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Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platform are basically the only two mobile operating systems on the planet right now. There are others, of course, but their collective share of the mobile space is so small most people – read 99 of people – will be completely unaware of their existence. BB10 died, and that was a shame, while Microsoft’s Windows Phone Windows 10 Mobile platform holds less than 1 of the market. This is a pretty dire situation, as competition makes things get interesting But, alas, this is the way of the world in 2017. If you use a phone, which most humans do, it will either be an iPhone or some form or it will be one of the thousands of different types of Android phones. Because of this iOS and Android are hot topics; the platforms run on billions of handsets the globe-over. They make Google and Apple a ton of money and are, as always, in a constant state of flux, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with mobile technology. Today we’re going to take a look at the newest versions of each iOS 10 and Android Nougat. We’re going to take a look at what makes them tick, what makes them different and which is the best option for you. iOS 10 vs. Android Nougat UI amp; Notifications While it’s fair to say that iOS and Android have been moving towards the middle ground as far as a design aesthetic goes, both iOS 10 and Android Nougat sees them taking slightly different approaches to achieve similar visuals. For starters, with Android Nougat, notifications have now been redesigned. They are much easier to read, have minimalistic borders, occupy the width of the screen, have smaller fonts, and can be tacked together based on app. In other words, they resemble iOS notifications more. But iOS 10 is taking cues from the Android design department as well. It’s now bringing widgets to the home screen, although implementing them differently. Thanks to 3D Touch, now when pressing on an app’s icon a widget will appear—such as the current temperature from the weather widget. This allows iOS 10 to gain home screen widgets, while also letting it keep them out of sight most of the time. iOS 10 vs. Android Nougat Deleting Stock Apps Both iOS 10 and Android Nougat allows you to now delete some stock apps. “Delete” is a little misleading, because you are actually just hiding the apps, not truly removing them from your device. And neither iOS 10 or Android Nougat allow you to hide all the stock apps—just some. iOS 10 vs. Android Nougat App Management Both OSes have long had rudimentary app management that allows you to quickly switch between open apps, but Apple hasn't taken things any further in iOS 10 – on the iPhone at least. While iOS 10 supports running apps side-by-side on iPad, it still lacks that ability on iPhone. Not so with Nougat, which allows you to run apps side-by-side on Android smartphones. iOS 10 vs. Android Nougat Photo App In iOS 10 the Photos app got a major improvement. It now uses machine learning to identify people, places, and objects inside your pictures and allows you to sort and search photos by those parameters. For example, Photos now knows which of your pictures have water in them. Search “lake” or “ocean” and it will return pictures of lakes and oceans. The app also now creates automatic slideshows and videos of your best pictures. If all this sounds familiar it's because it's what Google’s Photo app has been doing for almost a year. As you can see, now the Photos apps on both Android and iOS are tied feature-for-feature. iOS 10 vs. Android Nougat Music App Apple’s new Music app in iOS 10 has received a HUGE makeover. It’s now much more simplified, with an easier to navigate interface. This is primarily so more people will give its Apple Music streaming service a try. But the music app on on Android, called Play Music, is still better. Why? Because Play Music is built around both streaming and individually downloaded songs, meaning Google really cares about music fans no matter how they like to get their tunes; Apple's offering is much more quot;take it or leave it quot;. iOS 10 vs. Android Nougat VR While Apple has said the company is interested in the VR and AR space, iOS 10 has yet to include any VR features. That's unlike Nougat, which now supports the platform's Daydream software. Yes, you'll need a Daydream-compatible smartphone, but at least the Nougat support is baked in if you have a compatible device. iOS 10 vs. Android Nougat Updates Though not really a feature, it’s worth noting that Android seems to get more updates pushed to it faster, than iOS does. This has been true for a while now since Android has been untethered for longer from its stock apps than iOS has been. Most stock apps have long been available on the Google Play store meaning Google could concentrate on just releasing updates for the main OS, instead of having to update every default app at the same time. It’ll be interesting to see if updates to iOS 10 speed up now that you can delete hide stock apps from the OS. iOS 10 vs. Android Nougat Personal Assistants Perhaps the biggest feature in iOS 10 is that Siri has been massively improved. Not only is the personal assistant getting enhanced features, it’s now being opened up to third-party developers so they can link into Siri—making her usefulness grow exponentially. Siri’s big competitor on Android is Google Now. for years Now has been better than Siri thanks to Google's algorithms. But with iOS 10 it’s possible Siri could overtake Google Now as the best personal assistant out there. iOS 10 vs. Android Nougat Verdict It’s never an easy call when comparing two mobile operating systems. Who wins this time? It’s safe to say that iOS 10 has more big features and improvements than Android Nougat. However, taken as a whole, both operating systems are closer in features to each other than ever before. Apple has a few key areas where it needs to catch up to Android, with the most obvious being Siri. Compared to Google Now, Siri feels practically remedial and this is why Apple opened up Siri to developers. It should have happened a lot sooner, though. Like, two years ago, as it would have triggered Siri's much-needed evolution earlier and it'd be a very different beast by now with tons of new features and abilities. Siri will also likely feature heavily in Apple’s push towards more automated home appliances and, of course, its automotive efforts. AI will be the next big thing to hit the tech world and once it lands in earnest, the net results in years to come will be enormous. Google Home and Apple’s HomeKit are just the start..