Jake Pelenis // Arts contributor
The aesthetically pleasing new version of Apple’s iOS is a smart step in the right direction to keep the company one of the main competitors in the mobile device market. Certain updates like the addition of the Control Center and multitasking streamline interaction with the device; it all comes together to make a very sleek and uncluttered look. It was almost like blowing a layer of dust off my iPhone 4S that I didn’t notice was there.
Complete visual overhaul
Replaces any faux depth that previous versions had tried to create with flat minimalistic icons and a vivid, neon color scheme. Home screen now utilizes “gyroscope” to create a shifting background, and new animations for opening apps bring extra flair.
Folders can now support infinite pages of apps; text message time stamps have been added as well as new ringtones and customizable vibration patterns; multitasking allows jumping from one active app to another from a single menu. Plus now enable apps to be updated automatically.
Siri now pulls answers from Wikipedia and other websites to provide more accurate and sensible responses.
Control Center increases functionality 10-fold
(Pictured above) Grants instant access to commonly used features such as the flashlight or bluetooth toggling without having to unlock the device.
Joash Mencias // News Editor
Doesn’t that iOS 7 interface look a little familiar? If you’ve ever used any Google product (ever), it might. The Android-powered phone is an essential tool to carry around for Google users, as it is more customizable than that of its opponent. Plus, anything Google related comes hardwired into the phone. iOS 7 is a formidable operating system, but here’s why Android is the ultimate winner.
All Google apps pre-installed
When you get the phone, you don’t have to spend time downloading Gmail, Drive, YouTube and other Google apps; sign in with your Google account and all those apps are synced and ready to use. Drive files and Google contacts/calendar events automatically appear and are updated.
One word: widgets
Android OS allows users to put widgets on their home screens. Ex: I can put a widget displaying latest tweets right on the home screen without physically going into the Twitter app.
Swype Keyboard convienience
A standard pre-installed feature in many Android phones, Swype technology allows for typing without ever lifting a finger. Whenever I use an iPhone to type, I immediately start swiping the screen only to realize it isn’t a standard feature on that phone.
iOS only runs on Apple
Samsung, HTC, and LG are just some popular brands that all run on Android. Each brand competes with each other, which spurs innovation. Ex: Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has many features like Air View and Smart Pause while HTC has Blink Feed.