Look­ing at doogle’s ap­proach to An­droid P

Michael Si­mon re­veals what Ap­ple could learn from its ri­val

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Now that we of­fi­cially know the dates of WWDC 2018 (4 to 8 June), we can start the count­down to iOS 12. Bar­ring a mas­sive change in its re­lease sched­ule, Ap­ple will un­veil the next ver­sion of iOS dur­ing the kick-off key­note on 4 June, with sev­eral rounds of de­vel­oper and pub­lic be­tas to fol­low.

But this year’s re­lease might be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. For the past month we’ve been read­ing ru­mours that Ap­ple is scaling back some of iOS 12’s planned fea­tures to fo­cus on the things that mat­ter most, namely per­for­mance and sta­bil­ity. Ap­ple had a rocky start with iOS 11, as sev­eral high-pro­file bugs caused iPhones to type ran­dom dig­its, re­boot with­out warn­ing, and just straight up crash. Con­se­quently, iOS 12 needs to do as much work be­hind the scenes as it does in front of them.

But while bug fixes and op­ti­miza­tions are ar­guably more im­por­tant than new fea­tures, iPhone users are ac­cus­tomed to ma­jor iOS re­leases bring­ing a flurry of front-fac­ing fea­tures that make it a must­down­load. A main­te­nance re­lease doesn’t ex­actly in­stil ex­cite­ment in users, and Ap­ple needs iOS 12 to be just as im­por­tant as the next iPhone to con­tinue its dom­i­nance. Part of the ap­peal of own­ing an iPhone is the prom­ise that your phone will evolve each year, bring­ing new fea­tures and apps each au­tumn that make our ag­ing hand­sets feel new again.

An­droid P’s charges are short and sweet

You might have missed it, but a cou­ple weeks ago, Google took the wraps off the next ver­sion of An­droid, which will even­tu­ally be named for a dessert be­gin­ning with the let­ter ‘P’. Like Ap­ple, Google makes a big deal out of its an­nual An­droid up­grades, but this year the most im­por­tant changes in An­droid P is its sup­port for notched screens and a new lo­ca­tion for the dig­i­tal clock. That’s be­cause its big­gest en­hance­ments will be ones that im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence seam­lessly and

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