We have already published here and on our YouTube channel various hands-on and reviews about Android Pie. You can read some of them in the links spread throughout this article. What many people have noticed (including me) is that great similarities have appeared between the new iOS 12 and Android Pie. But is that really it?
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iOS 12 vs. Android Pie – Notifications
In the matter of notification, it is a fact that Android has a better domain, and here we do not even need to refer only to Android Pie. For more than a year, Google has allowed notifications to be grouped together, actions taken directly on each one, and gives you access to instant controls to turn off what you don’t like.
Notification control and response on Android Pie and iOS 12 / © AndrioidPIT (screenshot)
With iOS 12 we saw that finally Apple decided to group the thousands of notifications we received daily, and included a way for us to leave the notification silent or disable, even from the lock screen. Still, Android Pie allows for better actions and brings more possibilities to turn off just a few types of app notifications.
iOS 12 vs. Android Pie – Navigation
For those who say that nothing changes from version to version of Android, navigation was one of the most changed, generating compareds with the iPhone, especially the X model, which has another type of navigation.
With the “Slide home button up” function, you can swap the three traditional Android buttons for a small stroke at the bottom of the screen. Dragging it slightly up turns on multitasking while a longer slide takes the app drawer.
The two systems decided to adhere to the tracinho / © andrioidPIT (screenshot)
iOS 12 vs. Android Pie – Multitasking
One of the most criticized android pie changes to date is in multitasking. It’s hard to defend Google here, although it’s hard to tell which company thought of this solution first – between creating and launching something, it can go years.
The fact is that Android users were accustomed to scrolling the open apps vertically, and going on to do this horizontally (bringing new functions that do not exist on iOS, including) will bring complaints until it becomes common.
It may even look like it, but Android does more in multitasking/ © andrioidPIT (screenshot)
iOS 12 vs. Android Pie – Home Button
Although i’ve already covered a little bit about this in navigation, it’s important to talk about it once again to address the physical bias of the home button. Although the iPhone 8 still has the physical button below the screen, next to its biometric sensor, Apple’s flagship is the iPhone X, which has sanded the fingerprint sensor to stay only with facial recognition.
The current Pixel, smartphones that are Google’s portfolio, still have the biometric sensor (in the rear), but it is possible that the third generation also brings facial recognition. Even, Android has been bringing the facial recognition function for years, but the security is so precarious that few dared to talk about this feature. Just after the iPhone X this happened to be more taken seriously.
Home turned (and is turning) a snare / ©
Samsung invests in its iris reader, Vivo packs the biometric sensor below the screen. These are solutions not explored by Apple, but it is a fact that several google partner manufacturers, such as Xiaomi and OnePlus, already have their most complex facial recognition systems.
iOS 12 vs. Android Pie – Animojis
I can’t see how this can be really important to the world of mobile technology as a whole, but it’s a fact that manufacturers are fighting to launch, their face-animated emojis, an extra use for the expensive and accurate facial sensors we have on smartphones right now.
Soon after the Animojis launched by Apple, Samsung brought the Galaxy S9 with its AR Mojis, just as ASUS launched the Zennymojis. Already this year, in the last WWDC, Apple brought the beta of iOS 12 and with it the Memojis, where you can assemble your own face, and the tracking works very well.
The closest the Andorid gets today from the Animoji are the Bitmoji, samsung /© (screenshot)
In my opinion, the Mii, which I have on my Nintendo Wii, has become more like me than any mobile system so far, but facial recognition is very cool and, for now, is more complete and accurate on iOS.
iOS 12 vs. Android Pie – Siri x Google Assistant
Mobile personal assistants came crawling, and stayed that way for a long time. The late Moto Voz moto x was an interesting example, i could even hear with the screen off there in 2013. But I didn’t do much. By the way, even Android Pie, no one did much.
Cortana’s embarrassed. Bixby, new Moto Voice I do not even want to comment yet, I will hope to improve. And Siri, so much touted by Apple on its iOS, has only been getting decent now on iOS 12. However, the Google Assistant can only now be considered something closer to artificial intelligence.
Siri still gets behind / © (screenshot)
Siri was extremely limited, but in iOS12 we’re seeing work automation solutions that are very interesting. In Google Assistant we have the monstrous Database of Google to work with information delivery and interaction with the system. The two systems became more proactive and human.
With machine learning and these two pulling the boat, we’ll probably see a big evolution of Bixby, Moto Voice and LG’s system as well.
Siri Shortcuts / ©
Artificial intelligence has embraced other areas of the system. With Shortcuts, iOS 12 users can automate routine activities, and with Slices Android offers quick actions on apps installed already in search. In the case of Android we will also have screen brightness and adaptive batteries.
iOS 12 vs. Android Pie – Usage Control
“Coincidentally,” both Apple and Google decided in 2018 that you’re using your smartphone too much, and that it needs to be controlled. For them? No, for you, which makes the task more complicated and no one to blame but you.
Anyway, Big G showed in Google I/O 2018 that the system would now rely on an app that helps you control how much time you spend on your smartphone, and you can also install an app on your children’s device to do the same. You can ration the use of apps with App Timer (image below on the right, still in beta in Android Pie).
Screen time, Apple version and Google / ©
At WWDC, Apple brought the same “novelty”, with the difference that you can control the time spent in an app through App Limits. While with Downtime you’ll choose times not to access certain apps on iOS, on Android your smartphone will have the black and white screen, which often discourages use.
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Concern for the older ones
Everyone has turned their way here, and I think you’ll prefer Apple’s. Google introduced with Oreo the Go version of its system, lighter and optimized to run well on devices with up to 1 GB of RAM. This project continues on Android Pie:
Apple, in an action apra redeem itself from an iOS 11 with many problems, extended the system update to the iPhone 5S, a device of 2013. This generation probably won’t have new updates, but it’s an indication that the company can keep the five years of updates, something not yet achieved by Android.
However, we must not forget the Project Treble also inserted by Google, which facilitates the updating of the system for it and manufacturers, dividing Android into layers that can be moved separately. See below:
- Project Treble: Google wants to make Android updates easier
Briefly, both systems are seeking a type of intelligence that aims to anticipate or take care of the user, each in its own way. Apple is less conservative with iOS 12, while Android Pie seems to be the smartest and most stylish version of Android to date. Of course, a lot of people won’t even know Pie within the next 6 months, while the iOS user, used to Apple’s genetic limitations, should end up letting the best of iOS 12 go blank.
Do you think they’re the same? Which one is the smartest in your opinion?