iOS 9 beta vs Android M Developer Preview (Video)

What’s the best part of these early days of what sure feels like summer? Grilling out in the backyard? Taking trips to the beach with friends? We guess that stuff’s pretty dope, but for our money, the hot thing to do right now is checking out some next-gen mobile platforms.

Over the last few days, both Google and Apple have released the earliest public-facing editions of their forthcoming mobile releases, as the Android M developer preview and the first iOS 9 beta become available to testers. Apples and oranges they may be, but with both bringing some much-anticipated changes to their respective platforms, we’re eager to take a look at each.

And look we did, loading up both previews on a pair of waiting tablets. Does the new split-screen multitasking mode in iOS 9 put Android to shame? Do the user-configurable app permissions in Android M give Google an advantage over Apple for privacy advocates (or do Google’s data-hungry practices cancel that out)? And what about the changes to the voice-powered virtual assistants on both? Watch on to see what we found out when putting these two operating systems head to head.

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!