In a world where competition drives the very basic instinct of survival within a ferociously cold-blooded industry, the smartphone market has taken the planet by storm. From the young to the old, owning a smartphone has become almost an obligation. With nearly 1.5 billion smartphones being sold in 2016, it shows no sign of slowing down as trends only indicate further development in the coming years. While there are several operating systems on which the world’s devices deliver their information, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android share a healthy rivalry with each other. Let’s take a look at how this competition will lead towards the further development of smartphone technology.
Starting off with the most basic feature for all types of phones, making a call can result in a different experience for many. While Android phones play it smart by displaying contact lists according to user preferences and the numbers you call the most, many will debate that iPhone’s FaceTime, which is Apple’s video and audio calling service takes the cake. With its initial release in June of 2010, the feature allowed users of Apple devices to effectively conduct voice calling over a strong connection like Mediacom internet service.
The closest thing that Android phone users can get is WhatsApp, but that’s a cross-platform service available for the majority of devices out there. Hence, the exclusivity that Apple offers with its FaceTime goes widely unchallenged in the industry. Nonetheless, this leads to the claim that we are going to see this rivalry open new possibilities in the future. With talks about 5G right around the corner and the fact that it will offer speeds of over 6 Gbps, the prospects for new and amazing are promising, bearing in mind that each smartphone developer will likely race each other to the finish line in order to cater to emerging needs.
It may come as a surprise to many that the first-ever application of augmented reality originated way back in 1992 at the U.S. Air Force laboratory, but it online became popular with the general public when Pokémon Go was launched in 2016. Apple was quick to identify the potential reach and scope of such an intriguing feature and set their ARKit for developers to test, launching it to the public in September of last year.
Google was never going to hold back on such a bold move and this lead to their very own version being released under the name of ARCore. Augmented reality is predicted to explode in the next few years and we will watch the strong competition for whoever delivers a breakthrough first between iOS and Android developers. There is no doubt that this healthy opposition will only make the general consumer happy, as they will be able to experience the best.
The first camera in a phone was delivered by Sharp Corporation during their November 2000 launch of J-SH04, which offered a CMOS 110,000-pixel built-in camera with a 256-color display. Over the years, camera technology has reached unprecedented breakthroughs, and as of now, an above average camera within a phone offers 16 megapixels with 16 million color definitions. Apple’s current iPhone X offers a 12 MP wide-angle camera with a 10x digital zoom, 63 MP Panorama, 4K video recording at 60 fps, slow-motion for 1080p at 240 fps.
If we keep going on about the camera then this article will definitely come off as a camera phone advertisement. So, switching to Android’s contender for the best camera we have the Samsung Galaxy S9, which offers a wide-angle camera with 12 MP and AF sensor, and relatively the same features, however, it does offer a super slow-motion for 720p at 960 fps. The big difference comes in the built-in RAM where Samsung’s model offers 6 GB of RAM, while iPhone X offers 3 GB of RAM. This is where dedicated memory plays the vital role in reducing noise in your photographs.
This is a prominent feature for many because this shows how technology has changed over the years, what else can deliver this message more accurately than the very display of your smartphone. Apple’s iPhone X has been chosen by the critics as having the best displays so far in a smartphone, but guess what, it was Samsung that showed their technological prowess when they delivered such a high-quality display. While the bitterness between the two rivals remains, this competition has got us thinking about the future of smartphones and what their development will be in the next few years.
The truth of the matter is pretty clear, regardless of which way you fall in the debate over whether iPhone is better than Android, the reality is that no matter who comes on top, it is the very struggle of competition which will pave the way for further developments in smartphone technology. In the end, the real victory will belong to the smartphone consumer who will have the ability to pick the best available product and the ability to choose quality over price.