iOS 8.1 has been released, with Google no later finally announcing the release of the much awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. The two giants of the smartphone platform industry continue to be locked in one of the fiercest OS battles of the modern age. Google has made some exceptional changes with Android 5.0, with Apple claiming the same for iOS 8.1. But how do they actually stack up against each other?

Earlier, we compared iOS 8 beta and Android L – as it was known back then. However, iOS 8 wasn’t exactly the most prolific release from Apple, and Google’s Android L didn’t even have a version number, let alone a name to it.

iOS 81 vs Lollipop comparison

While features and functions do play a pivotal role in shaping a consumer’s choice, more than often it is the visual element which determines the final choice. Android, with its Project Butter for Jelly Bean and KitKat, brought in the much needed speed and fluidity to the OS, and since then has improved that to match iOS. Lollipop adds some physics-based fluid animations, so exactly how far improved is the OS’s overall fluidity compared to iOS can only be determined once the final consumer release is out.

iOS 8.1 continues on with the same design language we saw with the introduction of iOS 7, whereas the Material Design in Android 5.0 Lollipop is the first major design overhaul since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released. Some believe this Material Design was pitched in a bid to catch up to the modern design language that Apple introduced with iOS 7 and has retained in iOS 8.x as well. Apple sticks to its clear glass look in iOS 8.1, while Android 5.0 Lollipop brings in real-time generated shadows for elements within the interface. Strikingly poles apart – visually and features wise – both bode a flat look for the interface and icons, and employ a more simplistic design philosophy.

The visual comparison of the two platforms – barring the features – can actually help in determining for yourself if and where the two platforms have borrowed visual elements from one another.

Lock screen

iOS 8.1 lock screen (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop lock screen (right)

Home screen

iOS 8.1 home screen (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop home screen (right)

dialer

iOS 8.1 Phone dialer (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop Phone dialer (right)

Messages

iOS 8.1 keyboard (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop keyboard (right)

multitasking

iOS 8.1 multitasking (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop multitasking (right)

apps

iOS 8.1 home screen apps (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop app drawer (right)

Browser

iOS 8.1 Safari (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop Chrome (right)

Calculator

iOS 8.1 Calculator (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop Calculator (right)

call

iOS 8.1 Phone app (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop Phone app (right)

contacts

iOS 8.1 Contacts app (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop Contacts app (right)

volume HUD

iOS 8.1 Volume HUD (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop volume controls (right)

settings

iOS 8.1 Settings app (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop Settings app (right)

Widgets

iOS 8.1 Notification Center widgets (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop home screen widgets (right)

voice assistant

iOS 8.1 Siri (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop Google Now Search (right)

system toggles

iOS 8.1 Control Center (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop notification drawer system toggles (right)

home screen notifications

iOS 8.1 home screen notifications (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop home screen notifications (right)

lock screen notifications

iOS 8.1 lock screen notifications (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop lock screen notifications (right)

app store

iOS 8.1 App Store (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop Google Play Store (right)

power down

iOS 8.1 power off screen (left) vs. Android 5.0 Lollipop power off screen (right)

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