Top 5 Android features Apple should bring to the iOS system

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iOS is viewed to be a rather limited operating system in contrast to Android OS. However, there is always room for upgrades and expansion. Here are 5 Google features that we want Apple to imitate. Several top-notch mobile phones are available on the market today. Everyone caters to various demands, spending limits, and standards. Although these phones are very different from one another, their operating systems are what really separates them. With billions of users each, iOS and Android OS are currently the two most widely used systems. Although both Android and iOS have imitated one another, there is still plenty that these two operating systems may learn from one another. After using the iPhone 14 Pro for some time, here are five features that Mahmoud Itani of XDA Developers think should be added to iOS from Android.

1. Proper choice of the default app

Apple started letting users of its most recent iPhones choose default apps a few years ago. Yet this choice is currently restricted to email and web browser apps as of iOS 16. Hence, you can stop using Apple Mail and Safari but not anything else. Setting a default music player, maps program, file explorer, camera, etc. is still not possible. As a result, leaving Apple’s system apps is very difficult and tedious. Due to the fact that these built-in apps are basically forced upon users, many people end up using them. We can only hope that Apple expands the number of apps that make up the default app selection. Taking the Xiaomi 13 as an example, only 9 apps can not be deleted. These include relevant mobile phone apps like phone, messages and so on.

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2. Custom icon packs

Although it is possible to set up custom icons on iOS, the process is neither simple nor obvious. It calls for making loops and assigning unique custom images to each app. The iPhone is famous for lacking extensive customization options, but Apple has been slowly opening them. For instance, iOS 16’s Lock Screen is very customizable; users may alter the colours, typeface, widgets, and more. Users can further modify their iPhones by relying on specific themes that suit their interests by allowing custom icon packs on iOS.


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3. Versatile Control Center

The Control Center on iOS is among the most annoying features of this system. Toggles at the bottom can be added or removed by users, while the top part is stable. Users of Android OS can rearrange and remove toggles as they see fit, giving them the freedom to give actual priority to the things that matter to them. Users are compelled to look at and have buttons on their iPhone’s Control Center that they never use take up space on the screen. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirDrop, Personal Hotspot, Airplane Mode, Cellular Data, Currently Playing, Rotation Lock, Screen Mirroring (AirPlay), Focus, Brightness, and Volume are among the toggles that are permanently set. None of them may be altered neither in order nor removal.

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4. Flexible Home and Lock Screens

Apple has been releasing the Home and Lock Screens for iOS in recent years. Users may now add widgets to the Home Screen, for instance, and the Lock Screen can now be custom almost entirely, as was already mentioned. Despite this, these two screens still have a lot of restrictions. Users still cannot leave spaces between two widgets or apps. The icons or widgets must be arranged in a specific order, working from the top left corner to the right, row by row. In order to fill in these blank spaces, users must rely on separate third-party widgets, which makes customizing the Home Screen considerably more difficult. Speaking of widgets, as of iOS 16, these data bites are still not interactive. Apple should make iOS more functional and responsive by imitating Android.

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Going on to the Lock Screen, despite its customizations, this part is still limited. After all, the shortcuts for the camera and lights are fixed. They cannot be deleted or changed for anything more useful. Not to mention that the always-on display only supports hiding the background and/or notifications; it doesn’t support any more extensive changes.

5. Improved notifications

Finally, the iPhone’s notification system is a regular issue raised by Android users switching to iOS. On an app-by-app basis, users can select how audible or alert these messages are, but they still have an ugly design and lack proper category. The Time-Sensitive API can be used by apps to highlight a crucial message. After that, though, not much else can be planned. Not to mention, there are no smart reply APIs available to rapidly respond to messages sent through third-party apps.

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There are many nice things about the iPhone. However, it will never be flawless, though, just like every other device. There will always be room for upgrades in order to enhance the overall experience. We can only hope that by bringing these 5 Android features to the iPhone, iOS 17 will alleviate some of our annoyances. Since Apple has an interest in attracting Android users, then it should bring some features that Android users are used to. However, Apple seems to have a mind of its own. The company usually do not add a feature because it is popular or because users need them. Do you think any of these features will make the iOS system more attractive? Which Android feature will you rather have on the iOS system? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below

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  1. April 17, 2023


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