Android Pie main competitor as we all know is Apple’s iOS 12 and in the time I have used iOS 12 on iPhone XS, I have come to find there are a couple of things that stock android Pie does better than iOS 12. In this blog, I will be highlighting five of the major ones I have come across. So, without any further ado let’s get started.
1) Android Pie Vs iOS 12: CUSTOMIZATION
Android Pie is way more customizable than iOS 12, obviously, that’s always been the case with Android. You can customize your launcher to the extremes with tons of bells and whistles. Most Android phones give you the option to use a dark theme and a few others like Samsung allow you to theme the overall UI with thousands of options to choose from. In the play store, you can install apps to modify the navigation bar, install more quick setting tiles or use an overlay that is amazing and unique like bottom quick settings which allow you to have the quick settings panel down at the bottom. If you root the possibilities are endless with different types of ROMS to flash, modifications to install with the magic manager, tons of amazing themes to use and so forth.
You get the point, when it comes to customization, Android is King and I feel Apple doesn’t want to combat this because they want to keep their interface nice and clean. They don’t want too many buttons or options for customization that will give the average Joe a headache.
2) Android Pie Vs iOS 12: Better Multi-Tasking
Another advantage with Android Pie is better multitasking. If you want to use two apps at the same time, no problem you can use a split screen. Some androids do a better job than others at implementing these native features such as Samsung’s version. For example, they allow you to swap up the windows quickly or allow you to have a floating window instead. You can also shrink a YouTube video or most video players into a floating window so, you can do other things on the device. It’s a neat feature called picture in picture mode something iOS 12 don’t have.
3) Android Pie Vs iOS 12: Voice Assistant
When it comes to voice assistant both platforms have their own competitors. Apple uses Siri while Google and the majority of other Android OEMs use Google assistant. Personally, I think Google assistant is far ahead of Siri in every aspect. Google assistant does a way better job at handling simple commands. It can handle more voice interactions to feel more like a conversation, Output to answers a slight second faster than Siri, and it has a more natural sounding tone. On top of that if you own a google pixel, no matter the generation, there’s a feature called call screen which gives you the option to have Google assistant answer any incoming call so you can quickly figure out what the caller wants and see if it’s urgent.
I am not one to bug about features that are mostly opinion based but I’ve never come to understand why Apple hasn’t drastically changed or improved the launcher since the first iPhone got released.
The problem with iPhone’s launcher is you can’t really customize anything on the home screen besides creating folders, adding multiple widgets to the leftmost screen or rearranging apps. With an Android Pie, you have the freedom of downloading a third-party launcher within the play store or from the web and creating a home screen that feels unique and personal whereas, within the iOS launcher you can’t change the grid size, you can only have four apps in the dock, there is no icon pack support, and the organization is awful. However, I’m not one to judge there are people out there who appreciate Apple’s launcher and probably don’t want it to change but I do feel like a few added options for customization wouldn’t hurt anyone.
5) Better Notification Management
Android Still manages notifications way better than iOS even though iOS 12 improved the notification management by introducing features like bundling and delivering notifications quietly. Android Pie still has the upper hand. For one, you can snooze notifications to dismiss them for a certain amount of time and have them reinsert themselves after the timer is up. On top of that, you can manage incoming notification from an app much better than iOS with notification channels. In other words, Android Pie allows you to block every notification for an app but if you just want to block certain notifications and not have it completely muted, you can do so as well.