Apple iOS and Android are the most used mobile operating systems out there. In reality, Apple and Google have been in an intense competition for years, but it’s hard to tell who wins this fight. According to reports, Google’s OS now leads in terms of adoption, with Android being installed on over 25% of active devices. In August 2018, reports claimed that iOS 12 was installed on 50 percent of active iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices, outpacing its predecessor, iOS 11.
The reason behind iOS 12’s huge success lies in its performance boost. In reality, iOS 12 makes your iPhone or iPad much faster than before. And even older models also benefit from iOS 12’s performance enhancement. Indeed, the latest version of Apple iOS is highly optimized for older iPhones like iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s. Apple iOS may lag behind Android in terms of customization options. However, there are still some areas where Apple iPhone is better and smarter. With that in mind, we made a list of the best iPhone features Android fans are most jealous of.
For some background, Apple iPhone XS now starts at $999, while the iPhone XS Max retails for $1.099 in the US for the basic model. Reports say that iPhone XS and XS Max are the most popular phones in the US market as carriers and Apple are offering a trade-in program. Indeed, you now can grab a new iPhone XS or XS Max if you trade in an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.
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One of the coolest features when it comes to Apple iPhone is that you can reach the top of the display by simply tapping the status bar. In reality, this is something that’s been part of iOS since day one and is now the standard feature of all new iPhones. Reports claim that Android fans now craze for a similar feature this year, but Apple has patented it.
According to rumors, Google has been working on a feature that will allow you to quickly hit the top of your display with a simple tap. However, it remains unclear when we are seeing it. Tech experts say that it will come pre-installed in Android 10, which is set for 2019 release.
iMessage is one of the highlights of iOS devices. With iMessage, you can send and receive text messages between Apple devices. iMessage has been an essential part of iOS and macOS for years, providing the best alternative to the standard messaging app for iOS fanatics.
In 2016, sources said that Apple would unveil iMessage for Android at WWDC event, but it was nowhere to be found. In reality, Apple has no plan to bring its messaging platform to Android, instead, taking it away as a selling point of iOS. Reports say that there are now more than one billion iMessage users out there, making it one of the most popular messaging apps on the market.
In reality, Apple has been improving iMessage since its initial release. With iOS 12 release, iMessage received the all-new Memoji, a handy feature that allows you to build your own avatars. The best part is that you can choose your skin, hair, eyes, lips, and accessories. Sources claim that Google has been working on a similar feature for Android devices. In reality, the Messages app gets a huge improvement in Android 9, but it still lacks a few important features that make iMessage more capable.
Apple iOS receives a new software update every year with new things and improvements. Last year, the Cupertino firm announced iOS 12, the latest version of its mobile OS after months of leaks and rumors. On the surface, iOS 12 might not be a huge upgrade over iOS 11, but it still comes with a bunch of new things that are worth your time.
For Android, new software updates are limited to select devices. In reality, Google tends to release new updates for its Pixel and Android One devices out there. We are expecting an annual software update on Android devices, but the decision rests with smartphone makers out there.
Backup and restore
With Apple devices, you can back up your data to iCloud or iTunes in case something goes wrong. In reality, this is something that has been demanded among Android fanatics for years.
In reality, Google has its own backup tool but it is not reliable and fails to work on some models. Sources say that Google has been working on a new built-in backup app in Android 10. However, it remains unknown how Google manages to make it work.
These are the best iPhone features we wish to see in Android. Google has been working hard to improve its OS, adding new features while revamping the existing ones. So, let’s wait and see.
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