Forgive me, Google, for I have sinned. I have tasted Apple’s forbidden iOS fruit and liked it — more than a little in fact. Yes, fellow fandroids, there is an iOS feature or three you would like to see on Android. How could it be otherwise? Google and Apple regularly “borrow” from each other.

Android is the sum of its parts, a good thing that satisfies about 80 of the world’s smartphone buyers. Regardless, there are iOS features that Google hasn’t yet copied from Apple (and vice versa). With that in mind, Reddit’s Android community recently faced facts and publicly confessed which iOS features they like most.

Here’s a quick run down of those enviable iOS features for your consideration:

• More iOS like app store permissions. That is, be able to turn off individual app permissions, like notifications and location, rather than Google’s all or nothing approach.

• The option to backup the full device, including both apps and settings

• Naturally, users would love, loVE, LOVE IT if carriers would push Android updates to them faster and more often. Because updates are often late or missing, Android accounts for over 95 percent of mobile malware

• Lastly, many users are envious of Apple’s simple yet powerful camera and request that Google provide decent camera in Android. For real, man, the iPhone takes better pictures no because of superior hardware, but rather superior software and integration.

What iOS features would you like to see in the next version of Android? What hardware features of the iPhone or iPad would like in your next Android phone or tab?

Sound off in the comments below…


  1. I hate my iPhone 5 since the first day I use it (almost 2 years by now). I can name at least 20 things ridiculously stupid about iPhone but I won’t – I already did it on another site and don’t bother to repeat it. Though I realize what’s the matter with Apple cult – many people just aren’t able to admit they spent 1-2-3 month salary just to buy miserable gadget. It’s a psychology and Apple is a brilliantly playing on it. They don’t sell gadgets, they sell status.

  2. It shows were you are located in parallel universe.. see, its a revolutionary step in GPS mapping 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. If you hate it since day one, you had 30 days to return it and get your dream android. Just saying cause why stay with something you hate?

  4. Actually, I have to say recent updates to the mobile Google Maps app have me stuffing around time and again trying find how to get directions from one place to another. Why does Google make simple things so complex sometimes?

  5. If a $299 contract price represents a month’s salary to you (or worse, two or three, as you suggest here), I submit Android is indeed the right phone for you. In fact, you might look into rotary.

  6. Oh, they definitely sell status. Excellent phones with status. No denial there.

    There is, however, something to that old axiom about getting what you pay for. Buying an iPhone assures you have a functional phone for at least the life of the contract—that means OS upgrades, too. My last iPhone was a 4s, which I JUST traded in about 4 months ago. It even had iOS 8 on it.

    Find me a 4 year old Droid phone with the newest version on it. You can’t. This is what I mean by getting what you pay for. Maybe my phone costs a little more, but I don’t need to buy a new one yearly to get the upgraded functionality.

    Sheesh. You say “status” like it’s a bad thing. You should try it sometime. Go get a job beyond the fryer at McD’s, and maybe you’ll enjoy some status too.

  7. I never said “excellent”, actually I have said quite opposite – “miserable gadget”. And what you prefer not to say is that your 4S was so slow on iOS 8 that you couldn’t stand it and sold it. I don’t need to name you a 4-year-old Android phone with newest OS because 4 years ago they already had what you have now. What a pity! You even couldn’t roll back to iOS 7 or 6 and that final update just ruined your phone.

    Sheesh. Already tried, thanks. I have a feeling you didn’t read at all a comment you answered to.

  8. As you never said “excellent” (though I didn’t assert you did), I never said it was slow. I replaced it because I wanted the bigger screen and better battery life. The iPhone 4 worked just fine, thanks.

    Keep believing anything on Android wasn’t stolen from iOS, and I’ll keep believing you have nothing but emotional reasons to defend this cribbed, derivative and inferior platform.

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