It’s a new year, so we all get new opportunities. Poetic, but not quite the thrust of what WANT editor-in-chief Mark Hofman wants to give you today. After all, he is raving about the technology that will appear this year. For example, he is eager to see Android features appear on the iPhone.
‘A man may dream,’ my mother used to say. Now I am a man according to Dutch law, but we all know better mentally. Technology makes the little boy in me come out and I keep dreaming about fantastic innovations and events. So too at the start of a brand new year.
Five Android features to iPhone
As I called out in the second third episode of our Freakin’ Nerds podcast, I think Android vs iOS is a pointless discussion. Long story short: the operating systems are tremendously close in quality and are only distinguishable in terms of preference.
Although I myself am stuck like crazy in Apple’s ecosystem, there are plenty of features on the Android side of the market that I can be “jealous” of. So in this article, I’ll follow the advice of moms and tell you what features I’d love to see migrate from Android to an iPhone.
#1 Magic Eraser on the iPhone
Last year in the Netherlands, we were introduced to the Google Pixel 7 Pro for the first time. As a result, we were immediately introduced to the Magic Eraser: a magic eraser that can remove objects and people from photos.
It’s a very handy way to be able to give your photos just that extra touch. It’s not new, of course, but I first made my own acquaintance with it in 2022. And to be perfectly honest, I think Apple should make an effort to cater to iPhone users as well.
#2 Multitasking like on an Android
Let’s face it: if an Android does anything well, it’s multitasking. As far as I’m concerned, Apple could learn a lot from that with its iPhone.
For example, it is possible to use applications through a split screen (screen divided by two). So on the top you watch a movie on YouTube while on the bottom you let your mom know you won’t be coming for dinner tonight.
As far as I’m concerned, the large screens of the iPhone 14 Plus and 14 Pro Max lend themselves perfectly to such functionalities. So what are we waiting for?
The Pixel 7 and the Pixel Watch (Image: Google)
#3 Downloading apps outside the App Store
I have to agree with Dennis a little bit. Don’t like to do it (comes out of the throat very awkwardly), but it can’t be helped. Indeed, in our Freakin’ Nerds podcast he started a discussion about sideloading. A term for installing applications and games from an alternative app store or through a website.
Apple hasn’t given in on it yet with the iPhone, but the European Union is chasing it like crazy. There’s a pretty good chance that soon we’ll be able to get applications from an alternative store. And frankly, I quite fancy that.
#4 iPhone in your own style
Android smartphones have been known for it for years: the many options when it comes to appearance. Every icon is customizable, you have access to an entire color palette, and there are countless skins to download.
Like a Pro. (Image: Mark Hofman / OMT)
Although Apple is giving the iPhone a small taste with widgets and app icons, the real thing remains to be seen. Whether CEO Tim Cook’s American company will ever get around to it seems unlikely, but personally, the new access screen tastes like more.
#5 File management of an Android
Apple has its act together as far as I’m concerned, but Android does considerably better on file management than the iPhone.
Features are limited in this area. The management itself is not very complete and saving files from a PC or laptop is difficult. Time for Apple, in this area, to take a leaf out of Android’s book.