3 Android Features That Will (Probably) Never Make It To iOS

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We often compare Android with iOS and each time Google and/or Apple announce a new version of their OS, fans of both take to the internet to debate who did it first, or who did it better. A lot of times, the two operating systems do indeed borrow or adapt popular features from the other but a lot of features, a lot of popular ones, often do not make the transition. That’s where you see a lot of variance between the two in terms of features. Both Google and Apple follow a certain philosophy when adding features to their respective mobile operating systems and there are just somethings neither will adopt (voluntarily or otherwise) from the other, Here are three very awesome Android features that are highly unlikely to make it to iOS.

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Guest Accounts

Apple lets you add a single Apple account to multiple devices but that’s more for the sake of parental control than it is for allowing more than one person to use a single device.Granted you don’t normally share a phone but iOS runs on the iPad and like a family computer, it can be shared, However, it’s exceptionally unlikely to ever happen for one simple reason; sales. Allowing device sharing could actually impact sales of the iPad. The larger iPhone 6 is already cutting into iPad sales so imagine a world where an iPhone can replace an iPad, and it can be used by multiple people. It comes down to a selling strategy and device sharing doesn’t help Apple much.

Battery Management

The reason why Apple is very unlikely to introduce a battery monitoring feature like that in Android Lollipop has nothing to do with its sales strategy. It is more of a PR move; imagine a world where iOS users begin posting tons of screenshots of how poorly their device’s battery is performing. Battery life is something that Apple boasts about improving with each new device it introduces. Without just such an app, users already complain about battery life, and this is something that happens for all devices, not just Apple ones but if the company were to introduce an app that it cited as an accurate way to measure battery performance it would open the flood  gates for a lot of complaints and a lot of screenshots floating around on social media. Bad PR as we know from the iCloud hack and the #BendGate is really hard to manage.

Google Camera App

I’ve said it quite often; there is nothing quite like the Google Camera app. The iPhone may boast of a great camera and everything, the camera app itself has just gotten exposure adjustment but it still doesn’t match the blur effect in Google Camera. We had to go hunting for iOS apps that came any close to it and it was hard to find the free ones. Google Camera is free, and it helps take the best pictures. Why this isn’t coming to iOS is because Google isn’t going to give something that great to iOS. Apple might develop something like it, or close to it, or it may not. It’s on chance and Android users have it good.

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  • joe

    To your entries above I would add apps which allow the user to directly sense networking capabilities and exert greater control over the file system. Equivalents of Android apps like “Wifi Analyzer” and “Clean Master” are conspicuously absent on iOS.

    • Jurassic

      Joe, you may not realize it, but there are all sorts of WiFi analyzer apps and file system apps for iOS too.

      Just search for them in the iTunes App Store.

      • Jeff

        Where are the wifi analyzers? They used to exist, but I don’t see any of them anymore… I’d be happy if you could name even one.

  • Jurassic

    3 other Android Features That Will (Probably) Never Make It To iOS… and that would be a good thing!

    1) OS fragmentation (too many versions of the OS in use, with a minority of users using the current OS)
    2) Long delays in dissemination of OS upgrades (for those users that CAN upgrade)
    3) Tens of thousands of malware apps (due to uncontrolled sources of software)

  • Jurassic

    This is a VERY subjectively slanted article.

    In response to the 3 features listed:

    1) Google can claim being first to bring “Guest Accounts” to the OS, but to say that this will “never make it to iOS” is just a baseless opinion. There is nothing stopping Apple from introducing this feature… or even going one better by making iOS a multi-user platform.

    iOS is based on OS X which is a multi-user platform, so the ability is there. With the rumoured iPad Pro coming in the spring, it will be aimed at business use, and would be a likely candidate for multiuser accounts in iOS.

    2) There are many much better “Battery Management” apps for iOS that put the basic Android app to shame. Many of those iOS apps are available for free.

    And it is senseless to try to associate battery management with your unrelated comment: “Bad PR as we know from the iCloud hack and the #BendGate”… Especially since neither of those things are valid!

    Intelligent people (unlike the author) know that the iCloud servers were NOT “hacked” at all! The truth (which has evaded the author) is that the individual user was phished for their login and password, or the user chose a login and password that was so easy to guess that anyone would know it.

    Also, this whole “bendgate” storm in a teacup was put to rest by the testing done by Consumer Reports, which clearly showed that the iPhone 6 Plus was stronger and less likely to bend than most other smartphones.

    3) “Google Camera App” is not a great camera app, just because it has a “blur effect”. In addition to the native iOS camera app having a much more user-friendly interface, there are many iOS camera apps (most are available for free) that provide many more useful features than the Android camera app.

    To say that the Android camera app “helps take the best pictures” is just ridiculous! No amount of software can take the best pictures if the camera hardware and firmware are not top notch. The iPhone cameras have been rated the best of the smartphone cameras, by many professional photographers. Check sites like Flickr to see examples of the incredible iPhone photos submitted by professional photographers.

    Overall, this article is a vain and ineffective attempt to deprecate iPhones and iOS.

    • thomg875

      RE: iCloud hack and…
      I was wondering if the author really wasn’t aware there was none to speak of to ‘manage.’

    • ashraf

      Apparently you are quite ignorant…

      1) You should know that Apple banned a magazine from it’s events because they conducted an independent test. The consumer reports you are talking about are not independent. You may know about iPhone but you don’t know about aluminum. May wanna brush up on your physics.

      2) You are delusional to think that iPhone has the best camera.It isn’t. Even your own statement contradicts it, as you said and I quote “No amount of software can take the best pictures if the camera hardware and firmware are not top notch”. The camera is virtually unchanged since the first iPhone was introduced, it’s the least upgraded hardware.

    • Elancore

      lol, ignorant apple fanboy.

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    • Felix Emmanuel Saint-Laurent

      just a small clarification IOS and OSX are based on Darwin, IOS was made in order to bring the feel of OSX to a phone plateform but IOS is not based on OSX… as for the rest i wont comment never owned a Iphone….

  • Suomi A

    google camera I think sucks, the htc sense camera leaves it for dead completely.

  • Rita Sun

    Excellent! 🙂

  • Ian Amanté

    2 years later and already 2 are irrelevant