While every new version of the Android OS has brought us new capabilities, there are still some Android features that we’re yet to see. Read on to learn more.
Despite how many iterations of Android we’ve already seen, there are a number of features that are technologically possible but still haven’t been added for Android users to enjoy.
Android devices enjoy stiff competition from Apple’s iPhones and iPads, although while Android phones offer more megapixels, Apple’s App Store has a lot more on offer than Google’s Play Store. It’s a constant back and forth. In many ways the two are very similar, so missing features on Android could see them losing the battle for consumer’s cash.
Here’s a look at some features Android is currently missing:
Apple’s latest offering, the iPhone 6s, has a pressure-sensitive display that adds an extra dimension to the ubiquitous touch screen. Instead of just being able to tap on the screen, 3D touch (previously known as Force Touch) registers 3 levels of firmness – a tap, a press and a hard press. Apple illustrates how this works in practice using email as an example. A tap will give you a preview of the email and a press will actually open it. This feature is still very new, so it remains to be seen how app developers will make use of it.
Reports suggest that this feature will come to Android via Samsung’s Galaxy range as early as this year.
When Apple releases a new version of its iOS, it’s available to all Apple users straight away. When Google’s releases a new Android version, many of its users have to wait months for the manufacturer of their device to make it available (if that even happens). That is the advantage of Apple’s marriage of hardware and software, and the downside of the openness of the Android ecosystem.
To make the distinction clear, in June 2015, 12% of Android devices were running the latest Android Lollipop software, and 83% of iPhones were running iOS 8.
Apple users benefit from universal updates
Access to the newest apps
iOS tends to be where developers go first to launch their new apps. The wait for apps to hit the Play Store can vary, but one high profile example is Instagram, which took an extra two years to arrive on Android.
Android users waited an extra two years for Instagram
High-quality music and video editing apps
Apple offers a suite of tools such as GarageBand and iMovie that keep many creatives (musicians, filmmakers, designers, etc.) loyal to their mobile devices and also in their choice of computer. Apple has been wise to limit these products to iOS for this very reason; as yet, there are no Android equivalents that match their quality.
Creatives favourite apps aren’t available on Android
A widely usable payments app
While it does face competition from both Android and Samsung (for now), Apple Pay can be used much more widely than its rivals. Apple Pay wasn’t even the first of its kind, but it is the one that has been picked up by major banks across the world. This led Samsung to announce Samsung Pay and Google to revamp Google Wallet into Android Pay.
Despite the years since its original launch in 2007, the iPhone still seems to be at the forefront when it comes to new features. At the time though, many people were sceptical of so-called smartphones, but now they dominate the mobile landscape with the iPhone being the most prominent among them. Throughout that time, Apple has continued to set the bar for usability and features, although Android devices have done the same for hardware performance.