Tim Cook and crew are now off stage at WWDC, so as is typical around these parts when Apple announces something “revolutionary” (yes, they used the term again), we like to react. And even though Google has moved away from the series of cheap jabs during their own keynotes, Apple still does them in the bitterest and childish of fashions. If we didn’t toss out some thoughts in support, we wouldn’t be proper Android fans. Because after all, we are still Android fans.
So here we go, these are some initial thoughts to Apple’s big announcement of iOS7 as compared to the current version of Android (4.2, Jelly Bean). In general, iOS7 is a newly skinned version of iOS that finally matches up to current mobile design trends. Gone are the leather notebooks and green felt gaming tables – in is a minimal flat aesthetic. And to be perfectly honest, it does look beautiful. Jony Ive and his team did a fantastic job at skinning iOS and turning it into a modern looking mobile UI.
But every time Apple does this song and dance, we seem to sit throughout the keynote going, “Whoa, that’s been on Android forever.” Or even, “Umm, that looks just like how Android works.” Today was no different. While iOS7 looks nice from the outside, many of the new goodies remind us a lot of our favorite mobile OS.
(iOS7 on the left, Android screenshot attached on the right.)
Quick Toggles (Command Center)
Apple is adding in a gesture for accessing Command Center from anywhere on an iOS device. A quick swipe up from the bottom of the screen and you are graced with a panel filled with toggles for Airplane mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, brightness settings, music controls, camera shortcut, and even a flashlight. As you all know, Android devices have had access to similar information for a while thanks to 3rd party skins from manufacturers. But in Android 4.2, Google introduced a panel as well that can be accessed with a two-finger swipe down from the notification bar. Music controls have been in the notification bar for some time, so that’s not necessarily new.
Lock Screen Notifications
I found this out today, but apparently iOS did not let you access their notification center from the lock screen. Android has been on this trend for at least two versions, but Apple is just now introducing it with iOS7. Once released, iOS users will be able to swipe down their notification bar without unlocking their device.
The new notification center has done away with that terrible looking felt background and is more transparent. There are tabs for “Today,” “All,” and “Missed.” I like the idea of panels, though Android seems to have been able to handle all of this information without needing extra panels. Thanks to actionable and collapsable notifications on Android, you only need one area for all of this.
Safari vs. Chrome
Safari is Safari – most people can’t stand it and prefer browsers like Chrome for their browsing needs. But one thing we thought was interesting in the new UI of Safari, was the tab view that shows all open tabs. They bragged about the 3D appearance, scrolling, and quick access to other tabs yet we have had this in Chrome for Android since it was first released over a year ago.
Multi-tasking! iOS7 has a new style of multi-tasking that only runs in the background when it thinks you want access to frequently used apps. It essentially learns from your patterns to help extend your battery life. That’s kind of cool, assuming it can learn properly, which we won’t know anything about until people can spend some time with it. But in general, we like the idea of phones learning our patterns to better optimize our lives with them.
But in terms of a UI, Apple created something semi-unique. It’s not an exact copy of Android, since it scrolls horizontally and features full-screen previews of currently running apps. It does look a lot like what HTC did back with Sense 4, though HTC abandoned the look after hearing pretty terrible reviews of the change.
iTunes Radio vs. Google Music
Apple did in fact announce a Pandora competitor this morning called iTunes Radio. It’s really not all that game-changing or innovative. You can create your own radio playlists based off of songs, or you can use recommended stations that Apple has ready to go. There are massive “BUY” buttons all over the place, along with ads, unless you are an iTunes Match customer. But you can’t save full albums or tracks to your library like you can with Google’s new All Access service, nor can you pick and choose specific songs to create playlists. It’s just like Pandora in that it brings up songs that it thinks match what you are looking for and then allows you to downvote them or favorite them, so that they’ll play more often. It’s a nice add-on to iTunes, but nothing new.
In terms of looks, the new Google Music and new Music apps look a lot a like. We’re seeing white menus and similar UI with big, bold album art.
Also, we should point out that Google Music All Access gives you unlimited access to albums and songs because it comes with a monthly fee.
While I don’t know how many people actually use the stock Mail app in iOS, it’s easy to see that they have stolen features from the popular iOS app called Mailbox. Apple added in swiping gestures, for deleting, archiving, and “More” options. It’s a complete copy of what Mailbox already made popular, and I can’t believe people aren’t throwing massive fits over this. But then again, this is what Apple does time and time again to its developer community.
Oh, and Gmail has had swipe-to-delete/archive for longer than I can recall.
The new iOS Calendar app doesn’t look all that much like that of Android, but the similarities are still there. We’re looking at an ultra-minimal design, with flat rectangles, pastel-ish colors, and a white background rather than the round appearance of the current iOS Calendar app. And in fact, the newest Calendar app from Google has similar design in the circular color picker and date chooser to what we are seeing in iOS, only it came out a couple of weeks ago.
Actually, Al Gore has nothing to do with Android that I know of, but he was there. So, here is a picture of him looking flat.
- Semi-live Wallpapers: Apple showed off a new wallpaper that moved the background as you tilted your device from side to side. It’s almost like a live wallpaper on Android, but even more so like 3D Image Live Wallpaper that has been on Google Play for some time. Sure, you could get down with Apple’s fancy new wallpaper characteristic as of late, on Android.
- Navigation Drawers: Apple delivered a bunch of slideout navigation drawers to apps like Mail. We now have viewed these in Google apps for over a 12 months now, however they made some extent of the addition nowadays as if it had been one thing new to app construction. No, Apple, it’s now not new.
- Auto-app Updates: I didn’t notice that Apple hadn’t presented auto-app updates but on iOS, however in iOS7, customers will eventually have the strategy to replace routinely. They joked about seeing the “Replace” rely hiking all through the day and that iOS customers would now not have to fret about that. Add that to the listing of issues we take without any consideration on Android, already.
- Bing (hah!): The brand new iOS within the Automotive characteristic offered these days makes use of Bing for search. Sure, Bing.
- Notification Sync: They touched on this ever-so-in short, however I consider Apple talked about that with iOS7, units will be capable to sync notifications throughout gadgets. Google simply began doing this with Hangouts on Android, however made some extent of it coming to different apps sooner or later throughout their I/O keynote.
- Ship-to-Telephone: Apple confirmed off a ship-to-cellphone characteristic from Calendar and Maps Mac apps lately. Say you might have a calendar merchandise arrange with a area or are taking a look at one thing in Apple’s newly introduced Mac Maps app, which you can ship it speedy to your telephone and have it simply on hand. Good concept, however Google is aware of your searches because of Google Now and makes them routinely on hand to you for your different gadgets – you don’t wish to ship a factor.
- Maps for Mac: Conversing of Maps for Mac, hah. Google.com/maps is all I’ve to claim.
- AirDrop: One of the vital extra attention-grabbing options that Apple confirmed off as of late was once known as AirDrop. It permits you to quick ship knowledge (pictures for example) to your folks’ iOS units with out the want to bump them collectively. Sure, they poked enjoyable at NFC and the ridiculous tapping now we have to do as Android customers, so as to share issues. Factor is, Samsung units do that already with a bit of factor known as WiFi Direct. Good thought that’s baked into iOS gadgets, although.
I’m positive there have been different issues shall we listing, for the reason that keynote used to be prolonged, however these had been the brand new options or ideas that stood out essentially the most. As you will find, iOS7 is if truth be told a sexy main alternate from iOS6, bringing it steps nearer to the facility of Android. It’s now not going to kill Android or supply Apple some quick leg up on the arena’s hottest cellular running device, but it surely does make as a minimum the design of their UI a hell of much more interesting. In spite of everything, Android customers noticed plenty of what they’re already acquainted with, which they’ve already grown aware of.