7 things you can do for your Android phone that iPhone users jealous – CNET

7 things your Android phone can do that iPhone users jealous – CNET


Android phones that iPhones can’t do a lot of,. 

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The never-ending debate between Android and iOS owners about which platform is better to the touch, you will be inhabited, never really. Both sides have their share of valid talking points, ranging from security and encryption to iPhone user customization, and Google wizard page, click the Android . 

now I would like to some to highlight Android’s strengths that iOS simply can’t, by their very nature in the location, default apps, and more than one app at a time, to be able to fully customize the look of your phone.

Here are my favorite things that Android users can do that people with iPhones can only dream about.

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Use the apps you want, not the apps Google wants you to use

The option to set Gmail as the default Mail app on an iPhone is something that iOS users have asked Apple to add for years. Even if Apple has the option to delete its own apps for iOS, has been added, you can app not yet of a Standard. It is tragic, really.


are you Looking for the setting for the default apps, you can dig a little, but at least it’s there. 

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Android, on the other hand, you can use Firefox or Opera as the default browser instead of Google Chrome, or put the Google-news-app, such as your text messaging app of choice, the benefits of RCS, the Google recently released chat function, which acts much like Apple’s iMessage

It is not difficult to see which apps have been stamped as Standard on your Android device: Open the settings app and go to Apps & notifications > default-apps. To change the default settings, select the app category, such as: Smartphone app or – Browser-app, and select from the options.  

Google is the employee always ready for you. 

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Google-wizard for the win

iPhone users have Siri, but Android offers you Google Assistant. Google’s Assistant is a much more complex Instrument than Apple’s Siri for a lot of reasons, but the most important thing is that it makes use of Google’s impressive database. 

Google Assistant can understand common requirements for the organization and the name, and it gets requests more often right than wrong. There are also high-quality answers, drawing from the Google Search a tool that Siri does not have access to.

Google Assistant is also closely integrated with the phone in the other functions to tell you when it is time to leave for your next meeting, and they warn that traffic will be heavy on the way home. If you have any Google home page, or Nest smart Home-speaker or other compatible devices, you can also control Assistant on your phone, smart devices around your house, such as lamps, sockets, or your thermostat remotely.

And it is built directly in to your Android. “OK, Google” and “Hey, Google” are the two wake-rates. To know if you need help, what to ask, you can ask the Google wizard, a list of the commands: “OK Google, What can you?”. iPhone owners can also install the Google app use the wizard, but it is not installed and it is not the Standard, personal assistant. 

split-screen apps

Split-Screen is easy, on an Android phone, and increases the versatility of a phone. 

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Use two apps at once thanks to the split-screen mode

although iPadOS 13 does not support the use of multiple apps at the same time, iOS-13, and the iPhone. Android users, however, the split-screen apps had Nougat, as of 2016 with the release of Android 7.0.

With the help of the two apps is very helpful if you try to send a contact phone number to someone on Facebook Messenger, or if you need to access data in a document when you compose an E-Mail. It is unclear why Apple added this feature to the iPhone yet, but maybe it has something to do with the size of Windows on the iPhone-display in comparison with the larger iPad ($460 to HSN).

The easiest way to split-screen mode, open the multi-tasking view, and tap the app’s icon at the top of its multi-tasking card-it is the same icon you use to launch the app from your homescreen. Select the Split screen from the list of options, and then select the second app that you want to have open at the same time. (These steps vary depending on which Android phone you are using. For example, Samsung phones have their own version of the interface.)

you fit to expand the size of each app by dragging the small handle between the two apps, or to reduce how much space each app takes.


in order to Move the icons to arrange them, or delete them and use only the app drawer. 

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Customize your start screen, as you will want to place

Apple’s approach to the homescreen, all the apps that are installed in a rigid grid across multiple pages. Most Android devices take drawer a two-pronged approach by making a homescreen and an app. The homescreen does not follow a grid layout, so that you can want to apps everywhere. The two platforms in order to the folder, the groups of apps.

the advantage of The Android approach is that you can customize the start screen by arranging the app icons in any pattern of your choice, and Android supports widgets in different sizes. Right now, Apple’s Today view is the only place you will find a widget.


The way you use your Android phone’s homescreen, due to its launcher. But you’re not stuck with what comes preloaded. 

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you can use launchers to completely customize your phone

launchers are the epitome of Android customization. This apps allows you to completely change how you interact with the homescreen, app drawer and app icons on your phone. With a launcher on your Android phone, you can customize almost every aspect of how your phone looks and behaves, make your phone even more personal than it already is. 

launchers like Nova Launcher Microsoft Launcher, Apex Launcher  and Action Launcher all add your own twists and features to your Android phone. For example, another popular Android launcher, Evie, accented with a search bar to quickly find and open apps, or anything else on your Android phone for that matter. It is minimalism at its finest. 

I recommend some time to research the different launchers tried a few of them and really the look and feel of your phone to adjust. Just be warned: the deeper you dive into the world of launchers, the more time and energy to spend you can go on tweaking your setup.

It is hard to imagine a world where Apple allowed such a thing to happen, for the iPhone.

Wallpaper app

The Wallpapers app is a must-have for every Android user. 

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Never a dull moment, thanks to the automatically changing Wallpaper

If you take the time to find and fit a launcher feels like a lot of work, there is another way to your Android phone constantly feel fresh, and there is one more thing that your iPhone friends can do — use Google-Wallpaper-app. 

– The Wallpaper app will have the background updated image on your home screen and lock screen every day, without you having to do anything. 

There are different categories of Wallpaper styles to choose from. Choose your favorites and let the app take care of the rest. Personally, I like the geometric shapes category like. The Wallpapers are unique and colorful. 


Watch a video and browse Twitter at the same time? Go on, I hear. 

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Watch a video and text at the same time 

If you have begun to leave the Navigation in Google Maps in the last time, only to have the app to answer a text message, you probably have a small Google Maps window seen to remain visible in a corner of the screen. Android won a system-wide picture-in-picture mode for more than just video apps, with the release of Android Oreo in the year 2017.

in addition to the Google Maps and video apps, you can picture-in-picture for video calls with supported apps. My favorite-picture-in-picture, a YouTube stream video and then you leave the app to browse Reddit, or reply to a text message or E-Mail during the YouTube video keeps playing in a corner of the screen. If I want to go back to the video to be displayed full screen, I simply tap on the thumbnail to maximize it. 

iPhones any type of picture-in-picture mode. What you see on the screen is what you get.

If you are ready to switch to Android or are looking to get more out of the Android phone that you already own, take a look at our list of best Android phones in 2020. If you are new in the OS, make sure that change these settings immediately. After that, we have some helpful tips on how to get started with Android 10

Released on Sun, 03 may 2020 12:00:01 +0000

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