The two camps of mobile operating systems are always growing in the interests of each other, sometimes iOS’s good ideas appear in Android, and sometimes Android’s good ideas appear in iOS, as if it were an eternal cycle. With the introduction of iOS 14, some of the new features and features introduced are also familiar to Android users.
Recently, themedia The Verge took stock of new features and features of Android in the iOS 14 system
Home screen widgets
After years of keeping the icon on the iOS home screen, Apple has finally allowed users to add widgets to the home screen. Widgets have been one of the core differentiated features between Android and iOS, dating back to the first iteration of Android.
The widget is also a feature that Google has been expanding over the years, allowing users to customize sizes, extend third-party support, preview pictures, weather, calendars, clocks, and more.
App list view
Apple calls it “the App Library,” but it’s a bit like an app drawer on Android. The view shows all the apps on the phone side, and Apple also allows users to manually hide the apps so that they appear only in App Library view.
But unlike android, which lists all apps directly, Apple’s App Library automatically categorizes apps, including social, entertainment, and Apple Arcade.
Third-party default messaging and browser apps
It’s not so much “borrowing from Android” as “clearly capable of doing it, but Apple hasn’t done it for years.” iOS 14 finally lets users choose their default email and browser apps instead of Mail and Safari.
But there are some issues here, such as that all iOS browsers still use Apple’s rendering engine (so there’s not much real difference between them), and developers have to update their apps to support this feature.
And the default app is for email and browsers, and you still use Apple Maps and Apple Music by default, even if you prefer Google Maps and Spotify.
More compact voice assistants and calls
In iOS 14, Apple unveiled a new “compact” view for Siri for the first time. Incoming FaceTime calls and phone calls and Siri interactions will feature a new, compact design that leaves users without having to leave the operation sourcing them. With picture-in-picture support, iPhone users can now watch videos or make FaceTime calls while using another app. This feature has been used in Android systems as early as now.
App slices / App Clips
One of the more interesting ideas added to iOS 14 is the new App Clips feature, which will allow developers to cut parts of an app into small packages, allowing users to get key features without having to install the entire app.
App Clip provides a small part of the app experience that lets users take it where they need it when they need it. Clips Apps are associated with a specific product or business and can be loaded in seconds to accomplish specific tasks, such as renting a J.P. Morgan tos, buy a cup of coffee or pay for a parking timer.
Google has tried many times in the past few years, such as the Android Instant app in 2017 and the app “slices” in Android P in 2018. It remains to be seen whether Apple’s attempt seduing will help the idea finally break through the mainstream.
Apple Maps’ new cycling routes, electric car route planning and well-planned guide make it easier than ever to navigate and explore different places. The ride route takes into account altitude, the level of busyness of the street, and the availability of stairs along the way. The electric vehicle route plan also adds charging station instructions for the route along the way, depending on the vehicle’s current charge capacity and charger type.
Google introduced the feature in Google Maps back in 2010. Apple’s version has so far been used only in a handful of cities (New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Shanghai and Beijing).
Apple’s translation app is powerful and easy to use. Device-side mode provides users with an app experience in an offline state and ensures the privacy of voice and text translation content.
And that involves Google’s other representative service, Google Translate, which is relatively up for apple’s translation app. It provides fast, natural speech and text translation for 11 different languages in chat.
Picture-in-picture features were added as early as Android 8.0, and Apple introduced it to the iPad in an iOS 11 system update. Now that the iPhone is finally getting picture-in-picture mode, iPhone users can now watch videos or make FaceTime calls while using another app.