There are a few features in Android that are better than iOS. Apple must do what any good tech company does: steal them. It doesn’t mean to find something good and then clone it, but to look around, immerse yourself in the best of what’s out there, and then figure out a way to do it better. There has already been plenty of that on both sides of the war. Both of the companies have been accused of doing quite a bit of stealing from each other. Now the things iOS 10 should get from Android are:
Location-Aware Device Security + Functionality
One of the unique features of the android mobile applications is location awareness. Mobile users take their devices with them everywhere, and adding location awareness enables the device to automatically behave differently. If you’re at a trusted location, its smart lock automatically disables a device’s password/lock screen features connected to your car’s Bluetooth system, or near your smartwatch. There have been hints over the years that Apple wants to enable this feature on iOS devices.
Real Live Wallpaper
Apple offers a very limited collection of live wallpapers that are nowhere near Android’s. Android has a large collection of 3D or animated 2D designs of wallpapers. The changing process of the wallpaper is far easier in Android (just press and hold down on your current wallpaper) compared to iOS.
iOS still don’t have multiple user support where many android devices already have this feature.
Customizable Home Screens, Folder Sizes, and Widgets
Apple should borrow the improvements of enabling greater customization of Home Screen icon locations and using folders that make better use of the screen’s size when opened.
Another best android enhancement is the ability to use widgets, mini-apps that get added to one or more of your Home Screens, offering both functionality and a more interesting look than a plain icon grid.
Google Backup and Photos
iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Drive – that keep photos, videos, and documents stored of iOS users is really expensive and teases you with the ability to access all your photos or perhaps videos from any device, anywhere, only if you’re willing to pay for the privilege. Google’s backup service is completely free for its users.
Android makes it possible to return to the home screen without needing to press a physical button. It places a button on your screen that floats on top of all other apps. Whenever you’re ready to return home, just give it a tap. Its more helpful than Apple’s dedicated Home button. iOS 9 introduced a virtual back button on an as-needed basis in the upper left corner of the screen, but it’s neither as convenient nor intuitive to access as Android’s.
Google Now is one of the most ambitious evolutions of Google’s search software. The idea is simple — predict what you’ll want or need to know before you know you need or want it, and serve it up in an easy-to-read format. And the execution has been excellent. Apple tried to capture the feature with iOS 9’s Proactive, but it’s nowhere near Google Now.
Deeper Emergency Alert Settings
Android lets you differentiate between “extreme threats to life and property,” “severe threats to life and property,” and “AMBER alerts” and “Emergency Alert” of which iOS has no granular control. AMBER alerts —that receive reminders either once, every 2 minutes, or every 15 minutes which is terribly irritating.
Android’s Daydream – is a quick, easy way to customize your Android device’s charging/docking screen to display practically anything you want. You can use it as a digital clock or photo frame. iOS should give you the same option.
A More Usable Status Bar
iOS’s status bar leaves the space mostly open but includes some unnecessary elements as the device’s or cellular carrier’s name and a long battery icon. Android uses the bar largely for icons but includes app download status and completion, as well as other icons that clearly seem linked to the bar’s related pull-down menu for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular, and other controls. It would be a useful improvement on iOS to let users customize this bar, and getting rid of the word “iPad” at the top.