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Android vs iOS: Which is the Better Mobile OS for Business Use?

By 2021, it is estimated that there will be nearly 4 billion users of smartphones worldwide. There is no surprise that this is causing a crossover between what we would think of as a personal device with business phones.

When it comes to smartphones, there are two main operating systems which make up 99% of the market- iOS and Android. In the US, one study found that 47% of smartphone users own an Android, and 52% own an iPhone.

As you can probably guess, iOS is the Apple operating system used by iPhones. Android, however, refers to the operating system trademarked by Google. Android devices can come from a multitude of smartphone manufacturers, the most popular of which is Samsung. Other brands include Huawei, Asus, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, Sony, and of course, the Google phone series.

Choosing between Android and iOS can be super complicated and confusing, especially with all the new phones constantly coming out with their jargon-filled specifications. One way to decide is by comparing them depending on their intended usage. Here we will discuss which mobile OS is the best for business use.

Storage

The award for storage would probably go to the Android phone. Unlike iPhones, Androids have the potential for the user to expand their storage capacity using insertable micro-SD cards. When using your phone for business purposes, storage might be a deciding factor as it means you can have access to more data on the go.

Design

This might not matter too much to some people, but the look of your phone can make a big impression in front of potential clients. You do not want to turn up with a smashed screen after all! Unfortunately, nowadays most smartphones look the same, with many Android phones popping up that are like the once-innovative iPhone design.

Operating speed

Again, this one may go to the Android, where you are more likely to get more bang for your buck. As Apple has such a loyal customer base, in part due to their synchronised hardware system, this means that they perhaps do not innovate as much as an Android company. Because of their brand loyalty, iPhones do not usually have as good specifications as the latest model of Android.

Security

Above all else, it is important to make sure that your phone has good security. Constantly updating your phone’s OS can go a long way to ensuring that bugs and holes are fixed as soon as possible. However, this works on the assumption of trust- that you are who you say you are, and that the OS will only allow you to do things that are safe.

A Zero Trust architecture is a secure way to eliminate any need for trust from your network through a ‘never trust, always verify’ premise. Provided it passes the identity and device health checks, the user will be able to access any corporate resources they need for their job, without giving them full access to the network. Users also retain their privacy as the model allows you to separate theirs and the company’s data if required. It is a priority for businesses to ensure their device OS’s are secure, and Zero Trust’s ultimate goal is to protect corporate data, making it an attractive solution.

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