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Android 7.0 Nougat vs iOS 10 comparison: who is leading the charge?

Apple unveiled the tenth version of its mobile operating system earlier this week at its WWDC event. iOS 10 will soon power the majority of Apple's mobile devices and will face off against Google's Android 7.0 Nougat, coming at the summer's end. But what are the key differences between these upcoming interfaces? Find out in our iOS 10 vs Android 7.0 Nougat comparison.

Lock screen and enriched notifications

The home screen, lock screen and default applications have all undergone design changes in iOS 10. Beginning at the lock screen, 'Rise to Wake' is a feature illuminates your device display when you pick it up, meaning iOS' new notifications can be glanced quickly.

Further, the iOS 10 notifications can be interacted with from the lock screen, allowing you to use 3D Touch on iPhone 6s devices (and presumably the upcoming iPhone 7) to access even more information about each item.

A swipe up from the lock screen still opens the Control Centre, but you can now swipe to the left to access your music player and to the right for a shortcut to your camera. Lockscreens are the new home screens, it seems.

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Preview notifications on the lock screen. / © ANDROIDPIT

Siri opens up to developers

For me, this may be the most impressive announcement from WWDC16: Apple has opened Siri to all app developers. This means Apple's voice assistant software has the opportunity to work with many, many more services. 

This is a big step and an area where Apple has clearly pulled ahead of Google, who's proprietary voice assistant service, Google Now, still doesn't offer this. Even Microsoft has allowed developers to integrate Cortana on their websites or apps.

Siri will now be able to integrate with more applications like WeChat, Slack, WhatsApp, Ridebooking, Uber, Lyft and Didi, to search through photo albums, arrange rides and make payments.

Finally, Siri will also integrate with messages in iOS 10 to provide contextual responses. If somebody, say, asks where you are, Siri will offer to send your current location as a response. Something similar could be seen in the upcoming Google Allo app with Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Siri and her best friend: the keyboard. / © ANDROIDPIT

iOS app updates


The iOS gallery, like Google Photos, has received advanced search and recognition features. The Photos app is able to identify faces, objects and scenes from your pictures and automatically organize them by setting. 

In the new application interface is a tab called Memories. This is where you will find automatically generated, personalized movies containing photos and videos from a past event (like a holiday, for example). 

If this sounds like Google Photos, that's because it is like Google Photos and I'm not sure if Apple has done enough to claw back users who have already adopted the Google product.

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How about a touching movie of your latest trip? / © ANDROIDPIT


The new Apple Maps app will be smarter and more "proactive". It will have improved map layers and traffic information to better guide you on your travels.

The search tool has been overhauled to offer features like finding a nearby burger place or seafood restaurant and, like Siri, this has been opened to app developers. As it stands, Apple Maps doesn't appear to offer a significant improvement on Google's service. 


Apple Music has a renewed design which looks a little clearer, with bigger, bold text. The 'for you' section has been improved and lyrics have been integrated, something which the mobile version of Spotify and Google Play Music don't have. 

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Apple Music now includes lyrics. / © ANDROIDPIT


Apple Home is the service which can control all of your home appliances which are connected to the cloud. From a living room lamp to the garage door, Siri and your iPhone can take interact with any HomeKit-enabled product to remotely interact with them. With this, Apple might have the upper-hand on Google when it comes to the "internet of things". 


iMessage on iOS 10 will has improved the way in which websites and videos are displayed. YouTube content can now be watched from within the conversation window and website previews load there also. What's more, Apple has introduced 'predictive emojis' which will show in the predictive text area when writing a message. 

What do you think of Apple's iOS 10 improvements? Is there anything there that Google should be worried about? Let us know in the comments. 


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  • How is a comparison????
    It's nothing more than a free Apple fluff ad !

  • Do you know if the Apple photos app is able to do face/object recognition locally on the device, without uploading it to a server, like Google Photos requires it?

  • This is native advertisement. An Apple ad disguised as news.

  • Steven F. 4 months ago Link to comment

    i don't see why Android Pit has such coverage on iOS 10 and titles it with N comparison but i don't see anything about N.

    I have an android phone cause I like the way it works... except my new issues on file management on my MOTO X pure.

  • Why compare ? iPhone will be iPhone and Android will be android. Samsung is the best among Android devices and has its own good qualities and features to give hardcore competition to its counterpart. Apple has its own amazing features to hold maximum population of the world driving crazy. But as nothing is perfect both have its own drawbacks and week-points .

  • All you had to say was: Just about everything Android does Apple is gonna start doing it too. Done.

  • Why compare all this to Android N?? These changes made by Apple are nothing compared to Android M or wait even Android L!!

  • Apart from the lockscreen / notification interface, these are all changes ("improvements" will be proven out or not) to Apple's ecosystem services rather than to the operating system. The lock-in to Apple's nickel and dime to death ecosystem, as a condition of using its great hardware and OS, is a major put off for me. I've long since stopped comparing Apple to Google because at this mature stage of smartphone development, Apple users and Google users are very different consumers, and are precommitted with both financial and learning curve investments in their favorite. Everybody is on their third phone or more, and knows what they like and want to spend for it.

  • Lalit
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    4 months ago Link to comment

    #AndroidPIT why you guys have started giving me a feeling that I should buy iPhone instead of getting an #Android powered device.

  • Ivan C. 4 months ago Link to comment

    I don't really care who's ahead. I only care about the phone's wireless connectivity & disk (storage) capacity because I have a huge music library.

  • CJ Brown 4 months ago Link to comment

    Until Android / Google names their newest OS AND makes it readily available -- so that Android smartphone / tablet owners can update (without rooting)? There is nothing to compare with the latest iOS !!

    Step up Android / Google , before I start calling it OS Nutsack (sometimes you need to grow a pair!) You got the rest of 2016 to introduce a new Nexus smartphone, a new Nexus tablet, an official new OS name / number !!

  • First...let me get Android M along with 90% crowd then let's have this post.

  • android is also leading the chage in ram hunger and unstability of thousands of apps n sometime amdroid itself is unstable.

  • Who's ahead?

    Flexibility and features: Android N
    Usability, UI/UX and fluidity: iOS 10

  • Rideau 4 months ago Link to comment

    API for Siri = Google Now 4 years ago.
    Uber and Opentable on Maps = Google Maps.
    New Messaging app = Google Allo/Facebook Messenger.
    Widgets at the left of the launcher = Google Now.

  • Meh, still no home screens. #AndroidMasterRace

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