Apple’s 14 has had some heat for copying Android features iOS. Decreasing example being the brand new customizable widgets (iOS had widgets before, nonetheless it was limited by the left-most screen of the primary menu). Another big change may be the introduction of the App Library, a decluttered app screen that’s suspiciously much like Android’s app drawer. You can find other changes, too, like a discreet view for Siri that won’t dominate all of your display, and a fresh picture-in-picture mode. And yes, they are features that we’ve seen on Android aswell.
But for me personally, the true star of iOS 14 isn’t quite so obvious (It’s so low-key that Apple didn’t mention it at its WWDC keynote). It’s the truth that, finally, iOS enables you to pick your personal default email and browser apps now. That one feature, a lot more than any, is what Personally i think is a main factor in preventing me from switching to Android. That’s because, being an iOS user, it isn’t Android that I find attractive — it’s Google.
Even, I’ve stuck having an iPhone. To begin with, I’m so committed to the ecosystem at this stage (I’ve purchased many apps, many of which are iOS-only) that switching to some other platform will be too painful.
But the primary reason that I’ve an iPhone, despite the several benefits of Android, is force of habit simply. Its interface, design keyboard and language feel so similar to second nature that I can’t get accustomed to anything else. It is a huge reason Android’s widgets and home screens simply don’t interest me: I simply never saw the necessity for them. Now even, after I’ve installed 14 iOS, I haven’t bothered adding a widget or clearing up my home screen, because I love it just how it really is just. I suspect a great many other iOS users have the same.
For me, the primary benefit that Android has over iOS hasn’t been its design or its interface or anything like this. The primary advantages with Android, in my own view, will be the features. Specifically, its compatibility with Google’s services and apps. That’s because, just as much as I love iOS, Google may be the global world where I live. I take advantage of Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Literally each day google Photos and Chrome. I find Google services easier and much more pleasant to utilize, and I love that everything syncs together. The known proven fact that Android includes Gmail, Chrome and all of the usual Google services automagically, dealing with an individual sign-on seamlessly, is excellent.
That hasn’t been the case with iOS, and something can realize why. Apple obviously wants one to use its services and apps on the competition. Sure, third-party apps like Gmail and Chrome have already been around for a couple years now but there have been always certain restrictions. The largest hassle is that tapping on a contact link within an app or in Safari would often kick me on the default Apple Mail app instead of Gmail (If you tapped on a contact link in the Chrome app, it can let you head to Gmail however). Now, because of iOS 14, that is longer an issue no.
Of course, it’s likely that Apple isn’t allowing this in iOS 14 from the goodness of its heart. Instead, maybe it’s a tactical move. The business has already been facing serious antitrust scrutiny in addition to accusations an App is held because of it Store monopoly, partially because of the 30 % commission it charges developers (This is actually the basis of Epic’s recent legal struggle with Apple). Perhaps, by ceding ground on default iOS apps, Apple could be heading off concerns that a monopoly is held by it over that at the very least. It isn’t unlike when Microsoft was forced to unbundle WEB BROWSER from Windows in ’09 2009 because of European regulations.
Be that as it might, this may be an indicator of greater what to come. It’s given me a glimmer of hope that other Google apps, like Maps and Calendar for instance, could possibly be given the default treatment too. Needless to say, there are lots of things that Android does better than iOS still, such as managing notifications, app permission handling, Live Transcribe, the ability to sideload apps not from an App Store, and more. But if all I get is greater access to Google’s apps and services while still keeping the telephone I love, I’d be happy.