Five things Android smartphones have that are unlikely to come to the iPhone 6

Five things Android smartphones have that are unlikely to come to the iPhone 6

Summary: It is likely I will buy an iPhone 6, but there are many things I like about Android that I doubt we will see come to an Apple flagship smartphone any time soon.


After looking at the likely specs of the next iPhone and comparing them with the fabulous Android smartphones I have, or that have passed through my hands, I created a list of things I really enjoy on Android (and in some cases Windows Phone) that we are not likely to see come from Apple on the iPhone 6.

Apple tends to take what has been done previously on other platforms, even as far back as the first iPhone and Windows Mobile, and make the experience more refined and usable. There is nothing wrong with that and Apple has shown that model to be extremely successful. They may surprise me — I sure hope so — and include some of these features and functions in the next iPhone.

They will be coming out with a larger display iPhone, which is one reason I do not currently own an iPhone; that's one area Android has trumped the iPhone so far.

When it comes to phone functions, my list is important to me and many may not feel these are important at all. There is evidence — millions of iPhone sales during launch weekend — that consumers don't care about many of these features, but smartphone users like me who get to try all the latest and greatest devices would like to see Apple add some of these features.

Some of these functions are present on certain Android smartphones but are not across the entire platform. I am primarily using an HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 as the base devices for my list.

  1. VoLTE: T-Mobile is rapidly deploying Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) and HD voice sounds awesome on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8). Apple tends to lag a generation behind in wireless technologies so if you want the latest and greatest that your carrier offers, then Android is probably the best platform for you.
  2. Infrared for remote control: As a regular traveler, having IR on my Android phones is both convenient and safer than using hotel remotes. I also love controlling my home TVs since my phone is always with me while remotes tend to get lost.
  3. MicroSD expansion card slot: Android and Windows Phone manufacturers now have microSD expansion card slots in many flagship devices and adding storage at very low prices is consumer-friendly and convenient. I don't expect Apple to add microSD, but it would at least be nice to see them reduce the high premium cost of additional storage and start all models at 32GB.
  4. Long-life battery: Android manufacturers have finally bumped up the capacities and improved the OS so that most flagships will last heavy users a full day. I have yet to be satisfied with an iPhone battery while Mophie and many other vendors probably hope for continued average battery life on the iPhone. Some rumors have the larger 5.5-inch iPhone with a massive battery so if that ends up being true then I may have to go with the larger iPhone.
  5. NFC: NFC is another great convenience I use for pairing gear, paying for items with Google Wallet, and tapping tags to quickly manage wireless radios and settings. I think Apple could bring about major improvements and awareness of NFC if they included it in the iPhone 6.


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I am also a fan of Qi wireless charging, but most Android devices require a special back to get this functionality; it is integrated in many Nokia Lumia devices. Apple could really please me with Qi built into the iPhone 6.

ZDNet's Charlie Osborne pulled together all of the latest iPhone 6 rumors and as we look forward to seeing the launch in a couple of weeks I can't help but consider picking one up. Regular readers know I will probably buy one and then sell it or give it to a family member a couple months later like I always end up doing with iPhones.

If Apple was to match everything that Android or Windows Phone does for me with their high-quality hardware and always first-to-receive applications then there is no reason I would not choose an iPhone 6.

Are there any other features or functions you hope to see on the iPhone 6 that Apple doesn't currently have on the iPhone?

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Topics: Mobility, Android, Apple, iPhone, Smartphones

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  • iDevices are total rip-off...

    It's very unlikely that I will ever own an Apple devices, because they simply lack substance and are a total waste of money. The are designed to rip-off, no-SD card... and full of crooked marketing to milk money from unsuspecting consumers...

    Watch out for iHealth services...they are new "diet pills".

    Android, full of security holes and privacy invasion built in...its unwise to own one, especially when Google is pulling the strings.
    • android is the best OS.

      featuring bulletproof security and no privacy invasions. Its also open source - no NSA backdoor code as in WP8. As far as the SD card, they are standing up to microsoft and the silly fat32 patent licensing fees, which I applaud.
      • re: bulletproof security and no privacy invasion


        Android is the single largest vector of malware in mobile devices with something like 97% share of all malware available.

        Android has no reliable method to delivery security updates, which is why most Android devices will have whatever security flaw they shipped with for the entire life of the device.

        Android is made by Google and Googles entire revenue stream depends on invading the privacy of their users. Android is the least secure operating system on the market.
        • Fake apps

          • Sad...

            ...but true. It's really disheartening to venture into the Windows store and be flooded with nonsense fake scam apps. Sadly, I suspect that part of the reason Microsoft doesn't police the Windows store is so that they can boast of hosting hundreds of thousands of apps. Sadly, a big chunk of them are little more than scamware.

            This is a real shame because the Windows store *is* getting better, no doubt. Lots more decent apps than there were in the beginning. But still, way too much chaff to sort from the wheat.
          • It's just overwhelming

            It's not even a very open process to place apps in the windows store.
            MS is being incompetent, or like you said, they are just boasting the number of apps.
          • what?

            I have posted several apps to the windows store and window phone store. The process was easy. A few times I received a response that the tester refused to submit my app because of some flaw I didn't catch. I think its a pretty solid process.
          • Google shills

            I don't know if their paid to write denigrating comments about Microsoft or if they are just over charged fan boys. Take your pick it's one or the other
          • but it's actually true.. those apps are fake and using real copyright logos

            This isn't something you can deny.. I just looked.. it's legit, there are hundreds of apps in there that do nothing but link to the real and free download. There is no denying it.

            Presumably you think we are all imagining the fake apps then? or maybe you think there is nothing wrong with a dozen apps charging you to download a free app
          • So why is it full of fake apps using real copyright??

            This isn't something you can deny.. I just looked.. it's legit, there are hundreds of apps in there that do nothing but link to the real and free download. There is no denying it.

            Presumably you think we are all imagining the fake apps then? or maybe you think there is nothing wrong with a dozen apps charging you to download a free app?
        • You never looked at Android.

          As for malware - the user has to MANUALLY INSTALL IT.

          As for updates, it depends on who you trust.
          • jessepollard

            99% of mobile malware is Android, if you want to make the argument that all 99% is purely user added malware, you are beyond help.

            Android fanboys are seldom grounded in reality.
          • rubbish

            about 80 percent of windows malware is USER INSTALLED, the rest you can catch just by reading an email or browsing somewhere in IE.

            What is your point?

            There is no virus's or worms for Android, so people like microsoft changed the definition of malware to be anything that you have to install yourself that does something you don't want it to. That way they can tar Android with the same brush that has terrorised Microsoft since win95b.

            It isn't true though, you can't catch a worm on Android, you can't get a virus by something autoloading off the internet or even off your SD card, you actually HAVE TO WILLFULLY INSTALL THE BAD PROGRAM YOURSELF!


            Fair enough, if that is your need, by all means buy an iphone.. or just don't install apps you don't know are trustworthy.
          • too low

            While you're making up nonsense, why not say 999%? That sounds like an even worse (fantasy world).
          • Clearing up the Android malware statistic

            Apparently you read headlines but don't actually bother to read articles.

            First off, its 97% of mobile malware is Android. And all but 0.1% of that comes from unregulated 3rd party apps - mostly from the Middle-Eastern and Asian countries.

            As long as you stick the official app store, you have nothing to worry about.

          • RE: Clearing up the Android malware statistic

            Do you understand a lot of that malware comes from the Play Store? Also if you do as you say, then Android is no more open than iOS. That would remove the argument Android is more open than iOS which is most Android users selling point.
        • It is FUD.

          Some securities companies decided to reinterpret what is a malware. In this case, most Apps for Android are malware.
          • yes, Android has no malware...

            These are not the droids you are looking for...

            "These are not the droids we are looking for"

            They can go about their business..

            "You can go about your business."

            Move along...

            "Move along..."
          • name one.

            Name a REAL malware item for Android.. I mean something that doesn't require I download and install an APK while ignoring the pop up warnings ete.

            please, name one for me.

            If you can't, then you clearly don't know what the traditional "non spin" definition of malware is.
          • RE: name one.

            I guess you never heard of the Angry Bird clone that was passed off as the real deal. It was in the Play store, not downloading an APK file. There are plenty of those instances. Because people see a free app with no ads, that usually costs money, and download it thinking it's on sale. Unaware it is malware.