We’ve heard of the new iOS 10 during the WWDC 2016, and it brings a refreshing amount of interactivity for iOS users. Google also announced Android N during their I/O meet which is more like the iOS 10, leaving Marshmallow a league backward.
Here’s the difference between Apple’s upcoming mobile platform and Android’s last release before Android N.
Type a word and tap it to see if it can be replaced with an emoji. While the emojis are bigger and better animated like the Marshmallow, the text-to-emoji replacement functionality is a fine introduction by Apple.
While iOS 10 is now catching up with the functionality to allow users to scribble messages on their phone with ‘Tapback,’ Android has allowed it for a while because most Android-based devices came with a stylus. What iOS 10 has additionally done is allow an element of surprise to texts and images with ‘Invisible ink.’ The recipient will have to rub the image or text off to expose the message which initially appears hazy.
Opening up to developers
Siri still triumphs as being an innate voice assistant where Marshmallow supports the feature through installed apps. The fact that Apple has also opened up support for third-party services with stack apps says you will be able to perform app-related functions through Siri as well as have better integration with other apps like iMessage and Mail.
Widgets on the lock screen
Marshmallow uses a separate tray to display widgets like with the new iOS 10 but doesn’t display these widgets on the lock screen. The wide availability of widgets for the Notification Center, allowed Apple to integrate them with the lock-screen. This also includes the ‘Today view’ you would previously find under the Notification Center. These widgets are completely customizable and can also be accessed on a separate page by swiping by from the left to right on your home-screen.
Raise to Wake
Marshmallow does support the feature to wake a device and display notifications without having to press any buttons. But since the Google mobile platform is provided to many manufactures, only some of whom have recently introduced the feature this year, it can be said that it isn’t a stack feature for all users.
On the other hand, all Apple devices that are supported by iOS 10 will come with the feature to wake when they’re raised, which gives iOS 10 the edge over Marshmallow currently.
Notification Center revamp
There has been much chatter about how Apple’s new iOS notifications are very similar to notifications on Marshmallow. While it is true and both platforms feature card-like notifications, Apple has added more functionality from the notification center itself.
Apple’s tying in with innate support for IoT connected smart appliances. With iOS 10, they are making their Home-kit available to users so they can remotely control connected appliances. The best part is, Apple has included support for third-party devices through developers which will allow you to use your current smart appliances with one central application.
While custom-built apps are available on Marshmallow to control and manage individual appliances, no stack feature allows you to manage your IoT devices centrally like with the iOS 10.
AI with Photos
The new Photos app on iOS 10 is integrated with the intelligence to categorize as well as bunch images based on emotion, memories and activities. The app identifies the locations, faces other elements of the photograph by sifting through 11 billion preset computations.
An app called Google Photos for Marshmallow is also able to identify and process such data to arrange your photographs in different categories, but the information is computed remotely on the cloud. With Apple’s iOS 10, the computations apparently run on the phone itself which saves you the scare of your privacy being breached with each photograph sending information to be computed online.
All-in-all, we think that Apple’s newest iOS 10 has left Marshmallow behind and has taken a step towards being more intuitive and interactive with its consumers. Not that Marshmallow maker hasn’t planned something similar with Android Nougat already.