iOS 7 vs Android
Jun 11, 2013 7:01 PM –
It was Apple’s day to show us new innovation with the UI update of iOS. Many of us Android fans chuckled at how remarkably those were similar to Android. Regardless of how you feel about whom copied who, the fact of the matter is that it will benefit consumers as Apple’s mobile OS is now updated from the 2007 look with skeuomorphic design elements of faux leather, brushed steel and wood grain to a more flat, translucent and modern aesthetic… It’s Beautiful! Though we can’t resist the temptation of giving you a side-by-side comparison of the major features in a battle of iOS 7 vs Android!
Yeah… it’s tedious to turn off WiFi & Bluetooth, or control screen brightness on an iPhone or iPad without digging into the Settings app. The new Control Center uses a gesture swipe from the bottom upward to invoke aforementioned settings plus control music, AirDrop, AirPlay, quick access to apps like flashlight and camera and more. We see much of that on Android’s notification window, but a two finger slide down of the same window reveals more. The design differs slightly if your phone maker adds custom software atop it.
Okay… Okay… we know it was ripped from Android origins back in the iOS 6 update but now they can be accessed from the lock screen. All that it needs now are the features to swipe away and expand individual notifications, plus actions.
Very similar to defunct WebOS, iOS 7 now offers better application multitasking. Expanding on their sub-menu of icons, instead of long-pressing an icon then pressing the minus button to dismiss, you can simply swipe up to get rid of an app.
The tech interwebs have been buzzing this rumor turned reality for some time now. iTunes Radio is comparable to Pandora by streaming music stations based on an artist/genre. It’s ad-supported but goes ad-free for subscribers of their iTunes Match service. At I/O Google updated their Play Music app to do the same thing; stations created based on artist/genre, discover new music with recommendations, unlimited song streaming- as a free 30-day trial in the U.S. with $7.99 monthly subscription.
There’s no contest here with the new grouping organization of iOS 7… it’s sweet! Photos are automatically grouped by date and location. You have to download an app to get this functionality with Android. Google choose to add their photo enhancements to Google+. These include the ability to upload & backup full high resolution photos in the cloud with though with a bump to 15GB of storage merged with Drive, it automatically beautifies flicks by applying filters of the pros to them called Auto Enhance, it can highlight the best of a group of your photos Auto Highlight. Add this Apple and you’re on your way!
AirDrop allows for easy wireless sending of photos to a contact or anyone nearby. It was teased at the unveiling keynote that you don’t have to bother bumping phones, referring to how you can send photos, videos, photos, webpages and more with two NFC enabled Androids. Yes, this can be finicky at times but there is also the comparable feature using WiFi Direct the Droid had since version 4.
The new camera is cool, it’s a 4-in-1 functional camera of video, photo, square photo and filter choices al a Instagram and panoramic camera. Simply slide through the various modes to get there. Android’s default camera only has a slide to preview the last snap. Kudos Apple!
Flipping through tabs on the new Safari apps is cool. Similar to the Aero feature in Windows computers, it’s much more hipster than Chrome… though I still personally choose Chrome over any of the other top web browser apps.
Siri has more Twitter & Wikipedia integration and even offers a handsome male voice to compliment the female voice. We can go back and forth on Siri versus Google Now for a year… but I have to point out searches are defaulted to Bing. 😐
The new mail app is slick and minimal, much like the new Outlook.
The weather now shows a simulation of the actual temperature in your area or those searched… takes a page from the playbook of the Beautiful Widgets app for Android.
If you haven’t noticed… translucency is a staple of design all through the new iOS UI. And a beautiful addition to the keyboard, thus conversations are blurred and faintly seen under it. Apple says this is context aware design. Gone are the green/blue bubbles replaced by flat- modern chat bubbles.
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