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3 features I'd steal from iOS 11 for Android P

The latest update to iOS is out of beta and rolling out to iPhones as of Tuesday this week, and it's got our friends over at iMore pretty excited. If you need to catch up on what's new, you can check out Rene Ritchie's full review:

While it's all Android, all the time over here, it's always worth keeping up with what's going on with iOS. Apple does a lot of things really well and they deserve full credit for that... and if Google can bring some of the more ingenious features over to Android, well, all the better!

Here are a few of the new iOS features that I would love to see ported over to Android.

Augmented Reality baked into the OS

Since releasing its ARKit for developers back in June, it's clear that Apple is eyeing Augmented Reality as an important piece in its mobile strategy moving forward as we saw at its latest iPhone launch event. Some highlights from the event included a demo of an AR multiplayer game called The Machines and more practical examples of Augmented Reality such as using your phone to get real-time stats and player information at an MLB game or using a star-gazing app to point out constellations and planets. The aim was to showcase the processing power of the new line of iPhones while also cementing augmented reality as "the next big thing" in the minds of the mainstream public.

Apple's newfound focus on Augmented Reality and its inclusion as a core feature in iOS 11 should lead to companies and brands incorporating AR features into more apps as the technology reaches mainstream status.

Now I know what you're probably saying — Google has been dabbling with its own AR platform for Android developers, Tango, for several years now, and even announced their answer to Apple's software-based ARKit with AR Core in late August. Oh, and then there's this little game — don't know if you've heard of it — called Pokémon Go that sort of took the world by storm a year ago, so augmented reality on phones isn't as earth-shattering an idea as Apple would have us think.

Apple focusing on augmented reality should trigger companies and brands to get on the AR bandwagon as it achieves mainstream status.

When Apple's Phil Schiller took to the stage and said the new iPhones were the first smartphones created for Augmented Reality, he was conveniently ignoring the ASUS ZenFone AR and Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. Of course, it's hard to blame Schiller for that, as both Tango-ready phones are pretty forgettable — a shame because the experience using Tango is pretty awesome.

But that kind of speaks to the larger issue here. Google's been working on Augmented Reality via Tango for so long now, yet it still feels like something stuck in beta. The number of Tango-ready phones is embarrassingly small — and Google has yet to release a Tango-ready phone of their own. AR Core shows a ton of promise and eliminates the need to buy a phone with specific hardware for implementing AR features, but there's still a ton of questions surrounding Google's future plans for both Tango and AR Core.

Might some of those questions be answered on October 4th? I guess we'll learn soon enough.

Apple Pay in iMessage

We're living in an increasingly cashless society and that trend will only continue to grow as more people start using fantastic mobile payment options such as Apple Pay and Android Pay. Apple first introduced Apple Pay in 2014 with the iOS 8.1, and with iOS 11 they're implementing new functionality that lets you send Apple Pay money transfers to friends or family right from within iMessage.

Now, this peer-to-peer payment service from within iMessage isn't rolling out with the official iOS 11 release, but it is coming and it's a feature that sure looks enticing to those of us on the Android side of the fence. Sure, it's still incredibly convenient for me to open my banking app and wire my friends some money that I owe them or whatnot, but there's just something so elegant about responding to a friend's reminder text that you that you owe them $20, and then immediately sending it to them within the conversation as a reply.

I'd love to be able to send and receive money transfers as easy as a text — but no new messaging apps, Google!

It's a feature that I'd love to see Google bake into Android, but Google would first need to decide which messaging app to build it into. Allo? Android Messages? Hangouts?

Beyond that, there's also the issue of phone makers getting on board, too. So many Android phones ship with their own OEM-specific messaging apps set as default, along with popular third-party messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and more — it's just that much easier for Apple to implement this feature into iMessage as but another great feature for the benefit of all iOS users.

Just please, Google, for our own sanity, please don't release another messaging app just for sending money to friends.

Do Not Disturb turns on automatically when you're driving

Distracted driving is an issue that, sadly, doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. With younger generations getting smartphones in their hands before reaching the driving age, it's all too easy to get into the habit of instinctively checking new notifications as soon as they pop up. Younger drivers can build self-confidence in their ability to multi-task, which may ultimately lead to tragic consequences.

With iOS 11, Apple has introduced a feature that will automatically turn on Do Not Disturb if it detects that you're in a moving vehicle or if you connect to your car's Bluetooth. Once enabled, all notifications are turned off, and there's even an option to automatically notify anyone trying to message you that you're currently behind the wheel. It can also be toggled manually, too, for the times when you're a passenger in a car.

This is just a really smart feature that should probably be implemented across all smartphones. Distracted driving is a major public safety issue, and the first step towards correcting it is removing the temptation to check your phone. Here's hoping iOS users make use of this new feature, and Google adds it to its list of features to include in the next major Android update.

What iOS features would you steal?

These are my top three picks for features I'd like to see Google steal for Android P, but what about you? Let us know in the comments!

Marc Lagace was an Apps and Games Editor at Android Central between 2016 and 2020. You can reach out to him on Twitter [@spacelagace.

160 Comments
  • I would use none of those features.
  • I would use all of them
  • Do Not Disturb turns on automatically when you're driving. Do not disturb turns on automatically when it thinks you're driving.
    -FTFY. Terrible idea.
    My truck is my mobile office. I can't have junk like this effecting my work. But frankly, the main issue is that developers sitting at some desk somewhere are getting further and further out of touch with reality. And from there, there are writing code that is designed specifically to interfere. These people aren't here. They have no perspective. Stop it.
  • So you're saying you conduct business, something I'd say is pretty distracting, while driving an apparently large vehicle?
  • I'm not going to be doing paperwork, or composing emails while I'm driving. I'd switch out and let someone else drive while I do that type of a task.
    Once I'm on site, If I'm in the truck, I will turn the key forward to maintain a bluetooth connection. I don't want that to mute my notifications.
    However, when driving, I definitely need to have notifications be brought to my attention, so I know if I need to pull over and attend to that.
    If I receive a phone call while I'm driving, I'll take it. There is nothing wrong with talking over bluetooth hands-free.
    Another note, is that I don't want to have automated responses going out to clients. Not even once.
  • So while you admittedly have a very niche use case here there's a couple of things that make it sound like much a do about nothing. IF you were forced to own an iPhone: Auto replies are an option not mandatory.
    You can toggle dnd off and on.
    Auto dnd on Bluetooth is an option not mandatory.
  • Same. If that's the 3 best things that Android is missing that iOS has, I'm good.
  • How about video calling from within the phone app? I don't understand why this feature has been blocked by carriers in Android but not on iOS. Build Duo into the phone app and call it a day.
  • It works within carrier on Verizon phones with "Advanced Calling", so I don't see that it has been "blocked'
  • Video calling has worked on Android since as long as I can remember here in Australia. Heck Iv'e been vide calling since long before the iPhone 3G. We had video phones on a service provider called "3"
  • Right, but it's not baked in. The fact that I can't go to call someone with my stand phone app and instead hit the video button is just bad user experience. Something there I phone does quite well.
  • All of iMessage.
  • For real. It's absolutely absurd that Google hasn't come out with a decent competitor messaging app to imessage.
  • I'd honestly rather there not be any "competition" in messaging. Why can't we have compatibility between platforms? Most, if not ALL, of the people I text have iPhones. I ain't converting anyone...and nobody's converting me.
  • I agree. At least RCS kind of promises that, but we need all carriers and OEMs to utilize it the same way... and not sure that's going to happen anytime soon.
  • Well that was kind of the point of Allo and Duo and Hangouts. I don't know what iMessage has that theses apps don't (I never used iMessage)
  • imessage is directly baked into iphone. it is totally cross platform, ipod, iphone, mac, ipad, doesn't matter, pick it up and it works. add in the basic ability of it having sms fallback so even if the person is out of data as long as there is cell service the message will go through, just nothing fancy. People keep trying to say that hangouts was the same, IT IS NOT. hangouts uses email account to send messages across everything and a phone number for sms. so if you send a message with hangouts to a personal number and they respond it will only come back to the phone, not cross platform, it will only work on every device IF they have a gmail account.
    allo and duo work excellent for what they are. better than whatsapp even. but if you decide to send a message to someone who does not have these installed it sends it as sms AND a spam message to install allo, but not from your number, a random chosen numbe and the receiver doesn't know who sent itr. so if you have low or no data you have to switch messengers which means all your chats will be different. this is not just an allo issue, every messenger is like this, whatsapp, line, vibe, telegram all are data only. imessage integrates everything and is the native messaging app. and it does it really well.
  • iMessage only works on Apple operating systems. So your claim of "it is totally cross platform" is highly suspect. Hangouts can be accessed from a web browser. And I have to laugh at your comment that Hangouts only works IF one has a gmail account, since iMessage only works IF one has an Apple account.
  • Great explanation.
  • There's no single solution for that, as there are tons of Android manufacturers that each can/do put their own messaging app on the phone.
  • Imessage combines a Web chat like Facebook messenger with texting natively built into the phone. Seemless integration and no need to worry about who has what chat service. It works when data isn't available and it works over wifi when cell coverage can't be found. It will also sync your messages on anything with your Apple ID so iPods, iPads, Macs, etc can all sync. It's not something I need, but it's a nice feature to be honest.
  • iMessage make us Android users green bubbles and iPhone users blue bubbles. that's all you need to know. ;)
  • Or anyone without an iPhone green bubbles...
  • Tbh most people use what's app for things that I message dose so not really any need as it's on all platforms.
  • Totally agree!
  • The article makes a good point that every OEM ships with their own messaging app. It doesn't really matter that Allo exists if it's not a default on more phones.
  • Some OEMs ship with Google's messaging app instead of their own.
  • And that's only one of several of Google's messaging apps.
  • 100% agree. This should of been Google's top priority a while ago. Forget Allo its terrible. Just make the native message app have all the features needed.
  • They can't force other phone makers to make it a default app though.
  • actually... they could.
  • I don't think you've been keeping up to date on Google's monopoly woes. They're getting hit from all sides, and in most cases it doesn't matter if Google is asking for their apps to be default or not. In many cases they're only asking that their apps are pre-installed on OEM's devices, and the OEMs can put their own apps as default. But that's not good enough for many OEMs, and in some cases, some governments either. So if they tried to force OEMs to use their messaging app as the default, it's be worse than it is now.
  • actually I don't think Allo is all that bad, but good luck getting anyone to switch to it until it handles SMS (as it should!).
  • I'd love to see the True Tone display feature, where the screen color changes to still look the same under different lighting conditions.
  • But you've been able to send money through Gmail and Google wallet for a while now... And Gmail is pretty much the only messaging app most Android users use other than that everyone has their favorites
  • Gmail isn't messaging. it's email
    Hangouts is the messenger and it can't send email or money
  • Yes i get that but u missed my point of it's one of the only commonly used apps amongst Android users
  • Only feature to take from IOS is the phone-wide search including email and file contents. So spotlight search. With the In Apps Search it searchs withing the Gmail app but it does not work properly for Exchange accounts, also you have to go to In Apps tab in the search results page explicity, which is not a best practice for productivity.
  • BlackBerry Device Search App available on Google Play store :)
  • Sesame is also a good choice for this. Found it on XDA.
  • The so-called "cop button," which allows you to quickly deactivate fingerprint unlock. I can do this with Nova Launcher, but I'd like to see it baked into Android. Maybe it could be activated by a long-press of the fingerprint sensor, or several quick taps.
  • do tell,how do I deactivate fingerprint unlock with Nova
  • I have a gesture in Nova to perform a screen lock. It automatically shuts off the screen and makes you input pattern/pin like on startup. When you try the finger print reader it displays the message 'Device locked by admin'.
  • Go to Settings -> Gestures & Inputs, and scroll down to the Gestures section. I have Double Tap set to "Screen lock." You have to allow Nova Launcher to act as a Device Administrator (it'll just prompt you) and then a double tap will lock the screen and force a PIN or pattern unlock, just like when you first restart the device. It's not quite as convenient as Apple's implementation in iOS 11 (I think you just press the Home button rapidly five times or something like that), but it's good enough for if you are detained by the police or something similar.
  • Just turn your phone if you have something to hide
  • Update the site name.. Android-Apple Central?
  • Clever.
  • That's not clever, that's not even trying! If you're gonna do that, how about iDroidCentral?. See, was it that hard?
  • On my original HTC EVO there was a app I used but I cannot remember the name. It used the camera to look around the world around you and would point out things of interest in the world around you. (Gas stations, fast food etc..)
    Can anyone remember what that app was?
  • No and that tells you everything you need to know about the app.
  • I believe that was Google Goggles. That was a neat app and it was semi AR in that you could get real time info about what the camera was looking at. They killed it off, then tries Google Glass with similar features. Google has been trying AR for a while now, now that Apple is all in on AR we should see some cool stuff from Google,Samsung and Moto very soon when it comes to AR actually baked in to the OS.
  • Google Goggles is still available, I have it on my phone. No idea as to how well it works, I haven't used it in a long time.
  • That was(is) google maps.
  • Might have been Yelp. I don't know if it still has that function.
  • Windows phone used to do this as well.
  • Windows phone was amazing at this... That was the only thing I was jealous that my phone never had
  • That was awesome. They also had an app for job seekers that would augment the world around you with jobs from indeed local to your area. Point the phone in an area and it would pop up any jobs listed as you moved the phone around. Windows phone 8.1 had great AR on my lumia 925 and it is weird to hear Apple go on as if it is a new thing.
  • Believe it was called layar or something like that. It wasn't goggles.
  • Yeah it wasn't goggles...I think it was layers too... I remember the app but never really used it other than messing with it and saying it was cool
  • Lol Me too. Just figured it would have developed by now and be a useful tool. Some AR apps and AR photo tricks would be fun. I think it will be useful technology in the near future
  • Yep it was Layers
  • Wikitude was able to do this.
  • Do Not Disturb while driving would be really annoying for people who only drive some of the time. They'd have to remember to turn it off every time they're a passenger or in an Uber or they'd miss their messages. For that reason, I think a lot of people will disable it permanently, which defeats the purpose.
  • Options
  • If it works like windows phone driving mode, you assign driving mode to a bluetooth connection -- i.e. the car you normally drive. When you get into another car, it does not activate. I think android auto can do this to some degree. If nothing else, android auto (phone as display) makes doing anything other than android auto an extra step.
  • Android auto will dok this I think. I run it on my note 8 thru the phone and when it connects to my car bt and launches auto it automatically turns on do not disturb.
  • Do you know how you use waze in android auto (only on phone no head unit). Navigation uses google maps. Thanks
  • Sky view, the VR astronomy app, has been around for several years... It really is amazing, and ahead of it's time. You have a virtual overlay of the stars in the sky as you point your phone camera to the sky... Which direction the planets are moving in, etc. Unbelievable how talented the app creators were, and are. As far as IOS features to steal.... Hmmm.... I'm rather content with android. Apple has played catch up with OLED displays and display sizes. I'm surprised Apple never stole the app widgets idea from Android. To my eye, android OS is much easier to navigate than tunneling through Apple sub menu's. I think Apple IOS is not as user friendly. The android drop down settings menu is much easier to navigate and make changes where you want to make changes. BUT just as I don't like forced app bloatware, I could make a case to allow a user to delete entire menu's from android OS... Eg. I'd delete the Advanced Features menu from Samsung.
  • They did steal the widgets idea but its implementation is so poor. I forget they are there if you swipe right from your first home screen.
  • yeah - I'd use none of that. I'm not a 16 year old - I can choose when to answer my phone or not. I have an online banking app that's easier more secure than anything offered by Apple pay - And AR is just another gimmick like VR. Sure - it's neat...but it's totally unnecssary and adds nothing outside of gaming and super nerdy use cases involving dice and 0 social life...
  • Exactly! E transfers via Interac on Canadian mobile banking, and even store purchases using tap debit or credit cards are just as, if not more convenient than Apple or Android mobile pay options... And no, I'm not interested in giving Google my banking info.... They have plenty of data already... And zero Loyalty programs, you lose those if you are buying through Android or IOS. There was zero revolutionary about mobile payments.... They are an equivalent replacement to solutions already in the marketplace... Granted, American banks have been slow to implement consumer protection such as chip protected debit and credit cards.... I doubt tap debit would be widely available in the states. Incredible that American banks and the retail payment systems used are so resistant to upgraded consumer protections and convenience.
  • If you don't find AR or VR appealing to you or something you would use, that is totally fine and understandable. However, to go so far as to say that they are totally unnecessary and add nothing is just ignorant. VR can open up experiences to people who normally wouldn't be able to experience something for a number of reasons (think of a paraplegic using VR to "scuba dive", "climb" a mountain, "hike" a trail, or even just someone who's always wanted to travel the world and explore the pyramids, museums, other landmarks [and not just in street view] but can't afford to do so, etc). AR opens up a whole world and might just give independence and a better life to the blind. Having family members that fall into either of these groups of people, I can assure you that VR and AR are not gimmicks, are not totally unnecessary and they certainly do add something to society. If you don't get a value out of them, that's totally fine, but you might want to educate yourself on other use cases for these technologies before making a broad, inaccurate, ignorant statement like that.
  • Only thing I would want copied is that I don't get a notification that background services are running on my iPhone like I do on the Pixel running Android 8. I am using a smart phone. I know **** is running in the background.
  • Doesn't "do not disturb" mode activate automatically when you use Android Auto? I use that all the time when I'm driving and I'm pretty sure that is how it works.
  • Yep
  • Being able to see past and dismissed notifications (for the times you swiped it by accident).
  • Yes! If I swipe away something and not remember I may never know what it was.
  • I like this idea!! I'm always swiping them away by accident
  • That's been in Android since 4.3 jellybean. But it's not in the open so most ppl don't know about it
  • So the million-dollar question is, where in the OS is it? :)
  • There's an app called Notification Saver you can use to see dismissed notifications. You can configure how many notifications to keep, and you can filter out history for the ones you don't find worth keeping (e.g. Choose input method, Upcoming alarm) by title or text or app name or app package.
  • How about some Windows Mobile features??
    Like bluetooth messaging in your car working out of the box?
    Bluetooth navigation working out of the box without jumping through hoops and pulling your hair out?
    Having a battery saver feature that can be set to automatically turn on when the battery hits a certain percentage, out of the box?
    Respond to text messages from the lock screen without unlocking the phone, out of the box?
  • Not sure what phone you're struggling with, but most of these things have been on every android phone I've used the past few years. Except that responding to text from a lock screen, but who would want that? Anyone that picks up your phone could read your messages.
  • I'd love to know how to get text messaging via bluetooth working out of the box.
    And to clarify I mean more than just reading me the text.
    On windows phone out of the box it allows you to listen and respond. Its all Bluetooth and hands free requiring no interaction with the phone.
    I've talked with many Android users who are friends and colleagues and none of them say that Android can do it.
  • Mrtouchedme is correct.. I'm not sure about all Androids but I know HTC and LG lets read and reply and Samsung lets you do it with some work arounds and they definitely go into battery saving mode automatically when they reach a certain battery level
  • Google Assistant can read your messages and let's u reply as well, n it's on every android with 6.0 n above
  • Oh yes to those suggestions
  • Be able to record 4K at 60 fps
  • This.
  • Theoretically the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 series is capable of 4K60FPS (The chip specifies 4K120FPS) but unfortunately the current Galaxy series is held back by the Snapdragon 835's maximum of 4K30FPS. Which means to keep it fair for all Galaxy users, Samsung can only offer features that work on both chipsets. Maybe Samsung will go strictly Exynos with the next model??? Hmmmm
  • Do not disturb turning on while driving should be mandatory on all phones. Especially for the idiots who don't think they need it.
  • How to tell the difference between a driver and a passenger though?
  • Passengers can always opt out...takes 1 tap and you're out of DND while Driving mode...easy.
  • I'm not an idiot and I don't need it. It's not that hard to not check ones phone while driving. Just takes some self discipline. Plus DND while driving doesn't stop someone from just pick up the phone to check for notifications anyway.
  • The Note 8 has the ability to turn on the Do Not Disturb automatically you just set it up once and it does it's thing
  • What about that security feature where you can press the power button multiple times to call the police.
  • I have an iPhone 7+ and Pixel XL. I have not downloaded iOS 11 on my iPhone yet. AR, meh. I will use iMessage pay because I know maybe 5 others who are on android and the rest are iPhone and 3 of those are my kids! The one area I ALWAYS use my iPhone for even if I am carrying my Pixel XL, I use my work iPhone is Google Maps. It just works better on iOS! The GPS just works when you need it and turns off when you don't. Have never understood why android has multiple settings for GPS and one that is battery saving?
  • I don't like it...but that's just me. I'm hopeful Bluetooth works reliably on this release. I hate the huge labels for 'Messages' and 'inbox'...jeezus...I know I'm in messages...I taped the app icon to bring me here!
  • I heard the fonts were pretty heavy in iOS 11.
  • I'm all Android and have never owned a iPhone. Just to clarify lol I just read an article that showed the iPhone 8 being way faster then even the note 8 in some test. Something about being faster than even a i5 chip in a Mac book. Benchmark scores were far superior than anything else. Real world 4k video test (believe it processed it and transfered) was something like 40 sec vs note 8 which was 2 + min. Was just curious about all of this. Thanks for any information.
    Here's the source.
    http://www.idownloadblog.com/2017/09/22/iphone-8-toms-guide-benhcmarks/?...
  • Benchmarking scores in 2017 really mean very little. Just about all flagship phones now are very fast and smooth. These scores meant something in 2013 maybe, but now, they are really just numbers ... In normal day-to-day use, all modern flagships do very well.
  • The interesting thing is that the iPhone 8 scores are twice as high as the iPhone 7, but in the speed comparison videos, they are almost exactly the same speed. For example, check out the opening speeds for Asphalt 8 Airborne, with another phone thrown in for reference. iPhone 7: 12.6 seconds
    iPhone 8: 10.7 seconds
    HTC U11: 6.8 seconds
  • Indeed, something doesn't add up with those benchmark scores. Apple themselves said that the GPU is only 30-odd percent faster and the high-power cores around 15% faster, if I remember correctly... *shrugs*
  • Damien - I've heard various numbers, so I went to the official Apple website and it says "Introducing A11 Bionic. With four efficiency cores that are up to 70 percent faster than A10 Fusion. And two performance cores that are up to 25 percent faster." The speed test I referenced was https://youtu.be/S4dkzr73kT0, and I believe the benchmark scores were 5,691 on the iPhone 7, and 10,396 on the Phone 8... A huge difference which was nowhere to be seen on the real world results. So what I think Apple did was find one specific aspect that the A11 was good at, and worded their advertising so most people would asume that it's 70% faster in general use.
  • The iPhone X is faster... But has half the RAM compared to a Note 8... Only 3 GB vs 6 GB. RAM is where your CPU multitask and does math. In the real world, it means the Note 8 can have more apps open and stuff going on before it slows down (full RAM)... The extra RAM is better than the faster Apple chip. I swear, android Central should do an educational piece on basic stuff like CPU and RAM.
  • Thanks for the insight.
    Agreed, it would be nice to have a good piece on this that breaks it all down for the average guy. I understand most of it but love to learn more
  • These claims are accurate. I've used an S8+, an OP5 with 8GB RAM, and an iPhone 7 Plus at the same time. The iPhone 7 Plus is significantly quicker than any Android phone on the market at launching apps. I can only imagine how much quicker the 8 is. With that said, I still prefer the Android phones. Speed isn't everything, and they're more than quick enough. Productivity is a lot more important to me than how quickly apps launch. In that area, for what I use cell phones, Android simply kills iOS in productivity. It takes fewer clicks to get most things done. This is even more true when using a launcher like Nova.
  • The Note 8 launched Asphalt around 2 secs quicker than the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone Plus was about 1 sec quicker, so I don't know where you get your numbers from. From what I've heard the OP5 is even more efficient too...
  • I referenced the S8+, not the Note 8. I get my numbers from using both. But if I'm wrong, I'm wrong. No big deal. What I can tell you is that the iPhones feel more instantaneous at opening apps (not games necessarily. I don't game much). But when you try multitasking for productivity, they fall flat compared to most high end Android phones, let alone the Note 8. I'm a Note 8 user, and I wouldn't use an iPhone if it wasn't a work required secondary phone at the time, and even then I used both. Just providing some balance based on my experience.
  • None of these items matter to me. Maybe the DND thing a bit, but otherwise, meh. AR? Not so interested yet, at least until there is some actual use for it with USEFUL apps invented.. iOS Apple Pay? really really don't care about this whatsoever. I do like the iOS continuity, i.e. handing off from the phone to a tablet or MAC, or back, when in the middle of typing a doc, etc. Apple does that well. OTOH, iOS could use about 20 things from Android still IMO
  • - A/R is already built in. The ARCore SDK is available. - I have self control, I don't need to shush my phone when in the car. Those that need it will turn this feature off. This is NOT a technology issue. - I seldom need to send/receive money from other individuals.
  • I always liked the touch the top of the screen to get back to the top of the page you're on when scrolling long web pages or apps.
  • 1. An effective way of blocking advertisements in the native browser ( aka 1Blocker on iOS, where i can even block individual URLs ) without rooting and all this bs. Since Google is an advertising company this will obviously never happen.
    2. iOS map only fires up the screen during navigation when there is an action to take aka turn, exit, etc and doesn't waste battery leaving the screen always on. The same 2 hours route burns through 50% of my droid battery versus 8% of my iPhone battery.
    3. Stop this bs with all this clusterf.ck of messaging apps and give us one which actually works and you don't abandon within 6 months.
    At the end of the day we are paying for our devices with your OS on them, as well as your services with our private data.
    Thanks, bye
  • Android used to dim the screen in between navigation directions. People hated it though I think and so they removed it.
  • If you're on a 2 hour route that consumes 50% of your battery, you really ought to consider investing in a car charger. You can find them for $10 or less, many have fast charging included. As for ad blocking in the browser, have you looked into the Samsung browser?
  • Updates.
  • +1. I mean this is glaring.
  • Yes!
  • Updates for one phone will always be easier than updates for thousands of different phones.
  • *eight phones
  • Still easier...
  • Still not the point.
  • On the Android side of things, provide a cohesive F’cking messaging experience and timely updates. I’ve got one out of the two solved with a Pixel. Get your sh*t together on messaging Google, it’s pathetic.
  • Couldn't have said it better myself.
  • All facts.
  • This
  • Data promiscuity is a bad thing. The value proposition that augmented reality represents is a nonstarter. Sharing that much data with companies of dubious integrity is foolish at best.
  • Y'all need to stop with this Apple is this... and Google isn't that.... That just prove the point that y'all don't seem to know the difference between Apple, Google iOS and Android. Whatever Apple does with iOS goes to every iDevice that can get that update whereas the same can't be said of Android. Case in point Allo. Allo is a very good messaging app but just ask how many people on Android uses it? Google only has a hand full of apps that they mandate OEMs to preinstall on their devices, from there on the OEMs can make their own apps, launchers and bloats to add on Android. That doesn't happen with iOS. You take what Apple gives you or you don't take their devices end of story.
  • That Google has yet to build in a decent phone-wide search into Android is embarrassing - especially for a Search Company. I'm no Apple fan and I haven't purchased an Apple product in 12 years (Even then, I owned it for 24 hours before I returned it.). I love Android and has owned an Android Phone since 2010 (HTC Evo --> HTC Evo 3D --> HTC Evo 4G --> Galaxy Note (2, 3, 4, 5) --> Galaxy S8 Plus --> Galaxy Note 8). I say all of this because even though I believe Android (and many of their high end phones) to be the superior OS, there are a few things that can be learned from Apple. For example, How a multi-billion dollar internet company like Google can struggle with universal messaging is beyond me! There are third party apps that are doing this! Why the hell don't we have an i-message (AND FACETIME) equivalent?!?! It's a damn shame!
  • I'm pretty sure Samsung has a system wide search, at least they use to?....
    UPDATE: It has now moved to My Files, there is a search icon in the top right. It should be more accessible.
  • This drove my brother nutsafter he got his S8 lol.
  • Um, if you open the Android Auto app, your phone goes into priority only mode...
  • As someone mentioned earlier, an iMessage equivalent is the ONE thing I wish Google would seriously lift. That was my favorite part of using an iPhone. I would also like it if Google Search was as easily accessible on the home screen as Spotlight is in iOS. Swiping down and having the search box and keyboard come up automatically is very nice.
  • Download a third party launcher like NOVA and set Google Search to permanently stay on all homescreens.
  • I shouldn't HAVE to do that though. That's my point. I wish it was baked into every home screen by default and as easily accessible as Spotlight (swipe down from any home screen, no need for a widget or certain area of the screen/action to bring up)...
  • "I would also like it if Google Search was as easily accessible on the home screen as Spotlight is in iOS."
    Don't most Android phones already have a Google search bar right on the home screen?
  • They do but you're missing my point (both of you). iOS's implementation is baked right in to every home page. You can just by swipe down on any part of the screen and the search bar and keyboard instantly come up. You don't need to have a search bar or widget taking up screen space or touch a certain part of the screen every time you want to search for something (I like a very minimal home screen hence why I'm using a Pixel). Seems like it's nbd, but I used it enough during my time with an iPhone 7 that the quickness of it all was noticeable when I came back to Android.
  • I love the idea of do not disturb while I am driving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can not emphasize how dangerous and wreckless texting and Driving can be. I am alrmed by the number of people driving with their phones in front of their faces while drifting in and out of their lane. This may not be the final answer, maybe phones need to better integrate with vehicles and make them hands free, but for now I will take a do not disturb option.
  • 1- VR still hasn't taken off and AR is way behind it. This feature can wait
    2- Seriously, pay the friend in person. It use Google Wallet
    3- As long as you can toggle it off. I enjoy watching YouTube videos while I drive.
  • "3- As long as you can toggle it off. I enjoy watching YouTube videos while I drive" Seriously?
  • None most android phones already have more features then the iPhone. With better battery, camera ,screen resolution an size faster charging oh by the way that's free in the box ,I Don't envy Apple one bit. An the fact that I have a S pen game over ...just my 2 cents but to each there own . An apple pay haha that's a joke I love it when people say ..oh Apple pay won't work here ...bam I wipe out samsung pay an there like....WOW!!! That never gets old
  • Yeah maybe in the US but the rest of the world moved on from MST to NFC about 10yrs ago. Samsung Pay offers zero benefits over Apple Pay or Android Pay everywhere else
  • Samsung pay has both nfc an mst I'll take that any day , last time I counted 2 was way better then one an Facebook messenger works just as good to me for cross platform messaging
  • You can't pretend that fb is a even remotely decent alternative to iMessage, c'mon now. I don't care much for Apple but even I can see that. Samsung might have mst but the rest of millions of handsets down, however Apple pay is accepted just about everywhere.
  • Zoomed in caret positioning. That is all.
  • That would be nice... forgot about that one.
  • Oh Oh, is it already time to play...What's P going to be? I say Payday, Pumpkin Pie, and Pixies(or Pixel if they really want to confuse people). But I am sure all of us will be thinking of all other P words that would be hilarious to use! I can't wait, maybe P will have something we desperately need...a universal release date. Like aPPle!
  • They can call it the P date!
  • I have the DND enabled on my SE work phone and it just uses known wifi and the accelerometer if you aren't connected to your cars bluetooth.
  • Do Not Disturb also turns on automatically on the Note 8. I use Android Auto with Ford Sync 3, and it's been turning on. I have been turning it off. I thought it was a glitch.
  • I know right nothing to see hear folks get it moving
  • iMessage all day long. Google can't even get close to Apple on this one I'm afraid. They've tried and failed with how many woeful messaging apps now? They should be throwing money at Apple to let them use iMessage seeing as it's one of the main reasons iPhone users refuse to switch.
    Also add Maps speed limits to the list now too. Apple Maps have finally added speed limits while us using Google Maps still have to rely on a 3rd party app and overlay
  • So true, google's messaging options are straight-up sad. I probably would have used Allo if it integrated with SMS, but it doesn't, so i don't. I use facebook messenger for videos and photos- everyone i know has it, and it blows android SMS out of the water.
  • I have to disagree on all accounts.
    * I don't care if ARCore comes to the Google Play Services or in Android itself. I even think inside the Google play services would be a better choice, since not all smartphones get newer Android versions
    * Payments inside the default messaging app, no thanks. WhatsApp is experimenting with it. But I don't want to third parties handling money stuff.
    * The last one is even the worst for me. Will it know I am the driver or not? And while I think people should stop using their phones behind the wheel, I hate it when someone else has to decide that for them. Will it go to no disturb when I use Android Auto? Will I be able to ignore that setting? I don't like a manufacturers telling me how to use my phone or not
  • If a phone automatically turned my notifications off without my consent (for any reason) I would toss it in the trash and move to another platform.
  • Slide for off rather than a touch button. The number of times I've accidentally switched off my phone after holding the power button while picking up the phone then hitting the Power Off button... It's poor UX, surprised no one picked that up already.
  • How is that even possible? Every Android phone I've owned makes you press an on screen button to either restart or power down. Noneive used actually turn off if you hold onto the button and do nothing else.
  • That's what he is saying. He accidentally picks up the phone hitting the power button and with his thumb, etc. hits the power button on screen. The slide is a nice small UX design improvement. It is also likely that certain things are patented against as well, so several features we would want might just be out of reach for us without a fight.
  • "using a star-gazing app to point out constellations and planets" That capability has been around for a long time. In fact, I first saw it on a iPhone 3G.
  • I want the screen Apple puts on the far left that lists daily activity, weather, news, and such.