Top 5 iOS features we want to see on Android
As a long-time iOS user who recently switched to the open world of Android, I am enjoying every bit of Google's mobile software. It offers me the freedom to customize my phone, has better notification management, and fluid multitasking experience. However, I do miss a bunch of iOS features that I wish to see on Android sooner than later. Dear Google, here's my wish-list.
Having switched to Android lately, I must admit that I miss Apple's iMessage service. Although there are some hacks to get iMessage on an Android phone, all of them require a server setup on a Mac computer. Hence, while Google is working to replace SMS with RCS (Rich Communication Service), we want the tech giant to come up with an iMessage competitor.
From the times of Android Gingerbread to the latest Pie, Google has surely improved emojis on its mobile software. However, when compared to iOS emojis, Android emojis look nothing but bland. Additionally, Apple has also introduced memojis and animojis which detect eye and tongue impressions. We would love Google to introduce these new forms of communication on Android.
Everybody loves a good virtual assistant. And thanks to AI, assistants can now do a lot more than before. Apple has recently upgraded Siri, allowing it to control third-party apps without users having to open them. Using Siri Shortcuts, you can assign voice commands to trigger different actions or set a single command for multiple actions. We'd like Google Assistant to support these shortcuts.
With iOS 11, Apple changed the way one interacted with an iPhone, bringing one-handed gesture controls for easy navigation. Google was also quick to implement navigation gestures on Pie, but I personally think there's some scope for improvement. Gestures on Android feel a little janky or not quite as polished as it is on iOS, we sincerely hope Google refines them on Android Q.
Some might argue the need for a built-in screen recorder when several third-party apps can do the same. But it is all about ease. Just like turning on a flashlight from the control center, we'd like a quick toggle to begin screen recording as against launching an app for it. As for me, I miss iOS' ability to quickly record the screen with one-touch.