While Apple is getting ready to release iOS 11 to the public, Google has just announced its new operating system Android Oreo which is said to change the way users interact with their phone.
For years, Apple has been accused of copying Android, but it seems as if there will be a few new functions from iOS that Google will implement into its Oreo.
Google’s Oreo will have a little dot in the top-right corner of the app’s icon to represent a new notification. This feature was first introduced by Apple as a staple on its first iPhone. In addition, users will be able to long press on an icon that has a notification badge to reveal a pop-up menu that presents the user with more options, which is just like Apple’s 3D Touch interaction.
Both operating systems will get all new emojis and plan to make them look more “realistic.” Google has added a little more detail to its emojis in Oreo while Apple says that users can expect its emojis to get even more detailed in iOS 11.
Improved Copy and Paste
Android will improve its copy and paste feature with a new feature called Smart Text Selection, this allows users to highlight a text, phone number or address and access another action. For example, if a user highlights an address, a link to Maps will appear as an option alongside the standard copy, paste, and cut. If users were to highlight a phone number, the Phone app will appear.
Apple was the first to add the picture-in-picture feature to the iPad in iOS 9, and now Google is adding the feature to its operating system. While Apple may have offered the feature first, Google is taking it one step further by bringing it to its smartphones, which means users can surf the web and watch a video on YouTube at the same time on their phone. Users will also be given the ability to move the smaller picture around the screen. Even though iOS PiP is limited to the iPad, that could all change in the future.
Native Screen Recording
Apple will offer its users a feature to record your iPhone screen in iOS 11, but it seems as if this won’t be a built-in function in Oreo, if Andriod users want to use this feature they’ll have to use a third-party app. One feature that will make its way to Android devices is the ability for apps to auto-fill the user’s information such as passwords, usernames, and addresses.
If you’re not too familiar with the new features coming to Apple’s new operating system, here’s a quick summary of what it has to offer: new functions for the iPad, a peer-to-peer payment via Messages, new Live Photos options, extra Camera filters, a redesigned App Store, a smarter Siri that suggest personalized news and topics that are interesting to the user, a quick type keyboard, a revamped Apple Music, a customizable control center, a “Do not disturb while driving” feature, an updated Maps which features indoor maps for popular mall and airports, and more.
While Oreo features may be pretty cool, Google doesn’t allow its users to upgrade to newer operating systems like Apple does. At the time this article was written, 87 percent of Apple devices are running iOS 10 compared to Andriod’s 13.5 percent running Nougat. Even though these operating systems are different, it’s still nice to compare them once in a while to see what feature they have to offer. Apple is expected to release iOS 11 to the public this September.