Android vs. iOS Data Usage

Android and iOS are the biggest in the market and millions of people around the world compare the latest devices featuring their software. Android is available on multiple devices, including LG, Samsung, new Blackberry devices, and more, whereas iOS is only available on Apple devices, including iPhone and iPad. Android has a lot more apps, but we’ve seen that many of those apps are completely useless as Google has made it possible for just about anyone to develop apps. Apple has chosen to limit who may develop apps for the App Store, and while that will mean fewer apps are available, those that you fins are actually worth downloading.

There are various differences between iOS and Android, but when it comes to actual data consuming, it mostly depends on the user, the settings they have selected, and the type of apps they use. However, we tested both devices with the same apps but left the settings as default. There have been some interesting aspects that came to light and the fact is, systems are very alike but offer different features, which is another issue where data consumption enters into play.

Android vs. iOS Data Usage

Android Benefits for Data Usage

Downloading an Android app is easy and only requires a few small steps. The apps vary in size but are usually bigger than those offered by Apple. This is because many iOS apps include widgets for your hope page, which is included in the package whether you want them or not. Once the app has been downloaded, we found that has the ability to run in the background, which keeps it up to date and constantly looks for updates, again this would depend on the type of app you’ve downloaded.

However, these apps also consume data in the background, meaning your data is used even when you don’t use the app. To eliminate this, you need to close the app completed, which as we all know, is easily forgotten. With that said, the app won’t use huge volumes of data as it’s not like YouTube where it will automatically load new videos just because you’ve left it open in the background. The widgets that come with apps are great and provide amazingly fast options. However, scan through the pages for an app will cause these widgets to update, meaning they use data even when you are not interested in the information they provide right now. This once again leads to higher usage.

iOS Benefits for Data Usage

Surprisingly Apple is the winner here. There are millions of people who think Apple uses a lot more data, but with their latest updates, you will find it actually uses a lot less. Downloading an app is just as easy and fast, but doesn’t require additional data for widgets unless it has a notification bar widget, not very little have. The main benefit is that the phone only allows apps to use data while they are used. Even if you forget to close an app, it will not be able to update or use any of your data. The only time an app will use data is when push notifications are switched on for an app, but even then one a few kilobytes are used to notify you.