Android or Apple....What's the difference?

Many of the devices you see in this wiki are run on two different mobile operating systems, Google's Android or Apple's iOS. Mobile operating system run hand held devices such as smart phones, eBooks, and tablets. There are many other operating systems in use for mobile devices such as RIM (Blackberry), Windows Mobile and Phone (Microsoft), and Palm webOS. While the design focus started out for use of smart phones, Android and iOS are now being used to run devices such as eBooks and tablet computers. Here is a brief explanation of both systems so you have an understanding of what the devices they are made with can do.

android_logo.gif Android is an open-source software stack (operating system, middleware, and apps) for mobile devices, and a corresponding open-source project led by Google. Android was created in response to experiences launching mobile apps. Google wanted to make sure that there was no central point of failure, so that no industry player can restrict or control the innovations of any other. That's why Google created Android, and made its source code open. (source: Android Open Source Project)

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Android Open Source Project

Not sure what Open Source means? Here's a definition.
Definition of Open Source Code

apple_logo_1.jpgApple iOs is software stack with a Unix-like operating system and other components owned and developed by Apple. It was created originally for the iPhone, but now has been used for other Apple products including the iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV. Apple owns the rights to their software, but allows others to buy the rights to develop apps for their products. The idea behind iOS is that it's operating system carries over to each device, so there is more consistency in operation. This helps not only with the average user, but also with users who have the need for assistive technology. (source: Wikipedia)