Five iPhone 14 Pro features that were on Android first

Recently unveiled at Apple’s Far Out event in Cupertino, California, the iPhone 14 Pro is touted as the company’s most feature-packed iPhone. From the redesigned “Dynamic Island” notch, the always-on display to the new 48-megapixel wide-angle camera, the iPhone 14 Pro is a tour-de-force in the high-end smartphone market. Apple, as usual, is a master of marketing and does not try to promote the features present in its flagship as groundbreaking.

However, the iPhone 14 Pro has a number of features that many Android smartphones have had for years. But Apple does something different with every feature you’ll find on Google-powered Android phones.

The iPhone 14 Pro Max is shown here during Apple’s “Far Out” event The iPhone 14 Pro Max is shown here during Apple’s “Far Out” event. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan/Indian Express)
Recently unveiled at Apple’s Far Out event in Cupertino, California, the iPhone 14 Pro is touted as the company’s most feature-packed iPhone. From the redesigned “Dynamic Island” notch, the always-on display to the new 48-megapixel wide-angle camera, the iPhone 14 Pro is a tour-de-force in the high-end smartphone market. Apple, as usual, is a master of marketing and does not try to promote the features present in its flagship as groundbreaking.

Here are five such iPhone 14 Pro features we first saw on Android:

Always on display

The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max models will feature an always-on display that will provide information including the time and widgets without having to wake the phone. Although Apple makes a big deal about Always-on-display on its latest flagships, the feature debuted on Android smartphones with Samsung’s Galaxy S7 in 2016. In fact, the Nokia 6303 was the first phone with Always-on-display in 2008. .

Many popular Android smartphones from brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus already offer always-on display on their devices. It’s not a new technology per se, Apple’s implementation of Always-on-display is a little different and maybe a lot better than the competition. The magic trick is that the iPhone will continue to display the lock screen wallpaper, a little muted than before, but never turn off the screen completely. This feature is made possible by a new 1Hz refresh rate and several “saving technologies” to preserve battery life. Not that the always-on screen won’t use up battery life, but the impact will be minimal.

A dynamic island

While the all-new iPhone 14 Pro models boast several updates, the standout feature is the Dynamic Island, a redesigned “moving” notch at the top of the phone that displays information such as the song you’re listening to or when a device connects to the phone. . Pill-shaped display cutouts on smartphones aren’t new, but they’ve been rather stationary, and rival brands from the Android camp have done nothing to use the top of the screen to be more interactive with apps and on-screen notifications.

Except for the LG V20, which had a secondary screen at the top of the display that showed the time, date, and notifications. The secondary display on the LG V20 was convenient, but it never felt like it was part of the user interface. Dynamic Island is essentially a software solution to a hardware problem. It’s like saying “your smartphone still has a notch,” but now the pill-shaped notch dynamically changes size as you use the phone, as if it were created as part of the user interface. Sure, a smart way to use the notch.

Crash detection

One of the main themes of the Apple Far out event was how Apple devices can save lives in emergency situations. All four new iPhone 14 models, no matter what screen size you prefer or the demographic they’re targeting, have built-in emergency satellite connectivity and car crash detection.

But not many know that Google was the first to introduce the car crash feature on select Pixel smartphones a few years ago. As with the Pixel smartphone, the iPhone uses motion sensors that can detect whether a person has been in a car accident. It’s just that Google hasn’t done much to promote car crash detection, which is available within the “safety” app on every Pixel device since the Pixel 3. Apple, on the other hand, has been selling the iPhone as a “must-have” by touting the car crash features.

Action mode

iPhone 14 Pro, including the standard iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, now also has a new Action mode that allows users to capture smooth video that automatically adjusts to shock, movement and vibration without the need for a gimbal. However, Apple is not the first company to add this feature to smartphones. Samsung has been offering the Super Steady feature for shooting videos on its Galaxy smartphone for a while now, and it just keeps getting better.

Selfie autofocus

The real improvement on the iPhone 14 Pro is not only the 48-megapixel camera, but also that the front selfie camera now has autofocus for the first time. Although the iPhone 14’s front-facing autofocus camera is a welcome step, Cupertino isn’t the first company to add selfie AF to phones.

It’s a feature that’s been on Android smartphones for a few years now. Samsung smartphones have had autofocus selfie cameras for years. The latest Galaxy S22, for example, has a selfie camera with autofocus. Google added front-facing selfie autofocus to the Pixel 3 XL in 2018, but has since dropped the feature on newer phones. Popular smartphones from OnePlus and Xiaomi also lack autofocus selfie cameras.

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