iOS vs Android Isn’t Just About Devices…
The fight for market share plus the hearts and minds of users is often decided by a singular, killer feature.
According to the outstanding Hillel Fuld in a post on this subject, one such deciding factor is the absence of any decent Notification Center on Android.
Allegedly this is resolved with Android Lollipop that takes leaps and bounds to solve this, especially through the Lock Screen.
The Story So Far…
To get to your messages, calendar and so on took more effort on Android than the Lock Screen access that iOS provides.
After spending time testing on both iOS and Android devices I can agree that in a one-click vs multi-click slap down, the one-click will win every time. This basically meant a loss of the Android competitive advantage to iOS from the first look you get at your screen.
Thus far, none of the Android devices I have access to update to Android Lollipop so I can’t attest to whether Google’s solution delivers.
Since writing this I have had a chance to go hands-on with Android Lollipop and to attempt to help a couple of users with issues they encountered after the upgrade. I was hard pressed to find the settings for said lock screen and several other features and they seemed to lack any granularity. In a nutshell the user was unable to configure certain features to suit their needs.
The Warptest POV
If you don’t want to wait for Lollipop, fear your device may not get it any time soon or simply don’t want to upgrade there is hope.
The answer to Apple’s competitive edge over Android ironically comes from Microsoft.
Yes you don’t need to check your eyes, Microsoft is indeed a big producer of Apps in the Google Play Store:
In this case Microsoft (specifically the Microsoft Garage) created Next Lock Screen which offers you a highly configurable Lock Screen including access front and center to messages, calendar, email and calls; all this and more.
After taking it for a test ride the only question I have is, “What the heck were you thinking Microsoft, NOT releasing this for Windows Phone too?”
Yes it’s that good. So Google, start thinking nice things about those clever folks at Redmond for giving you back the Android competitive advantage, especially for non-Lollipop users.
I’m giving Next Lock Screen a strong recommendation but don’t take my word for it, check it for yourself and decide.
Frankly, if you are an Android phone owner, I would be looking at all the apps Microsoft has to offer you. Yes, they’re that good.