One of the most anticipated smartphone cases in the year –and – will be much more than just phones. It will be the root of the competition between Apple's IOS 12 software and Google's .
Although Apple and Google are located about 9 miles apart in the heart of Silicon Valley, they have philosophies are worlds apart.
Google's Android OS is about transparency (but it can lead to fragmentation), while Apple's iOS is about getting a tight system to work well (but many services only work within Apple's relatively small device's ecosystem).
Google has made Android 9.0 Pie official – it's out of beta andwhile iOS 12 is still in beta. That means we can evaluate their current features side by side, but with the understanding that Apple and Google are likely to save some surprises for the actual launch of their rumors. This is not a final evaluation of any stretch.
We expect that the first iOS 12 iPhones shipments will be released in September, and Google Pixel 3 will startone day
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iOS 12 and Android Pie both additional features that help you sleep at bedtime by deemphasing the apps that could otherwise grab your attention. Both platforms also came up with features that let you handle how much time you spend on your device. We know more when we can test a finished iOS 12 with an Android Pie phone.
IOS 12 gets :
- Do not disturb, switch off most messages at bedtime.
- Screentime gives you weekly reports about your use.
- You can set usage restrictions for yourself and your children for any app.
Android Pie Get :
- Wind Down mode will slow the phone to gray tones at bedtime.
- A dashboard shows how often you use apps.
- You can set app limits and programs gray out to remind you of your goals.
- Turn the phone face down to trigger non-interference mode.
So, who wins?
iOS 12 is still unfinished, and both Apple and Google can pull a rabbit out of the hat when iPhone X Plus and Pixel 3 start. That means it's still too early to say something that's actually better – or even the one I prefer.
However, where Android Pie and iOS 12 are now, Google appears to have gained some of the most groundbreaking software we want: voice assistant and multiplayer AR that works with all phones.
I'm disappointed that Apple so far does not seem to fix Siri's biggest mistake and that the most interesting new feature, Memoji avatars, is currently limited to iPhone X. But I'm excited that Apple embraces multiplayer AR on its own way – maybe 2019 will be the year AR sticks. Apple continues to lead in terms of motion navigation and secure face lock.
Let's hope these two mobile tunes give us even more to talk about when their flagship phones start with iOS 12 and Pie on board.
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Originally published June 7th.
Update, August 27th : Added to latest developments.