Android Ice Cream Sandwich vs iOS 5
So, Google has "unleashed Ice Cream Sandwich" – or Android 4.0 – and it's ready to take on iOS5 in the battle for smartphone supremecy. But how do they fare in the ring? Ding ding… Round one.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich vs iOS 5 – user Interface
Ice Cream Sandwich: ICS plays nice with both smartphones and tablets, combining the very best of Gingerbread and Honeycomb.
Its comically-named Roboto typeface keeps it fresh, while Apple-inspired UI tweaks like app folders, instant photo uploads to the cloud and an action bar to replace the physical keys keep everything flowing smoothly. Then there's the webOS-inspired flick-to-dismiss gesture while multitasking. Gingerbread icons have also been swapped for resizable Honeycomb-style widgets and notifications are accessible from the lock screen.
Multitasking is the real improvement, though, utilising the Recent Apps button in Honeycomb to pull up a list of open apps used in thumbnail form.
iOS 5: Unlike ICS, iOS 5 hasn't been overhauled, and on face value it appears almost identical to previous versions. Start prodding and sliding your way around, though, and you'll find new icons and apps for Videos, Music, Newsstand, iMessage and Reminders, a customisable Android-style Notifications Centre feature and integrated Twitter functionality. Notifications and camera can now be accessed from the lock screen, too, but multitasking remains exactly the same as before.