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What can Android do that iOS can't?

IS there anything iPhones *can't* do on the technical side of mobile that Android can?

I don't mean like widgets and UI related things. More like VPNs, that kind of thing.

Most Useful Answer moosery2  Dec. 9, 2013 at 09:53

NFC related tasks like smart stickers or file sharing or (if they ever implement it) nfc payments.

not sure about these:
controlling a smart tv?
upnp server / client?
scheduling sms messages?
remote location tracking / block (eg lookout)
change default programs eg default web browser?
playing music in one app (eg spotify) while in background and running another app (eg runtastic) - due to proper multitasking, can ios do this yet?

openvpn works fine on android 4.x, I use it all the time, very very stable even on 3g, cant comment on iphone, because I generally stay as far away as possible!

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stub20000  Dec. 9, 2013 at 09:10

dont know if its changed in ios7 but this is handy for any IT people - you can get various apps that allow you to see different wifi points and what channels they are on, also showing the strength of each signal. very handy like i say if you work in IT support. thats one that i know of

BarryBallsak  Dec. 9, 2013 at 09:24

You can have multiple floating apps on the screen, such as floating calculator, floating browser, you can customise the crap out of Android as well. Both systems have apps which the other system doesn't have.

whelan189  Dec. 9, 2013 at 09:41

download from uttorrent and play and listen to music

IndianaBlues  Dec. 9, 2013 at 09:42

More hardware than software, and therefore dependent on manufacturer, but the recent Sony and some Samsung Android phones are water-resistant, something that hasn't *yet* been implemented at Apple. Plus, again I don't know if this has been fixed in IOS7, but on Android you can freely get apps that allow you to profile your calls and texts, and set your phone to block/divert automatically - I think you might be able to do it for individual numbers on IOS, but not groups (for example, I have mine set to divert all work calls to voicemail and hide all work-related texts out of office hours).

killbill1  Dec. 9, 2013 at 09:46

Blacklisting is built into ios7 now for calls and sms

moosery2  Dec. 9, 2013 at 09:53

NFC related tasks like smart stickers or file sharing or (if they ever implement it) nfc payments.

not sure about these:
controlling a smart tv?
upnp server / client?
scheduling sms messages?
remote location tracking / block (eg lookout)
change default programs eg default web browser?
playing music in one app (eg spotify) while in background and running another app (eg runtastic) - due to proper multitasking, can ios do this yet?

openvpn works fine on android 4.x, I use it all the time, very very stable even on 3g, cant comment on iphone, because I generally stay as far away as possible!

moosery2  Dec. 9, 2013 at 09:57

Oh I forgot one - installing apps from 3rd party without having to hack.
I'm talking about humble bundle here! Yay for freedom and cheap games :)

sduggan  Dec. 9, 2013 at 10:50

@stub2000 Just dial and call *3001#12345#* on an iPhone to bring up the hidden Field Test menu which gives you a lot of info over phone signals in your vicinity. It's all gobbledygook to me but geeks will love that sort of stuff.

Here's someone accessing it on a 3GS. It is still there on the 5s

Stelph  Dec. 9, 2013 at 11:02

Although im less experienced on Android and so someone may have to correct me, I understand you have a lot more flexability with what you are able to "do" with files when you want to open/save them between apps.

By that I mean in iOS you are somewhat limited by only being able to open files in emails/texts etc and then picking an app to open them with, in Android say you have an app that generates a file then you can send it to another app for it to deal with. I.e. a .GPX file from a GPS app and send it to a GPX tracker, I read about the functionality a while back and was very jeleous as currently I have to export a lot of the files created on iOS to a PC before I can deal with them (i.e. upload to online sites etc).

Android is closer to being a "desktop on a mobile" type device than iOS, iOS is simpler and does "just work" but theres no complexity/its very controlled (which is good and bad)

lutin  Dec. 9, 2013 at 11:06

Mount your phone as a drive in windows explorer? I don't think you can do that with the iphone. it's handy as it means you can just just drag and drop photos/videos/music to you phone with no need for any other software (i.e itunes)

spruceyb  Dec. 9, 2013 at 12:45

FM Radio
Automation (think Tasker)
Control a DSLR

killieguy  Dec. 9, 2013 at 16:54

@stub2000 Just dial and call *3001#12345#* on an iPhone to bring up the hidden Field Test menu which gives you a lot of info over phone signals in your vicinity. It's all gobbledygook to me but geeks will love that sort of stuff.

Here's someone accessing it on a 3GS. It is still there on the 5s



thats pretty cool, i was talking about wifi access points though

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