10 great things coming to Apple iOS 8 you can do now on your Android smartphone

Apple introduced iOS 8 and while the improvements should please iPhone users, many features are also very familiar to Android users.
Topic: Mobility
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Predictive text comes to iOS 8

We have seen the pattern of Apple taking what has been done with Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry before and making it more refined with iOS 8. With Google I/O just around the corner it will be interesting to see what Google does with Android now that iOS 8 is adding in many features present in current Android smartphones.

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Copying what others have done and making it better is fine with me. I do it with landscaping and home decor at my house, as well as when designing new ships that improve over the existing vessel. Here is a list of 10 features or functions that you can use now on your Android smartphone that you will soon be able to use with an iPhone running iOS 8. You can also check the associated screenshot gallery of these functions from my Android smartphone.

1. Predictive text: I use an iPad Mini, but thought iOS already had predictive text. After trying out the keyboard, I see it does auto correction of the current word, but doesn't offer up good alternatives. Various Android keyboards do this now and Windows Phone has done it amazingly well for a few years. Welcome to the party Apple.
2. Alternative keyboards, including Swype: I am personally a fan of swiping keyboards on my smartphones and like that Android manufacturers now all include this in their own keyboards while also supporting third party keyboards. Windows Phone 8.1 added swiping too and has one of the best native keyboards I have ever tried.
3. Actionable notifications: Apple finally introduced a decent notification system in iOS 5 and with iOS 8 they added the ability to actually take action from them within the notification area. I rarely used notifications on my iPhone 5s because they were just for viewing so imagine I would use them more if they were more like Android.
4. Wi-Fi Calling: T-Mobile has a fabulous service where you can use your Wi-Fi signal to supplement your cellular service. This is particularly helpful in homes and businessess where Wi-Fi is generally quite strong and interior cellular signals are weak. One reason I purchase phones from T-Mobile is to get access to this Wi-Fi Calling capability so this eliminates another barrier to iPhone use for me.
5. Hey Siri: The ability to launch Google Now on Android via voice is convenient, especially on the Moto X that has this capability even when the display is off.
6. Battery usage by app: The ability to check which apps you are using the most or which ones are draining your battery is pretty convenient
7. Instant burst mode: Android smartphones integrate burst mode in different ways, usually by holding down the capture button to collect a continuous stream of photos.
8. Timer in camera: People use their smartphones for photos, many of us don't even use a point-and-shoot, so having the ability to setup a timer shot is pretty helpful. I cannot believe Apple did not already have this in iOS though.
9. Sharing to other services: It is very helpful to share photos and other pieces of data with various services and we will finally see this functionality open up to developers in iOS 8.
10. ICE card: Not every Android has this helpful contact preloaded on their device, but it is very well done on the Sony Xperia Z2.

There are likely many more functions and features that we will see appear in iOS 8 that we use now with Android and Windows Phone, but will have to wait until the developer bits arrive to fully check them out.

What else from Android would you like to see appear in iOS? With the mobile operating systems all starting to look the same, will that help or hurt the more expensive iPhone sales?

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You will soon be able to use Swype or Swiftkey

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Actionable notifications are appreciated

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Wi-Fi Calling is a great feature for T-Mobile customers

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OK Siri should work like OK Google

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Application battery usage

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Instant burst mode/continuous shooting

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A camera timer? This is so 2008

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There will be many ways to share in iOS 8

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ICE: Don't leave home without it

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