iOS 16: 5 offers Apple “borrowed” from Android and Google
For iPhone users, iOS 16 is a fresh coat of paint that makes your iPhone look almost “new”. Originally announced during Apple’s keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the software update for iPhone will be available in public beta next month, then widely released later this year around the same time as the iPhone 14 launch. But if you’re an Android user, some of the new features in iOS 16 don’t exactly look “innovative” and “different” from what’s available on the mobile OS. from Google for years. Here are five iOS 16 features that Apple “borrowed” from Google and Android.
New lock screen experience
One of the most talked about features of iOS 16 is the new lock screen customization experience that lets you add widgets for a quick lock screen preview. These include the weather, the battery status of your AirPods, upcoming calendar events, and more. The new lock screen on iOS 16 looks fantastic, but it’s a feature that debuted on Android in 2012 with the launch of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. In fact, Google has allowed users to add a clock, calendar, and other items to the lock screen. With Android 5.0, Google removed this feature, but Samsung OneUI still offers preset lock screen widgets. Suffice to say that Apple was strongly inspired by Google for a smarter lock screen.
Once iOS 16 becomes widely available, iOS users may find it easier to translate text from images captured through the iPhone camera app. All they have to do is open the Camera app and then point it at the text to be translated. Hardcore Android users will instantly recognize this feature available through the Google Translate app, allowing you to point your camera at text for overlaid translation in the live viewfinder. Although Apple is finally bringing this feature to iOS users, it is limited in nature. Basically, the Translate feature takes a photo and then overlays a translation over some text in the captured image.
Auto-share in photos
A highly requested feature in iOS 16 that users have wanted for a very long time is shared photo libraries. Finally, Apple has made it easy to set up a separate Photo Library that up to five people can use, thanks to iCloud Shared Photo Library. For those unaware, Google has had Shared Libraries since 2017. So Apple’s iCloud Shared Photo Library feature was taken straight from Google’s Page Book, minus a few tweaks here and there. iCloud’s Shared Photo Library feature can be shared with up to five other people, and each contributor has access to add, edit, bookmark, caption, and delete photos . By comparison, Google Photos allows “unlimited” contributors to an album, but you can also use the Partner Sharing feature which limits sharing your library with just one person.
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Another feature that arrived on iOS 16 but is already available on Android is Live Captions. Apple said Live Captions can transcribe any audio content — FaceTime calls, video conferencing apps or in-person conversations — into English on iPhone, iPad and Mac. Google started offering live captioning features with the release of Android 10 and is now available in English on Pixel 2 and later devices. It’s good to see Apple finally catching up with Google and bringing live captions to a lot of people.
Cancel/schedule sending emails
iOS 16 will allow people to schedule your email and unsend it. This is something Google first added in Inbox, an experimental alternative to Gmail. Unfortunately, Google killed the Inbox Inbox app in 2019. Either way, you’ll be able to use the same features with iOS 16’s built-in Mail app. For iPhone Mail app users, the possibility to schedule the sending of emails in advance and the possibility of canceling the sending of an email in case of need (you will only have 10 seconds to cancel the email sent ) make Apple’s native mail app competitive with rivals like Gmail.