A cell phone is a huge advantage when it comes to running a business. Businesses need to be dealt with twenty- four seven and unless you want to sit at a desk for twenty-four hours you need a cell phone for communication. These days, cell phones give you the opportunity to use or check email, calendars, social media, and more. The biggest question though is, what cellular device best fits you for company use? Here are a few things that might sway you one way or another.
Quick settings: iOS 7 introduced Control Center, which lets you toggle common settings, adjust brightness and control music with a quick swipe up. It’s a handy feature — and one Android has had for quite some time. The big difference is that on Android, it comes down from the top rather than up from the bottom, and takes one extra tap to get to. Apple’s version is a bit more comprehensive and attractive, but they both accomplish a lot of the same tasks.
Social: Depending on your social media use, one operating system may suit you more. For instance, if you send things to frequent contacts, iOS’s AirDrop, favorite contacts, and tightly integrated Twitter and Facebook options are helpful. However, if you want to do a bit more with your files, like transfer them between many apps, back them up, or move them around more like a desktop operating system, Android is your best option. Apple is close on its heels though, with its new share drawer.
Notifications: One of Android’s perks has been its notification system; pull down the notification drawer, and you’re given the latest missed calls, calendar updates, emails, etc. — encumbered with actions like dismiss or reply. Apple’s notifications have caught up a bit with more details than before. Unfortunately, quick actions are still missing. On the other hand, the “Today” part of the pull-down drawer seems like an easy way to plan: calendar, weather, stocks, etc.
Payments: Checking into and paying with your phone can be pretty handy, and now it’s understood that Apple has the upper hand when it comes to apps and partnerships. The built-in payment systems may not yet be something you use every single day, but the idea is taking root. Google added loyalty cards, money transfers, offers, and coupons. It’s not the same as Apple’s Passbook app, but the battle is just beginning.
Vocal control: Apple brought voice controls into the plate with Siri, which was initially impressive but disappointing in the end. The company has added lots of new controls in iOS 7, though, from music commands to device controls. Anyone disappointed by Siri’s first go round should give her another try. Google, however, is stepping up to the plate. The new Moto X is in tune whether you physically tap a button or not. It’s as easy as saying “Okay Google Now” By just about every statistic Apple’s mobile software; iOS is beating Google’s software, Android.
In profit share, Apple leads all other Android manufacturers combined. In web traffic, iOS has 55% of the market. The iPhone has been the top rated smartphone in consumer satisfaction in nine consecutive studies by JD Power and Associates. In less concrete statistics, iOS is generally still the first choice for developers. Reader interest at our site, and at others, is off the charts for iOS, but just so-so for Android. Apple’s also the company that rivals compare themselves too. Microsoft, Samsung, and even Motorola all make fun of iPhone. They wouldn’t dare do that if Apple wasn’t the true leader. Even considering that there is one metric where Apple doesn’t meet the bar: Smartphone market share. In smartphone market share, Apple is not excelling. It has 13.2% of the market, according to IDC. Android, meanwhile, controls a breathtaking 80% of the market. Apple is losing share, too. A year ago it had 69% of the market, and Android only had 16% of the market.
“In platform markets, as the often-hated but always insanely powerful Microsoft demonstrated for decades in the PC market, the vast majority of the power and profits eventually accrue to the market-share leader,”Henery Blodget recently wrote. “What Apple does not seem to understand, however, is the fate that almost all niche platform providers eventually succumb to — gradual loss of influence, power, and profitability, followed by irrelevance.”