet anymore….. iOS is featureless in front of Android… you can’t even set a default app…. damn, you apple idiotboys need get some OS lessons…

        • RussGuest 10 months ago

          I feel bad for people that actually choose to use any Apple product, not being able to use the device the way they WANT to use, only being able to use it the way Apple will LET them use it.

          • PAPAGuest 10 months ago

            Have it not occurred to you that what Apple lets them use is enough for what they want? And that Apple’s restrictions are to avoid hassles these users do not want to deal with?

        • JamesGuest 10 months ago

          Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

          • You do realize for the past 3 years I would say at least Apple has been adding features that Android already has? That includes the ones you named. I don’t even mean to entertain your ignorance, but I feel like you need to know.

      • VidyGuest 10 months ago

        Welcome to ginger bread. All the important features in ios8 were in ginger bread or earlier. (Custom keyboard, 3rd party notifications, app integration). You still have to wait another 2 or 3 years if you have to use file manager, able to attach or play all file types, sideload apps. You got multitasking 3 years after android. Happy waiting and good luck with next os version.

        • JohnGuest 10 months ago

          **Custom keyboard? I have yet to see one of my friends using Android that ACTUALLY USE a custom keyboard.
          **3rd party notifications? iOS already has that. Get your facts straight
          **App integration? I’ll give you that one, but since we all know Apple users actually use the devices for more things than just a feature phone (i.e. receive calls, and send a few text), this will feature will become much more relevant in the hands of iPhone users
          **File Manager? Who cares. I can guarantee you 0.01% of Android users care about this
          **Play all file types? VLC app takes care of this
          **Sideload apps? Now you’re talking nonsense.

      • MikeGuest 10 months ago

        You are a certified moron.

        3.6 versions ahead? Are you fucking retarded or something? They’re different softwares from different companies and follow different naming schemes. This was one of the dumbest things I’ve read all year.

      • codieGuest 9 months ago

        You are very ignorant. You have no idea how any of this works. Android own 87% of the phone market. Who is really infront.
        by the way ios goes up by 1 and google goes up by how big the update is.

    • sam kupGuest 10 months ago

      http://youtu.be/yf81dG9-58c

      Video proves Apple’s dominance!

  2. Almost all new features are just catch-up moves to Android or Windows Phone. Nothing to get excited about (even though there’s bound to be Apple fanboys shouting “REVOLUTIONARY!”).

  3. steveGuest 10 months ago

    I am sure ios 8 will bring a lot of new features, probably features that have been around in Android for years. Is there support for third party launchers or browsers? Does ios 8 let you customize at all? Or is it the same old boring iphone? Let’s not even get into the lack of hardware apple has in their phones, that would be too much. When iphone can tell you exactly how long of a drive it is to work, like Android, I may give them another shot, but right now their so far begind

    • JamesGuest 10 months ago

      Notification Center does, I’m told how long it’ll take me to drive to school, work, and home; tapping the text takes me to Maps with turn-by-turn directions loading.

      • JwhapGuest 10 months ago

        Ummmm….. Have you heard of Google now?

      • ScottyGuest 10 months ago

        For the record, your maps app is Google maps because iPhones original maps app sucked in the most horrible way possible. You can thank Google for your accurate maps and turn by turn directions.

  4. NigelGuest 10 months ago

    Decision 1) – is it robust well supported OS?
    Decision 2) – what is cheapest.

    Sorry but I stop there and don’t consider IOS. Android wins as its robust, well supported and is plain cheapest. No need to move to IOS. Of course the decision is to people who invested in IOS stick with it and continue to pay more due to inertia?

    • Honestly my decision to go with Android didn’t even need the price to be a consideration. I wanted an OS that could be customized to my liking and was available on a device that fit my needs. My mom recently got an iPhone and playing with that is my longest exposure to iOS. I’m just blown away at the level to which you aren’t allowed to make the device yours. The simple fact that you can’t even have apps in an app drawer instead of having each and every one scattered about on your home screens (or whatever apple calls them) or hidden away in folders at best was amazing to me. I like a clean interface and that’s apparently just not an option with an iPhone. Have 50 apps? Here are all 50 icons on your screen all the time! >.<

      • JohnGuest 10 months ago

        You Droids take customization way too seriously! Who cares!?

        Besides, have you heard of spotlight? With it I can bring up any app in an instant with it, regardless of where it is on my iPhone! App drawer….please…

      • AshleighGuest 6 months ago

        I just had to say that you actually can put apps in a box, I have a lot of of apps in about 7 boxes on my screen

  5. treyGuest 10 months ago

    Apple is playing catch up once again. I guess we will have to wait for Google’s announcement at I/O to see what IOS9 will bring next year.

    Its funny how they compared running android versions to iOS. They can do so because their supported hardware is extremely limited. While it would be nice for all Android phones to be able to run the latest OS when it is released, its not worth sacrificing every Android phone to use the same hardware layout.

    • But Android is up to date with Nexus 4,5, 7, 7 and 10 being update with prompt updates.
      OEM’s run a modified version of Android which Google cannot have any control over.

      lest not forget that when older iDevices are updated usually incompatible features are left off so the iOS version although the same numeric value is not the same user experience

  6. JohnGuest 10 months ago

    Thanks for writing the most balanced and logical post I’ve seen about iOS8 from an Android perspective.

    I live and breath in both worlds and it’s always a game of catchup for both sides in a world of plateauing features and specs.

  7. ApayGuest 10 months ago

    With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft can catch up very. Giving that the licences are free, the software more stable, secure, light and simple, this is much more threatening for Android than IOS 8. Well, nobody knows, but i won’t be surprised to see some trend reversal in the next few years.
    For the rest of the keynote, i find that Mac OS X 10.10 is more thrilling than IOS 8. Too bad that all these exciting stuff (WiFi call, ect…) will only be possible with an iPhone or iDevice. But Microsoft should take some lessons here : this is how a modern OS should look like and behave.

  8. gfgfGuest 10 months ago

    Looks like Apple is begging old users TO STAY, not to find NEW users.

  9. This article speaks sound on so many levels… It’s crazy

  10. NexusNYCGuest 10 months ago

    With the news of the Nexus program going away, the selling of Motorola, and the closing of the factory in Texas I have a really bitter taste in my mouth with Google right now. Im VERY interested to see what Google rolls out at I/O. Now more than ever I am considering hanging up my Android flag for a bit and jumping ship to iOS8. I do like using Nova launcher and switching out the icons and such but when it comes down to it, these cosmetic changes have nothing to do with the functionality. Im excited to see what happens!!!

  11. Paul AtreidesGuest 10 months ago

    I’m glad Apple has continued copying Android. It’s enough to force Google and OEM’s to further innovate their products. Can’t wait until IO!

  12. the uGuest 10 months ago

    Cant wait for ios 8, our college is Apple obsessed – everyone got a an iphone :D

  13. BobbyKGuest 10 months ago

    I’ve spent two years with Andriod and it’s not been fun. It was gift so I gave up my precision tooled iPhone for a samsung egg box cut out with kitchen scissors galaxy. Bugs like crazy. Ive spent two years on forums, watching youtube videos trying to get this thing to work right. Hardly any of the ‘features’ work at all. I do love the screen size and swype keyboard. Happy to see Apple copy Android in all ways, only diffence is that they make the Android innovation (credit where it’s due) work.

  14. Eddie McArdleGuest 10 months ago

    All I’m going to say is… Apple doesn’t do anything that android doesn’t, most people are f*cking fascinated by things that us android users have had for ages -_-

    • JohnGuest 10 months ago

      Awesome! You’ve been able to change the color of your keyboard from blue to pink for the past 4 years. How are old are you? 12?

  15. UnknownGuest 10 months ago

    ************************************************************************************************************
    Come on guys…
    Once, SJ told Apple iPhone is years ahead in innovation.
    Now, compare IOS8 – Android 4.4.3 Kitkat.
    Now tell me whoz years ahead?
    What makes sense is… Anyone can expect what features for IOS 9 & above versions could get…. :)
    Come on guys… Grow up… Grow up to Android… Even at least Grow up to a WP8.1
    or Just admit that you are a blind loyalty guy for Apple. Apple always tries to fool you around with a very costly price tag & pretty old features to use.
    I’m just eagerly waiting for a day when GOOGLE sues APPLE. That day is no more far from now. Watch the game.
    The way they sued SAMSUNG was so cheap. Now, you tell me at what degree GOOGLE/MICROSOFT/SAMSUNG/SONY/NOKIA
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/03/21/the-majority-of-iphone-users-admit-to-blind-loyalty-why-this-a-problem-for-apple/
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/10632787/iPhone-owners-admit-having-blind-loyalty-to-Apple.html
    ************************************************************************************************************

  16. UnknownGuest 10 months ago

    ************************************************************************************************************
    Come on guys…
    Once, SJ told Apple iPhone is years ahead in innovation.
    Now, compare IOS8 – Android 4.4.3 Kitkat.
    Now tell me whoz years ahead?
    What makes sense is… Anyone can expect what features for IOS 9 & above versions could get…. :)
    Come on guys… Grow up… Grow up to Android… Even at least Grow up to a WP8.1
    or Just admit that you are a blind loyalty guy for Apple. Apple always tries to fool you around with a very costly price tag & pretty old features to use.
    I’m just eagerly waiting for a day when GOOGLE sues APPLE. That day is no more far from now. Watch the game.
    The way they sued SAMSUNG was so cheap. Now, you tell me at what degree GOOGLE/MICROSOFT/SAMSUNG/SONY/NOKIA should sue APPLE now ?
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/03/21/the-majority-of-iphone-users-admit-to-blind-loyalty-why-this-a-problem-for-apple/
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/10632787/iPhone-owners-admit-having-blind-loyalty-to-Apple.html
    ************************************************************************************************************