Smartphones have unique features designed by the manufacturers for each device that will make it impossible for the features to be used with other devices made by their competitors.
So if you are wondering why you cannot download Google apps on iPhone or Nokia phone, here are some of the reasons;
- Interface and user experience
Android, iphone and Nokia (Windows) have all adopted a very similar, minimalist design with bright colours and fast-swiping, left-to-right scrolling across home screens. However, each differs greatly in the degree to which it lets users customise their home screens.
Android offers the greatest amount of personalisation. With an Android, you can put apps that you don’t use often into an app drawer, meaning, you can make it so that only the apps you use often are visible to you when you turn on the phone and swipe through your home screen.
Unfortunately, with an iOS(Apple) iPhone, you can’t hide any unused apps, but you can organise them into folders. This de-clutters the home screen which looks very similar to that of a Macbook.
Just as an iPhone looks like a Mac, the Windows phone has adopted the same look and feel as its desktop interface. It has the “Tiles” feature on its home page like what you will find on your desktop computer.
- Apps Qualities
Traditionally, iOS is the most lucrative platform for developers: the Apple Store charges slightly more for its app downloads than the Google Play Store and it is easier to develop. Therefore, the most cutting-edge apps usually appear on Apple devices first.
So, if you find an app you really like but it’s an iOS app, you may have to wait a while until the Android version is developed and released.
Unlike iOS or Windows, the Android OS is completely open-sourced, which means that any developer can access the code used to create Android apps and submit them for approval to the Android app store. Because of this, there is a greater variety of apps from the Google Play Store.
However, the quality may not be as high and due to the lack of uniform standards among app creators (remember, anyone can develop an Android app), it may be that if you purchase a new phone, some of your favourite apps may not be transferable or compatible with it.
Windows is the youngest of the three systems and has the smallest consumer base (less than five per cent market share). As a result, it hasn’t attracted a large developer community as iOS and Android.
- Malicious Apps
One of the biggest security threats to mobile devices comes from the accidental download of malicious apps.
Apple is the most stringent in terms of overseeing the development of its apps. Every downloadable app, available on the Apple App Store is subject to strict security protocols – so the chances of you downloading a corrupt application from a malicious source is almost non-existent.
Apple also has one of the most outdated restrictions around: You can only have a maximum of 10 devices associated with your iTunes account, which includes just five computers.
Android also does a very good job of vetting the applications in its Google Play Store, even though its system is open-sourced.
Furthermore, all three platforms are updated on a fairly regular basis, from big releases with new features and occasional redesigns every few months, to smaller releases to deal with minor bugs.
Microsoft and Apple maintain greater control over the software than Android. So it’s easier for them to roll out updates in a timely fashion. However, all three do a comparable job of keeping their devices secure.
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