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An insight into the latest worthy OS rivals – Android 8.0 Oreo & iOS 11

Amongst the various pieces of tech we expect to see each year, our eyes gaze upon the mandatory launch of the new operating system by the arguably huge tech companies- Apple and Google. This year too, we get the opportunity to get our mitts on the mouth-watering Android 8.0 Oreo and the iOS 11. While the former is another iteration of the sweet-tooth satisfying treats we get from Google, iOS 11 is apt enough to make the overall Apple experience worthy.

So, this time around, we put both the OS under the graceful limelight, and find out what’s new and exciting we get to see because of the new gems.

Android 8.0 Oreo:

Following its long-run tradition of naming its operating system after sugary bites, Google this time has the yummy Oreo for us in the form of the OS version 8.0. The cookie, dressed in a cape, is deemed smarter, faster and more powerful:

  • The OS is expected to move as swiftly as a deer, with the ability to boot the devices two times faster and minimize the background activities much faster.
  • Now we get the power by Google to automatically fill up forms or necessary information within apps, with the use of the new Autofill feature.
  • And yes, the compatible devices can now have the Picture-in-Picture mode which allows them to view any video along with performing other tasks on their smartphones.
  • Android 8.0 has provided us with an improved notification channel, with notification popping up in the form of notification dots. The users can click them to access the apps the notification dots belong to and can swipe them off to clear them. Android Instant apps feature helps us access various apps from the browser itself, dismissing the need to actually install them.

 This time, Android Oreo is safer, equipping our devices with safety tools comprising Google Play Protect (which can even scan apps we don’t have) and the battery saver mode, which will save the life of the battery in difficult situations.

  • And, we have our expression companions- Emoticons, in abundance due to the introduction of new ones. Other than this, there are a couple of improvements and APIs coming along with Android Oreo.

iOS 11:

Cupertino-based Apple, at its yearly affair, WWDC introduced the new operating system which it calls iOS 11. Well, the OS, unlike Android’s sugar-coated newbies, comes with a plain name, yet has the herculean features attached to it. Let’s find out what new iOS 11 has to offer for its range of devices:

  • The new OS, with its new features has enhanced the Camera app. Using the camera is now fun as the users can now create loops (much like GIFs) out of Live Photos, create reverse videos, and apply the Long Exposure effect to the photos which could once be a DSLR’s business. Additionally, there is a new range of professional filters to be applied to the images clicked.

 The introduction of Apple’s new operating system has led to the all-new, revamped App Store, which makes surfing apps easy and convenient, along with the improvement in Apple Music, allowing users to share his or her playlists with others.

  • iOS 11 has also added changes to the messages app which includes a new app drawer for easy access to stickers, emojis, and games.
  • Our in-house beloved Siri has also seen some improvements; Siri is more intelligent with the help of improved machine learning and artificial intelligence. So, it can play music, set timer, send a message, knows your habit and suggests in accordance with it, and what not.
  • And, there is the new AirPlay 2 which will make controlling the audio system at home easy, using your iPhone.
  • How can we forget the Control Centre, which could not be left aloof when it comes to changes? The Control Centre can now be customized, the new Lock Screen displays all the notifications with just a swipe up, and there is now a Do Not Disturb feature which will notify people when you are driving to avoid distractions.

 Also, we get the detailed maps, ability to type with one hand with the enablement of closely placed keys on the keypad, and the ability to sign up to the Apple ID by placing two iOS devices closely, all at our disposal.

Apple certainly doesn’t stop here. There are many more features it is bringing with the iPads as well. So, the iPad users can search, organize and browse files under a single ‘Files app’ roof. Dock is now new with added multi-tasking features such as Slide Over and Split-screen features. Then there is the new Drag and Drop feature which allows users to move various kinds of media and text from one app to another.

The Apple Pencil has also been improved: It now lets users mark PDFs or screenshots quickly. Scribble down notes simply by tapping on the lock screen. Also, handwritten words can now be searched. The new Document scanner automatically scans any documents, followed by the cropping of the edges and removal of glares. Augmented Reality has also been paid attention to with the introduction of the ARKit app.

In addition to this, we also have a list of smartphones compatible with Android 8.0 Oreo and iOS 11:

Android Oreo: Google Pixel and Nexus smartphones, Sony’s devices which includes the Xperia X, the Xperia X Performance, the Xperia XZ, the Xperia X Compact, the Xperia XZ Premium, the Xperia XZs, the Xperia XA1, the Xperia XA1 Ultra, the Xperia Touch, the recently unveiled Xperia XA1 Plus and the Xperia XZ1 and the Xperia XZ1 Compact. Motorola smartphones such as the Moto Z, the Moto Z Droid, the Moto Z Force Droid, the Moto Z Play, the Moto Z Play Droid, the Moto Z2 Play, the Moto Z2 Force Edition, the Moto X4, the Moto G5, the Moto G5 Plus, the Moto G5S, and the Moto G5S Plus. And the list continues to be filled.

iOS 11: Given the restricted availability of Apple’s, we have a short list of devices supporting iOS 11, which consists of iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation, 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, and lastly the iPad mini 2 iPod touch 6th generation.

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