Despite what Apple says, the Android device is not so bad. Many smartphones, like the Moto G cost less and work faster than the available devices on iOS. But some components like the camera in the “phones” costing up to $200 successfully compete with the top Apple solutions.
The last few years, Google has actively worked to improve the interface of Android, bringing to mind many aspects of proprietary software shell. Ten of them would be the perfect addition to the upcoming iOS 10.
10. A more flexible approach to security and accounting location
For many years Apple hinted at the possibility of changing the functionality of the iOS depending on where the user is located, whether it be office, school or car. Android offers two versions of this function. Smart Lock automatically disables the password authentication on the lock screen when the device is in a “trusted location”. For example, when you connect your smartphone via Bluetooth in the car or in connected mode with “smart” clock. The second is implemented by individual manufacturers like Motorola and allows you to change the functionality of the mode of alerts depending on where the device is and even how it is oriented in space.
9. Animated Wallpaper
Possible configuration of desktop Wallpaper operating system Google has long superior to iOS. Android allows you to change the image with a couple of taps. In addition, you can use fully animated 3D or 2D Wallpaper. The original set of dynamic and static background pictures Apple extremely limited, so in the eyes of many consumers, Android wins in this aspect.
8. Support for multiple users
OS X supports multiplayer mode. Starting with Android 5.0, the owners of many devices got the ability to create multiple accounts. Perhaps this function is more suited to tablets than to smartphones, nevertheless it allows you to safely transmit mobile device to another user. It is assumed that this feature in iOS is under development.
7. Customizable desktop size, folders, widgets
iOS has set the standard appearance of the home screen that provides an easy way to create folders. But Android has gone further and offers ample opportunities to configure the location of the icons on the home screen and a more rational use of workspace phones. Apple should definitely add flexibility inherent in the platform of Google: to make the folders more convenient to add the possibility to change the size of icons.
Widgets – one of the main features of the interface Android. Interactive elements can be mounted on the desktop, expanding its functionality. The user may make the home screen big clock, favorite contacts, tape Facebook, latest incoming messages, shortcuts for pre-defined routes Navigator, etc.
6. Unlimited cloud Google Photo
Apple motivates to purchase a subscription for additional space in iCloud, explaining that users do not have enough space for backups and photos. Google allows you to store settings and optimized versions of photos in unlimited numbers even on the low end Android devices.
5. Virtual buttons
Many Apple fans can agree on that, but stay away from physical buttons in favor of virtual was enabled to get rid of a “chin” Android devices without sacrificing functionality. In iOS 9 appeared virtual Back button in the top left corner of the screen, but it is not as intuitive and easy as on Android. The rejection of the Home button will increase the screen size while maintaining the dimensions of the iPhone. In the end, for the Touch ID sensor, you can find another location.
4. Google Now
Assistant from Google automatically suggests cards with contextual information about navigation, weather, news, events and much more. Apple has tried to implement similar features in iOS 9 using Proactive Assistant. But the final result is only vaguely reminiscent of Google Now. Apple needs to do a lot of work to create a real alternative to Google assistant.
3. Set up alerts about emergencies
On iOS and Android, there is support for “state of alert” (alert system for missing children or AMBER about the hurricanes and other natural disasters), but Android is much more flexible configuration with the ability to limit its work during the night hours, whereas iOS is implemented in an “all or nothing”. Such unexpected notifications can scare the user while driving or sleeping. Android allows you to share alerts on serious and extreme, to disable the vibration and choose how often to receive notifications. Apple could learn from Google’s approach on this issue.
2. A DayDream Mode
Screensavers can be not only beautiful but also useful. Android offers users the DayDream feature, which allows you to display information on the screen while charging. When connected to the docking station can display a clock or news feed. DayDream includes the dials, animated Wallpaper, photo gallery and other content. Apple could borrow the feature, as it allows the gadget to be useful even in those moments when he does nothing.
1. The status bar in Mac style
Presenting a first graphical user interface, Apple has reserved the status bar at the top of the screen for the menu options. During the development of this line in the Mac has got additional indicators and icons hours, search, notification center. This space in iOS remains almost empty, and used elements in the form of the name of the mobile operator or the battery percentage seem to be superfluous. Android uses the status bar for various system notifications, third-party apps, status download files, complete the installation of the software. More opportunities for this area would be a useful addition to iOS 10.
And what Android features would you like to see in iOS 10?