Features on iOS we want to see on Android

Google’s Android has a lot of great phones in the ecosystem, as well as plenty of excellent features from phone-to-phone; however, there are a handful of features that I, and many others, would no doubt like to see become official Android features. This isn’t speaking in terms of one OS is better than the other, but that iOS has some features that would make using Android a whole lot more seamless and enjoyable.

I also think these features would win them a lot more customers, because they’re everything that people really admire about iOS. Even though iOS is smaller in a lot of ways, it is really easy to use, which means Apple is going to be the go-to who for people who want their use of technology streamlined.

Here’s just a few of the features from iOS that I’d personally love to see implemented on Android.

An iMessage-esque service

Some may not see very much (if any) value in having something similar to iMessage for Android users, but it really would have its perks, even if only to help streamline your life even further. The neat thing about iMessage is that it’s automatically on every Apple device. Whether that’s an iPhone or a tablet, an iPod or an Apple Watch. That means that if you’re waiting for someone to message you, instead of having to stay by your phone and wait, you can go for that run with just your Apple Watch, you can take your tablet into the other room and catch up on your new eBook. It’s also great for parents with kids who may have an iPod or tablet, but no phone yet, because they can still keep in contact while away.

And, of course, there’s the excellent ability to be able to text with friends over Wi-Fi that also own an Apple device — it’s great when you’re in areas with spotty service, but have a Wi-Fi connection available.

iMessage is an awesome tool that allows you to be more mobile and accessible, without you necessarily having to actually have your phone on you, and as I mentioned, it can be a great tool for families as well. This may seem minor to some, but for others, having something like it for Android fans and users would be huge.

Guaranteed Updates

The neat thing about Apple’s guaranteed updates is that, well, they’re guaranteed. And with Android, updates are not always guaranteed. Unfortunately, I’ve gotten to partake in this “fun” experience first-hand. Just a few years ago, I purchased a brand new phone from a well-respected Android company. I thoroughly enjoyed it (and actually, even a couple of phones later, it still remains my favorite), but I wasn’t even two years into it when I found out it wouldn’t be getting any more Android updates. I ended up having to retire that phone, as did many other people with the same device.

Sure, you’ve got to upgrade your devices at some point in time, but under two years after you’ve bought it is a little ridiculous if you really like the product and it’s still in working condition. If something like iOS’ guaranteed updates could come to Android, they would have a lot more happy customers than they do now.

An equal camera

It’s very true that many Android phones have some nice cameras, but the iOS cameras (and especially the new one with the iPhone 7), seem to have a much clearer, brighter picture for an almost vibrant look compared to Android cameras.

The new iPhone 7 Plus camera has two (yes, two) lenses to shoot a wider photo. As for the regular iPhone 7 itself, it has a single lens, but still operates in excellent fashion. It also has optical image stabilization, larger aperture, and a flash that adjusts accordingly to your environment so that you get the perfect amount of light in your photos, minus the deer-in-the-headlights look. If you’re not a photographer and don’t have something fancy like a DSLR or even a point and shoot, this kind of quality just from your phone is groundbreaking. If Android’s cameras could be more consistent and just all around more similar to the iOS cameras, it would be fantastic.

Full backup

While Android has a decent backup, it could be better if it had the same features that the iOS backup has. With Android devices, even when they’re backed up, you still have to find and download your previously used apps, re-place them on your homescreen, and re log in to all of your accounts when you switch phones. It really does take a lot of time, especially if you had all your apps organized in a specific way, or had settings set previously that you need to go and set up again.

With iOS, you transfer to a new phone in no time. There’s no need to remember all your account info for every app, settings previously set, or even how you had your apps organized on your home screen. As soon as it transfers to your new phone, there’s basically nothing you have to do, because everything is there, just the way you had it and like it, except with a new device instead of your old one.

The differences between iOS and Android are more than I can list here. While iOS is more narrow, Android is far more broad, and that’s why I like it so much. However, in the few things that iOS does offer their users, they do a really polished job with (such as iMessage, guaranteed updates, full backups, etc), whereas even though Android is broader, they don’t, in my opinion, do the best job that they could be doing with everything they offer.

The neat thing with Android is that the sky’s the limit. They still have a ton of room for improvement and innovation, which means that right now is just the beginning. It will be interesting to watch as they continue to grow and evolve over the years into a software that really does everything in their power to mold their systems to best suit what their customers want out of their devices.

About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.

  • Rigo Letto

    While updates for >2y old phones is a major issue, the others are questionable:
    Camera is simply – the more you pay the more you get. Buy a Samsung for $700 and have a good camera. Buy a cheap phone and … trust your luck. Developing video quality is expensive.
    As for auto backup – Android is fully backed up by default. Anyone who ever hard reset a phone noticed that.
    Last but not least: iMessage. There are plenty of alternatives on the Play store. Starting with Allo, through Hangouts to any 3rd party messenger… Telegram, WhatsApp… name it. By the way, as opposed to iMessage, all those are interoperable with iOS. It was Apple’s strategic decision to close its interfaces to other platforms.
    Developing over Android is significantly less draconian than iOS, and thus it is easier to find a variety of alternatives.

  • Danny

    As a long-time iPhone user who’s thinking seriously about switching to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The OS updates have me a little worried (not always on the most recent version of Android) and the backup part does worry me. My Galaxy Tab S2 doesn’t have full backups just the Google apps. The only other iPhone feature that I use is 3D touch (S8 has it on the virtual home button).