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All the iOS 14 features your iPhone just got that Android users used to have



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Is the new Apple iOS 14 just an Android in disguise?


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This story is part of Apple Event our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Apple on Wednesday released iOS 14 the latest version of the operating system that provides the latest features and improvements for your iPhone. Its release follows the September event where it also announced two new Apple Watches and a refreshed iPad Air. The new iOS 14 was one of several announcements Apple made in June at WWDC 2020 the annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

While many of the iOS 14 features may seem new to iPhone users, those familiar with Android devices may feel deja vu. Here's a list of all the new Apple iOS 14 features that Android already had.

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Translate

iOS 14 has a new Translate app designed for use in real-time conversations. It can translate between 11 languages ​​including English, Mandarin Chinese, French, German and Korean. As of March 2020, Google's 14-year-old translation app was able to transcribe conversations in eight languages ​​in real time .

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Apple & # 39; s Translate app in iOS 14.


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Widgets

With the new operating system, the updated iPhone ($ 699 at Amazon) and iPad ($ 270 at Back Market) now include widgets that let you see information such as the again at a glance. Prior to the announcement at WWDC, iPhone users could only have apps on the iPhone home screen. But widgets, which contain more information and are more functional than app icons, have been a mainstay on Google & # 39; s Android since their introduction in 2008.

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App clips in iOS 14.


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App Clips

Apple App Clips allow users to quickly view "small parts" of apps without downloading them. This can be useful when trying to pay for pick up or parking, as App Clips is compatible with Apple Pay and Sign in with Apple . Google introduced a similar feature, Instant Apps in 2016. Instant Apps gives apps their own URL, so users don't have to download an entire app for a single transaction, such as buying concert tickets.

App Library

Another part of Apple's redesigned home screen is an app library that organizes your apps into groups and lists. With the new home screen in iOS 14, users can also "hide" apps on their main home screen. This is similar to Android's app drawer, without the grouping features.

Apple Maps Cycling Routes

The updated Apple Maps app provides ways to travel more eco-friendly in iOS 14 and WatchOS 7. The special Cycling option helps users find cycling paths while taking into account the altitude, whether the route you are taking is busy or quiet and whether you encounter stairs. Although Google Maps does not take stairs into account, since 2010 there is the option to select "bikes". When I tried it on my Pixel 3 ($ 333 at Amazon) the step-by-step instructions also provide a glimpse into the altitude while traveling.

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Picture-in-picture

Apple & # 39; s new picture-in-picture feature allows users to watch a video while using other apps. The video shrinks and can float anywhere on the screen. It can also be wiped off and the audio of the video can still be played. Android phones already have the ability to float videos over other apps, although the audio will not continue to play if the video is wiped.

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Apple's Wind Down mode in iOS 14.


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Wrap Mode

Another new feature is a Wrap Mode that helps users prepare for bed. The feature, which works for iPhone and Apple Watch ($ 399 at Apple) lets you set a preferred bedtime and wake-up time, and puts your phone in Do Not Disturb mode. There are also options to add shortcuts for meditation or to play relaxing music. Google does not have a dedicated app for this, but there is a way to set up a bedtime routine via the Google Home app .

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