Apple iOS 10 vs Android 7.0 Nougat: How are the two different?

Apple revealed the iOS 10 and what comes in my mind after looking at it for the first time is that Apple is a little late. Whatever Google left behind in previous Android versions, Apple adding those features in latest iOS 10. Let’s not talk about the similarities, here we are going to talk about differences which you will see in both iOS 10 and Android 7.0 Nougat.

Lock Screen


Lock screen in iOS is pretty simple; it shows you time on top and “Swipe to unlock” has been changed to “Press home to unlock”. Apple also added a camera shortcut and widget support on the lock screen. Swiping from right edge reveals the camera which is much helpful than swiping up (iOS 9) for the camera. After taking pictures, you can go back to lock screen by pressing the home button.ios-10-lock-screen-widget-slide-over-iphone-screenshot-001

Swiping from the left edge reveals the widgets page, this page contains the scrollable widgets. You can edit this widgets page to rearrange and add/remove widgets. The whole lock screen in iOS 10 is inspired from Android 4.4 KitKat; swipe left for camera and swipe right for widgets.

There is enough room in the center of the lock screen for notifications, iPhones which support 3D touch can reply to messages directly from the lock screen notification. For older iPhones, replying is still one click away from the notification.

Android 7.0 Nougat

Google kept the same lock screen interface in Android 7.0 Nougat as the Android Lollipop and Marshmallow. The one thing that changed in is the notification UI. Google almost removed the spacing between notifications. Also, the notifications are now edge-to-edge.


Swipe right and left on lock screen bring up the camera and dialer app. And unlocking your phone is as simple as in Windows Phone – swipe up!

Home Screen

iOS 10

The definition of Home Screen according to Apple is – a screen where all the apps rest in grid view with a shortcut dock bat at the bottom. Apple is following the same ritual in iOS for the home screen since iOS 4, not much changed except the icons and the folder interface.


Apple added a widgets page, same as on lock screen; scrollable and customizable. And yes, swipe down to search a.k.a. Spotlight Search, where you can search your whole device.

Android 7.0 Nougat

Google also kept the home screen concept same from Android 1.6 Donut. Android’s home screen is a multiple paged space with widgets and app shortcuts. A dock with four changeable shortcuts and an app drawer icon, you will find all your installed apps here.


We still have the same paged home screen with widgets, app shortcuts, and folders. In app drawer, Google added a search bar to search apps and recent apps.

Notification Bar vs Control Center

iOS 10

Apple broke down the Android’s notification bar; notification bar and control center. Notification bar in iOS 10 lists the notifications, and you can reply to messages instantly from the notification. Apple added a scrollable widgets page here too. If you pull down notification bar while you are inside any app, you can swipe right to check out all the widgets.


The Control Center is another part which contains the sliders, shortcuts, and toggles. In iOS 10, Apple added two new pages in control center; home and music. Music page shows music with controls like play/pause, previous, next track and volume slider.

Android 7.0 Nougat

Android has everything compressed in one notification panel. Swiping down once from the top edge reveals notifications and some toggles; Wi-Fi, battery, torch, do not disturb. Notifications in Android 7.0 Nougat appears tightly stacked in one, and all notifications are arranged in groups so you can expand them read all at once.maxresdefault

Second swipe brings up the notification panel with quick toggles. Notifications are paged with 3 X 3 toggle grid view; you can swipe for pages and add remove toggles as per your needs. Above the toggle page, Google added a brightness slider, date/time and user switch.

Apple Siri vs Google Now

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Apple has made Siri open source for developers to integrate it with their apps and soon Siri will do much more than just replying to unnecessary questions. Siri soon will be capable of booking a cab just by telling her.

Android 7.0 Nougat


Google Now is just an assistant to give answers and perform tasks. Google opened the Google Now for developers after some time when it was released. You can’t play with Google Now as you can with Siri or Cortana (out of the context) but perform almost all tasks on your phone just by telling it.


If you are a die hard Apple fan and never used Android before then, these features will be new (and extraordinary) for you. And for all those Android users out there, Android 7.0 Nougat is just another update in the user interface which users soon will get used to.


  1. Hello, I’m a developer here.

    I read your article, and the more I read the article the more I realized that I felt that it was wrongly stated with false claims. This article is heavily biased, and I think we all know which side it’s biased on. I have an open mind, I have an unbiased perspective. I use iOS as my daily driver yes. I own and use iOS and an Android phone, as well as an Android Tablet from Google. I’d have to admit I feel sorry for people who read this article because they won’t get an unbiased perspective on the true nature of each platform. Each are both incredibly strong and weak in varying areas. Each platform has a lot of work to do. So lets not get ourselves immersed in one particular platform…because in the whole grand scheme of things. Having one platform “win” in the market would be detrimental to the consumer at large. So having a constant battle between iOS and Android is needed for true innovation, which benefits the end user. So be careful on what facts you state, and how you write to your readers.

    Lets first start off with the widgets page on the lock screen right? Okay, so you probably would agree that Apple got widgets off of Android right? Wrong, lets take a look at where widgets actually came from. There were two places in widgets were born.
    1st: macOS. Yep, the very platform that iOS is derived from. iOS has far more capability than what it’s doing right now, and that’s partially because Apple is A: Investing in the right feature sets, technologies, and doing things “right” the first time around.

    So now you’re probably thinking, okay…what’s the second? Lets remember that iOS was the first multi-touch operating system. At the time iOS was called iPhone OS, at the time that iPhone OS was released to the public…Android didn’t even have ANY touch capabilities programmed into it’s frameworks. Now, if you’re not a techie or a developer, frameworks provide the basic code API’s that developers can utilize. The fact that when iPhone OS was released, Android never even had ANY CODE written for any sort of touch display functionality. Moving on from that, lets focus on the 2nd place where Widgets was born. In the early days of iPhone OS, people wanted the ability to customize, and change how iPhone OS worked, and looked. Some software engineers and hackers got together, and exploited the OS to allow for third party software and tweaks to run as an overlay on top of the OS. This is what we call Jailbreaking. This gave developers the ability to do things that had never been done before, this also gave the end user the ability to personalize, and use iPhone OS to a much greater extent than what it was at the time. One of the biggest feature requests, was quick toggles. So the jailbreak community developed great new features, including a widget view that allowed the user to perform some sort of action to trigger this widget view. This is where widgets on iPhone was born, before Android was touch capable. So for you to say that Android had widgets before Android is factually incorrect.

    Moving on to the next item:

    The home screen. The home screen has always been the same since it’s inception. Sure yes there were added features. Folders, 3D-Touch so forth. What you need to understand is that Android didn’t have folders until AFTER iOS 4 was released. Much of the reason behind keeping the home screen the same is for the benefit of the end user. If you haven’t already noticed, but the home screen is in fact becoming less and less important as each iOS iteration is released. This is purposeful because to completely change the main interface in previous years would confuse the heck out of it’s users. Dramatic changes can’t be made at once…so they are broken out year after year so Apple can transition, and help users better understand how to navigate iOS. You see the same exact principle on Android. The Android home screen has remained largely the same. Just as much as iOS has. Also note that there is literally no difference between the Android home screen and iOS home screen. You may argue that Android has widgets…okay….lets look at this real quick.

    Android has placeable widgets on the home screen. The ability to add, move and remove icons from the dock, as well as on the “springboard” with the addition of a search bar.

    iOS has widgets on the home screen too!! They’re activated through 3D-Touch. Which is still something that Android lacks both from a functionality standpoint, but also from the OEM perspective as well. iOS has a search bar too! Swipe down anywhere and search away. Search will not only return results from the default search engine, but search will also return results from music, maps, photos, calendar…any third party application that takes advantage of search’s corresponding API’s.

    So I would argue that the iOS home screen actually has a little bit more functionality than it’s counterpart Android.

    I had to laugh out loud when I was at work reading how dull you make Control Center and Notification Center, yet you really go all out on describing all of Android’s functions within their notification panel. These two are exactly the same, and sport the same amount of functionality. I would argue that I think it’s better how Apple split notifications off of control center to keep simplicity in mind for the end user. If the user wants to turn WiFi on (only turn WiFi on), they may potentially see dozens of notifications on Android only when they wanted to turn WiFI on.

    Again, I chuckled when I read your take on Siri. “just replying to unnecessary questions”. Though Siri has been moved to a Neural network…so you can expect Siri to outperform other competitors in almost all tasks just by telling Siri what to do. As I said, both are great, and as of now they are equal in their functionality, speed, and capabilities.

    This next paragraph set me off: “Conclusion”. “If you’re a die hard Apple fan and never used Android before then, these features will be new (and extraordinary) for you.”. Oh really? What functionality is missing on iOS that Android has? And I’m talking both from a developer perspective, and an end-user perspective.

    So in my final argument here….my conclusion is. iOS and Android both have come a very long way, maturing immensely. The battle between the two is deadlocked. The choice between the two isn’t a no brainer. Both are equally as strong as the other, in some ways iOS is better. Others, Android is better. As I stated in the beginning of my rant, we need both platforms to continue dueling it out. Because if one wins over the other, that won’t benefit the end user.