We are used to it every year, our phones remind us of the need to prepare for a new change, and the annual date has arrived for “Apple” and “Google” to announce updates to their operating systems in iPhone and Android . phones, so soon the program that activates the devices will see changes in Design and add new features, and of course we will have new things to learn, according to what Al Arabiya Net of the American newspaper “New York Times” reported.
On June 6, Apple announced the release of iOS 16, the next version of the iPhone operating system, which includes new features such as a new lock screen design and a feature to edit text messages.
Last month, Google unveiled Android 13, which includes an easy-to-use wallet application for storing bank cards and important documents such as vaccination records. The two companies also said they were working on improving their texting apps.
The new iPhone and Android platforms are scheduled to arrive this fall as free updates on phones.
Apple and Google often support these software updates with a lot of promise, but the truth is that many of the changes, especially the ability to change text in retrospect, are major improvements that should have happened a long time ago.
Update the lock screen on the iPhone
Apple has revealed that it adapts the first thing its customers see when they use their iPhone: the lock screen.
In the past, the user could only change the photos on the lock screen, but with the release of iOS 16, iPhone users will be able to customize the lock screen by choosing from various fonts and colors for the watch, as well as viewing and app shortcuts such as pin the calendar and fitness tracker on it.
These customizations help users to arrange their phones to suit their lifestyle. The new version of the Apple operating system allows iPhone users to develop a special design for more than one lock screen to suit different scenarios.
For example, you could create a work lock screen with a background that shows a picture of the building you work in and install a calendar shortcut to remind you when the next meeting is.
The Private Time screen can display a photo of your pet and a shortcut to the exercise program. The main idea of this mod is to give people the opportunity to switch between various lock screens that meet their different needs during the day.
Google copies Apple’s Wallet application
Apple has been offering aggressive online payments for more than five years through its Wallet app on iPhones, which enables people to make purchases with their bank cards and upload important documents such as flight tickets and health data.
In turn, Google, which has struggled to advance its mobile payment technology in the market, took the opportunity last month to improve the payment features of Android 13. Google Pay has suffered for years by outperforming Apple’s system. Because only a few Android users could understand how to use it.
But last month, the company changed the name of its digital payment application to Google Wallet, simplifying the technology it uses by creating a shortcut to the Wallet application and displaying it on the lock screen on Android devices.
It also plans to expand the program that supports bank cards to also include documents such as travel cards, cinema cards and certificates of vaccination against Covid-19.
Both companies improve users’ privacy
Software updates are not complete today without the big technology companies claiming to care about user privacy because they want people to feel safe sharing their personal data, especially after being chased by European law enforcement. So it’s only natural that Apple and Google will introduce more security features for user data in their upcoming operating systems.
And Apple, which has not always allowed the user to give family members and a romantic partner permanent access to location data, will provide stronger controls for this type of data sharing with neighbors. Its new Safety Check software feature will allow people to review and deny anyone access to this type of data so that they can protect their data against an abusive party.
In turn, “Google” said it would give its users more control over the data it shares with third parties. In the next version of Android, users will be able to give apps access to some photos, but not to the entire camera storage – that is, to provide a way to protect against malicious applications that pose as photosynthesis software.
So if it seems to you that these improvements should have happened a long time ago, you are right. Just as the need to update the device itself periodically increases, the operational software also needs more improvement, but the process of improving it is slow and inefficient.