Top Features missing on iPhone but available on Android

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Once upon a time, iOS was synonymous with the right OS – smooth, beautiful, fast, responsive, and most importantly, with a minimum (as it seemed at that time) number of glitches. And jailbreak allowed us to bypass the restrictions, making the best mobile OS even better. For example, to watch videos from an SD-flash drive. By the way, only 8 years have passed, and in 2020 Apple allowed to play videos from external drives. In general, iOS has already adopted many of the technical flavors of Android. However, there are a number of limitations that can impress the avid Android fan with their ridiculousness (especially in 2021).

Where is the fingerprint scanner under the screen?

FaceID face recognition isn’t just good. It’s phenomenal – reliable, fast, smart. The technology that has also stimulated the development of Android smartphones. Additionally, the theme works great with gloved hands.

But the trouble here is the same as with the fingerprint scanners on the back of the smartphone or on the side. To unlock, you need to take the smartphone in hand or, in the case of FaceID, look into it. I don’t know about you, but my smartphone often lies on the table, a notification flies to it, and in order to see it, I have to pick up the device. If the computer is turned on, then there are no problems, since I have configured the duplication of all notifications on the PC – mail, instant messengers, system notifications, everything is there.

Top Features missing on iPhone but available on Android

Always On display (AoD) and LED indication

LED indicator is not really about software, and many Android manufacturers refuse such notifications. For example, Samsung removed the indicator after the Galaxy S10, deciding that AoD is enough). In my opinion, absolutely not enough, since the bright saturated light on my Galaxy Note 9 allows me to see the notification from the other end of the room and evaluate its importance: green – missed call, purple – notification from Telegram, blue – new letter in personal mail, orange – work mail.

Perhaps Apple believes that the LED indicator will not fit into the premium image of the iPhone, it will look cheap. Why Samsung refused, I don’t know. Apparently greed. Well, or really, one of the leaders decided that AoD is better (although LED + AoD is better).

Top Features missing on iPhone but available on Android

But why Apple has not added Always on Display for so many years is a mystery to me. Clock, notification icons, calendar, what kind of song is playing – a couple of taps on the screen, and everything is visible. The boss talked more than once about Apple’s greed and lack of technology, but it is obvious (when AoD screens are installed by everyone, including rootless Chinese) that the problem lies elsewhere. My version is that AoD is a technology that is extremely strongly associated with Samsung, and Apple does not want to be substituted for ridicule about copying.

Split screen

More recently, Apple has given users a picture-in-picture (PiP) mode. Oh, that day Twitter just exploded. All iPhone owners have posted how cool it is when you can play a video over the top. The owners of Android smartphones looked at all this disgrace in bewilderment. By the way, and I still do not understand, on iOS you cannot make PiP translucent and generally adjust the transparency level? And I can’t use PiP with any application? Seriously?

Top Features missing on iPhone but available on Android

For myself, I can say that I usually use picture-in-picture on the road, when at the same time half-eyed I watch some video on YouTube and correspond in instant messengers and mail. A handy feature when the video is not so important to watch it without stopping, but also not so empty to collapse and just listen.

Top Features missing on iPhone but available on Android

Picture-in-picture to some extent solves the problem of the lack of a split-screen, when you can simultaneously display two applications. But not completely. I will not say that I use this function regularly. Usually it turns out to be useful when you need to retype some information. For example, a photographed phone number. There is also a benefit when you reply to an email and want to see the incoming message. In Android 12, by the way, the App Pairing function will appear, when it will be possible to create your favorite bundles of split applications.

With all our hands for Apple to rethink this feature and add it to itself. The company is famous for the fact that, taking the technology, it brings it to user perfection (that is, the level when the user is good, pleasant and he is not looking for alternatives!).


This is, of course, a matter of taste, but I love that my smartphone (like the Windows PC) shows me new screensavers on the lock screen. You can choose topics that interest you (nature, art, etc.) and enjoy. The smartphone will independently update the image packs to always show something new. Packages are updated once a week or every two weeks. It seems like a trifle, but I am always happy to update the screensavers. Lets you not get bored.

Top Features missing on iPhone but available on Android

Google Assistant by default

This is a bit of a fantasy, as Apple will never allow Google Assistant to be selected as the default assistant (although Samsung did allow it to escape from Bixby). This also applies to Google Maps, by the way. But imagine how cool it would be if the iPhone could respond to both “Hey Siri” and “Okay Google”. Considering that Siri is not on Android, this would be an additional advantage of iOS – they say, there is everything!

Setting up notifications and calling app

It remains a mystery to me how iOS users live without the ability to set different sound notifications for different applications. Also I don’t understand why there are no quick replies to messages from the curtain. And, of course, the topic is when there is a separate card for each notification, and grouping into one card is absolutely irrational (especially when it comes to mail).

I could not help but pay attention, but when manually dialing a number, the iPhone really does not offer options from the notebook or from the call history, as does Android?

Top Features missing on iPhone but available on Android

Selecting the screen position and working with files

It’s a small thing, but super cool. On Android, just like on iPhone, you can lock the position of the screen so that it is always vertical. It’s comfortable. However, sometimes a situation arises, for example, when starting a video, when you need to view the content horizontally. On the iPhone, you need to go to the settings, on Android you can look at the corner of the screen, usually a tiny icon appears there, and if you click on it, the screen for a particular video will change its orientation.

Top Features missing on iPhone but available on Android

Another small thing that I stumbled upon by accident. On any Android smartphone in the File Explorer application, I can not only copy the file, but also move it (analogous to Cut), I can rename, advanced Android manufacturers do, by integrating cloud (branded or third-party) storages, allow in one tap share a link to a file. IPhone users are extremely limited when it comes to working with files.


In my opinion, all the iOS shortcomings I listed are so obvious that Apple should not add them in a new version of iOS, but simply with a conditional next security patch, even without changing the firmware version.