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The best features that iOS and Android have not yet managed to steal from each other

Last month Apple introduced the eleventh version of iOS, but Google has shown the public a prototype of a future edition of Android, code-named “O”. Both the software platform live beta testing, but users already cross swords in disputes, which of the OS took the lead on innovation and convenience.

Before everything was simple: if you need a watered-down operating system, created by perfectionists, your choice is iPhone or iPad. If you need freedom of choice and the ability to fine tune the interface, then run it Android. But now these stereotypes can be sent into retirement.

Of course, it is too early to draw conclusions about upcoming platforms from Apple and Google, but subjectively both the operating systems are becoming more similar to each other. Android is gradually taking the fact that iPhone and iPad users have always valued in iOS – aesthetics, simplicity and convenience. In turn, iOS increases functionality and customization options.

And still there are some functions remain unique to each software product. Below are six functions that are distinctive to iOS and Android.

1. The default app (Android)

In Android it is possible to install application to perform certain tasks by default. For example, all links you can open in Dolphin browser, and write emails in Gmail. In iOS this is not possible, by default, you can always use Safari, only Mail, only the built-in camera and so on.

2. Spotlight (iOS)

Spotlight is a phenomenal tool for iOS devices. To access it simply swipe down from the home screen, after which you can looking for any information on your device – apps, contacts, phone numbers, e-mails, GarageBand projects, emails, music tracks. Spotlight also allows you to search on the Internet. As on the Mac, Spotlight on iOS is able to perform basic mathematical calculations.

3. Launcher (Android)

To personalize the appearance of your Android, you can install a launcher that allow you to change the lock screen to shuffle the widgets, change the icons of applications to install new icons. In the latest versions of iOS also has widgets, but they are tied to the lock screen of the operating system. iOS remains protected from user intervention.

4. Continuity (iOS)

Today when choosing a smartphone or tablet main are not different technical specifications like battery capacity, camera resolution etc. They are more or less similar on all modern devices. The main thing for the user is a mobile ecosystem. In this regard, iOS is much more developed.

iCloud has long been a base for single sign-on in any products – the Apple ID. Secondly, there was the ability to store data in the cloud, access them from any device. This is not just convenient in the daily work – for example, create a document on a Mac to upload to iCloud and access them from your iPhone. It also dramatically simplifies the transition from one Apple device to another. You bought a new iPhone? Not require virtually no action, all your contacts, settings, data and content will be migrated from the “cloud”.

And then was a function of Continuity: AirDrop technology, without allowing presets to transfer files, mode Handoff, which you can use to start an activity on one device and continue on another, Instant Hotspot for transparent Internet connection with iPhone, stream cell calls and SMS on your Mac, avtorazborka, universal clipboard, sync your desktop between devices, and more.

5. Smart Unlock (Android)

In Android at the time appeared quite a useful function that allows you to automatically disable the lock screen tablets and smartphones with a password in cases when they are in range of a trusted Bluetooth or NFC, and in the pre-defined trusted locations.

In addition, the function of expanded options Smart Unlock, which serves to immediately block the device without our supervision. A function called “Physical contact” uses the accelerometers of a smartphone to determine whether it is in the hands, pocket, or bag, or just lying somewhere unattended.

In the latter case, if the user previously activated on your device “Physical contact”, it will be immediately locked to prevent access by third parties to personal information and data stored on the smartphone or tablet.

In other cases, when you pull out your smartphone from your pocket or bag, you can instantly access the desktop without having to use a fingerprint scanner or a password. Convenient, isn’t it?

6. iMessage (iOS)

One of the unique features of iOS — support for message transfer Protocol iMessage. For user messages look like normal SMS messages, but they pass by the cellular network operator, traveling through Internet channels. You do not need to install additional messengers, everything works out of the box. When you send an ordinary text message and the recipient also iPhone, the phone will automatically try to send it via the Internet. In the event of failure — repeat sending the SMS.

iMessage works on all Apple devices — smartphones, tablets, computers and even iPods iPod Touch. At the same time in iOS 10 messenger has turned into a complete framework with support for third-party applications. Now iMessage is not just a service to exchange messages with stickers and emojis, it’s also a handy tool to transfer money via Apple Pay, call a taxi, work with multimedia content.

The release of iOS and Android 11 O beta testing will increase the degree of competition between Apple and Google. And yet we buy are gadgets, not icons and thingies. But because the main trump cards in this fight will be the announcements of Android-flagships Pixel and the long-awaited premiere of the iPhone 8. Here we are waiting for intrigue.

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