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Technology 7 iPhone features that Android phones can't do no matter how hard they try

13:30  25 january  2020
13:30  25 january  2020 Source:   cnet.com

The first leaked Android 11 feature is something the iPhone had for years

  The first leaked Android 11 feature is something the iPhone had for years Android 10 is already rolling out to the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 flagships about a month earlier than even the most optimistic Samsung fans could have anticipated. But as we draw closer to 2020, we’re also nearing the next major version of Android, which for the first time in Google’s history won’t have a letter attached to its name. Rather than Android R, we’re getting Android 11 come next year, with the first beta likely to drop as early as March. With that in mind, it’s not surprising to see the first Android 11 rumors start to pop up, with a brand new leak saying the operating system will get a useful new feature next year that users will appreciate.

I recently covered seven things Android phones are capable of that iPhone users could only dream of having. But iPhones have their perks, too, with plenty of valuable features that Android phones lack. iMessage, FaceTime and regular OS updates for nearly every iPhone are some top examples.

I like Android phones . But when most friends and family ask me what phone to buy, I tend Despite all the promises by Android phone makers to streamline their skins, the iPhone remains the easiest My favorite feature is AirDrop, which lets you easily transfer photos and videos over Wi-Fi from your

I recently covered seven things Android phones are capable of that iPhone users could only dream of having. Features like being able to organize the home screen however you want, the benefits of a superior Google Assistant and better multitasking.

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But iPhones have their perks, too, with plenty of valuable features that Android phones lack. iMessage, FaceTime and regular OS updates for nearly every iPhone are some top examples.

Here are my favorite iPhone features that Android users are missing out on.

iMessage gives you that blue bubble feeling

Perhaps the biggest feature that Android users don't have, and likely never will, is Apple 's proprietary messaging platform iMessage. It seamlessly syncs across all of your Apple devices, is fully encrypted and has a ton of playful features like Memoji.

Google Fi will warn you about spam calls

  Google Fi will warn you about spam calls Google has been extending its cell carrier service, Fi, by offering an unlimited calling and data plan and expanding to cover the iPhone as well as Android devices. However, there were issues with the Fi experience, with some customers complaining about the number of spam calls they received. Google aims to address that problem with an update to Fi which rolled out this weekend. The new features for Fi include a warning on screen if a call is suspected to be spam, which will be handy for those dealing with a deluge of robocalls. There's also the ability to block particular numbers. The features are available on all Fi phones, including iPhones and Android devices.

I recently covered seven things Android phones are capable of that iPhone users could only dream of having. But iPhones have their perks, too, with plenty of valuable features that Android phones lack. iMessage, FaceTime and regular OS updates for nearly every iPhone are some top examples.

3. iPhones are more secure than Android phones . According to a 2014 report by Forbes, 97% of mobile malware at the time could be found on Android . Whether you love Apple or hate Apple, it's hard to deny that the Apple ecosystem—though not without its flaws—is one of the best in the game.

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When you send a message to another iPhone and you see the chat bubble turn blue, you know that the person on the other end of the conversation is using an iPhone, too. That makes you part of a club, sure, but it also includes certain benefits, like chatting over Wi-Fi and being able to share high-res videos and photos with the person on the other end of the line.

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iMessage also lets you request or send money via Apple Pay, and pepper the message with extra colorful animations, for example, which makes for a more robust conversation than using standard SMS on the iPhone. You'll know you're in typical texting mode when the chat bubbles are green.

BMW will finally support Android Auto in July 2020

  BMW will finally support Android Auto in July 2020 BMW's effort to drag its phone integration into the modern era extends beyond ditching Apple CarPlay fees. The automaker is finally introducing Android Auto to its cars as of July 2020, when it'll be available in any vehicle using BMW Operating System 7.0 or later. It's a wireless connection, so you'll initially be limited to certain Google- and Samsung-made phones, but it should save you the trouble of plugging in when you just want some quick directions home.We've asked BMW about support for wired Android Auto as well as the possibility of upgrading older vehicles.

Why iPhone users stick around and keep buying Apple While the launch of the iPhone X had With a hefty price tag and some competitive Android phones in the sub 0 range, what gives? The truth is, Apple keeps users buying iPhone because of a handful of core features that Android just doesn’ t

I recently covered seven things Android phones are capable of that iPhone users could only dream of having. But iPhones have their perks, too, with plenty of valuable features that Android phones lack. iMessage, FaceTime and regular OS updates for nearly every iPhone are some top examples.

Google recently rolled out its own take on iMessage as part of its Messages app. It uses something called rich communication services that let you send higher quality photos and videos, and see read receipts and even typing indicators so you know when they other person is replying. While Google's RCS brings huge improvements to chatting on an Android phone, it's not as widely used as iMessage right now and doesn't have Apple's full set of features.

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Wireless headphones and earbuds are a breeze to set up and use

Pairing the wireless AirPods earbuds to your iPhone is a seamless experience that makes Apple's system leagues ahead of Google's. One of the most impressive benefits is being able to use the same AirPods with your Mac or Apple Watch without having to pair them again.

Samsung 's Galaxy Buds try to recreate that magical experience, and they come close, but lack the range and ease of use across multiple devices. Google's Pixel Buds 2 are Android users' best hope for recreating that magic -- but you'll have to wait a little longer before they start shipping.

Samsung insider says Galaxy S11 might have a completely new name

  Samsung insider says Galaxy S11 might have a completely new name Without a doubt, the Galaxy S11 will be one of the most important Android handsets of the first half of the upcoming year. We’ve probably told you the same thing about every Galaxy S model that preceded it. But, for the first time in the iconic Samsung phone line’s history, we might witness a change we didn’t necessarily see coming. The Galaxy S11 might not be called Galaxy S11, no matter how much sense that name makes. Instead, Something will go for something entirely different, which could help it better compete against the iPhone, but also against its biggest Android rival.

Android phones once again force users to manually change settings via a separate menu, bogging down the process of silencing your phone . There is a word for software pre-installed on devices that cannot be removed and provide little function for its users — bloatware, according to Forbes.

The iPhone 7 officially launched in Australia today, with prices starting at 79 (or 29 for the black versions). Look, we're not trying to start a mobile war here. If you're an iOS user, the iPhone 7 represents a decent With that in mind, here are five rock-solid Androids that can comfortably go

The AirPods have plenty of features and tricks you'll want to learn, like sharing audio and asking Siri to read your incoming messages. The AirPods Pro do even more.

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Every eligible iPhone gets software updates at the same time

Software updates have always been a shortcoming of the Android platform as a whole. Unless you own one of Google's Pixel phones, you never really know when you're going to receive a security update or major feature release, because that timing is up to each individual phone brand. Some are more consistent than others.

On the other hand, when Apple releases a software update for the iPhone, every single user has immediate access to that update as long as their iPhone is still supported. Here's a current list of supported devices that goes back to the iPhone SE . When iOS 13 arrived in September, iPhone owners were able immediately to update. When iOS 13.1 came out a few days later, everyone was once again able to update at once.

You just don't get that kind of consistency and assurance on the totality of Android phones.

How Samsung’s Galaxy S20 compares with the iPhone 11

  How Samsung’s Galaxy S20 compares with the iPhone 11 A spec comparison between Samsung’s newest phones and Apple’s 2019 lineupOne of the headline features of the S20 is a screen that you can toggle between a 60Hz and a super-smooth 120Hz refresh rate. The phones also have a lot of camera tech on board: the S20 has three cameras, the S20 Plus adds a time-of-flight sensor, and the S20 Ultra has a monster 108-megapixel lens with a 100x zoom. All three phones support 5G, though only the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra support ultra-fast millimeter wave networks at launch. Samsung says it will launch a Galaxy S20 that supports Verizon’s millimeter wave network in the second quarter of this year.

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Thinking about switching from Android to iPhone ? This Android fanboy spent an enlightening week Here at Android Authority we can name a plethora of reasons why Android beats Apple's mobile operating system. I tried my best to use every basic feature of the phone at least once, including

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Video calls with iPhone are as simple as a phone call

FaceTime is one feature that Android has never been able to match, despite Google's best efforts with its Duo app. FaceTime works so well because it's encrypted and ready to use the moment you set up your new iPhone.

Like iMessage, FaceTime is for many people synonymous with video calls. It's the only app they want to use and they don't have to log into a third-party app or search for contacts to set it up and start a call. It's just automatically linked to your contacts, camera and dialer to do all the work. It's this ease that makes FaceTime one of the reasons that family groups stay rooted to the iPhone.

Read more: How to place group video calls, or have some fun with Animoji in FaceTime

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Seamless backup and restore

I've set up hundreds of Android phones, and the process has never been as painless as it is when I set up a new iPhone. With the iPhone, I log into my iCloud account, tap on Restore and then wait about 20 minutes. That's not the case with an Android phone.

Google's backup and restore service does a decent job, but more often than not there are apps I need to reinstall or log into, setting to adjust, and disappointment to manage when the phones frequently fail to restore my home screen layout exactly how I had it. The Restore feature is supposed to save time, but I still spend a chunk of it fine-tuning the Android devices I set up this way.

Google’s biggest Google Maps update in years is now widely available on Android and iPhone

  Google’s biggest Google Maps update in years is now widely available on Android and iPhone Google announced a major update for Google Maps a few days ago, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the service. The update included a significant redesign with a brand new app icon as well as a few important changes to the Maps user interface. On top of that, Google improved the navigation experience related to commuting by adding more information about trains and busses, and it also added a new feature to its Live View mode to better help users find their destinations while walking. Google said at the time that those features would start rolling out gradually, and now they’re widely available on Android and iPhone.

So, how does it stand against Google’s newest Android version, Android 8.1 Oreo? iOS does have an upper hand when it comes to features . Another interesting feature of iOS 11 is the ability to send and receive money directly within the Messages app. Users can do so via simple text messages.

Decent Android phones can go for as little as 0. Are they good looking? Unlike the iPhone , where every detail is under Apple’s control, with Android , Google supplies the base operating It really comes down to your budget and what matters most to you. For me, the answer is Android , but

Meanwhile, my iPhone backs up to iCloud every night (as long as it's connected to Wi-Fi and charging), and completely restores installed apps, accounts, home screen and settings without fail.

Read more: Make sure you've taken all the proper steps to ensure your iPhone is backing up

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Shortcuts + Siri = time saved

Apple's Shortcuts app is preinstalled on the iPhone and lets owners create and share automations for common tasks, like checking the spelling for a document, viewing the Amazon price history for an item, or converting a video to a GIF with a couple of taps.

I use Shortcuts on a daily basis, and more recently I've been giving Siri voice commands to do things like combine recent screenshots into one image or even used the Stats app and telling Siri to "warm up my car."

For years, Siri had a bad reputation as being inferior to Google Assistant and Alexa -- and rightfully so. Apple's personal assistant was behind the competition for far too long. However, I use Siri on a daily basis for common tasks ranging from playing music, trivia questions and weather forecasts -- all of the same stuff I use Alexa for -- and Siri's results and capabilities match Amazon's assistant.

The addition of Shortcuts support to Siri's repertoire has only strengthened it. Indeed, Google Assistant has routines and the ability to automate certain aspects, but the flexibility and on-device automation of Shortcuts makes it an indispensable tool.

Google quietly revealed the first new Android 11 features

  Google quietly revealed the first new Android 11 features Google’s next major Android version is just around the corner, and I’m not talking about the highly-anticipated I/O 2020 big reveal. Google will likely release the very first Android 11 beta, the Developer Preview kind of early OS release that targets app developers, in a short while. The public beta, meanwhile, will drop only in May, and it’ll be more stable than the first developer release. You can’t quite download Android 11 DP just yet, but Google has mistakenly revealed some of the first features of Android 11, by publishing the Android 11 developers announcement a few days or weeks early.

And what can an Android phone do that an iPhone can ' t ? Android phones offer customers seemingly limitless options when it comes to the phone that they actually want to buy, but Most major apps do try to release their products for Apple or Android at the same or around the same time, but

Thus your iPhone cannot sync the photos with your cloud account while your phone is standing by, or is at With Android , it can privide full functionality but on iOS, you can at times see a spam caller identified Owning to those 6 key features , looks like Android secures its position pretty ahead in

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What bloatware?

Bloatware, crapware. Whatever you want to call it, it doesn't exist on an iPhone. Apple doesn't allow carriers to install any apps before you get the phone, unlike Android devices that are loaded with carrier-specific apps from the moment you first turn them on.

Yes, you can delete or hide those apps in just a few minutes on your Android phone, but it's not something users should have to deal with. Who really needs the AT&T locker app? Or random games pushed on you because the developer struck a deal with your carrier? I know I don't. Not to mention, researchers have found that preinstalled apps are prone to bugs and security issues. In my opinion, the owner of a phone should have control over what is and isn't installed.

If you're looking for more features that make the iPhone better than Android, look no further than this long list of features Apple added in iOS 13, and if you're still not convinced, here's a healthy list of hidden features.

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