Apple has recently unveiled the brand new version of its iOS mobile operating system, iOS 8, labelling is as “the biggest release since the launch of the App Store". Nevertheless, the varied Android fans across the country have nothing to fear about. These new added features already exist in the Google’s operating system for quite some time. These features include:

  1. iCloud Photo Library

With an improved version of cloud photo, as well as video storage in iOS 8, Apple allows its users to store their photos automatically in the cloud, which they can access by using any of their devices. Previously, the storage was limited to 1,000 photos for up to 30 days. This feature is available as Google+ photos, which also sync all of your photos in the cloud in an automatic manner with an unlimited storage for photos and videos for free, unlike apple, which offers only 5GB free storage.

iCloud Drive

The other feature added by Apple for iCloud was the iCloud Drive. It is similar to a Dropbox-like service to store documents in the cloud. In addition to this service, the Android users also have Google Drive. Once again, iCloud offers only 5GB free storage; where as a free storage of 15GB is offered by Google Drive. This iCloud Drive will be available only on Mac, iPad, iPhone, and PC, while Google Drive and Dropbox are also supported by Android.

QuickType and Third-party Keyboards

Another dandy feature added by Apple is its latest QuickType keyboard, which not only predicts, but also has the ability to learn based on the users’ typing habits. In addition to this, third-party keyboards will also be supported by iOS 8. Yet again, all Android users already have the official Google Keyboard and SwiftKey, popular third-party keyboard, amongst several others, have gesture typing, predictive features, and much more.


All Apple users can finally access the basic widgets in iOS 8, which will be available only to the iPad’s and iPhone’s pull-down Notification Center. Whereas, all Android users can place not only widgets on their home screen, but can also lock their screens.


By using the TestFlight technology, all iPad and iPhone owners can now beta test apps before the officially release in the App Store. It doesn’t come as a surprise to the Android users as Google had already allowed them to use these beta test apps for quite some time.

App Previews

Another grand feature added to the App Store is "App Previews," through which, the users can watch the demo version of any video before downloading it. On the other hand, the Android developers already have had the aptitude to add the demos of their apps on the Google Play.

iMessage Voice And Video

Apple has also updated its messaging app with iOS 8 mobile operating system. While using iMessage, the users will now be able to send varied number of audio and video messages, as well as they can also share their location with others. In Android phones, this feature is available as Snapchat. The other popular mobile messaging app available to Android users is WhatsApp, which shares the same feature.

Interactive/Actionable Notifications

With the progression of this feature, all iPhone and iPad users can now respond to a notification without initiating an app with Interactive Notifications. They just need to swipe down and reply to a text message like any Facebook post. A popular third-party Android interface, CyanogenMod, is available for all Android users to quickly call or respond to the notification. In Android phones, a Gmail notification is archived in the notification menu, however, the Gmail app will be opened only when the user makes an attempt to respond to the message notification.

‘Hey Siri’

Not more than 22 varied new dictation languages are added by the Apple’s voice assistant to Siri. The users will now be able to recognize the songs with Shazam, streaming voice recognition, and purchasing iTunes content. One of the major changes added is the capability to start Siri by just speaking the phrase "Hey Siri" whilst the cell phone is plugged into a car. Doesn’t it sound familiar to all Android 4.4 owners? All Android 4.4 users can launch Google Now by speaking the phrase "OK, Google" from their phone’s home screen. By using the same phrase, the Moto X can actually wake up the phone.

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