Android vs. iOS Multitasking: Fight is On
Android vs. iOS Multitasking – With Apple’s recent operating system update, titled iOS 4, they added multi-tasking to their mobile devices. Android already allowed their users to multi-task using their own operating system. The feature has been a hot-button point for many years among iPhone fans.
While many users expected the transition to a multi-tasking mobile device to be seamless, it has proven to be a bit more complicated than originally expected. Because the size of the screens on the phones are so small, it can be hard to effectively navigate two different applications at the same time.
Also, because apps will be running in the background, more system resources will be used. This will directly affect memory and processing power. One of the largest complaints of smart devices is that they do inevitably slow down without proper care, just as any computer would. Multi-tasking will only add to this sentiment.
Because there are so many different apps, there may not be apps that you open that you want to continuously run in the background. A calendar app for example, only needs to be updated sparingly and thus would not have to run in the background. However, a music playing app is the type of app that most users would like to continue running, even while they are using other apps.
Android multi-tasking is undoubtedly more sophisticated, but the Apple multi-tasking feature appears to be more streamlined. Android lets entire apps continue to run I the background while you toy with other apps. The iOS 4, allows certain features to continue running. While the Android-style may be more powerful, that does not mean that it is more useful.