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Android fans confess what they envy most about iOS

Android Vs. iOS Best Features List

Android fans are a proud bunch who don’t like admitting things they envy about other platforms, especially those made by (*spit*) Apple. However, open-minded Android and iOS fans alike can see things in other platforms they like and Reddit’s Android community recently had a confessional session in which they admitted what iOS features they’d most like to see Android adopt in the future.

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The most popular response had to do with having more granular app permissions on the Google Play store. While Apple lets users grant individual app permissions to apps while rejecting others, app permissions on Google Play are an all-or-nothing proposition where you either grant all permissions or not use the app.

Full device backup is another popular choice for Android users, although one Android fan writes that “Lollipop went a little bit towards fixing this, allowing you to restore the apps you previously had installed,” even though “it still doesn’t restore data, settings, or anything like that.”

Another popular answer — and one that we’ve been harping on for a long time — involves how quickly Android updates get pushed out to devices. Although this would be nice, we’ll never live in a world where an update comes out and every Android user can go get it at once. Android’s business model is based on having multiple OEMs who will want to all install their own apps and customized skins onto their devices. The downside of this is that it takes longer for them to test each new update out and adapt their own software to it.

And finally, another user got a good chunk of karma for requesting “a legit stock camera app that actually takes advantage of the existing camera hardware/sensor and doesn’t take potato pictures,” although a different user rightly pointed out that Samsung’s phones have been delivering quality cameras for a while now and that the Galaxy S6’s camera is shaping up to be the best one yet.

To read more of what Android fans wish Google would swipe from iOS, check out the whole thread here.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.