Or how a third-party app or a customized ROM might do them. An alternative being available for one brand name– or ROM or app– is not universal. Yes, Im conscious your Android phone may currently have some of these options, but I d like to see them there for all Android users.
With App Clips, Apple is essentially copying Instant Apps, a function thats been on Android for years, but making it more helpful from the get-go. That suggests you might use a bike sharing service or get on a public train by scanning a code and authorizing a payment, all without downloading the services app.
Limited area and contact sharing with apps.
AirPods currently have fun with Apple devices much better than many Bluetooth buds ever could with Android– the only ones that come close are those with Fast Pair and there are just a model or 2 offered. Now, AirPods need to likewise switch flawlessly between iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches (if theyre set with the exact same iCloud account), so you can put down your phone, choose up your iPad, begin playing something, and the buds will instantly know to get their audio from there. Its like Bluetooth Multipoint, but on another level and with more than 2 devices.
Apples Home app continues to run laps around Googles. The app is a genuine dashboard for things youve installed around your home (and not simply a half-baked shortcut to some features for some product types just, while others are mysteriously missing but reveal up in other places). With iOS 14, Apples Home experience is getting better.
The app will also contextually suggest controls or scenes in the early morning, evening, or when you get home, and itll emerge recommended actions when you initially established a brand-new gadget. Say you set up a brand-new patio light, youll get a pop-up that recommends turning it off when you leave, and on when you get home or if a neighboring motion sensor is set off. In contrast, we still dont have any kind of automation in the Google Home app or in Assistant. Sigh.
Maps cycling and downloadable guides.
Every year, around Apple WWDC time, I like taking off my Android geek and fan cap, putting it aside, and enjoying what our friends-slash-rivals from Cupertino are doing for their users. While a couple of years ago, I mayve enjoyed discussions about which OS was remarkable, these days Im mellower and more practical.
Thats why I have a good time enjoying WWDCs main keynote. I expect Apple to implement a couple of features that Ive been wanting on Android for several years, and to include a couple of innovative and obvious alternatives that I never understood I needed and now cant get out of my head. With that in mind, Ill share with you the 18 iOS (and iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS) features that I wish to see on Android one day soon.
Comparing Apple Watch to Wear OS is downright uncomfortable, so Ill simply state I truly liked the idea of the shareable watch faces (some Wear OS apps like Facer and Pujie attempted that, but the feature is missing on the platform level), the brand-new exercise tracking capabilities for dance and core training, and the automatic hand-washing detection. Use OS recently added a hand-washing feature, but you either have to by hand open it or rely on the notice.
iPadOS UI and Pencil improvements.
In my side of the world, individuals utilize voice messages far more than typing because theyre faster, more individual, and do not require knowledge of several alphabets. However Google Assistant still does not play nice with these. It doesnt let you listen to received audio clips from any messenger, and just supports sending them with WhatsApp– no Google Messages, Telegram, or any other service. (And even the WhatsApp implementation is finicky.).
In contrast, Apple simply added the capability to send out a voice recording on iMessage by means of Siri, and Im sure itll work better than whatever hacky mishmash Google currently has with WhatsApp. Theres no reference of playing these notes, but I would not be shocked if Siri gets that prior to Assistant ever does.
Threads in group messages.
Ugh, why …
We already had currently and this and this and all of this in the Google app and widget on Android, but they however removed toward gotten rid of second half of 2019 and havent come back since. In the meantime, iOS 14 simply leapfrogged Android with a universal search bar that launches apps, discovers contacts and files, filters through individual notes, opens sites, and brings up answers to weather and maps and other general concerns.
App Store shared Subscriptions and iaps
Apple is also putting personal privacy front and center in app listings on the App Store, so that before you even download a new piece of software application on your phone or tablet, you understand what to anticipate: which data is used to track you throughout apps & & services, which part of that data is connected to you, and which part is collected but in an anonymous method. For now, devs have to self-report this, and theres no informing what occurs if they lie, but its a terrific very first action towards more openness from them.
More Carplay app types.
Ugh, why …
We already had this and this and this and all of this in the Google app and widget on Android, but they however removed toward gotten rid of second half of 2019 and havent come have not since. In the meantime, iOS 14 simply leapfrogged Android with a universal search bar that introduces apps, discovers contacts and files, filters through individual notes, opens sites, and brings up answers to weather and maps and other basic questions. With App Clips, Apple is essentially copying Instant Apps, a feature thats been on Android for years, however making it more helpful from the get-go. For apps (looking at you, Facebook), devs will have to ask for your consent prior to they can track you across other apps and sites to serve you much better ads. Be it all the Pencil functions or the brand-new app UIs that make a much better use of the bigger screen, Apple knows what its doing with its pieces.
Presently, the Play Store Family Library supports sharing of acquired apps, video games, books, motion pictures, and TV shows. Plenty of apps utilize in-app purchases or memberships for their paid designs, and those cant be provided to your considerable other, kids, or parents. They need to buy them once again. Apple utilized to have the very same restriction, but is now offering devs the choice to enable in-app purchases and subscriptions sharing with relative or not. Some devs might not enable this, however at least the choice exists, and users may end up saving a quite cent.
Widget stacks and clever stack
iOS 14 enhanced group discussions in iMessage with plenty of fun features, but a truly beneficial one stood apart. Rather of revealing replies like WhatsApp or Telegram do, Apple will show these as Slack-style threads. No more going scrolling up and down to see and follow the conversation who responded to what; you simply tap the main message and get everything that followed in a drifting view. Given, this wish is more of a particular messaging platform one instead of an Android one, however it stuck with me.
A better clever house experience.
Currently, Auto supports third-party messaging, music, and (some) mapping apps. Carplay had a similar scope, however has now added assistance for third-party parking, EV charging, and fast food-ordering apps.
Shareable and controllable vehicle keys.
Theres no denying that Apples car key demonstration with BMW was one of the highlights of WWDC. It reminded me a lot of my Nuki wise door lock and its restricted and momentary shared virtual key features.
We know Google is working on letting our phones replace drivers passports and licenses, but for many individuals, cars and truck keys are utilized and needed daily, making them a more appealing item to digitize.
Smooth Airpods gadget switching.
Privacy continues to be a huge talking point in both Apples and Googles OS updates, and iOS 14 is no various. The very first feature that struck me was the option to share an approximate place with apps, which would be excellent for searching for neighboring restaurants or stores, or discovering some locally-specific content without giving away your exact place.
The second is even more interesting and wasnt pointed out at the keynote: you can now deny access to your contacts to third-party apps, however utilize your keyboard to type specific names and get their phone number, email, or address address to share. Its a targeted autofill that occurs on-device and eventually only shares with the app what you actively type and send, not your complete address book. Cool.
Less tracking from apps & & sites
Google as soon as had a good travel planning app called Trips that it shut down in favor of a website. Most of the functions were maintained in the web variation, however one was release: the downloadable travel plans and guides. Now Apple is adding guides in its maps app and has made them simple to download and save for offline use, i.e. ideal for travel.
The brand-new biking functions in Apple Maps are interesting too. Sure, theyre restricted to a couple of cities, however I like how thoughtful the application is with bike courses, elevation (Google has those in a couple of cities too, not all), plus street busyness and warnings for high slopes and stairs. As far as I can tell, Google does not provide the latter choices in any city.
Ubiquitous and powerful App Clips.
I keep telling my Android Police colleagues that Android tablets arent that bad and just do what I need them to do. However then Apple occurs and reveals features that are so far ahead of anything Android or Chrome offer on tablets and I have to shut up a little and face the music. Be all of it the Pencil features or the new app UIs that make a better usage of the larger screen, Apple understands what its doing with its slabs. I d enjoy to have these same capabilities on Android one day, however well, Im a practical person, and I know thats not going to take place.
tvOS multi-user and house controls.
With every iteration, iOS and Android are becoming more effective and more similar, however theyre also still diverging in a few ever-shifting methods. Apple continues to do intriguing things for its mobile platforms, things that will ideally ripple through to our side one day, simply like much of Googles Android modifications have made their way to iOS and its bigger environment throughout the years. Still, the Cupertino giants vertical combination of hardware and software, plus its big portfolio of tightly-consolidated products, is a significantly enticing offering. Its OK to be a little envious of that.
Apple made a big hoopla about its widget assistance on iOS 14, however one specific aspect caught my attention: the stacks. Instead of littering your homescreen with various widget shapes and colors, you can develop a stack of numerous widgets by dragging one on top of the other, then swipe through them. So if you use a local music gamer, a streaming service, an audiobook app, and a podcast player, you can have a single stack of audio widgets. Oh what I d offer to have this on Android!
Theres also a “Smart Stack” that surfaces the widget you need based upon your context (time, place, activity) utilizing on-device AI. It sounds like Googles At a glance widget for Pixels, but with a lot of extra oomph since its not restricted to a couple of kinds of data.
PIP resizing and minimizing
Picture-in-picture shown up in Android with Oreo, but hasnt changed much ever since: drag, expand, close. Theres the promise of freeform windows on Android, however its still a developer function and so far not as classy or useful as PIP. Apple simply implemented PIP in iOS 14, however is providing 2 additional functions from the start: pinch-to-zoom to resize the floating window and an easy way to minimize it off the screen then bring it back.
Sending voice messages with Siri
Im already envious of correct multi-user support on Apple TV, which in contrast, is an aggravating experience on Android TELEVISION. Now Apple has actually gone and included its Arcade gaming service to it, so specific players can quickly continue where they left off in each video game, a boon for roommates, families, or pals. There are also improvements to smart house controls, which are only accessible by means of Assistant on Android TV– if it works– and the alternative to send your Apple TELEVISION audio to two AirPods to enjoy your material without keeping the entire home awake.
. Continuing with the personal privacy style, both sites and apps will be much better scrutinized in iOS 14. For sites, Safaris brand-new personal privacy report shows cross-site trackers and can likewise block them. For apps (looking at you, Facebook), devs will have to ask for your approval prior to they can track you across other apps and sites to serve you much better advertisements. Neither Chrome nor Android use that level of control.
App personal privacy details in the App Store.