With Apple’s iOS 11 getting a general release and Google rolling out Oreo, the latest version of Android, users of these respective mobile operating systems can’t wait to finally get their hands on the various tweaks and enhancements these updates bring to the table.
iOS 11 will deliver tons of new features like iMessage tweaks, person-to-person Apple Pay, smarter Siri with translation support, new Camera and Photo effects/filters, redesigned Control Center and lock screen, improved Apple Maps, new Do Not Disturb Mode, HomeKit 2 and a redesigned App Store.
Android Oreo will bring under-the-hood enhancements like faster boot times, better battery management, “Fluid” multitasking and “Wi-Fi Aware.” (Note: Oreo is now available for Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or Pixel C with more device support coming soon.)
Although there are differences between iOS and Android, they are getting features that make them increasingly similar to each other.
Here’s a look at some of these new features and how they stack up:
Have you ever noticed that, when you’re on your computer, you could start filling out passwords and suddenly the rest gets filled in automatically? If you’re using Google Chrome and some other browsers, that autofill feature can save you a lot of time.
With Android Oreo, you can now autofill information, including user names, passwords and addresses. If you enable it, you can log in and fill out forms on any app quicker than ever.
iOS has a similar function on some apps and Safari but it is not as universal as it is with Android Oreo.
Copy and paste
Android Oreo will gain something called Smart Text Selection. This feature will use Google’s machine learning to detect what kind of information is highlighted then predict what app you would want to use.
For example, highlighting something that looks like an address will automatically provide a link to the Maps app. Highlighting data that resembles a phone number will display an option to open it in the Phone app.
The copy and paste functions of iOS 11 for iPhones will essentially remain unchanged but the iPad will gain a drag and drop feature. With this, you can highlight data on one app then drag it straight to another app. While this is most welcome in Split View you can also drag information back to the home screen and onto another app.
Android Oreo introduces a Picture-in-Picture (PiP) feature on phones, something iOS 9 delivered on the iPad but it’s still currently missing in iPhones even in iOS 11.
With PiP in Oreo, you can have two apps open, visible and usable at the same time. For example, you can have a video playing in a moveable window that’s overlayed on top of other apps.
In iOS, although it’s still strictly an iPad-only feature, Apple might implement this on iPhones in future versions.
If you love emojis (and who doesn’t?) then you’ll be ecstatic that both Android Oreo and iOS 11 have new emojis coming soon.
Apple also increased the amount of detail on the iOS 11 face emojis and with the iPhone X, you can use facial tracking to animate special emojis dubbed Animojis.
Google, on the other hand, completely overhauled Oreo’s emojis by replacing the blobs with the classic round shaped design.
If you’re an iOS user, you probably have noticed this subtle but convenient notification system on your iPhone or iPad. The system displays a tiny dot in the upper-right corner of an app’s icon to represent new notifications.
Now, Google is implementing practically the same notification system for Android Oreo. And, similar to iOS, Oreo users will likewise get dots in the upper-right corner of app icons for new notifications. This system will even be something similar to iOS 3D Touch – long pressing an icon to reveal different options for dealing with the notification.