The 5 best features Android should steal from iOS

“Android isn’t perfect, and there are a few features in iOS that are better,” Derek Walter writes for PCWorld.

“So Google should do what any good tech company does: steal them,” Walter writes.

“There has already been plenty of that on both sides of the mobile war; iOS clearly was inspired by Android with its notification shade, and Android isn’t multitouch on accident,” Walter writes.


MacDailyNews Take: Multi-Touch™ > notification shade * ∞

(Multi-Touch™ is a trademark of Apple Inc.)

“So here’s my list of some Apple-y ideas that should make their way to Android.”

The 5 best features Android should steal from iOS:
• One touch to the top of the screen
• Display the battery percentage
• Clone AirDrop
• Create a quick reply
• Add a drop of ‘Control Center’ to the Notification Shade

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “boecherer” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Sheesh. Haven’t they stolen enough from Apple already?

Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

Here’s what cellphones looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

cellphones before and after Apple iPhone

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    1. I disagree. I mean it’s one thing to steal code, but that’s not what’s going on. Instead it’s a feature adding on one platform that is then added to another platform by another company. I don’t see anything wrong with that, especially when those features would’ve been natural extensions or where in the planning phase to begin with.

      Case in point, the iPhone 6 wasn’t Apple “copying” or “stealing” from Samsung. A larger phone was just a natural progression. As are things like Control Center, Notification Center, etc…

  1. Steve Jobs said it best, even if sometimes his words were not the most eloquent.

    Steal the idea….. a control panel that is quick and easy to use… fine.

    But come up with the best way YOU WILL implement it. Do not copy my look and feel.

    All cars need a steering wheel. Just come up with your own way of doing it. Sadly, Android companies have ZERO imagination, zero innovation (bigger so you can use a bigger battery cause your phone is a battery hog, is not innovation)
    Just saying.

        1. I have a 5s running the current version of iOS and I’ve tried it with a friend with an iPhone 6 and another using an iPhone 5, both also running 8.1.2 and all connected to the same network (mine) and zero luck. No phone saw any other.

          1. A month ago I would have been more in agreement with you. I used to have to turn Bluetooth on/off to get it to work. For some reason the last month or a little less it has been super reliable. I mostly mention that as it is kind of odd. There have been no software updates. Was there some sort,of silent update to something?

            FYI. You need to change the setting to allow others to access your device with Dropbox. Also, the network doesn’t matter. It uses BT to start the communication then uses an ad hoc connection to send the data with WiFi.

            1. BT was on and AirDrop was set to Everyone. I had the friends over for dinner so it wasn’t an appropriate time to call Applecare, but I wouldn’t mind getting to the bottom of this.

              BTW, what does Dropbox have to do with this?

  2. I would expect nothing less from a hack writing for PCWorld, sister magazine of MacWorld. They might as well roll them into one publication since MacWorld has developed a symbiotic relationship with everything Microsoft, Samsung, Google and Android. They lost any relevance to Apple long ago.

  3. I read the article and the author must be getting quite desperate to find something to write about.
    All of these features are either in Android already or can be added by an app. As some of these features including airdrop are not used by many users adding them by an app reduces bloat and complication and is a better option.

    1. I can vouch for having a battery percentage indicator that can be changed in the settings to show in either or both numerical and icon based methods. And that’s on a device at least 3 generations back.

  4. For most part Apple buys in features for the next release – be that a sensor tech or an App. Siri,

    Google could do the same if they had strategic direction as to what they are attempting to enable over time as technologies develop or become possible by hardware innovation. But they don’t appear to make the link between the bits they have and the bits they buy.

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