Every iOS 14 feature on your iPhone that Android had first
Google was ahead of the curve on features that Apple released to iPhones with the iOS 14 upgrade.
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When Apple first released the latest major update to its mobile operating system, iOS 14, in September, iPhone fans were excited to see several new features and improvements that make using their phones easier. But Android users were quick to point out that the changes looked a little... familiar.
With the latest operating system, the revamped
home screens now include widgets, which let you see information like the weather at a glance. Prior to iOS 14, iPhone users could only have apps on the iPhone home screen. But widgets, which contain more information and are more functional than app icons, have been a mainstay feature on Google's Android since its inception in 2008.
Apple's App Clips let users preview "small parts" of apps quickly without downloading them. This can come in handy when trying to pay for takeout or parking, since App Clips is compatible with Apple Pay and Sign In with Apple. Google introduced a similar feature, Instant Apps, in 2016. Instant Apps gives apps their own URL so users don't have to download an entire app for a single transaction, like buying concert tickets for example.
Another part of Apple's redesigned home screen is an App Library that organizes your apps into groups and lists. With the new home screen in
, users can also "hide" apps from their main home screen. This is similar to Android's app drawer, sans the grouping features.
The updated Apple Maps app provides ways to travel in a more eco-friendly fashion in iOS 14 and WatchOS 7. The dedicated Cycling option helps users find bike paths while taking into account elevation, whether the route you take is busy or quiet, and if you'll encounter any stairs. While
doesn't factor in stairs, there has been the option to select "cycling" since 2010. When I tried it on my
, the step-by-step directions offer a look at elevation on a trip, too.
Apple's new picture-in-picture feature lets users watch a video while using other apps. The video shrinks and be able to float anywhere on the screen. It can also be swiped away and the video's audio can still play. Android
already have the ability to float videos over other apps, although the audio doesn't continue to play if the video is swiped away.
Wind Down mode
Another new feature is a Wind Down mode that helps users get ready for bed. The feature, which works for iPhone and
, lets you set a desired bedtime and wake-up time, and puts your phone into Do Not Disturb mode. There are also options to add shortcuts for meditation or playing relaxing music. Google doesn't have a dedicated app for this, but there is a way to set up a bedtime routine through the Google Home app.