The world’s two biggest mobile operating systems – Android and iOS, have recently gotten fresh updates.
While Apple rolled out iOS 10 earlier this week, Google launched Android’s latest version Nougat earlier this month. Both of the new OSes bring a host of new features and enhancements for their users.
But have you ever wondered, how the two stand vis-a-vis each other? Here are 7 Android features that are missing from the brand-new iOS 10.
1. Split screen
Both Android 7.0 Nougat and Apple iOS 10 offer split-screen multitasking feature to users.
However, the big difference is that in iOS, the split-screen view is available only on iPad and not iPhone. Android 7.0 Nougat brings this to both small and large-screen devices.
2.mQuick toggles in notifications
Android gives you quick access to some nifty features like torch, Wi-Fi, data access and more. These show up right when you drag down the notification panel from the top.
On iOS 10, you need to swipe from the bottom up to access the control centre, which is the handset’s one stop to access all quick toggles, as well as music player and Airplay shortcuts.
3. Quick switching between apps
Another useful feature available in Android is the ability to quickly switch between two apps. All that you need to do is double tap on the multi-window button and the last used app takes up the screen.
This speeds up the given task. But on iOS 10, you get a complete list of apps opened in the background on long-pressing the Home button.
4. More informative settings page
Unlike iOS 10, Android’s latest version Nougat has a new settings page.
The new page gives users suggestions on ‘setting up’ basic tasks like email accounts or voice commands that may have been missed.
5. Create multiple profiles
Introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop, this feature gives users the ability to create multiple profiles inside their handsets with separate storage drives, apps and more.
Users can switch between profiles directly from the notification shade.
6. Instant apps
With Instant Apps, Google wants to make it easier for users to discover apps in a quicker way.
Instant Apps is compatible with all Android devices running Jelly Bean or higher (4.1+) with Google Play services. Apple is still to introduce a similar concept in its OS.
7. Seamless OS updates
Apple, after rolling out iOS 8 that weighed over 4GB in size, drastically reduced the OS update size to under 2GB.
In Google’s case, Android OS update almost always has been around 1GB, sometimes even less.
Now, the search giant has introduced ‘Seamless updates’ in Android 7.0 Nougat.
The feature downloads new OS version in the background and shows it up when user restarts the device.