Apple didn’t spend a lot of time talking about Siri in iOS 7 other than the fact that it has new voices. Of course it also adds extra functionality like the ability to increase your brightness, but personally, functionality wasn’t the problem with Siri, rather it was its lack of understanding anything I said, so hopefully the voice recognition has been improved. Siri still functions as an “ask and I shall tell” application, meaning that it doesn’t offer contextual based information like Google Now.
Google Now on the other hand, is much more proactive and offers up information without the need to search for it. It’ll give you the weather at your current location, travel times to your home and work, live scores for your favorite team, currency conversions and the time back home when you’re travelling, and so much more. It’s crazy accurate and a little creepy at times, but its ability to offer information without the need to ask for it, is unique in its own way.
iOS 7’s new camera app is redesigned into 4 trays with the formats still, video, square and panorama. It also offers the ability to add filters right from the app, allowing you to see how the photo will look before you take the shot, so Instagram users will definitely like this addition.
The Photo app has been completely redesigned to auto-organize your photos from moments to collections, and even to years. Your photos and videos are organized based on the places you took them, so if you went on a holiday to Bali and took some photos there, they would all be grouped, automatically in their own folder. Overall, the photo app is incredible and possibly the best application in the whole of iOS 7.
In Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the Android camera app is simple, yet elegant. On the bottom left there is a button to swap between still shot, video, panorama and photosphere (more on that a little later). Tapping anywhere on the screen will bring up the settings menu, a 360(degree) menu that allows you to change white balance, turn flash on and off, switch cameras and edit your other camera settings.
Swiping to the left from the right edge will reveal the gallery app. Here you can see your albums or other albums based on people tagged in them, the location and time. When in an album there are two ways to view your photos, gridview and filmstrip view. Filmstrip view allows you to delete your photos by simply throwing them off of the screen with a swipe.
iTunes Radio is a curated Internet radio, which allows you to stream songs based on factors like genre, artist or time period. Like Pandora it is free with ads, and is ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers, meaning it will cost $24.99 a year for ad-free listening.
Like iOS 7, it’ll be released this fall and will be available to U.S. customers at the beginning, with more countries added later. The service will be provided on iOS, Mac, Windows and Apple TV.
iTunes Radio is a curated Internet radio, while Play Music All Access is a complete music streaming service.
Play Music All Access is a complete music streaming service which costs $9.99 a month and is currently only available to U.S. customers, but more countries will be added later.
Unlike iTunes Radio, Play Music All Access allows you to search for specific artists, lets you listen to their albums, create playlists and most importantly allows you to save them onto your device for offline listening. So think of it as a Spotify competitor, rather than a direct competitor to iTunes Radio. Play Music All Access is currently available on Android and has its own web-based application. It will also be available on iOS soon.