iOS 11 vs. Android O: The Battle Continues

Kicking a hornet’s nest isn’t always a good idea, Apple just walked us through iOS 11 for the iPhone and a few weeks ago Google seems even better by introducing us to Android O. Shown at their respective developer-centric conferences, both the tech giants are setting up to roll out the newest iterations of their respective operating systems, I.e. the iOS 11 and the Android O.

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What Does Android O Bring To The Table?

Picture-in-picture

This was one of the major announcements made at Google I/O 2017. Although the feature is already being used in Google’s YouTube app as well as in iOS. Along with the release of iOS 9, Picture-in-picture was introduced allowing the users to minimize the video and perform other tasks simultaneously.

Google O’s feature works much the same as it does on iOS. An Android user simply needs to tap the home button and the video will pop into a small window that remains on-screen while using other apps. In fact, one can easily slide the video around for the best placement or swipe it off-screen in order to end the video.

Notification Dots

Until now, Google hasn’t officially offered notification badges. With the release of Android O, users will see a small ‘dot’ that appears on top of their app icon especially when receiving a notification regarding the app. Much like with app badges available on iOS, the user will be able to tap on the app to open it and interact with the notification. Moreover, pressing the icon for a longer period can get you a short list of actions to perform. Which ultimately offers the ability to view the notification without opening the app via a small on-screen pop-up that looks like the 3D Touch shortcut menu on iOS but more notification-based.

Smart Text Selection

We all are well aware regarding the use of basic text selection tools, isn’t it? The recent iterations of Android and iOS have introduced formatting to applicable text. Google’s smart text selection feature makes use of Google’s AI to intelligently analyze what is being selected and provides you with contextual shortcuts.

For instance, you highlight a phone number, in the previous versions a shortcut to dial the number was provided. Similarly, highlighting an address will provide a shortcut to begin navigation using Google Maps. This is not just a mere suggestion as the highlighting process will also be more intelligent, selecting full phrases and addresses instead of single words.

Auto Fill

Apart from this one headline feature, the team of Android developers endeavors hard to make users lives a bit easier. For the most used apps on your device, Android O will help you to quickly log in. This means support needs to be manually added by developers, once supported the system will automatically remember usernames and passwords to quickly log into apps on the device.

Vitals

Vital isn’t one feature but it is instead a suite of tools that help to improve the performance as well as the security of your Android device. With the help of Google play protect (a feature that scans your apps for malicious content) one can prevent apps from running in the background for too long and helps to make the battery last longer.

What’s New In iOS 11?

App Store

Apple has redesigned the app store quite comprehensively for iOS 11. Most of the iPhone development companies reveal that a user can now see a new collection, a daily list centered around a particular theme, and tutorials that show you how to do particular things in new apps.

The launch of iOS 11 has resulted in bringing dedicated tabs for Games and non-game apps, places to discover both new and popular offerings, as well as in-app purchases for apps. Moreover, you’ll see previews, tips, and game play videos too. Apple is canny at handling discovery – offering a range of useful and sometimes unexpected categories to help you find what’s right for you.

Multitasking

The new Dock in iOS 11 provides a user an opportunity to access some of the most frequently used apps and files from any screen. A new app switcher is designed to make life much easier especially when one wants to quickly change apps or open new ones.

Other than this, many iOS development companies emphasize on the new Drag and Drop system which works effectively on iPhone as well as the iPad. The feature allows a user to move pretty much anything between any two apps. For example, an image can be intuitively dragged and dropped directly into an email.

Do not disturb

A new feature named Do not Disturb is designed to avoid any distractions when controlling a car, without losing the online features necessary for navigation. The moment the feature is activated, people trying to get in touch with you will get a note to say which you will be able to see the message once you arrive at your destination.

Messages

iOS 11 messages app has been updated with several new features including a new ‘app drawer’ comprising of stickers, new peer-to-peer version of Apple pay which allows a user to pay via iMessage. The feature turns out to be a game changer as the feature makes use of touchID fingerprint sensor, and money received will go into your Apple Pay Cash Card.

It may quite interest you to know that there is also new messages in iCloud, feature which automatically synchronizes conversation all across all of your iOS and Mac OS devices.

What iOS needs to offer to compete with Google’s Android O?

  • Improvements to the Notification Centre – Notifications in iOS 10 are a mess while Android O is clean, and notifications are automatically grouped by the app.
  • UI improvements – or at least the fabled Dark Mode – iOS hasn’t seen a major redesign since iOS 7 which means it has looked essentially the same since 2013.
  • Ability to change default apps – Android users can select different default apps while if an iOS user clicks on an email address in Safari, it will open in Mail and there is nothing they can do about it.