n February 17th, we went to print with our inaugural
issue of Android Life magazine. Producing the maga-
zine was quite a transition for us—we’ve spent the
last six years writing about nothing but iOS. Around
the office, we jokingly referred to the team that we
tasked with creating Android Life as “the dark side.”
As a self-proclaimed Apple fanboy, I was surprised to discover
that Android has a lot of great features. I even found myself
wanting some of those features for my own precious iPhone.
Here are the top 5 Android features I wish I had on my iPhone.
I’ll admit it, I’m a little jealous of how flexible Android’s operating system is. As an Apple enthusiast, I appreciate the
simplicity of iOS, but there’s something nice about how easy
it is to customize Android to your personal needs.
For those of you out of the Android loop, a widget is a mini
app that displays information on your Home screen or lock
screen, allowing you to get instant updates on things like
weather, stocks, or social media without having to open an app.
Widgets also allow you to create shortcuts to frequently used
tasks, such as enabling Bluetooth or calling favorite contacts.
While Apple accommodates some of this functionality in the
Notification Center and Control Center, these screens are not
as easily accessible or customizable as Android’s offerings.
BY DAVID AVERBACH
FEATURES I WISH
I HAD ON MY