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Apple iOS 10 vs Android 7.0 Nougat: How are the two different?

Apple revealed the iOS 10 and what comes in my mind after looking at it for the first time is that Apple is a little late. Whatever Google left behind in previous Android versions, Apple adding those features in latest iOS 10. Let’s not talk about the similarities, here we are going to talk about differences which you will see in both iOS 10 and Android 7.0 Nougat.

Lock Screen


Lock screen in iOS is pretty simple; it shows you time on top and “Swipe to unlock” has been changed to “Press home to unlock”. Apple also added a camera shortcut and widget support on the lock screen. Swiping from right edge reveals the camera which is much helpful than swiping up (iOS 9) for the camera. After taking pictures, you can go back to lock screen by pressing the home button.

Swiping from the left edge reveals the widgets page, this page contains the scrollable widgets. You can edit this widgets page to rearrange and add/remove widgets. The whole lock screen in iOS 10 is inspired from Android 4.4 KitKat; swipe left for camera and swipe right for widgets.

There is enough room in the center of the lock screen for notifications, iPhones which support 3D touch can reply to messages directly from the lock screen notification. For older iPhones, replying is still one click away from the notification.

Android 7.0 Nougat

Google kept the same lock screen interface in Android 7.0 Nougat as the Android Lollipop and Marshmallow. The one thing that changed in is the notification UI. Google almost removed the spacing between notifications. Also, the notifications are now edge-to-edge.

Swipe right and left on lock screen bring up the camera and dialer app. And unlocking your phone is as simple as in Windows Phone – swipe up!

Home Screen

iOS 10

The definition of Home Screen according to Apple is – a screen where all the apps rest in grid view with a shortcut dock bat at the bottom. Apple is following the same ritual in iOS for the home screen since iOS 4, not much changed except the icons and the folder interface.

Apple added a widgets page, same as on lock screen; scrollable and customizable. And yes, swipe down to search a.k.a. Spotlight Search, where you can search your whole device.

Android 7.0 Nougat

Google also kept the home screen concept same from Android 1.6 Donut. Android’s home screen is a multiple paged space with widgets and app shortcuts. A dock with four changeable shortcuts and an app drawer icon, you will find all your installed apps here.

We still have the same paged home screen with widgets, app shortcuts, and folders. In app drawer, Google added a search bar to search apps and recent apps.

Notification Bar vs Control Center

iOS 10

Apple broke down the Android’s notification bar; notification bar and control center. Notification bar in iOS 10 lists the notifications, and you can reply to messages instantly from the notification. Apple added a scrollable widgets page here too. If you pull down notification bar while you are inside any app, you can swipe right to check out all the widgets.

The Control Center is another part which contains the sliders, shortcuts, and toggles. In iOS 10, Apple added two new pages in control center; home and music. Music page shows music with controls like play/pause, previous, next track and volume slider.

Android 7.0 Nougat

Android has everything compressed in one notification panel. Swiping down once from the top edge reveals notifications and some toggles; Wi-Fi, battery, torch, do not disturb. Notifications in Android 7.0 Nougat appears tightly stacked in one, and all notifications are arranged in groups so you can expand them read all at once.

Second swipe brings up the notification panel with quick toggles. Notifications are paged with 3 X 3 toggle grid view; you can swipe for pages and add remove toggles as per your needs. Above the toggle page, Google added a brightness slider, date/time and user switch.

Apple Siri vs Google Now

iOS 10

Apple has made Siri open source for developers to integrate it with their apps and soon Siri will do much more than just replying to unnecessary questions. Siri soon will be capable of booking a cab just by telling her.

Android 7.0 Nougat

Google Now is just an assistant to give answers and perform tasks. Google opened the Google Now for developers after some time when it was released. You can’t play with Google Now as you can with Siri or Cortana (out of the context) but perform almost all tasks on your phone just by telling it.


If you are a die hard Apple fan and never used Android before then, these features will be new (and extraordinary) for you. And for all those Android users out there, Android 7.0 Nougat is just another update in the user interface which users soon will get used to.

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