Android or iOS? While it could sometimes be annoying to hear fanboys talk Google vs. Apple, we're actually glad that this debate exists. Here are our reasons why!
The great Android vs. iOS debate has been one of the most heated and enduring tech discussions in the land of all things geeky and shiny. Featuring two of the most popular mobile operating systems of all time, it's right up there with Star Wars vs. Star Trek, Windows vs. Mac, and PlayStation vs. Xbox—and no self-respecting geek is clueless about it.
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On one hand you have Android, an open-source platform that is found inside a gazillion mobile devices from a gazillion brands and has been on the rise since its initial release in 2008. Opposite it is Apple's own iOS, which runs the show for the iPhone and the iPad—two of the most iconic and polarizing devices ever.
Much has been said, numerous geek friendships have (probably) been torn apart, and there's still no clear-cut answer to which one is better. Supporters from both camps will probably cuss and curse talk about it for years to come.
But forget all that for a moment. For we, the resident geeks of FHM HQ, have come up with a realization...
While it could be annoying and nosebleed-inducing to hear fanboys go at it endlessly, we're actually glad that this debate exists. Because at the end of the day, regardless of which software's side you're on, there are many reasons why the rivalry have done us good, from the funny and mundane to the really important like...
THE MEME ATTACK!
When you've got a hot topic at hand, it's just a matter of time before a flood of memes about it arrive. Such is the reality of the current online culture. Since the great Android vs. iOS debate has been going on for several years now, there have been plenty memes made about it.
Here's a nice example Android fans will love:
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But because we're fair here, here's a couple for team iOS:
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Bashing aside, these illustrations bring a dash of humor to an otherwise serious topic. But, to be honest, we don't think the heated discussion will ever subside. Sorry, Martin Luther King!
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Gadget brands that carry Android have, time and again, aimed cheap shots at Apple's devices. Of the lot, Samsung has been the busiest, coming up with ads like these:
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You also don't need to look further than the recent iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch for more offensives from the Android army.
Meanwhile, Apple has been shy in retaliating through ads, but their head honchos have been quite vocal. For example, Apple CEO Tim Cook dissed Android's usage rate last year. And we all know how his predecessor, the late Steve Jobs, was like:
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In any case, the ads related to the whole debate add a bit more spice to the discussion. If you're willing to let go of your biases, you'll actually see them more as entertaining rather than infuriating. So please lighten up, people!
INNOVATION FOR IOS AND ANDROID
Google and Apple won't admit it, but Android has influenced the development of iOS and vice-versa through the years, so much so that they share several characteristics and features. For example, both iOS 8 and Android Lollipop offer instant updating and syncing for your photos as well as widgets, and even interactive notifications.
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But of course, what Apple and Android-carrying brands want is to get ahead of the competition by offering unique goodies that didn't exist, say, a decade ago. Which is why we have almost sci-fi-esque features like the TouchID fingerprint sensor (on the iPhone 6) and wireless charging (on smartphones like the LG G3).
Competition breeds innovation, folks!
INNOVATION FOR OTHER BRANDS
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Right now, the global operating system scene is like a two-way race between iOS and Android, especially in terms of market share. As of June this year, the two account for a whopping 96.4-percent of the global mobile OS market with Windows Phone a far third at a paltry 2.5-percent.
And of course, other brands want a larger piece of the pie. In hopes to secure more market share, Microsoft has outed stunning Lumia devices, like the 1020, while BlackBerry has the "made for professionals" Passport smartphone—two devices with awesome hardware that hopefully will result in more people using Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS.
IT DEFINES THIS TECH GENERATION
When all's said and done (which means we'll have to wait many years, even decades), fans of both camps will look back at this debate not with disgust and loathing but with fondness and heaps of nostalgia. Android vs. iOS helped define this tech generation, so much so that it will be one of the topics we'll constantly tell our apos in the future to highlight the fact that we lived in an awesome time.
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Think about it; It's always better to have been a part (or at least a witness) of something we can fondly recall when we're old and gray, right? Android and iOS is giving that to us now which is why, regardless of what software side we support, we should be thankful to both Apple and Google.
So, go ahead fanboys, keep it up!
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