How to Choose Between Android and iOS in 2019

Anyone looking to make the leap to a new smartphone OS in 2019 will find themselves with a familiar dearth of options. The two head honchos, Android and iOS, continue to dominate the market, capturing a total of 95% of market share in the final quarter of 2018.

While this may come as sad news to those who aren't the biggest fans of tech monopolies, it at least means that making a decision on which OS is right for you is easier than ever. Although iOS and Android are used by billions of people worldwide, they are two very different beasts.

Deciding which system is best for you will depend on how you use your smartphone, what you use it for, and what your needs are. Here's how to choose between Android and iOS in 2019. 

Ease of Use

Just a few short years ago, iOS was universally recognized as the more user-friendly system. Earlier versions of Android were rated as clunky, slow, and illogically-designed, while Apple's system won widespread praise for the simple, clean, and logical layout.

This has all changed remarkably in recent years. Both systems are now equally easy to use for all kinds of smartphone users, although lifelong Apple users might struggle with Android at first. Android also wins further points for being much more customizable than Apple, meaning you can set up your phone however you wish to use it. 

App Availability

If you have a wide-ranging array of app needs and preferences, this one is a no-brainer. Android offers much more comprehensive access to apps due partly to the fact that it is an open source system, meaning users can access all app stores rather than just one, as with the iOS Apple Store. That being said, Apple and iOS compatible apps are quickly becoming the norm, meaning that this may not matter as much in the future.

This is certainly the case with the most popular and in-demand apps in the world, such as the so-called "king of mobile" online casino app LeoVegas. You can always read more about how this popular casino has made efforts to be compatible on both systems in order to stay competitive, as it is a telling example of the recent drive within the app development world to ensure maximum accessibility to all smartphone users.

Security and Support

Rather than beating around the bush here we'll just come out and say that iOS is far superior to Android when it comes to security. Apple is much more thorough with security updates and as a result, the rate of successful attacks against iOS users is much lower than those against Android users. Malware is much more likely to be directed at Android systems simply because it is more likely to succeed.

Remember what we said earlier about the Apple Store? Well, Apple's pickiness when it comes to which apps it actually allows is also a good thing, as it prevents harmful and dangerous apps from making their way onto people's phones. Android's open-source approach means that any app whatsoever can be downloaded, which poses a major security risk for obvious reasons.

The Android vs iOS debate is timeless and endless. We may not see it settled in our lifetimes, but you can make the right choice for you by assessing the above factors and choosing based on what is most important for yourself and your needs.

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