iOS and Android have been competing fiercely over the last few years, with Google's Android taking the lead in areas like features and functionality. However, Apple's iOS has a much larger selection of high quality apps and can boast seamless functionality.
At Apple's WWDC this week, Apple showed off the brand-new iOS 8 and explained some of its new functionality.
Apple has added a slew of new features to its mobile OS with the entry of iOS 8. However, Android users have been enjoying similar features and functionality for a long time now. Have a look at these features below.
Apple has finally included support for third-party keyboards like Swype and SwiftKey. While this comes as excellent news for iOS users, it is worth noting that Android users have been enjoying this from the very beginning. Also worth noting is that Google added the popular swipe-typing feature into Android with the 4.2 Jelly Bean update.
Even though it was Apple that first made voice assistants popular with its Siri, Google has easily managed to catch up and even move ahead in several areas.
Siri now responds to "hey Siri", which activates iOS's voice assistant without having to touch your iPhone at all. This happens to be very similar to Google's "Ok Google" voice command, which fires up Android's virtual assistant.
Apple has tried to set itself apart by integrating song recognition via a partnership with Shazam.
The new iCloud Drive isn't very different from Dropbox or Google Drive. It now allows users to switch between devices and continue work from where they left off, and also access it across all devices using iCloud Drive.
Apple is allowing users to send large files via email using iCloud in the same fashion that Google lets you use Google Drive as a source and destination for attachments.
With iOS 8, Apple now includes the ability to share certain information between apps, allowing them to interact with each other. Android has been offering this feature with its intents system, with which Android users can share information between their apps.
For example, if you snap a picture on your phone's camera, the intents system allows you to use a third-party photo editing app to make some changes and then share it online via Facebook.
The interface of the Android OS is well known for using widgets. However, Apple has just added this feature into iOS with the latest iteration.
While widgets can be placed on the home-screen in Android, they can only be a part of its notification centre on iOS8. Also, these new widgets on iOS won't be around all day. They'll simply appear when they have information to show you.
A new feature, Handoff lets users work on multiple devices provided they are signed into the same iCloud account and are in the same network. The feature is compatible with apps such as Pages, Safari, Mail, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts. Apart from this, developers can add the functionality into their apps as well.
Google offers similar features with its many apps and services. Examples include the real-time draft saving feature on Gmail and tab-sync thanks to its Chrome Browser extensions.