Early last May, Google announced a collection of new products at the conference Google I / O , including the first beta Android P . But Google is not the only company that has an event dedicated to software, Apple also has its own appointment for developers. It’s called WWDC and it’s celebrated right now.
One of the most anticipated developments of the event is the new iOS 12 , version that will arrive in early fall to compatible iPhones and iPads. And what do we do talking about iOS in Engadget Android? Do not panic, it’s really an excuse to talk about Android 😜. The truth is that throughout the presentation of iOS 12 we have had a feeling of déjà vu something disturbing. These are the “novelties” of iOS that we already had on Android.
1. Measure distances through the camera
The augmented reality has marked the beginning of Apple’s keynote and one of the novelties they have announced is the possibility of measuring distances through the camera. Simply point to the object we want to measure and mark the two points to be measured on the screen , just as we can do in Android with several apps like ARuler .
2. Shared experiences in augmented reality
The other prominent novelty that uses augmented reality is what Apple calls ‘shared experiences’ and refers to the possibility of two people interacting in the same virtual scenario , for example in a game. Currently ARCore of Google already allows this possibility in apps like the curious Just A Line , but there are still games that take advantage of this option.
3. Photos: suggestions for sharing, improved search and ‘For You’ section
The native application of photos also receives new functions in iOS 12. Well, new as you look because most of us sounded a lot of Google Photos, starting with the suggestions for sharing, a function that Google added a year ago . It consists in that the app suggests us to share a group of photos with a contact based on facial recognition.
The other Photo function that iOS 12 adds is an improved search engine. Now it is possible to look for photos based on the location, but it is not necessary to be precise, we can tell you to look for photos in ‘museums’ and show all the photos we have made in museums, regardless of the location of each one. Google Photos also allows search by location and you can also find photos if we use more generic searches.
But there is not everything, Apple Photos also opens a section called ‘For you’ and, again, reminds us a lot of options available in Google Photos. For example, it shows us memories of the previous year as the photo ‘On this day’ and also suggests editions to certain photos. In Google Photos this section is called Assistant.
4. Siri shortcuts
The purchase of the Workflow app is seen in iOS in the new Shortcuts, a tool that allows you to create specific actions that are activated with a phrase that we tell Siri. In Android, the equivalent would be the routines of Google, the downside is that at the moment they are only in English . We will have to see if the novelty of Apple reaches all languages. No doubt it would be a point in their favor.
5. Tools to spend less time with your mobile
Digital well-being was one of the most important parts of the Google I / O and it has also been that of Apple. It seems that the software creators have agreed that we use the mobile a lot and they want us to spend less time glued to the screen.
Among the functions offered by Apple we have an improved Do Not Disturb mode, more control over the notifications and a panel that shows us exhaustively the use we make of the terminal. Until you can set limits so we will not spend with certain apps. Google offers very similar functions in Android P.
6. Configure notifications on the lock screen
We said that iOS 12 brings improvements in notifications and one of them is the ability to configure the notifications of an app directly from the lock screen , without having to go to Settings. Here we can tell you if you continue to see ads from that app or stop them. In Android we already had this same option, also from the lock screen.
7. Group notifications
So far, on iOS the notifications appeared in chronological order one after another, which means that as you spend a while without looking at the phone, the list could be endless. With iOS 12 finally the notifications of the same app will be displayed in groups that can be expanded. Android shows notifications grouped from … the truth is that I do not remember, and Cosmos either, so it was a long time ago. When Craig Federighi announced it, the audience applauded. Normal.
8. Animojis vs AR Stickers S9
When Samsung launched the Galaxy S9, the AR Emojis were one of those “novelties” that usually generate criticism for its enormous resemblance to the Animojis of Apple (similar in concept, because in practice are quite painful , everything is said). However, Samsung’s Emojis ARs brought a feature that the Animojis did not have: the ability to create an avatar of our face.
iOS 12 shows that Apple also
copyIt is inspired by the competition.Now the Animojis add the Memojis, a 3D avatar of our face that is personalized manually. Of course, we must recognize that the result of Apple looks much better than Samsung.
Bonus: update support … haha, ok no
If there is something in which iOS is light years away from Android is in the support of updates. Those of Cupertino have boasted that iOS 11, the last major update of their system, is installed on 81% of devices, while Android Oreo has only reached 6% of users (actually it is 5.7%) , And they have all the reason. To Caesar what is Caesar’s.