Each iPhone launch follows a battle between Android and iPhone fans, with each side claiming that the other has copied features from it. While both systems seem to have actually taken inspiration from each other from time to time, they remain very different from one another. There is still a lot they can learn from each other. In fact, we really wish Android would copy these six features from the iPhone:
Unlock Safe Face
Apple brought secure face unlock to the iPhone with the iPhone X in 2017. We’re now in 2022, and there are hardly a few Android phones that have this feature. Almost all of them have some kind of face unlock, but hardly any of them are safe. In fact, we are often warned while setting up face unlock on Android devices that the fingerprint scanner is more secure.
The degree to which you do something beyond selfies
Well, that stems from the first point but is actually important enough to merit a point of its own. A lot of Android phone manufacturers mocked the notch on the iPhone X when it was released. And then, as is often the case, they all copied it. However, while the notch on the iPhone had a clear function – to enable Face ID – the notch on Android was primarily for the selfie camera. As Apple adds more features with Dynamic Island, we really hope that top-notch Android brands will make their Android phones more than just taking selfies.
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Make data privacy a big problem
Yes, we know there are ads even on iPhone apps, but Android is ahead in this regard. Now the operating system just made apps ask for permission before sending notifications or sharing data. Given the world we live in and the increasing fragility of data, we wish Android would make data privacy as big as the iPhone (privacy. That’s the iPhone!).
Video calls from within the mobile app
This may seem like a minor feature in late 2019, but with the pandemic and the ensuing shutdowns, video calling has become a very important part of our lives. And while making a video call from one iPhone to another is as simple as opening the default phone app and choosing FaceTime, the default Android phone app still doesn’t support video calls, even though Google has its own Duo app for this. It’s 2022, and about the time the phone app gave you the option to make voice calls and video calls unless you wanted to use a third-party app.
No specification for RAM and battery
We really hope this happens. Yes, we hear about RAM and battery numbers on iPhones when iPhones are unlocked by tech experts and reviewers, but Apple itself never provides RAM and battery numbers for iPhones (other than battery hours). On the other hand, Android phone brands spend a lot of time on these two specs, and worse, they tend to define them with numbers rather than actual performance. No, we’re not really seeing this happen, but it would be great if some brands could do it. Android is much more than just numbers.
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We cannot allow any debate about iPhone vs. Android to go by without making this point clear. Android has been around for over a decade, and its update record is downright pathetic. While a large number of iPhone users have already got iOS 16, at the time of writing, not a single phone has been released with Android 13, and only Pixel users in India have been able to access Android 13 updates on their devices. Not many brands with Android skins have the same version of the cover on phones in their portfolio. We really believe that if Android can get close to iOS in this department, the gap between iOS and Android will disappear.
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