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Differences Between Android N And iOS 9

By Avery Pacheco, 03/06/2016, updated on 21/01/2022

There are always arguments about which system is better, Android or iOS. And with the release of Android N, we have even more of them. Of course, no conclusion will ever be drawn because both of them are excellent.

Still, many may wonder what the differences are. Though the two are both relatively mature with years of development, bugs and shortcomings will always exist. Well, at least for now. But, we have to admit that Google has surprised the fans with some pretty good ideas. In the parts below, what’s on Android N but not iOS9 will be told.

Android N VS IOS 9

Multi-Window Tasks

The idea has actually been carried out by some manufacturers for years. Among them, Samsung has done a wonderful job. And, the same thing happens to Apple’s iPad. But, iPhone users just can not have them on the handsets.

Smart phones are now larger than before and it is possible to have this split-screen mode on them. Fortunately, people who want to try it can get what they want on the Android N. Imagine watching a video on YouTube while texting a friend. Isn’t it fantastic? Once you get used to it, all the phones without multi-window tasks will not be smart enough.

Instant App

The meaning of “instant” is that users of Android can test the apps right within the Google Play store. There is no need to pay first or download them. Though this new thing is mentioned with only a few words on the Google I/O, it is awesome. For users who are wondering which app is better, they could simply try it out, instead of just looking at the reviews. All the questions can be found out by yourself.

Instant Apps

Seamless Android Updates

It could be annoying updating your system because the process could take a long time. During the installation, you can do nothing with the phone. And that is the reason why most phone users are reluctant to apply an update, even if the new features seem attracting.

This time, Google has also impressed us with its background system updates, which is inspired by the Chrome OS. The files will be downloaded in the background, using Wi-Fi, and applied to the phone when it reboots. This is what we call “seamless”—a user power up his phone, and he will be on a new system.

Doze and Svelte Features

A Low Power Mode was added to iOS 9 to help with power saving. But for iPhone 6s, which is equipped with a 4.7-inch screen, the result is not that impressive—usually less than a workday. It could be rather frustrating if your battery is always down when in need.

On Android N, there are Doze and Svelte, which extend battery life. Doze, which puts devices into a dormant state, is first used on Android Marshmallow and it works when your screen is off. While Svelte is to restrict the working of apps when your network changes.


A virtual reality platform, which is built upon Android N, called Daydream was unveiled by Google. It is an attempt to develop the VR experience and with that amount of Android users, Google is going to gain control of it.

Many apps will be supported by Google. And they are not just games—YouTube, Google Photos, HBO Now, Netflix and MLB.com are also on the list. It is believed that Daydream will let us have a good taste of VR.