9. Apps are cheaper on Android than iOS
Apple owners must have cash – how else could they afford their devices at such exorbitant prices? So for developers and companies, charging makes good business sense with many key apps costing at least 69p.
But on Android, where the user base is much more diverse and tends to expect something for nothing, developers know trying to charge for apps may not see the same success.
With such a huge Android device user base in the market, though, a free download route that led to advertising revenue or in-app purchases could prove just as lucrative.
8. Customisable UI offers productivity benefits
Since it was first unveiled Google's been working hard to make Android's user interface (UI) as flexible and customisable as possible. In doing so Google's loaded Android with a host of customisable widgets. These can be placed anywhere on the Android UI and offer dynamic updates or shortcuts to a variety of productivity-focused services, such as email, calendar and social media feeds.
The addition makes it far easier for users to tweak their smartphone's UI to meet their professional needs on Android than it is on iOS, which features a much more locked-down UI.
7. Cross-platform nature makes it more flexible
Apple iOS is fairly hostile when it comes to other platforms and requires developers and companies to submit an application for a service they want added to its OS, so it can be vetted first. The firm has a very strict policy that forces developers to play by its rules if they hope to get any software onto iOS.
This is a bit of an issue for businesses using legacy systems or older applications as it means they may not be able to get all their essential tools working with iOS. By comparison, Android is entirely open, and has designed its software developer kit (SDK) to work across as many platforms as possible. As a result it's quicker and easier for companies to get any Windows or Linux app they need onto Android than it is on iOS.
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