Android N vs. iOS 9.3 – Which OS has Better Feature Updates?

Android N vs iOS 9

The Android vs iOS debate will for sure never end. There are diehard lovers of Android and so is iOS. The good thing is that both companies behind the two operating systems put lots of efforts in ensuring that only the best features and updates are brought to the platforms.

Apparently, we have been seeing a new version of iOS and Android each passing year. Last year saw Apple come in with iOS 9 while Google brought Android 6.0 Marshmallow. These two operating systems are already in the market, however, this comparison brings into the upcoming Android N into the fold. Google has already touted this OS and it is currently available as a public beta. Just recently, Apple released a revised version of the latest OS, jumping to iOS 9.3.2.

Given that each update usually brings new features, it can be challenging to know what exactly the two companies have added to the new OS. To help you get around this problem here is a look at what Android N brings versus what iOS 9.3 has to offer.


One major update that made highlights when iOS 9 was unveiled was the 3D Touch feature. However, Apple did not end there as the latest iOS 9.3.2 now carries features such as a whole new cards-based app switcher, a new low-power mode, multi-window support for iPads and so much more. On the other hand, Android N is set to come in with a similar feature as Apple’s iOS 9 – multi-window view. Furthermore, the OS will be the first from Google to come preinstalled with the company’s newly announced Allo and Duo apps. Android N will also bring in seamless updates feature, ring some huge improvements on the Doze feature introduced with Marshmallow and a flurry of other nifty additions.

User interface

When compared to the previous iOS 8, there are no major changes on the interface of iOS 9. In actual sense, the last time Cupertino overhauled its user interface was back with iOS 7. If anything, the only major introduction iOS 9 came in with is 3D Touch.

On the other hand, Android N is has been touting quite a number of nifty additions. Changes in the notifications design, app switcher, Quick Settings and even the main Settings app will be rung. However, the OS will further enhance the Material Design concept that was introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop.


Apple is known for its quality when it comes to security and privacy of user data. iOS 9 takes this aspect to the next level by allowing users of Safari web browser to block ads as well as prevent ad networks from monitoring your activity thanks to the use of content blockers. You will also be guaranteed of safe data in your iCloud account thanks to a new 2-factor authentication.

Android N vs iOS 9

Security is not an area Android excels, but this doesn’t mean Google doesn’t have its own security measures as well. For instance, the usage of a single Certificate Authority basically everywhere ensures that Android N partner OEMs and carriers are unable to add their own certificates. The result of this is that all devices powered by this OS will have the same security level regardless of the market.

Android N will also be adding other measures such as Verified Boot as well as Storage Encryption to its growing list of security and privacy measures.

As pointed out earlier, it is not possible to tear apart iOS or Android from either’s diehard fans. However, one fact both parties should agree on is that each platform is becoming more mature with each and every update. Apple is expected to unveil iOS 10 at the upcoming WWDC 2016, an OS that will probably be even much better than iOS 10. As for Android N, we expect to the OS released together with Google Nexus 2016 phones later this year, probably in fall.

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