Both Android and the iOS have been at loggerheads with each other since their inception. Each operating system has been borrowing ideas, designs and features from one another. Nothing wrong in being competitive especially if the users would benefit whatever is the consequences.
The operating systems are not mirror images of each other. Each has grown to be distinct individuals with their special features. However, we still love to see them cross sides. This would not only make them more competitive but would improve its usability. In this blog, we turn table, by asking Android to borrow these five features from iOS. We wouldn’t mind the transition!
Siri-The Personal Assistant
No disrespect to Google Now. We are aware that this component of Android is already stronger than Siri, especially its immense ability to process and access information. The disappointing part is in its voice recognition capabilities. For example, the command to send a message is easily executed in Siri. We thank God for the text entry feature in Google Now.
Android is awesome in seeking the information except where Siri accesses Wolfram Alpha, it beats Android in performance. Google Now is worse in personal life management, and we find Siri strutting in style in this area. We acknowledge Android’s contribution as the first at text to speech, however, we still would like it to work better from the front end of Google Now.
Passbook-the concierge style app
Both Google and iOS are lacking in brand centric apps. Simply put, you won’t be able to access any app in Google Play or the App Store without bombarding some app for a retail chain or tour services. Android doesn’t offer any application-level place to congregate all the materials that go with the travel applications, iOS does.
Passbook in iOS 6 enables its users to use a consolidated place to stash tickets, loyalty offers, gift cards and other items. They can be accessed through a single interface. For example, the cashier asks for the gift coupon, you access your phone and viola, it’s there!
Something equivalent on the lines of the Passbook would require the permission of retailers that would facilitate in drawing information through the apps to the area. Samsung offers Wallet, a competitor. We have absolute faith in Google being able to exploits its power and earn favors from the necessary retail giants for this concierge app.
Do Not Disturb/ Notification’s centre
Android was the first to build the notification menu. On the other hand, the iOS notifications and alerts were not up to the mark for a long, long time. The application was integrated with numerical alert badges that would indicate activity within any app. However, if you did not have the app in the main home screen, it would be similar to saving your bacon.
The new notification’s center saw iOS giving the users a centralized place to flip notifications from different apps without accessing the settings menu. The alerts that the user does not want to use can be customized. This means, with this, you can select your own alerts. On the other hand, the notifications from Google are still dependent on the application, and the user still has to dig the settings. There are apps that offer options like blinking lights in the new notifications, but each app is different. There is no available option to synchronize the way the app alerts would interact with the phone because top down menu is also not available.
The Do Not Disturb is part of the notifications. With a flip of a finger, you can silence your iOS device. It would remain dark until you interact. The Google device can also be silenced, but it requires a lot of work. The one flip deal is more desirable.
Not completely an iOS feature, we still heart iMessage and its ubiquitous ability across the OS X and iOS devices. The ability to maintain interactions across the iPhones, iPod touches and MacBook Pros is sheer bliss. Android does share some of these features in Google Talk, like the cross platform synchronizing, it still lacks in integration with phone numbers or superseded through the text message interface. Maintenance of the texts and Google Talk conversations still require two different apps. The iMessage on the other hand, can go back as SMSes.
iMessage is not without its problems. This occurs when you have multiple address or phone numbers from where the message can arrive. Group conversations can soon ruin the entire process. iMessage can sent entire’s day of conversation in the iPad if you have set the handles wrong. However, irrespective of its faults with regard to setting up, we appreciate its ability to perform conversations across multiple platforms. We wish the same for Google.
You select an app from the store. App asks permission. App is given permission. App downloaded. Security breach at the app. Inbox full of spam. How many of you have actually seen this? Though a tad extreme, we often forget what the apps are taking and when. Android allows reviewing the app permissions per app within the settings. However, iOS gives a top down view of those settings grouped by permission and allows the user to toggle the access on or off. iOS makes handling these permissions much easier that Android.
We are not expecting Google to fill in all the deficiencies. As we expect the iOS to acknowledge its pitfalls, we expect that Google too is listening to our humble requests.