Android App Features Inspiring iOS Applications in More Ways than One

Have you lately noticed some app features on your Apple phone that reminds you of some other smart phone running on Android OS??? Do not be startled. This is not a case of plagiarism.

It is not a surprise that Biggies often draw inspiration from one another irrespective of the fact that they can be stark rivals in the market.

How much can someone differ in inventing a program that seeks to ease human life??? Hence the bigwig stars quite often draw inspirations from one another in programming their applications.

In this article, we will speak about the many Android application features that have formed the base on which Apple has designed it’s new apps.

Let us first get a glimpse into the basic Android and iOS:

According to Wikipedia, ‘Android OS is s a mobile operating system developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.’

iOS, on the other hand, is defined as a mobile operating system created and developed by Apple Inc. exclusively for its hardware. It is the operating system that presently powers many of the company’s mobile devices, including the iPhoneiPad, and iPod Touch. It is the second most popular mobile operating system globally after Android.

A brief view of iOS features inspired by Android:

There are few features in multiple iOS OS applications that have drawn the basic concept from Android apps. Let us cite a few such examples in this article.

  • Lowercase letters added on the Keyboard- Visible lowercase letters added to iOS 9 similar to Android, where the keyboard buttons change with the shift key.
  • Split screen and multitasking- iOS 9 has features like Split-screen and panels including floating video player, that allows you to watch a video while using another app similar to the one seen on Samsung tablets (and even phones!) for a while.
  • Apple Map gets more detailed- iOS 10 has an upgraded Map application filled with new and detailed information on traffic, additional stops en route to your destination and third-party integration etc.
  • Message flagging- Flag messages for future reference is an Android feature added by Apple in iOS 5.
  • Over-the-air updates- iOS usually requires its’ users to download OS updates to their computers and manually sync them to their devices via iTunes over a USB tether. However, in iOS 5, Apple follows the Android feature in adapting over-the-air OS updates and over-the-air initial setup.
  • Voice based search- The Android function of speech-to-text Web searches and text entry using Google’s voice-transcription cloud service has been incorporated with similar concept into the new iPhone 4S’s Siri technology with a minute difference of it being a voice-front-ended “intelligent” assistant service instead of text-entry front end of Android.
  • New lock screen with card-style notification- iOS 10 offers a new lock screen with interactive notifications and card-style design matching with Android and existed since Lollipop 5.0.
  • Siri open for developers- Apple’s virtual assistant ‘Siri’ is now open for third party developers, allowing their applications to function using Siri voice commands. This was applicable for Google Now for quite sometime.

There are few other applications, as well, that can be worth mentioning too:

  • Tabbed browser
  • Notification tray
  • Online settings backup

Summing Up:

There is no harm in copying the basic concept in building the applications and every smartphone business operations are taking features from one another to modify them and come up with a completely new invent stuffed with unique features to stand out in the crowd.

Yet iOS still manages to stay ahead in the race from Android’s OS, in spite of drawing inspiration from the latter.

Google has done plenty of neat things on the cutting edge of Android adoption, but it takes months to get the new release out. Apple, on the other hand, has improvements hit the majority of it’s users in a very short span of time. The other bonus for Apple users is that they can just download if they want some of Google’s offerings.

This article brings out the few iOS Apps that has drawn inspiration from Android featuring in more  than one application.

Now it depends on you, which one you will go for??

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