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Except you’ve got been forcibly avoiding the information, you know iOS 14 is now a thing. However when you do not use an iPhone (or possibly even when you do), you won’t have bothered trying out what was new in Apple’s newest cell working system. However as fail to be principally yearly we watch the WWDC keynote, nobody on the Android Police was stunned to have one recurring thought: “hey, that characteristic seems acquainted.” Apple apparently felt very impressed by Android within the final yr, and iOS 14 has an entire bunch of “world-first” improvements to point out you that—very coincidentally!—additionally occur to be on Android. Listed here are 16 such options.
Substitute e-mail and browser default apps
This is without doubt one of the greatest modifications to land on iOS in years, and it is unbelievable that Apple did not even speak about on the occasion — in all probability as a result of it could not discover a method to point out it as a profit with out going through the plain “what took you so lengthy?” criticism. However you possibly can lastly, lastly substitute the e-mail and browser apps with your own third-party choices for actions like opening a hyperlink or composing a message instantly from one other app. (Do be aware that each one iOS net browsers are nonetheless simply Safari with a pores and skin, like they’ve all the time been, although.)
The times of foisting Safari and Mail on Google service-using clients might be over on iOS 14. It is the tip of an overly-restrictive, borderline anti-competitive period.
Widgets on the house display
iOS joins the ranks of just about each Android launcher launched since 2008 by lastly supporting widgets on the house display. That is proper, the boxed-up interactive parts from totally different apps and companies that Android customers have been utilizing for nearly twelve years are lastly coming to the iPhone’s house display.
iOS customers can even now take pleasure in forgetting Widgets are a factor.
Apple has made widgets for many of its personal apps, and it has even redesigned fairly a number of of them for this launch. (Notice that you may beforehand have widgets on a weird Today View shelf to the left of your property display, accessible by swiping over to it.) As on Android, widgets come in numerous sizes (simply three for iOS: small, medium, and enormous), and you may stack them collectively to swipe between them. There’s additionally a “Good Stack” widget that claims to robotically supply the widgets you want on the proper instances and areas that you simply’d want them.
These final two particulars are literally fairly cool, and possibly one thing Google ought to take into account bringing to Android.
“Library” is the brand new “Drawer.”
Apple can name it an “App Library,” however anybody that is ever used Android is aware of an app drawer once they’ve seen one. Like all app drawers, it lists all of the apps you’ve got put in in your cellphone. Apple’s twist is that it robotically categorizes them into particular teams like Social and Leisure (as many Android launchers do), however it’s principally simply an app drawer. And that is a very good factor. iOS has wanted an app drawer for a very long time, and the drop-everything-on-the-home-screen-and-ignore-it method is manner too 2007. In actual fact, one other App Library characteristic sounds greater than a bit of acquainted…
Steered apps within the App Library
Like Google’s Pixel Launcher and piles of different launchers on Android, the iOS launcher is choosing up instructed apps in its App Library, which dynamically exhibits apps you may want to make use of based mostly on issues like location, time, or perceived exercise.
Much less intrusive name notifications
Took Apple lengthy sufficient.
Each cellphone calls and FaceTime calls on iOS will lastly not take up all the display once they are available. As a substitute of interrupting every little thing you are doing, you’ll see them are available and both end what you are doing or reject it with out being disturbed.
With spam calls being a fairly large drawback as of late, will probably be far much less irritating not having to be solely interrupted with each name that is available in — kind of like the way it hasn’t been an issue on Android in ages.
It might need a number of options that Google continues to be engaged on for its personal implementation, however iOS has picked up Android’s Picture-in-Picture overlay. Apple’s model might be resizeable, although, and that is a trick Google’s still working on.
Wind Down mode
Apple did not even hassle to rename its new Wind Down mode for iOS, although Google has since changed its version to called “Bedtime mode.” Both manner, the characteristic is about the identical, flipping your cellphone into Do Not Disturb mode and inspiring you by way of “varied actions” to calm down earlier than mattress. Google’s model helps issues like a grayscale mode, and I might hazard that Apple contains one thing comparable. Google’s model just lately picked up a snazzy characteristic that only triggers it once it’s charging at night, although.
Acquainted sensible assistant overlay
The newly redesigned “Compact UI” for Apple’s Siri appears fairly acquainted to us. Certain, it varies in terms of particulars like animations and different aesthetic decisions, however one cannot take a look at the design and never see the Assistant overlay — particularly the brand new model that landed with Google’s Pixel 4. Apple guarantees this new interface helps you to consult with on-screen information contextually in a compact format that does not distract from the contents of your display. In different phrases: Google Assistant customers ought to really feel proper at house.
Apple Maps will get bike assist
I truthfully assumed Apple Maps already had this — fairly late.
It is loopy, however Apple Maps did not even have a biking mode. You can choose driving, strolling, mass transit, or ridesharing as transportation choices, however not a bicycle. Apple’s extremely late to this specific social gathering, however it’s choosing up a “biking” mode. Just like the mode Google Maps has had for ages, the biking mode can even let you know what kind of elevation modifications you may need to take care of, and the way busy the streets are.
It even seems acquainted.
Apple simply calls its app “Translate,” however a lot of the performance appears taken nearly instantly from Google’s Translate app. It would not sound like will probably be real-time, like Google’s app is, however it’ll have a dialog mode that seems similar to Google’s, and it’ll assist on-device translation like Google’s. In fact, Apple’s model is restricted to only 11 languages at launch. Google has it beaten by a solid order of magnitude there.
Apple Maps get pace digital camera alerts
On-device voice recognition for keyboard enter
Google’s Pixels have supported on-device voice recognition for fairly some time, and Apple is bringing the identical characteristic to its iPhones.
I do not assume that folks admire how totally different the voice to textual content expertise on a Pixel is from an iPhone. So here’s a little face to face instance. The Pixel is so responsive it appears like it’s studying my thoughts! pic.twitter.com/zmxTKxL3LB
— James Cham ✍🏻 (@jamescham) May 27, 2020
Pixels have been miles sooner in terms of voice-based textual content enter for some time. We do not know an excessive amount of about how Apple’s system will work but, however we hope that Apple’s new on-device voice recognition is pretty much as good (and as quick) as Google’s is.
Safari will get language translation
Apple’s Safari browser is choosing up the power to translate complete net pages. That is a characteristic from Chrome that is so previous, I’ve problem even relationship it, however it’s one thing customers of Google’s browser are already deeply acquainted with.
Safari password monitoring
Like Google’s Chrome, Safari will let you already know in case your saved passwords have been a part of a leak or breach. Your actual password isn’t revealed, after all, however once you elect to retailer a password in Safari, they are often cryptographically checked in opposition to credentials uncovered in breaches, so that you might be warned to not reuse a foul password.
Apple’s new App Clips are light-weight shortcuts to parts of a stripped-down app expertise, out there as you want them and providing an extra immediate to take a look at the complete app. If that feels like an nearly direct clone of Android’s four-year-old Instant Apps feature, that is as a result of it principally is. Apple is integrating them a bit extra deeply into its different companies like Maps and Messages, and it is rolling out customized QR codes and NFC assist only for these new App Clips, however it’s principally the identical factor. If Apple can put some stress on builders, although, it would see higher adoption than it did on Android — whereas there are fairly a number of apps which have Immediate variations, it is not as widespread because it might be.
Mirror entrance digital camera photographs
I am unable to imagine this wasn’t a characteristic on iOS earlier than, however apparently you could not set the entrance digital camera to reflect its outcomes to match the preview, as you possibly can on most Android telephones, together with Google’s Pixels. Properly, on iOS 14, you’ll.
Bonus: Assist for third-party music companies on HomePod
I do know we mentioned “16 options,” however hers’s a bonus that is not technically from iOS. Like Assistant-compatible audio system have supported since principally endlessly, Apple’s HomePod can now play nice with third-party music services. No extra ridiculous AirPlay workarounds.
Frankly, it would not matter whether or not Apple or Google invented a given characteristic. All that issues is that the platform you select has the options you need. Now Apple customers might be acquainted with 17 options on Android, which could tempt them to change groups. Although, conversely, Android customers considering the grass could be greener on Apple’s aspect of the fence have 17 fewer causes to say no.