What can Android learn from iOS?

Friday, 11th November, 2016 - 09:33

There is no question that Android has come a long way since it was introduced back in 2007, and has fast become popular due to its customisation options. It is slick and efficient and easily adapted for what a company needs from it, but iOS still has some things it does better and we take a look at a few.

Continuity

Android devices can do a lot of things but when it comes to switching data between different devices the options become very limited. Calling from your PC or tablet using your phones number for example becomes difficult without downloading certain apps. This is where iOS triumphs as you can transfer between devices with ease. You could start a text on your iPhone, move to your iPad and continue the same message and send it before moving to your Mac and making a phone call. This perfect, seamless integration is definitely a winner with most people.

Assistant with personality

Google Now tries its best to emulate Siri but falls far short. Siri definitely has a personality and can respond to some requests with sarcasm and other emotions and tones to her voice, whereas Google Now only pulls up answers to basic questions. Google’s new assistant looks like it shows some improvements in this area but still has a long way to go before it reads poetry like Siri.

Lock screen widgets

Although Android has more powerful widgets, the fact that iOS puts them on the lock screen instead of the home screen is a popular idea. Firstly this makes them faster to access and secondly doesn’t clutter up the home screen. It also doesn’t clutter up the lock screen either as you have to swipe left to access them. Android could learn something from this and it would be interesting to see if they will integrate this idea into their next OS.

iCloud

Probably one of the strongest arguing points for iOS is the fact that iCloud keeps everything from photos and apps to settings and app organisation backed up at all times. This means that should you break or lose your phone and change to a new device you can easily just load all of your data back onto the new phone. Android has the option to use various backup apps but they are fragmented and nowhere near as efficient. For instance, Google photos can back up your images and Gmail can save your contact info but everything else will require foresight and a lot of app searching to ensure everything is fully backed up.

Guaranteed updates

Another big selling point for iOS is the fact that every device has the ability to be updated with regular updates to its operating system. Even the iPhone5 from 2012 can run iOS 10.

With Android there is no such guarantee and it’s almost as if they give up on previous versions of their OS when they release a new one. This means that you will get updates for a while but will have to upgrade your device to get the latest versions and keep up to date. This is mainly due to the customisable nature of Android, allowing companies to tweak it to their liking, and as such makes regular updates awkward due to compatibility issues.

Both operating systems could benefit from learning from each other and in fact iOS have borrowed certain Android ideas in the past but the same isn’t so true in reverse.