Each year, Apple and Google announce new software features for their current and upcoming products, respectively at their WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) and Google IO event. While these announcements are new from their perspective, technically they’re not all new, as they borrow the concept from an existing feature on the other’s platform. Today we will be discussing the main announcements made by Apple during WWDC21 and how you can use these new iOS 15 features on Android, Windows, etc., so let’s get started.
Use iOS 15 features on a non-Apple product (Android)
This year at WWDC Apple announced a slew of features, for iOS 15 some of them are already available on other operating systems. Let’s discuss it and how can you use the new iOS 15 features on Android that you can use as a built-in feature or through an app.
Facetime: Voice isolation
Facetime now comes with a voice isolation feature, this is a new microphone mode option, to separate the user’s voice from the background noise, and when the user wants to include the ambient sound, he can switch back to broad spectrum mode.
To note: You must have an Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, or Teaching and Learning Upgrade edition of Google Workspace Edition to use it.
Facetime: grid view
Another new iOS 15 feature added to Facetime is Grid View, which allows attendees to see more faces at the same time.
Facetime: Portrait Mode
We all love portrait mode for photos and videos because it blurs the background and keeps us focused, which makes it look really nice. Facetime now has this feature, but this feature was available in other apps like Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom, to blur the background.
FaceTime: calendar and links
Another popular feature that Apple introduced in Facetime is the ability to schedule and share the link of a facetime call, and this time even an Android and Windows user can join a Facetime call through a web browser.
FaceTime: Share the game
SharePlay is the most popular feature for Apple users, announced at WWDC21, it allows you to listen to songs with Apple Music, watch a TV show or movie in sync, or share their screen to view apps together, and it works on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
- While some of these features are exclusive to Apple, there is one feature that you can use on Android for a long time and that is Screen Sharing.
- Here are some guides to enable screen sharing on Google Meet, Zoom, and Facebook Messenger.
Notifications: focus mode
This feature filters notifications and apps based on what a user wants to focus on, such as personal profile, work profile, sleep, and can even add custom focus. What’s more exciting is that once Focus is set by a user on one Apple device, it automatically applies to their other Apple devices (like iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac).
Live Text is a feature that uses the intelligence of the device to recognize text in a photo and allow users to take action, such as copying text from the viewfinder and camera image, search for information about text, object or whatever is on the screen, on the Internet.
Maps: 3D view, AR navigation
This year Apple introduced 3D landmarks, AR navigation to Apple Maps. This is great because it can improve the browsing experience and help to easily find the location.
- Google introduced this feature in 2018, during its IO event, called Live View. Since Google Maps is much more usable than Apple Maps, it makes the experience much better.
- Here is the guide to using Live View on Google Maps.
Private Relay is a new internet privacy service built into iCloud, allowing users to connect and browse the web more securely and privately, as it comes with a built-in VPN.
- All of these features are also available on the Google One plan, as it also comes with a built-in VPN for safe browsing.
Application privacy report
The app privacy report provides insight into how apps are using the access that has been granted to location, photos, camera, microphone, and contacts over the past seven days, and what other areas are contacted. It will arrive via a software update later on iOS 15, iPad OS 15, and Watch OS 8.
- Google calls it Privacy Dashboard. With a privacy dashboard, users will have a simple and clear timeline view of the last 24 hours of location, microphone, and camera access. It will arrive in beta 2 of Android 12.
Taking inspiration from features that exist on other platforms might not be an original idea, but it’s definitely better for us consumers as we get better and improved features. Which feature of iOS 15 and Android 12 do you prefer and why? Let us know in the comments below. For more updates, stay tuned!
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