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iOS vs. Android

iOS vs. Android

Over the years the great "iOS vs Android" debate has, interestingly enough, morphed into more of a cultural conversation than a technological one. Because nearly every modern mobile device relies on one of these two operating systems, it’s impossible to escape the conversation. It's almost as if consumers must pledge allegiance to either side. It has slowly, but surely, become a lifestyle choice.

We thought it would be interesting (and fun!) to take an objective look at both operating systems.

Before we discuss the most stand-out features in each, it’s worth noting that it is tough to reach a "one-size-fits-all" solution. Like many technological debates, your choice of operating systems is based on preference and the experience you seek as a user. People may value some features over others.

But, there are some objective differences between iOS and Android that we can consider:

  • Customizability: Perhaps the most obvious, and the broadest difference between the two systems lies in their flexibility to be customized by the user. Android is a highly customizable system with roots in Linux and open source code that anyone can expand upon. On the flip side, iOS is a closed system and the average user will never know what tweaking its code would look like. Essentially, Android is excellent for those who like to experiment with or customize their devices, whereas iOS offers a simplified and uniform experience for all.

  • Calling and messaging options: It’s no secret that iMessages and FaceTime are killer iOS features. The ability to text and call via WiFi is extremely convenient. It's also an option Android devices don't offer.

  • Apps: Both Apple and Google have great app stores with around 1.6 million apps each. However, Android devices organize them in a much more efficient manner, allowing us to put important apps on the home screen and less important ones in the ‘drawer’. By contrast, iOS devices list all apps, regardless of importance, on the homepage.

  • Music: While Google Play Music is an excellent music-playing app, Apple’s Apple Music integrates extremely well with iTunes and allows you to synchronize your music to all Apple devices with ease.

  • Maps and directions: With native Google Maps on all Android devices, Android is the clear winner here. Google Maps is available on both iOS and Android, but Siri uses Apple’s ‘Maps’ app by default, which is considered slightly inferior to Google Maps.

  • Voice Assistant: While both Google Assistant and Siri are great in terms of functionality, Siri has the slight edge because of its more personable tone and ability to understand natural languages better than Android.

The "best" operating system clearly depends on what the users want from their devices. While Apple products offer a clean interface and easy communication across various devices, Android’s customizable and flexible operating system appeals to those who prefer a more personalized experience.

"What matters most… is communication"

Notes from Scott Brown’s lunch talk today:

1 - What is the primary goal of agile software development?
    - Higher Code Quality
    - Better, Faster Feedback
    - Happier Teams

  - mitigate risk
  - why? research group (Standish Group) surveyed > 3500 large (> $10M) projects from 2003 to 2012 - only 6.4% were successful

2 - agile mitigates risk via communication. 
    - today: team-based dev, but important in other ways for single coders
    - Kent Beck: “What matters most in team software development is communication”
    - Not choosing the best technology? 
          being the smartest?
          coding the fastest?
          writing the most efficient algorithms?

3 - projects succeed or fail because of communication, not technology challenges
    - you can never anticipate all of the tech problems 
      but good communication will always help overcome them
    - when project in trouble: fix the communication process

    - bad news vs. bad information
      - rapid feedback loop: discover bad news ASAP
      - anti-pattern: green shifting
    - Human element of software engineering
      - contrary desire to treat software like manufacturing, with each dev
        a dicrete machine on the factory floor: more machines, working as fast
        as possible must lead to successful completion sooner, right?
    - software development as a race through a mine field
    - Fred Brooks (Mythical Man-Month)
      - Adding people to a late project makes it later (“Brooks’ Law”)
      - Why? Adding more people to the mix obstructs good communication
      - Emphasizes the crucial role communication plays in projects

    - 17% of projects fail so disastrously they threaten company existence
    - rollout (Time: Obama’s Trauma Team)
4 - practical techniques - drive the rapid feedback loop
    - planning sessions
    - release post-mortems
    - daily standups
5 - communicate with the system
    - good design / readibility
    - ops monitoring
    - instrumentation / analytics

6 - simple, not easy