iOS and Android are clearly the two most advanced systems on the current mobile landscape. But that does not mean they are perfect, because, like everything in the world around us, both platforms have their pros and cons. However, the road to perfection yes pursue both Google and Apple, both platforms can learn a lot from each other. Yeah, although for some it may seem impossible, iOS can learn several things Android and Android can also learn several things iOS, as if it were a kind of feedback. Yes, always preserving the principles and foundations that have characterized both platforms since its inception.
Important note: all these appraisals are based on Android 4.4.2 on a KitKat Nexus 5 and iOS 7.1.2 on iPhone 5s , the latest versions available for both devices. Layers of customization, mods, ROMs and third party applications are not taken into account, because we want to try both systems in their purest versions, as Google and Apple’s design.
What can you learn iOS From Android?
The first thing you can learn iOS Android is the battery information. In Android you can access a list of applications, see the percentages consumed by each application, how long they have been active … etc. That is, more details on our device and what is causing the autonomy of our device down to a greater or lesser extent . In iOS, for now, just found some confusing numbers and total usage time on that, for most users, it is insufficient.
A similar find mobile data consumption . iOS does allow us to see how much data you consumed every application on the terminal, but the way the data showing the level of detail of them and the ability to perform actions based on that data (such as automatically disconnect the data connection once we spent the bonus monthly data) is much lower than that Android offers.
Sharing information between applications is also a point where you can learn iOS Android. True, developers such as Tapbots Reeder or integrate other services into your own application (like Pocket or Buffer) and save this lack, but everything would be much easier if Apple offered this possibility natively , because we would not be limited to what the developer has included in the app. Share between applications must be present or yes in iOS 8 Also, Apple should give the user the option to set default applications for certain actions . For example: use as native Chrome browser instead of Safari. Or, if I open a podcast, throw in Pocket Casts instead of the official implementation of Podcasts for iOS. Of course, the implementation should be better than Android offers, which can be a bit confusing for the average user at certain times. Create a hub in implementing specific settings where we can specify which applications are automatically launched with each link or action, for example, would be a good implementation.
And how could it be otherwise, customization is also a point that iOS should learn from Android. I do not mean to incorporate widgets or allow customization homescreen similar to Android, as each platform has its essence and its own characteristics that define their personality. I mean things like being able to change the default keyboard shortcuts or create our homescreen to take concrete action. For example: create a shortcut to a specific contact, a list of Spotify we open with some frequency or a place where we do Foursquare check-in daily. Ie something similar to what we can do with the web in Safari.
What can you learn Android from iOS?
In the same way that iOS can learn a lot from Android, Google’s platform can also take a number of interesting ideas mobile operating system from Apple.
One of those ideas is more control of privacy. On iOS only find a section dedicated to privacy, where we can choose which applications have access to different parts of the terminal. In Android, unfortunately, did not find anything similar, and I think it is very necessary to prevent some applications to access the phone features do not want anyone to have access (see the location, the microphone. etc.). Android should allow greater control over privacy and incoming notifications similar situation find notifications. Some manufacturers have incorporated into their coats a section where personalization regulate which applications can send notifications and what type of notification can send , but most Android devices and, above all, the AOSP version of Android 4.4 KitKat – does not include anything like , so it is something that Google should be considered in future versions of Android. And yes, you can disable notifications for a specific application in Settings> Applications, but is similar to that previously quoted the statistics of battery iOS case: is there but it is inadequate and well below what makes the another platform.
Another details that Android could learn from iOS is the email application. Not as far as features are concerned (because Android is really good), but unification. On Android we have an app for Gmail and one for other email services . For most users this will not be a problem, since they use Gmail, but if, like me, you combine accounts for various services, is much more helpful to have access to all email accounts from a single application, as does IOS eg.