Other features


Airdrop uses Wi-Fi Direct to share photos with other iOS users.

Airdrop is a sharing feature which uses Wi-Fi direct to share photos between iOS users. If that sounds familiar it’s because Samsung released a similar feature with the Galaxy S3 called Group Share. Unfortunately, iOS’s lack of sharing functionality is still apparent in iOS 7, so there is no way to share to apps that aren’t Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, iMessage or Mail, straight from the photos app.

On the Android front, NFC and Android Beam allow you to easily share photos, music, websites, contact info and more by tapping the backs of devices together. However, Airdrop does offer the added functionality of being able to send photos to more than one person at a time, but NFC does allow you to share information with more than just Android devices.

Toggles/Control Center

iOS fans rejoice, quick toggles are now on iOS 7. Now you can quickly turn Wi-Fi on and off, adjust the brightness, mute the phone and more, all by swiping up from the bottom of the screen to unveil the Control Center. Android has had toggles for as long as I remember, but hey, better late than never, right?

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Photo Sphere

The easiest way to imagine what a Photo Sphere is to take a look at Google Maps Street View. Photo Sphere allows you to take 360° panorama photographs, which show off where you are and what you’re looking at. It’s a brilliant piece of software and is something you have to see to believe.

Multi-user support

iOS 7 did not add any multi-user support and this is still one place where Android surpasses iOS. Multi-user support is available on Android tablets running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and is perfect for separating work from play, sharing a tablet between partners and creating a playground for kids.


Wrap Up

iOS 7 definitely advances the iOS operating system and is a step in the right direction for iOS users and the mobile market as a whole. Something we should never forget is that competition sparks innovation.

We also shouldn’t forget that Android hasn’t had a major update since Ice Cream Sandwich in 2011. Both Jelly Bean updates have been relatively minor, yet still feature-packed updates. If the reports are correct, later this year, we could see Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie be unveiled, and then it starts to get really exciting.

Both iOS 7 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean are very capable operating systems and while iOS 7 was mostly playing catch up, features like intelligent multitasking are certainly interesting and I’m looking forward to checking it out.

What do you think of iOS 7? How does it compare to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean?