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Ready, Set, Go! Cellhire is ready for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games

Today, July 24th, is the date the Tokyo Olympics 2020 would have started – had it not been for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cellhire would have been there, with its Tokyo office and support channels, as a provider of thousands of high-speed mobile data connections, and low-cost calling, to athletes, journalists and broadcasters, spectators, sponsors, officials and VIPs.

AllTalk AppCellhire has huge experience in supplying and supporting such services to global, regional and national sports events. The company was geared up for the Tokyo Olympics with an expanded Tokyo office, online and offline support and a new Cellhire-trademarked product, AllTalk.

AllTalk is its new VoIP-based app for providing low cost calling during the Olympics and, thereafter, to businesses and the public sector in the UK and beyond.

International Olympic Committee [IOC] “fully committed”

In line with what the IOC hopes will happen next year, and with an eye on the control of the pandemic, Cellhire has resumed planning for the Olympics. To quote the BBC and other media this month, “Tokyo 2020: IOC ‘fully committed’ to rescheduled Olympics taking place in 2021”.

Japan-Skyline

When Tokyo 2020 happens, it will be during July and August next year, potentially with a pared down version, although that may change nearer the time. Some 600,000 spectators/tourists had been expected for Tokyo 2020.

Enabling live broadcasts and reports

Cellhire will be there to support those all-important mobile data connections and hardware, which enable live broadcasts to happen regardless of location.

For the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan Cellhire provided individuals and organisations with local Japanese SIM cards, thousands of data comms connections, smartphones, mobile hotspots, satellite devices and other value-added telecoms services.

Why choose Cellhire?

JP-StadiumHaving had a long-standing presence in Japan since 2005, Cellhire is experienced in providing first-class telecoms services in the Japanese market. With access to two local Japanese networks, Docomo and Softbank, and monitoring of the 5G roll out, Cellhire can ensure full country coverage on exclusive rates for attendees requiring bespoke voice and data packages.

As previously announced, Cellhire has relocated and upsized its central Tokyo offices to better accommodate its customers during the event. The utilisation of the new, bigger office premises will allow for optimised on-ground support and next day delivery, providing excellent customer service and support during the event.

Support

JP-SupportFor the Olympics next year Cellhire will be providing in-country support with a technical support team available 24/7. SIM and device requirements will be delivered in advance of the event, and customers will be able to make use of services such as address book programming to ensure they are action-ready upon arrival in Japan.

Cellhire is ready for the Tokyo Olympic Games to happen safely next year and is looking forward to supporting its loyal customers at the event. Are you prepared?

To discuss your mobile voice and data requirements for Japan, and to view the complete event offer, please contact your local Cellhire office.

Cellhire UK
t: +44 (0)1904 610610
e: ukevents@cellhire.com

Cellhire USA
t: +1 214 355 5200
e: usevents@cellhire.com

Cellhire France
t: +33 (0) 1 41 43 79 40
e: frevents@cellhire.com

Cellhire Germany
t: +49 (0) 7621 94 05 48 0
e: deevents@cellhire.com

Cellhire Japan
t: +81 (0) 3 6206 3319
e: jpevents@cellhire.com

 

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Double success for local global telecom specialist Cellhire at York Business Week 2019.

York based global telecommunications provider Cellhire, has once again been named in York’s Top 100 Businesses, and additionally, has been recognised with the Global Reach Award this year for its international success.

On receiving the Global Reach Award and being listed in York’s Top 100 Businesses, Cellhire Group Chief Executive Officer, Martyn Stevens said “It’s a great honour to be recognised by our founding city, York, for not only our Global Reach, but also as a Top 100 Business. Although we are a global company, we thrive on the success of local enterprise. York has provided a fantastic backdrop for much of our international success.”

York Top 100 2019 - Global Reach Award - Cellhire

“Our success globally is reinforced by our revenues, with over 40% originating from outside the UK.”

“It was exciting for us to take part in many other events during York Business Week, including attending the Business Conference at York Racecourse where representatives met with key partners and business leaders.”

With offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan, the Company holds over 50 direct mobile partnerships with network operators globally, allowing access to global networks to provide local, short and long-term mobile communications.

Experts in the field, Cellhire has provided mobile connectivity to leading companies worldwide including media associations such as beIN SPORTS, Fox, NBC, TF1, BBC and ITV. The company also has a number of long-standing white label partnerships with MNOs including Orange France, Verizon USA, O2 Telefónica UK and BT, where it is trusted to operate services under the network’s brand.

With its large availability of networks, Cellhire operates a reseller model, providing global network coverage to many other telecom companies, the biggest markets being the UK, and Japan where Cellhire has been operating for almost 15 years.

As a B2C channel, Cellhire operates a highly successful and scalable distribution model, under its dataroam brand, through the Fulfilment by Amazon Network, leveraging the global footprint of Amazon’s warehouses.

Anticipating future success, the Company has plans to set up a base in Qatar, using the 2022 World Cup to “springboard” its expansion plans into the Middle East.

About Cellhire

Cellhire, a leading Global Service Provider of mobile communications, offers an easy way for businesses to stay connected when travelling around the world.

Established in 1987, the Group has offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany and Japan. Partnering with network operators globally, Cellhire provides short and long-term mobile communication services to leading companies worldwide.

The Company is committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service which is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire is Investors in People (IIP) certified and won the highly coveted Queen’s Award for International Enterprise, as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of mobile communication solutions for events around the world.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

England and Wales, 30th May – 14th July 2019

The quadrennial flagship event for international cricket is said to be one of the world’s most viewed sporting events. This year sees the competition return to England and Wales for the first time in 20 years, with host country England battling it out on day 1 against South Africa at The Oval, London.

Cricket World Cup Trophy
Cricket World Cup Trophy

The current reigning champions Australia, are the most successful team so far, winning 5 of the 11 tournaments since the format began in 1975.

On 29th May 2019, The ICC Cricket World Cup will open in style with the Opening Party. Held in Central London in front of Buckingham Palace on The Mall, music and culture will be broadcast globally to celebrate cricket. Keeping the live entertainment a total surprise, the ICC promises famous faces and a night to remember, that cricket and non-cricket fans will enjoy.

Cellhire will be expertly connecting media, teams and fans alike, with super-fast mobile data speeds, thanks to its partnerships with all of the UK’s leading mobile networks. It’s not too late to secure your connectivity, talk to an expert today.

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CONMEBOL Copa América 2019

Brazil, 14th June – 7th July 2019

Taking place in the largest country in South America, Brazil; 2019 will be the 46th tournament of the Copa América.

Since 1993, the 12 team line up has been be made up of 10 South American teams and two guest teams; this year Japan and Qatar have been invited to join, due to close links with the Asian Football Confederation.

This is Qatar’s debut appearance, becoming the first Arab nation to play in the tournament and will give the country exposure to a higher standard of football ahead of the 2022 World Cup to be hosted in Qatar.

Japan, having last played in 1999, will be making their second appearance and will be sending a full-strength, senior squad, after originally considering playing an under-23 team, in preparation of Tokyo 2020. Sending their best will strengthen the team on foreign soil and will put them in good stead for the Summer Olympics.

It goes without saying, Cellhire will be providing many local and international media, sponsors and teams with mobile connectivity for the duration of the tournament. If you’re yet to secure your connectivity, or are looking for a contingency solutions, speak to the Cellhire Events Team today.

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2020 Summer Olympics

Tokyo, Japan, 24th July to 9th August 2020

Tokyo is no stranger to the Summer Olympics, having previously hosted the Games in 1964. As the first Olympics held in Asia, the 1964 Games welcomed 163 events in 19 sports, in 25 different disciplines, and saw Japan come third in the medal total behind the United States and the Soviet Union.

Roll forward 56 years, and the seasoned hosts will be marking the return of the Summer Olympics, now featuring 339 events in 33 sports and 50 disciplines, becoming the only Asian city to host the Olympics twice.

Whilst still a host city candidate, Japan intensified its bid by lighting up its infamous Tokyo Tower, demonstrating the Nation’s love of colour and light, with the colours of the Olympic Rings and the numbers ‘2020’, and has since lit up numerous other towers around the city to celebrate key milestones in the countdown to the Games.

Tokyo Tower

Bidding for the 29th edition of the Games saw Japan beat candidate cities Istanbul and Madrid, as well as applicant cities Baku and Doha to the finish line; winning with 60 votes to 36, and only after a head-to-head with Istanbul.

Country upgrade

With 400 billion Japanese yen ($3.67bn) set aside to cover the cost of hosting the Games, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is funding huge construction and infrastructure projects right across the city. Renovations to existing stadia as well as brand new venues are being added to the line-up. What once was the Olympic Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies would be held, has been knocked down and is being rebuilt at the cost of 155 billion yen ($1.23bn) and branded as the ‘National Stadium’. The Tokyo Aquatics Centre is also being built and is said to demonstrate impressive architecture and innovative engineering, due to be complete by February 2020.

It’s not just the venues that are getting a spruce up, the Japanese rail-ways will be getting upgraded and local heritage sites that are expected to attract thousands of tourists over the duration of the Games are getting renovated.

Technology

Digital technologies including robotics and ticketless entry into events, namely, the very latest facial recognition, are already exciting the technology geeks and terrifying the privacy advocates amongst us. Cutting-edge robots will provide assistant to spectators, including carrying food and drink, providing event information and guiding people to their seats, in another Olympic first. While self-driving taxis will be making a debut appearance transporting athletes and tourists around the city and between venues.

Support Robot

Tokyo 2020’s organising committee is committed to actively involving local communities in the preparations of Tokyo 2020 Games, the medals project is no acceptation. Precious metals such as gold, silver and bronze are being recovered and recycled from discarded e-waste such as mobile phones, old tablets, laptops and gadgets, and are being forged into Olympic Medals as a statement of the Games sustainability.

On March 19th 2019, the torch and torch relay logo were unveiled. The torch and its emblem will feature strongly in the build-up to the event throughout Japan, and bears the motif of a cherry blossom, Japan’s best-loved and most familiar flower. Using the same aluminium extrusion technology as used in the manufacturing process of the famous Japan bullet trains, the Torch is constructed from aluminium waste from temporary housing built in the aftermath of Fukushima Earthquake.

Cellhire is going for gold

With just over a year to go until Tokyo 2020 begins, and plenty of recce travel already taking place, Cellhire advises journalists, athletes and fans to plan ahead and save on mobile data costs when in Japan by ordering prior to travel.

With offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan, attendees, including TV and radio broadcasters, from all over the world can receive SIM cards, smartphones, mobile hotspots and other value-added telecoms and services ahead of time. The Japan office is also on hand, post departure, with local, on-ground support, next day delivery in parts of Japan and online support, which will guarantee excellent customer response times and help minimise potential “bill-shock”.

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Cellhire makes charitable donation to Unicef

Global mobile communications provider Cellhire, has made a charitable donation to Unicef.

Rather than sending Christmas cards and corporate gifts to customers, Cellhire made the decision to contribute £2019 to support Unicef’s relief efforts in Yemen, to help keep children safe.

More than three years of fighting has pushed Yemen to the brink of collapse. The children there are currently caught up in one of the world’s most complex and destructive humanitarian crises and are paying a heavy price. Currently, 8 out of 10 children require emergency aid. No place in Yemen is safe for children.

Unicef is on the ground working around the clock to protect children in Yemen. Since the start of the crisis, they have helped to reach more than 4 million children with over 3,000 tonnes of life-saving supplies, including life-saving therapeutic food, safe drinking water and health care supplies.

Why Unicef?

Established in 1946, Unicef has been protecting and promoting children’s rights for 70 years.

Unicef is the leading organisation working for children. They ensure more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation, and have done more to influence laws and policies to help protect children than anyone else.

Yemen is facing a major humanitarian crisis. Right now, 11.3 million children in Yemen are in danger. A devastating conflict has left children and families in urgent need of food, water and medical supplies. A donation to Unicef can help keep a child safe.

To read more about Unicef’s aid work for children in danger, please go to www.unicef.org.uk

Donations 

Individuals can make donations online – https://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/yemen/

About Cellhire

Cellhire, a leading Global Service Provider of mobile communications, offers an easy way for businesses to stay connected when travelling around the world.

Established in 1987, the Group has offices in the UK, USA, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. Partnering with network operators globally, Cellhire provides short and long term mobile communication services to leading companies worldwide.

The Company is committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service which is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire is Investors in People (IIP) certified and won the highly coveted Queen’s Award for International Enterprise, as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of mobile communication solutions for events around the world.

For more information, see www.cellhire.info

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Telecommunications Specialist Cellhire Qualifies for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals in Russia

July 9th 2018. York, UK. Global telecommunications provider Cellhire is excited to be providing mobile connectivity to semi-finalists England, France and Belgium at the Russia 2018 semi-finals this week (July 10th and July 11th), and wishes them all luck.

Cellhire has already provided thousands of 4G voice/video and data connections to many of the World Cup teams and their support staff, global media organisations and attendees at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Teams and attendees have benefitted from secure, high-speed data connections and reliable, low cost calls provided by Cellhire.

TV and radio broadcasters, along with print and online newspapers, are utilising Cellhire’s SIM cards, smartphones, MiFi devices (portable, highly secure wireless routers) and other value-added telecoms and services.

The company will provide the same service to whichever of England, France or Belgium reach the World Cup Final, as well as to media organisations and attendees at the event. Cellhire will do likewise for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan next year. Cellhire has a long-established presence in Japan and is already working on plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“We’re really honoured and excited to be supporting the best football teams and media organisations in the world. The volume of data that customers have used at the event so far has been astronomical and is expected to peak at around 50 terabytes usage during the final,” says Cellhire CEO Martyn Stevens. “We have an excellent track record in the sports and entertainment fields for providing data connections and telecom solutions through the close relationship we have with network providers around the world.

“In total, we have provided many tens of thousands of connections at major events, allowing the media to have fast, reliable and secure voice, video and data communications links to their audiences” Stevens adds.

About Cellhire

Founded in York in 1987, Cellhire is a specialist global service provider. The company’s success is built on providing the very best wireless solutions available anywhere and the company prides itself on being easy to do business with. Cellhire is a leading supplier to organisers, businesses and attendees during events such as the Olympics, Paralympics and Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cups, UEFA Euro Finals, the Tour de France, Wimbledon and Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005 Cellhire won the Queen’s Award for International Enterprise as a result of its success as a specialist in the delivery of communications solutions for events around the world. The company’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service is underlined by its continued attainment of ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality standard. Cellhire has service agreements with more than 100 network partners in more than 40 countries, ensuring coverage is truly global. More at cellhire.info.

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What is 5G, how can it be used and why do you need it?

5G to those inexperienced in the technology field refers to fifth generation mobile networks and is essentially a development upon the previous mobile network generation. With that in mind and many new features and benefits promised with the introduction of 5G, it is no surprise that the launch is eagerly anticipated! Therefore this blogpost has been carefully designed to provide you with essential details surrounding 5G, ranging from its release date to how it could benefit you.

When will 5G become available?

The 5G networks are already in the testing phase of their development and it is expected that the earliest 5G ready smartphones could enter the market later in 2018, with 5G becoming more widespread in spring 2019. With that said it could be just 9 months before 5G becomes readily available for you (too long to wait, we know!).  The US as a nation is lucky enough to be one of the opening beneficiaries of 5G, alongside other countries such as China, Japan and South Korea- hopefully that makes the long and anxious wait for 5G that little bit easier!

What speeds will 5G offer its users?

Consumers lucky enough to access 5G in the near future will be able to take advantage of significantly increased speeds than those offered by the predecessor 4G. Users currently operating a device equipped with 4G connections can benefit from theoretical network speeds of up to 300Mbps on an advanced 4G LTE Network (is it really that slow?), whereas 5G will provide smartphone users with download speeds potentially over 100 times as fast (we are being serious, I promise!). Such speedy connections will facilitate the connection of multiple Internet of Things solutions such as Smart Receptions and Buildings. For those enjoying leisure and free time, the transition to the 5G Network will also be beneficial for streaming video content- almost eliminating the inconvenient stresses of buffering and lag time.

Broadband Solutions

Tired of unreliable broadband or WiFi connections in your home? Are you forever waiting for files to download or emails to send? You could be in luck, 5G is sure to form a welcome addition into your life! The introduction of 5G into the market is being heavily tipped as an eventual replacement service for your current home internet service- could this be the answer to all your internet speed problems? The honest answer is yes, but you could have to wait a while longer (quite a while longer!) with progress on this development very much in the trial stage, although both AT&T and Verizon having invested heavily into this.

What can 5G achieve?

It is suspected 5G will be pivotal to achieving a wide range of technological enhancements, with uses ranging from practicalities to leisure activities. One leisure activity in particular where 5G can be used to improve the overall user experience is that of Virtual Reality or VR for short. Virtual Reality is a concept that has been developing continually for a number of years, however it is alleged that with the introduction of a 5G network, users of VR will be able to benefit from access to live chats in real worlds- indicating further advancements in VR. On a level of practicality, 5G can be used to enhance the functionality of self-driving cars. Once launched 5G is suspected to speed up the development of self-driving cars, with each vehicle being equipped with sensors- facilitating communication with other vehicles and also the ability to track location. With that said 5G provides the perfect opportunity to avoid that awkward conversation with a taxi driver!

Alter your Data Plan!

Whilst it is apparent 5G will bring a wide range of advantages to those fortunate enough to access it, it will be a heavy form of data consumption (don’t say we didn’t warn you!). It is foreseen that the benefits associated with 5G will mean that the fifth generation of mobile networks will be nothing short of a data guzzler! People who regularly use up or exceed their current data plan, would consume their entire month’s data allowance in under a week, should they use 5G to the same extent and with the same sized data bundle- you have been warned!  5G is incoming, it’s time to start saving!

Upgrade your Phone!

In order to have access to a 5G connection, you will be required to upgrade to a device that is capable of supporting 5G. It is heavily anticipated that most devices launched and available for sale/rental from 2019 will be compatible with 5G, therefore by the time 5G becomes widespread, identifying a device capable of supporting 5G will be straightforward. Whilst having to upgrade to a new device may involve higher financial implications, the benefits of using 5G will definitely make your investment worthwhile- just think of those download speeds!

 

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What is Iridium Certus and how can it be used?

Introducing Iridium Certus

Exciting news is set to arrive in the telecoms industry, with Earth surface wide providers of voice and data coverage to satellite phones, Iridium, pledging to invest $3 billion into researching and developing an upgrade of their satellite network. The proposed development which is set to be the biggest of Iridium’s Satellite Network in 20 years, is believed to be available as early as June 2018, although it is not expected that all desired services will be fully functional by then. Iridium has aptly named this development Certus (which is originally derived from Latin and translates to mean translates ‘sure’ or ‘certain’).  With a $3 billion upgrade on the cards, it’s time to find out what’s involved and how Iridium Certus will be used- and above all will it prove to be a ‘certain’ success!

How does it work?

The $3 billion revamp of Iridium’s satellite network, will focus on creating a brand new network of brand new satellites located in the earths low orbit (66 to be precise!), which is enabled by the Iridium NEXT. It has been estimated that Iridium Certus will be capable of providing its users with broadband speeds reaching the dizzy heights of 1.4 Mbps (this is astoundingly fast for Satellite!). The aforementioned 66 low orbit satellites, coupled with L-band transmissions from its user ensures that the Certus network will not be damaged or interrupted as a result of adverse weather conditions. On top of this, through using L-band connectivity, Iridium Certus intends to provide an innovative broadband service, designed to serve the entire earth- you really can stay connected wherever you are!

Where will it work?

The innovative nature of Iridium Certus combined with a great deal of research and development has enabled Iridium to provide a service with capabilities facilitating usage over both land and sea, as well as taking you to aviation heights! With that said, you’ll struggle to find an industry unable to take advantage of Certus’ perks!

Land: With a goal of connecting the entire planet, Iridium Certus could prove to be an imperative tool across multiple industries, with almost every land based sector catered for. It is envisaged that Iridium Certus will provide a perfect solution whether its service is required for personal, commercial or military usage. The versatility of Iridium Certus will guarantee connection in the remotest of locations aiding deliveries and the like for individual and corporate purposes- worried about a lost delivery, never again! Another core user able to benefit from Iridium Certus is response units and will prove to serve as an effective means of communication during day to day emergencies. Additionally Iridium Certus will be paramount to response units addressing periods of crisis and natural disasters; not only will this facilitate situational awareness, it will also allow for potential lifesaving information to be transferred. Furthermore, Iridium intends for Certus to be used in Military training exercises before being incorporated into military operations. Is there really a land based situation where Iridium Certus can’t be taken advantage of?

Sea: Setting sail from the shore and worrying about a lack of connection? Think again! Shipping or cruising, commercial or leisure, Iridium Certus is sure to meet your needs when sailing the seven seas. The L-band frequency incorporated into Iridium Certus means that weather will not influence the quality of connection- an essential factor to consider when out at sea! This uninterrupted access to connection provided by Certus, makes the service suitable for shipping and leisure purposes alike, ranging from navigational and sensory devices to simply checking emails or browsing the web. Iridium Certus also prides itself on being able to provide connections to businesses with off shore bases such as rigs, these are utilized by operated unmanned sensors- gone are the days of being isolated for months off shore!

Air: Internet connection whilst on the plane? Never has a long haul flight flown by quicker (pardon the aerospace pun!). It is envisaged that Iridium Certus will have the capabilities to provide high speed broadband to aircrafts. Iridium Certus provides the perfect solution to keeping both crew and travelers connected whilst in the air. The adaptability and size of Iridium Certus, has led to the design of miniature antennas sized less than 6 cm in height- this makes Certus the ideal solution for providing broadband connectivity on aircraft regardless of shape or size! With its benefits of passenger occupancy and malleable installation, the question on all of our minds really is how long will it be before Certus becomes a mainstay in air travel?

Summary

With an innovative approach fueled by extensive investment, Iridium Certus offers huge potential across a range of different fields (oceans and heights!) of industry. The ability to serve as a useful tool and provide connection to such a broad range of businesses and individuals alike, creates the perfect pre requisites to help Iridium achieve its objective of connecting the entire planet! It would be fair to say Iridium Certus is ‘sure’ to be a ‘certain’ success!

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Android or iOS: The best choice for you

Android or iOS? iPhone or other? These are questions/arguments that are hotly contested and widely debated throughout society! Whether in the office, socializing with friends or even at the family dinner table it’s a subject that’s come up before and is sure to have ended in disagreement. With that said this blogpost is designed to settle this argument once and for all- whether there’s a clear winner (we’ve all got our favourite!), or the pros and cons of both user interfaces are identified remains to be seen! As to whether we can help you have a change of heart or mind also remains to be seen- we’ll certainly aim to help you find the best choice for you!

Personal Assistant:

Talking to your smartphone and using at as a go to source of research is an increasingly popular trend- please welcome the Personal Assistant! The obvious comparison here is between the generic Personal Assistant for Android’s, Google Assistant and iOS’s Personal Assistant Siri. In Google Assistant, Android has provided the perfect solution for a standard Personal Assistant, it listens to your to your request when online or offline and provides you with an answer when connection is available. However, an interesting and engaging Personal Assistant, Google Assistant is not- step forward please Siri. Siri the favored and pre-installed Personal Assistant on all Apple devices offers a fun and interactive persona and even tells jokes when asked! All this is done whilst still meeting all the standard requirements of a Personal Assistant, such as setting reminders or searching the web. With Siri the clear winner when compared with Google Assistant, Android users will be pleased to know Google Assistant isn’t the be all and end all when it comes to Personal Assistants for your Android. Fancy trying Cortana or Bixby?

 

Affordability: What suits you?

Choosing a Smartphone and a preferred operating system often depends on factors such as budget as well as personal preference. Apple focuses on high end, high quality devices. Whilst this ensures the end consumer is provided with a luxurious high quality end product, it also prices a significant number of consumers out of the market. Alternatively, choosing Android as an operating system opens up a market offering a wider range of devices from a variety of different manufacturers. This ensures Android phones are available across a varied assortment of price brackets. Not to be outdone by a competitor Android also offers equally matched high end devices alongside cheaper alternatives. Based on their ability to provide an operating system accessible to a wider target audience Android wins this one!

Apps: Google Play vs App Store

Like with most elements of comparison between two operating systems it really is a case of personal preference, a case that is no different when it comes to apps available on each system! When comparing suitable apps for both Android and iOS, it is largely an argument of quantity or quality. On the one hand, the Google Play Store the home of Android apps proudly boasts over 3.5million apps, thus providing a wide array of choice for the end user. On the other hand the iOS equivalent, the App store lists approximately 2 million apps. Whilst this is somewhat more restrictive than the offerings of their Android counterpart, Apple’s strict guidelines ensure that users are presented with a quality all round app.  Additionally with only a limited number of iPhone models, iOS avoids the issue of app fragmentation sometimes experienced on Android devices, due to the range of manufacturers and models. Therefore regarding apps, it really is a case of whether you prefer quality or quantity- after all everyone likes a fully functioning app, don’t they? iOS edges this one (sorry Android users!).

 

Security: Accessing your smartphone

Unlocking your Smartphone offers a certain degree of variance regardless of your device or operating system. The main difference between an iOS operating device to that of an Android is the variance of unlocking features. Whilst devices operating under the Android system are restricted to just a passcode or an arranged unlocking pattern- both easily forgotten for one reason or another! Consumers using iPhones operating under Android’s counterpart iOS, are treated to a wider range of options to unlock their device, with the mundane, generic passcode being complimented by the much sought after Apple touch ID. Touch ID allows users to unlock their fingerprint; further enhancing security- after all you can’t forget your own fingerprints can you?  Isn’t technology brilliant! With iOS seemingly streets ahead of Android at present, when it comes to security and unlocking your smartphone, it would be fair to say iOS beats Android to this title!

Latest Features of the operating system:

The latest updates of each operating system Android Oreo and iOS 11 were released in August and September 2017 respectively, with both offering their eagerly awaiting consumers a range of new and exclusive features. The key feature many Android enthusiasts will be boasting about is ‘Picture-in-Picture’ (and no it’s not just two pictures!). This unique feature incorporates the ability to shrink videos or directions into a reduced thumbnail- this enables you to carry out multiple tasks on your device whilst still paying monitoring your video or navigation. A smartphone that can multitask- who said Smartphones were the new humans? Whilst a key feature offered through iOS 11, is the ability to combine Apple Pay and iMessage- it really is as simple as sending a message, an exciting prospect that all the Apple fanatics can be heard talking about. With iOS 11, paying contacts has never been easier, after all who wants to venture all the way to the bank or open a mobile banking app just to transfer a measly $5? With both Android Oreo and iOS 11, offering effective time saving features as part of their latest updates- both parties really are catering for the increasingly busy schedules of the modern smartphone user. With that said, this one is a tie!