Both Apple and Google are gearing up to launch the next versions of iOS and Android respectively. Google finally shipped Android Oreo (version 8.0) earlier this week, and Apple is putting the finishing touches on iOS 11 as we creep closer to iPhone launch in September.
Although neither update has rolled out to phones just yet, they’ve been in beta for months for developers to play with. Now that we’ve had enough time to test them test them, we’re ready to put the two head-to-head to see how some of the most important features stack up. So, here are some of the key features you need to know about.
Multitasking and productivity
In iOS 11, Apple is finally making the iPad a top priority, and it shows. With new split-screen and app-switching features, plus a vastly improved dock, moving between apps has never been easier.
If, however, you’re using an iPhone, you won’t find many new productivity features. Sure, there’s a new Files app, some nifty markup tools, and nice improvements to stock apps like Notes and Mail, but you still can’t truly multitask on your phone the way you can on an iPad.
While Android Oreo doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of multitasking, it doesn’t really have to — because it added a split-screen multitasking for all devices last year with the Nougat update.