Android 5.0 vs iOS 8 – A Features Comparison

The Android Lollipop and iOS 8 appear to be leading platforms in the mobile computing world today. The first devices to run on the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS include the Nexus 6 phone, Nexus Player Streamer and Nexus 9 tablet.

Though both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus comes with iOS 8, this OS can also be installed on some older Apple devices. While both systems share a few features, there are considerable differences between them.

Here is a comparison of Android 5.0 vs iOS 8 in terms of features and specifications.


The new ‘Material’ design on Android 5.0 makes things onscreen look more real and physical due to the shadows cast by each object. There is also greater use of transparency with many transparent menus and items slowly fading away when they are swiped off the phone screen. iOS 8 inherits the design of iOS 7 in so many ways. However, the new iOS 8 is now looking sharper and more modern.


Android L boasts new, enhanced notifications. You will get them on the lock screen, where you can automatically order them in priority. If you don’t want to read them, simply swipe them away. iOS 8 has also recorded improved notifications. They are now more interactive, so you can reply to messages, snooze reminders, accept calendar invitations and Like Facebook statuses or photos you are tagged in without leaving the app you are in.

Lock Screen

Android 5.0 brings a new lock screen to devices. You can be able to see notifications and respond to them without unlocking the screen. This is an advantage over the iOS 8 lock screen which is similar to the iOS 7’s.


Apple has taken multitasking in iOS 8 to a new level by adding recent and favorite contacts to the screen. These contacts appear in a list so that you can easily and quickly call or text. Android 5.0 has also improved multi-tasking. Open apps appear in cards in a carousel, where you can slide up and down on the screen to select.


Android L comes with a personal unlocking feature that allows users to unlock their devices without entering passcode, but they have to be close enough to devices like Android Wear smartwatch. On the other hand, iOS 8 devices have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which allow users to use their fingerprint to unlock their phone and access other third party apps like banking applications.

Battery Life

Both Android 5.0 and iOS 8 let you know how individual apps are using the battery so that you can make improvements based on that information. However, unlike iOS 8, Android L comes with a battery saving mode. According to Google, this new battery saving mode can give a device 90 minutes of more battery life.


Overall, Google and Apple are getting more and more competitive. Both operating systems have introduced new and innovative features that ensure user have the best experience. Both Google and Apple can be accused of copying features from one another. While it may sound like these two systems almost have the same performance, Apple is still controlling most of the apps used to do daily tasks. iOS 8 also scores high when it comes to speed.

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