Using iOS, I learned more about these 8 features of Android

Using iOS, I learned more about these 8 features of Android

Late last year, I decided it was time to move out of my Huawei MediaPad and get a new iPad. This was not my first attack on iOS / iPadOS – I already had an iPod Touch and iPad Mini – but it was the last time I used Apple’s mobile operating system in a few years. I was so excited to discover what it has to offer and discover the big and small differences between it and Android. My trip revealed some disappointing facts, but over the months, I’ve also come to appreciate new features that I knew were obvious in Android, but those features aren’t good on either iOS / iPad. Below is a list of eight of these.

Fixed back movement

Although Google was late in the gesture game (at least for existing Android) and implemented this navigation mode after Apple, I think it did a better job: moving backwards on Android is compatible and reliable. You swipe from the left or right edge of the screen and take a step back, anywhere, anyway. At first, I was not in favor of how to engage with the side menu in some programs, but after a while I realized that I use the side menu in order more than the side menu. (Additionally, many apps have opted for that menu for bottom tabs or floating menus in Google Maps and Photos.)

Pull back, go back. any time.

There is no real equivalent to this swipe on iOS. In some apps, swiping from the right edge of the screen goes backwards, but this move is not done globally, neither by Apple nor by all developers. In other apps, you have to use the back button at the top left, the farthest point your finger can reach. And in some cases, you just scroll without the back button and use the bottom tabs to move between sections and tap outside the floating menus to return. In general, moving on iOS is great as long as you do not need to take a step back. To do this, you just throw a dart at the wall and hope to hit the right mechanism.

Share the tab

It’s no secret that we’re not a big fan of the Android sharing tab here. We’ve asked Google to fix it once or twice, and we’ve covered every little good or bad change we’ve seen over the years. But as bad as I think the Android stock page is, it’s by no means as confusing as it is on iOS.

What is that row of small app icons ?!

I may not be able to figure out how it works, but every time I hit the share button on my iPad, I have no idea what I will get. The only thing I appreciate is that I can show, hide, and rearrange the programs that are displayed, but I have to be active in this because the default is neither organized nor logical. At least Android has implemented alphabet sorting by default. The interface of the app icons is very small and moves horizontally in a long list and is not convenient, and there are many options that appear in certain apps but in other apps, it bothers me. In addition, some programs appear both in the icon list and in the action list and create a lot of redundancy. And if you thought Apple didn’t have custom sharing pages, think again. Twitter, YouTube, and many other apps allow you to browse your pages before accessing Apple.

Notifications packages and channels

Another classic example of a club is “I thought it was bad, until I got worse” announcements. On Android, they can act very fast, there is no way to manage them en masse, they are delivered to all devices including inactive devices and there is no smart system that depends on what time of day what you have Be informed to manage.

Apple tried to implement the second version on iOS / iPadOS 14, but in all other cases it is still years behind Android. Packaging does not always work, and I often list a bunch of individual notifications from one application after another. Smart actions are not available, so you can not open links and set reminders and check maps or take other actions through notifications.

If this happens while grouping notifications …

But the worst culprit is the lack of a channel. Apple’s system is all or nothing, so the app developer can’t let you decide what kind of notifications you want to receive and which one you prefer – no – unless you manually select a selector Implement in your application. This has caused me to basically disable all notifications on my iPad. I am currently receiving important pings from apps installed on my phone, I do not need to duplicate them on my tablet. But it is good to help those who own an iPhone …

Activate information channels that are important. Disable others

All about Gboard

I knew I would lose Gboard on my iPad, but I did not know I would lose it in this size. Apple’s keyboard can’t get close to the Gboard-like experience on Android, and unfortunately even Google’s Gboard is bad because Apple restricts third-party keyboards on iOS to such an extent that Google can’t implement any of its signature features. Slowly

You miss the numerical row, an important element for my Arabic typing – we use the numbers 2, 3 and 7 to replace the letters without the phonetic equivalent in the Latin alphabet. You should also say goodbye to multilingual support and manually switch between any languages ​​you intend to use. Translation is also lost on the fly, so you can not use it to quickly find out how to pronounce a word or sentence in another language.

Gboard on Android has an Emoji Kitchen, a clipboard, easy translations, and other awesome features.

Add things like GIF search and insertion, no clipboard manager to quickly paste multiple items, no auto-complete suggestions, and no ridiculously attractive kitchen emojis. All the reasons that make Gboard great on Android have been fixed in iOS, and it’s almost like using a shell version that is hardly a shadow of Android glory.

An overview of text and image selection

Although this feature is only for pixels, the ability to select anything in the Android app overview window is often forgotten and undermined. Simply drag the screen in any application to activate the switch and you will receive an interactive card that you can tap and hold to avoid the limitations of tapping and holding any application. Instagram does not allow you to select an image? You can do this through Overview. Choose a website or app that does not allow you to select text? Review. This is a simple solution and is enhanced by Google Lens which simplifies text recognition. Add all the background elements you get when you select something – open the link, translate, open on YouTube or Maps or Spotify, call a number, send a message, add to your calendar, and more. .. – And you have an exquisite tool that is highly valued.

A brief selection of images and text is very useful.

Two continuous beats or hit and hold

I share this in the same bucket by moving back and page. Maybe I do not know iOS / iPadOS well enough, maybe I do not pay attention to their secret ways, but I swear to heaven, I have no idea how to use two quick taps or tap and hold on my iPad. Sometimes they select the text, sometimes they place the cursor in the middle of the text, and sometimes they do not. Sometimes they are equivalent to right-clicking on links, other times they select the link text. And most of the time they do what I do not want them to do instead of what I want them to do. Enter the frustrating twenty seconds of my attempt to do this over and over again, and for some reason, succeed. I Literally He repeated the exact same move several times, but once out of five or six did what I expected, the rest did not.

How can it be so frustrating and so inconsistent? On Android, I know what a double hit or a hit and hold does each time. There is no second guess, no trial and error, and no incompatibility. “It just works.”

Reset programs

I never realized how important it was to be able to return to the empty state of the app until I started using the iPad. This is because an app has misbehaved, or I want to clear all saved data to free up some space, or I want to start with an app for whatever reason, Android allows me to do.

Clear storage or cache of the app or return to the original children’s game.

On iOS / iPadOS, there is no such option. A few rare, very rare programs offer a reset, but otherwise, your only condition is to uninstall and reinstall the program from scratch. Even then, some data may be backed up and related to your account, which is fine if you launch a new phone, but bad if you try to reset an app. There are a few online tutorials on this, but nothing is so simple Clear storage space And Clear cache The options that Android offers this without even mentioning Remove updates A feature that allows me to go back to the original version of the downloaded app.

Live subtitles

When live subtitles were announced on Android a few years ago, I did not expect to use them well until 2021. But I’m here, next to my husband, still asleep, lying on the bed or waiting somewhere in a public place. And try to watch the video without subtitles provided. I do not want to turn on the sound, so I enable live subtitles and can read what is being said without disturbing anyone.

It is great to be able to silently watch videos on Twitter and Instagram and read their subtitles.

I did not know that I would miss this much on my iPad, but when such a situation occurs while using it, I silently curse under my breath and save the movie for later.

Default applications

Although Apple has done better in choosing our favorite browsers and email apps, it still links everything in iOS / iPadOS to its own services. I can easily change the default file browser, photo gallery, launcher, calendar and map apps explicitly on Android. Right now, I appreciate them a lot more, because I know how annoying it is to be dependent on a choice that you do not like.

The default setting works for a variety of applications, not just the browser and email client.

Expanding my horizons with different ecosystems (when I can afford it) is always an interesting experience. I find out how other companies behave differently, how they implement certain features, and where they stand out compared to my favorite operating system. And most of the time, I also get a new appreciation for my current operating system. This does not mean that I will leave the iPad soon. I can keep Android and iOS / iPadOS alive and split my usage according to each other’s strengths. I call this win-win.

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