iOS 16: ten chips stolen from Android

Based on materials Android Central

At the recent WWDC 2022 event, Apple team members spoke from the stage about

the near bright future - they talked about the Apple chipM2, new MacBook Air and Pro models, and changes to watchOS. In addition, we could get an idea of ​​\u200b\u200bwhat iPhone owners will get with the arrival of iOS 16.

In some aspects, Apple may be aheadcompetitors, but when it comes to various software features, for the most part the company is in no hurry to implement something that has not appeared before in Android. iOS 16 is no exception. Let's take a look at the features that iOS 16 "stole" from Android.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Widgets on the lock screen
  • 2. Always-on Display (rumoured)
  • 3. Live Text
  • 4. Shared photo libraries
  • 5. Standalone Fitness App
  • 6. Mail Improvements
  • 7. Create routes with multiple stops
  • 8. Normal arrangement of application windows on tablets
  • 9. Haptic tactile feedback in the built-in keyboard app
  • 10. Speech recognition on the device thanks to machine learning
  • Is iOS catching up with Android?

1. Widgets on the lock screen

The most obvious example of borrowing in iOS 16 isis adding widgets for lock screen on iPhone. With updates to Apple's WidgetKit platform, developers can now create widgets that display information right on the lock screen. Wow.

There are three different areas that you cancustomizable, but widgets can only be placed under the clock. Apple also limits the number of widgets to four, as long as they're all small. But you can mix and match different widgets as some of them, like the Calendar app, have 1x1 or 2x1 options.

How long did it take Apple to implement thisfunctionality? Only some 10 years since the ability to add up to six widgets to the lock screen appeared in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Unfortunately, this feature didn't last long due to privacy concerns, and lock screen widgets were removed in Android 5.0 Lollipop. There are some third party apps and skins where this feature is still available, Google doesn't block it at the system level.

What you should know about the new feature, at leastAt least if you're a tablet aficionado: although the clock font on the iPad has changed, you don't have the ability to add widgets to the iPad's lock screen. This is a rather unexpected omission, similar to when Apple first introduced home screen widgets on the iPhone and then ported them to the iPad.


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2. Always-on Display (rumoured)

Not quite a fair point, since this functionnot even available for iPhone 13 Pro models with the iOS 16 developer beta. But the attentive people at 9to5Mac found links to new frameworks related to Always-on, which will appear on the iPhone. As already mentioned, the feature is not available for existing iPhone models, but according to the latest rumors, Apple is going to implement AOD starting with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, which will appear at the end of the year.

iOS 16 adds three new frameworks that deal with iPhone display backlight control. Backlight control is a key aspect of the Always-on feature.

Each of these platforms includes links tothe possibility of permanent display. Theoretically, one could assume that these always-on features were added in connection with the existing always-on display features of the Apple Watch, but that's not the case here.

By the way, oddly enough, Always-on was the firstimplemented not on Android. It was first introduced on the Nokia 6303, and in 2010 appeared on Nokia phones with an OLED screen. The feature became very successful in Nokia's Windows devices before Samsung took it up and used it in the Galaxy S7 in 2016. Needless to say, if the rumors are true, then this is another long overdue iOS feature that will bring lots and lots of joy to users.

The catch is that initially the rumors were already readAOD for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max with their OLED screens. However, this feature was disabled at the last moment due to concerns about reduced battery life.

3. Live Text

Back in 2017, Google introduced a completelya new image recognition technology at that time, which was called Google Lens. Since then, Google has continued to gradually develop a service that allows you to point the camera at an object and receive information about it.

At I/O 2022, Google announced a new feature undertitled Scene Exploration, which allows an Android smartphone owner to identify multiple products around them - with a single tap, you can get information about these products, including ratings and the ability to filter some of the results. This feature is not yet available, Google says it will be coming soon.

Instead of working with Google to giveiPhone users the ability to use Google Lens, Apple has developed its own image recognition technology called Live Text and Visual Look Up. It was first introduced at WWDC '21 and made it into the final version of iOS 15 last fall. With "device intelligence," your iPhone can recognize text and other objects, allowing you to interact with what's on your screen, including translating signs when you are in another country.

In iOS 16, Visual Look Up featuresexpand to recognize objects such as "birds, insects, and statues". One feature that isn't borrowed from Android but is exclusive to iOS 16 is the ability to tap and hold on an object from an image, separate it from the background, and then place it in another app.

4. Shared photo libraries

One of the most inconvenient aspects of being able toshare photos or albums with friends and family is that you do not have a single place where you could do it. Well, at least that was the case for iOS users. Google Shared Libraries has been available since 2017, announced with the introduction of sharing in version 3.0 of the Google Photos app. For reference, the most recently released version of Google Photos has version number 5.92, so the feature has been around for quite some time.

Overall, iCloud Shared Photo Library is next to nothing.is no different, but there are some potentially nasty caveats. So, you can only share albums with up to five other people. Being able to have a single place where you and your friends or family can share photos and videos is great, but is there a five person limit? The comparison is clearly not in favor of Apple, since Google Photos offers an unlimited number of "members" of the album, and there is also a Partner Sharing feature to share pictures with a loved one.

5. Standalone Fitness App

It's been eight years since the appGoogle Fit has become available to all Android users, who have received a single application to track various workouts and health indicators. With all the merits of the Apple Watch, it's absolutely amazing that the Fitness app wasn't available as a standalone. And now in iOS 16, it's likely to be a "oh, that's cool, but I'll never use it" feature. Simply because iPhone users, whether they own an Apple Watch or not, have most likely already picked up a health and workout app and got used to it. This is similar to what has been happening with Google Fit for years until recently, when Google seems to have started to pay more attention to it.

6. Mail Improvements

Sad fact - Apple's built-in email clientfor iOS pales in comparison to almost any other email app on mobile devices. Even the macOS version is a completely different experience compared to the iPhone version. And now Apple is adding long-awaited features to its mobile email apps like Remind Later, Follow Up, Schedule and Undo Send.

All these features were available in mobile andGoogle's Gmail desktop app for years, with some of them appearing in the now-gone but not-forgotten Inbox app. Remind, Postpone, and Cancel Sending have been around since 2018, and in 2019, the ability to schedule emails was added. The new features that have appeared in the iOS email client are encouraging, if only because most third-party email applications are missing something or they cannot be used.

7. Create routes with multiple stops

Apple Maps appeared in September 2012 and sincehave come a long way since then. For example, you no longer have to worry about the app sending you in the wrong direction on a one-way road. And in general, the information is much more reliable than you think (if you stopped using the application for a while). However, it just doesn’t fit in my head that Maps hasn’t yet had the ability to add multiple stops to your route.

This is what Google has added to their "Maps" foriOS and Android back in 2016 and making travel planning much easier. This is why some iOS users simply prefer to rely on Google Maps as their functionality is much more than just getting you from point A to point B.


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8. Normal arrangement of application windows on tablets

You can be an iPad aficionado andIt's not unreasonable to criticize Android tablets, but if you try to use, for example, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra for a while, you will realize that Apple's iPad Pro and iPadOS really lack the correct display of application windows. This feature has been available on Android tablets for years, and it has even been extended to high-end foldable smartphones with screen sizes similar to the iPad Mini.

Despite the strange name, Stage Managerprovides not only the normal layout of application windows on the iPad, but also much better support for connecting to a monitor. It's not a complete desktop replacement like the Samsung DeX, but it's something iPad users have certainly been missing. True, the availability of the feature is in the best traditions of Apple, and only those who have an iPad with an M1 processor will be able to enjoy it when iPadOS 16 is released this fall.

9. Haptic tactile feedback in the built-in keyboard app

Haptic feedback when typing on the phone -it's one of those things that you either need or don't like. Some people turn this feature off when they set up a new smartphone, while others want to get as much haptic feedback as possible. While the iPhone may have the best haptic engine, haptic feedback when typing on the standard iOS keyboard has not yet been available.

Sometime (around the dawn of the iPhone)there were jailbreak options that provided the coveted tactile feedback for anyone who wanted it. But dancing with a tambourine, just to feel how your phone buzzes when you press the keyboard? And now in iOS 16 they added the ability to enable haptic feedback using the toggle in the accessibility settings. It's not enabled by default, but at least it's finally there.

10. Speech recognition on the device thanks to machine learning

Machine learning is one of the latest trends inthe world of smartphones. So, Google's Tensor chip was so long-awaited because thanks to it, your smartphone can collect information about how you use it and learn, giving you a personalized user experience. Speech recognition has been available on a variety of devices for a long time, but Google has accelerated this area with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. In particular, you will no longer need to dictate punctuation or break to manually find the right emoji. Just press a button, start talking and your phone will do the work for you.

iOS 16 introduces the same features foriPhone users, offering "a new on-device experience that allows users to seamlessly switch between voice and touch." Thus, you will not only be able to switch between voice typing and text. Apple is also rolling out some of Google's most recent features. It remains to be seen if Apple will restrict the availability of these features to certain devices after the official release of iOS 16, or if they will be available for any iPhone that can run the latest version of the platform.

Is iOS catching up with Android?

The answer to the question posed is pretty obvious.Apple is closing the gap between iOS and Android. You can sit back and nitpick that a lot of features have been on Android for years, but the truth is that extra features never hurt. At least in the sense that when choosing a smartphone, the OS should not be a decisive factor.

There are many people who use dailyboth platforms simply because they like variety. The question is whether Apple will survive the same growing pains as Android. One example is the lock screen widgets that appeared in Android 4.2 but were dropped in Android 5 in favor of Always-on.

Apple still has work to docompare with Android. But there are other areas, like the notorious ecosystem, where Google still lags behind. All in all, the changes that are coming to iPhone users are a blessing, even if Android proponents lose some of their favorite arguments in the future.