While it seems the second quarter of 2016 has been rather lackluster as far as new phone gear goes, there is much speculation on the software coming out in September of this year. Android N will be making its debut alongside iOS 10. Both manufacturers are making several notable changes to their respective software.

With their newest release, Apple’s iOS 10 completely revamps the lock screen, allowing users to interact with apps and notifications in an “all new” manner utilizing the 3D Touch feature. With this release, Siri becomes open to 3rd party developers meaning more apps can be developed that are able to allow direct integration and offer your iPhone and iPad even more functionality. Apple also integrates Photos and Maps allowing you to view your photos by location on a map and the iOS 10 introduces a facial recognition technology, similar to the existing technology in Android's systems, allowing your photos to be grouped by people rather than albums or location. Apple also redesigns the Music and News apps to appear more refined and sleeker and refined Messages allowing for larger emojis and special effects on messages.

Google's Android 7.0 Nougat will be hosting a variety of useful features as well, such as Sustained Performance Mode (SPM). This will allow developers to identify apps that need to run at a larger level of power for long periods of time. SPM allows the developers to set performance levels that won't damage the CPU and battery. Seamless Updates will be a new feature that creates a second system image so when you reboot after downloading your next update, your device will be ready for use immediately, no more"Android is Upgrading" screen. Multi-Locale Mode now allows users to add multiple languages in order of priority, allowing the system to switch from one language to another when necessary. Multi-tasking is also getting a complete overhaul, though details are rather scarce. You will also be able to reply to messages from the lock screen, though it may not prove to be effective with a lock code. Additionally, landscape orientation will be available on home screens, similar to the way tablets function.

The way I see it, both updates seem to be offering quite a bit of new features. More significantly, Android is leaning towards fine tuning while iOS's leaning more towards fun.