iOS VS. ANDROID

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“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” – Morpheus (The Matrix 1999)

Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android are the top two OS’s in the mobile market. When analysing these two products, looking at the software model that Apple uses in comparison to Google is crucial. Apple’s iOS is considered a closed source, conversely Google’s Android is considered an open source mobile OS. Apple’s closed source iOS means that developers are not permitted to change anything that deals with the operating system itself, and gives developers and API which is a set of tools that lets them develop programs for the iPhone, but restricts what they have access too. Google’s open source does the opposite, they release the source code for the mobile OS in order to give developers the option to look deeper into the code and alter things they wish.

Advantages of an Open Model:

  • Larger Developer Support
  • Customisable
  • More Secure
  • Extended Community Support

Advantages of a Closed Model:

  • Less Confusion for Customers
  • Unified Experience
  • More Profitable

 

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