News by Andrew Kameka on Friday June 07, 2013.
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Since 2008, Android has been the answer every time I have asked myself, "Should I buy an Android or iPhone?" That changed in December when I purchased an Apple iPhone 5 in order to change my routine and test more apps that are iOS-only. While there are some things that I've come to enjoy in my time as an iPhone user, like a great camera and much better battery life than I typically enjoyed on Android, I still miss a few key features about my old system. Here are five features that I hope Apple copies when it unveils iOS 7 at WWDC next week.
Share - Apps that actually talk to each other
The Android "Share" function is without a doubt the most underrated, under-appreciated, undervalued feature of Android. I took it for granted until I was forced to do without it on iOS. The Share function used to make it incredibly easy for me to send information - links, files, photos, etc. - from one app to another, and I sorely miss being able to do that on an iPhone. With Android, I can take a picture with the standard camera app and tap a button to share it to multiple sources, or open it in an editing app. The iPhone requires that I exit the camera, launch an app, and then import the file. Apple has granted more developers need to support enhanced notifications, I miss the default Android apps that have enhanced notifications. On the bright side, iOS has options for pop-ups and automatic lock screen notifications that lessen the sting of the transition.
Widgets - what you want before you ask
I know HTC says that hardly anyone wants widgets beyond the clock and weather, but I miss having the option. Widgets have been one of Android's leading features, and even with its reduced prominence, they still have value. Home screen widgets let users spruce up their home screen designs, see headlines or social networking updates, view appointments, get shortcuts to text or email their contacts, and provide shortcuts to features without having to launch an app. iOS doesn't do this, and for the most part, it's not necessary. But every time I have to tap the screen three or more times to take action or get information that I use to be able to access with one tap or less, it becomes a matter of preference rather than necessity. No matter how much people say widgets don't matter, they are very useful, and it's nice when you have the option to let that unimportant feature make things easier.
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.