iOS 13 vs Android 10: Who Rules the App Market?


Every year, Google and Apple introduces a new operating system to complement their new flagship devices. The two tech giants bring into innovative and just the best features and functionalities to make users fall for their services. Something that has kept the battle of the two OS continue for years.

iOS 13 vs Android 10: Who Rules the App Market?

And this year, to add fuel to this fire, Google has ditched its tradition of naming OS after dessert and introduced Android 10, while Apple rolled out iOS 13. They have studied the changing user needs and expectations, and have introduced the finest of the technology-backed options into their operating systems, making users excited as well as confused about which one is going to lead the app market.

To make this less-confusing for you, we will be comparing iOS 13 and Android 10 in this article.

We will consider different factors to determine how the former stack up to the latter, which are as follows:-

1. Dark Mode

Seeing the need for battery-saving options and less glare on the eyes, both Apple and Google has embraced the dark mode option.

Google unfolded the dark mode into Android Pie last year and has been making it available on all of the native apps. They even made it compulsory for all the Android app makers to make their application ready for dark mode. However, there are still various apps not-fit for dark mode.

Whereas, when it comes to Apple, the tech giant has started their journey with desktop. The team rolled out dark mode in MacOS Mojave in 2018 and has now introduced it to iOS 13 – covering all the apps and widgets including calendar, messages, and notifications. This way, they have offered a unique dark mode experience which makes iOS 13 lead the battle.

2. Swift Keyboard

When it comes to availability of keyboard that makes swift typing possible, Apple’s iOS has lagged behind Google’s Android.

The team has introduced swipeable keyboard under the name ‘QuickPath Typing’ in iOS 13, while Gboard is in practice on Android platform for a long time. Not only this, the Android 10’s swipe keyboards also offer a myriad of functionalities like adding gifs, using multiple languages, etc.

3. Digital Assistants

It’s true that Apple took the first step towards introducing a voice assistant in the marketplace, but Google has taken the lead.

The Google’s Assistant, when compared to Apple’s Siri, offers a complete set of services, is available in multiple languages, takes combinational commands effortlessly, and is good at recognizing and understanding different voices and commands.

4. Privacy

When considering the privacy factor, Apple is an unrivalled leader.

The tech giant, unlike Google, does not make its business from targeted ads. It focuses on offering better location permission facilities and thus, is much ahead of Google which has just begun to introduce better privacy-focused facilities into Android environment.

5. Multi-Platform Accessibility

Another platform that gives a clear answer to which one wins the race – iOS 13 or Android 10 is multi-platform accessibility. As defined by the name itself, this feature enables mobile app users and developers to access the services on any device within Android or iOS environment.

Now, coming back to Apple vs Google war, the former has begun to move some of their iOS apps to MacOS using different tools under the codename Project Marzipan. The team also declared that iPhone app developers can bring iPad applications to Mac.

Whereas, when talking about Google, the tech giant has also introduced the option of moving apps between two different platforms using Chromebook. However, its approach and set of benefits are limited.

This makes Google’s Android 10 lags behind iOS 13 in the battle of multi-platform accessibility.

6. Messaging

Apple has always kept its focus only on two messaging platforms – Messages and FaceTime. The team introduced all of the features and functionalities, including high-end security, encrypted data transfer, etc. to only these two platforms.

But, when it comes to Google’s Android environment, there are multiple options available to users – right from Hangouts to Duo, Messages, and Google Voice. All these applications offer the best experience but in an individual field only; they do not provide a complete experience like what is being offered by iOS 13’s messaging platforms.

Because of this, Apple’s iOS 13 makes a lead over Android 10.

7. Maps

Apple has really put efforts into improving user experience with Apple Maps. The team has introduced many must-required functionalities into the Apple Maps on iOS 13, including effective road hazards and traffic condition detection.

But, it is still no where closer to Google Maps.

Google Maps, available on Android 10, offers a string of options that simplifies users’ lives when traveling and offers an enriched experience. The application lets users see streets in 3D and get more precise details.

This gives an impression that Android 10 leads the show when focusing on Maps functionality.

8. Photos Capabilities

No doubt both Android 10 and iOS 13 has come up with impressive photo capturing and editing services, but the former wins the battle. And this is because Android 10 provides options like effortless backup and easy-to-use editing tools to bring a better photography experience.

As covered in this article, both Android 10 and iOS 13 are leading the game in one way or the other. So, the answer to which one is ruling the App market relies completely on the factors you focus upon.


Lucy Bennett

Lucy Bennett is a Contributing Editor at iLounge. She has been writing about Apple and technology for over six years. Prior to joining iLounge, Lucy worked as a writer for several online publications.