Android vs. iOS - Which OS is Best for Gaming?

David Williams | 17 May 2017

Android vs iOSIn recent years, debating the merits of iOS over Android is something that has taken up a lot of time for a lot of people. Everything from ease of use to customisability and virtual assistants has been considered and there’s a veritable war over which OS performs best.

At the end of the day, Android performs better in some areas and iOS performs better in others. When it comes to games and apps, including those for mobile casinos and other popular mobile-based entertainment options there are a number of variables that need to be considered.  Although choosing an OS often comes down to personal choice, lets take a look at some of the facts that could help you distinguish which OS is better for gaming on the go. 

Heavy Hitting Hardware 

One of the most obvious differences between using iOS and Android is the range of devices you’ll have to choose from. Obviously with Android you can select the handset that best accommodates your needs, and for gamers this opens up the possibilities of ultra-long life batteries.

The new iPhones’ touchscreen sensitivity is also reported to be satisfactory but nothing to write home about, which can affect how easy it is to use in daily life and make all the difference between split-second winning and losing your favourite games.

On the other hand, while the touchscreen sensitivity of the iPhone may not be that impressive, the Gamevice iPhone 7 Mobile Controller clips into place on the edge of the screen and transforms the device into a world-class mobile console. If you’re happy to have this extra step and pay for the hardware, and the iPhone works best for you in other ways, this option could seriously be worth considering. 

An Abundance of Apps 

Apple tends to roll out new apps and updates faster than Android does, and they reach all devices at the same time. It can take months for a release to be seen on all Android-powered handsets, as seen with new features on Snapchat and Spotify. The gap is closing here, but differences do still definitely exist, and many people also feel that iOS apps are also better looking.

Apple’s App Store is also superior to the Play Store in its functionality, design and overall support, and it tends to be better maintained too. Recently, for example, 47,300 apps were deemed bad or abandoned and their deadweight was cleared from the iStore.

For many people, the fact that there are fewer pre-loaded apps on the iPhone than on any Android handset is the best selling point. It’s much more of a blank slate when you start using it, and there are no apps that can be disabled but not deleted taking up precious memory space. For gamers in particular, this can be a very important point.

The final point to consider is that Google is much more geared towards free apps that have not been carefully checked. This leaves them open to malware and poor performance in other ways, and has made gaming platforms that actually want to make money favour Apple devices when they create mobile apps.

The Decision for Developers 

Start-ups need to think just as carefully as end-users do when they’re deciding to go with iOS or Android technology. Different factors should be considered, including target demographics, the resources you have available and what you want to achieve with the app that you launch.

At the moment, the Android market is bigger and provides more exposure, but iOS apps almost always generate more revenue. This may, of course, like everything else, change in the future. The best developers, gamers and other users can do is watch developments, make the best decisions for themselves at the time and know that they will need to make changes and updates again later.

The decision as to which OS is best really does lie in the palm of your hand, and it’s up to you to decide what type of experience will benefit you to the full.