iOS 12 is a work in progress as it is currently in beta testing, but plenty of user feedback shows that the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system brings a lot of promise with it. On the other hand, we have Google’s Android Pie, which is officially out for flagship devices like the Pixel series. Let’s get down to brass tacks and see which smartphone operating system stands out.
Whether you’re an iOS or Android user, it is a fact that each OS has some similar and some exclusive features. With iOS 12 and Android Pie the case continues to get stronger, but when it comes down to it, which OS is the real winner? Let’s get into it and find out!
Android Pie vs iOS 12
Android Pie: Recent Android operating system releases have given users more control over what shows on their lock screen and what doesn’t. There are detailed notification settings in all Android variants, whether you are on MIUI or the stock ROM and you can tailor your experience to your liking. However, this required users to go each app’s settings to tweak notifications.
With Android Pie, Google has made notifications richer and smarter. Not only has the notification shade received a design makeover, users can disable notifications from apps right from the notification itself. Android Pie also has a richer communication feature that is on par with their beta app, Reply. You now have access to smart replies ala Smart Reply in Inbox & Gmail. You can also have full conversations without opening the app and view images in notifications.
Android Pie also brings a new feature called Shush, which enabled ‘do not disturb’. You can put your phone face down and it won’t bother you with notifications. Perfect for meetings.
iOS 12: After years of lagging behind competition, users now get smarter grouped notifications. All notifications from an app are grouped in one neat bubble instead of being all over the place. Notifications can also be disabled right form the lock screen, or set to ‘Delivery quietly’. When ‘Delivery Quietly’ is enabled, notifications are delivered to your notification center, but they do not turn on your display to alert you. An aspect where Apple wins here is how Siri notices your usage of an app and recommends disabling notifications for it if it sense that you don’t use it enough.
Apple’s Do Not Disturb sets the phone up for night time viewing as sounds and visuals are softened to be less of a distraction. You can also customize the timings for Do Not Disturb to fit the place you are in, such as in a class, and silence notifications for an hour or so.
Gesture Control and Multitasking
Android Pie: This is where things get interesting. This is one of those features which is without a doubt copied from Apple. Similar to iPhone 8 and X, you have a small button at the bottom center of your screen and from there you can perform swipe gestures to open or close apps or switch between them. You can also freely copy content from an open app, like text from an article in Chrome, and paste it seamlessly in another app like Twitter, while in the app switcher. If you do not like the new gesture navigation, you can still switch back to the old button based navigation system.
iOS 12: Apple’s iPhone X gestures are still the gold standard to beat for competitors. Although Apple has not changed how they work with this year’s update, the only change is that users can now swipe up to close apps while in the app switcher. It is expected that 2018 iPad Pros will also receive the new gesture navigation and get rid of the home button.
App Action vs Siri Shortcuts
Android Pie: Google has introduced a new feature called App Actions, which tries to show you a quick link to your next task. Your phone might learn that you go to work a specific time daily, so it might show you a button to quickly start navigation. Similarly, it might give you quick access to your daily playlist when you plugin your headphones. This is something Apple had introduced with iOS 9, called Proactive Siri.
iOS 12: Apple has taken Proactive Siri to a whole new level now. With Siri Shortcuts, your device can now highlight app actions and suggestions like calling back a contact, very intelligently. Siri is deeply integrated throughout the operating system now, and you can even create custom actions called Shortcuts now. With Shortcuts, you can setup custom workflows and invoke them to automate different tasks. This is a game changing feature for smartphone productivity.
Android Pie: ARCore is still lacking when it comes to what it can and can’t do, not to mention the small number of devices that support it. Even if you have a phone that supports ARCore, the apps in Play Store are not that great.
iOS 12: ARKit 2 was announced with iOS 12 and unlike the competition, the library of apps and devices supported is anything but shy. Apple has promised massive improvements to ARKit 2, such as the ability to detect vertical surfaces. Apple is so confident about their AR capabilities that they have included a new Measure app in iOS 12, which, as the name suggests, lets you measure real world objects, using your camera.
Android Pie: Android’s new Digital Wellbeing tools are meant to help users track and manage their device usage. The tools also feature parental controls, and insightful data on how you divide your time between different categories of apps. Users can also restrict different apps, and notifications, to reduce distraction. You can even put your device display in grayscale mode so that you do not use it often. Digital Wellbeing tools are still in beta, and only available for Pixel devices at the moment.
iOS 12: Screen Time also helps users track their device usage, setup parental controls and app restrictions as well as monitor family account’s usage. For parents, this is particularly helpful as it lets them set restrictions on their kid’s device usage. For more details, check out our write-up on how to use Screen Time.
With all that said and done, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Which OS do you prefer and why?