Today we live in the world of smartphones, and the battle for smartphones’ OS is raging. But there are only two heavy weight platform competitors Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS platforms.

Apple has just released iOS 8 recently and Google will release its latest android platform ‘L’ soon. Developers’ previews for both platforms have been released few months back. Let us compare Android “L” VS iOS 8 and explore which is better.

iOS 8 vs Android L Design

Apple brought major design changes in iOS 7 and killed skeuomorphism in iOS 7, so iOS 8 retains on that simple, flat and sharp design of iOS 7 as there was no major overhaul needed in design of iOS 8. Apple iOS 8 have not got any significant design updates , yet it keeps the clean and flat design of iOS 7 and Apple’s clear glass effect prevails as before.

Android L vs iOS 8

On the other hand side, Google has introduced an entirely new design look called ‘Material Design’ which is consistent across Android platform, Chrome OS, Android Wear and Google Chrome. This new design language adds depths by adding shadows and makes objects more animated. This does not mean that Google opposing the new trend of flat designs, instead that flat design is layered now.

Both Apple and iOS 8 platforms are taking advantage of minimalism. Both iOS 8 and Android L are offering its users simple and flat designs without compromising on easiness of use.


Google has introduced an enhanced notifications feature in Android L, and now users can see those notifications straight from lock screen. Additionally, Android L will list notifications in the order of importance. Android L also empowers users to swipe away notifications they do not want to see or they can tap on any notification to open associated app with the notification.

Notifications have also been changed in iOS 8 and now are more interactive than ever before. Now iOS 8 users can reply to texts, update Facebook status, snooze a remainder without leaving the app they are using. Additionally, users can open the associated app by tapping on the notification.


Both iOS 8 SDK and Android L SDK offers thousands of API’s for developers with Android L coming up with 5000 and iOS 8 with 4000. Both IOS 8 and Android L came with the support of 64 bit processors. Although Apple rolled out the 64 bit processor support in iOS 7 while Android L is the first Android to offer 64-bit processor support.

Upon release of iOS 8, Apple talked about its Metal Graphics API that allow developers to create a bit faster games, and Apple also claimed about its swift programming language that enabled developers to build streamline apps.

Google responded aggressively with the new Android RunTime or ART, which might give apps a great boost in speed and performance. When an app is installed, ART compiles all code of the app and caches it and enables apps to run much faster.

Battery Usage

Both competitive platforms have been focusing on battery saving features significantly, iOS 8 now shows power usage screen to its users, so users can see where the battery power is being used.

Android L has taken battery saving to the next level, and it is one of the major update in Android L platform. Android L enables user to tweak how much battery power apps can take through project Volta and help in extending battery life up to the maximum level.


There are few apps which offer handover feature between Android phone and a computer, like PPL connect. But most handover features in Android takes advantages with Chrome OS.

iOS 8 has taken this handover feature to the next level. Now iOS 8 users with combination of OS X Yosemite can take calls and send messages from computer and iPad.

Voice for Search

Google has offered voice search option in older versions of Android, and now with OK, Google command update in Android L, Google has made this voice search feature more powerful. OK Google command works seamlessly from any home screen and even from lock screen.

iOS 8 has Hey, Siri voice command equivalent to OK, Google voice command of Android L. But Hey, Siri voice command of iOS 8 only functions when the device is plugged into a power source, so this feature of iOS 8 is not that useful.


Android L vs iOS 8 – which is better? Well, Apple is now incorporating its own new features to iOS which have been on Android platform for some time. Android is receiving a major design uplift and technical makeover to look like iOS when it comes to battery life and speed.

When it comes to features, iOS 8 has introduced more interesting features and apps and it makes content sharing much easier and fascinating. As Android L is getting a totally new design look it will win hearts of its fans with its new and impressive metal design.

Deciding a winner in between Android L and iOS 8 is not an easy job as both platforms have some pros and cons at the same time. At some features, iOS 8 wins the race while at others, Android L is the champion.

Well, the most important point is that both these platforms are continuously improving. As long as both these platforms continue to adopt best of each other’s ideas, as they currently are doing, then this competition is valuable and will make both these platforms more user friendly and useful with the passage of time.