iPhone 7: 5 things Apple borrowed from Android

by birtanpublished on October 2, 2020

So for the release of the iPhone 7 and 7 plus Apple introduced a bunch of new features well new to the iPhone that is while the world goes crazy about these features a lot of people don't remember or just don't know that these features go way back so let's go ahead and take a look at where some of these iPhone 7 and 7 plus features really come from all right so starting off with the dual cameras so the first smartphone that comes to mind when thinking about dual cameras is the HTC m8 which was released in spring of 2014 but dual lenses on smart phones actually go all the way back to February 2011 enter the lg

Optimus 3d you could also include the HTC EVO 3d which was launched a month later now the main focus of the dual lens system on these two phones was to take 3d videos and photos as both devices had 3d displays we have we all know what happened with 3d and this just really didn't work out too well now fast-forward to the HTC m8 which was released in spring 2014 this phone brought in dual lenses to create a better sense of depth in your photos and this is one of the things that the iPhone 7 is doing now the feature was a great idea but the camera

Itself on the m8 wasn't great at all fast word two years later – the LG g5 this one also brought in dual lenses with a 16 megapixel camera for regular shots and an 8 megapixel camera for wide-angle shots the 8 megapixel camera had a 135 degree lens which brought some great crispy wide-angle shots this feature works very well and it's something that I hope to see on future dual lens phones thus we have the newly announced LG v 20 and just like the g5 the cameras on this phone look to provide a Pho optical zoom so that you can get super close to your subject just

Like the iPhone 7 plus does dual lens tech continues in 2016 with Huawei's p9 released in april and the honor 8 released in august both of these phones support dual 12 megapixel sensors one with an RGB sensor to capture color and the other lens used as a monochrome sensor the purpose here was to create better looking photos overall some very nice depth of field and they were executed very nicely on both and to be honest it's kind of sad that the dual lens system is coming to the iPhone 7 plus and the 7 plus only not the regular 7 next up we have ip67 water and dust

Resistance we've had water resistant and waterproof phones for years the first phone that comes to mind is the Sony Xperia Z from 2013 but this action goes all the way back to October 1st 2010 with the Motorola Defy this was the first water-resistant Android phone now zooming back to 2013 we saw Sony's Xperia Z on February 9 which made it the first sleek non ugly waterproof Android phone now just months later on June 21st Samsung released the galaxy s4 active which had ip67 dust and water resistance now this trend of recognized versions of flagship smartphones continued with the

S5 active the s6 active and the s7 active all being water and dust resistant now the following spring April 11 2014 came the Galaxy s5 which was Samsung's first flagship with that ip67 rating but the following year with the galaxy s6 Samsung decided to take a break from giving their flagship that IP reading and just left that with the s6 active sam 6 2016 flagships brought back the water resistance with the s7 and the note 7 without sacrificing design there's also the fact that Motorola released the Moto Z force which has a

Beautiful design as well but it has a shatterproof display which is something that the iPhone 7 does not offer next up we have raised to wake and so another feature smartphones have had for a while with Nokia's glance feature which I almost forgot about we've seen it on older Lumia devices and even Nokia's and eight from 2010 Motorola took that idea created active display claims that they were the originators of it as other OEMs like LG and Samsung took it and made at their own on older devices like the Nexus 6 we saw ambient display which to this day is still a feature on the Nexus

6p and some early galaxy s devices had a feature where if you wave your hand over the display it would wake up but only enough so that you could see what notifications were present didn't work too well moving up to more current devices like the LG g5 the v10 v20 s7 s7 edge and note 7 all have something called always-on display with the AMOLED panels on the Galaxy devices this allows for the display to still be on even while the device is asleep where only a certain area of the screen is lit up to display notifications battery level date time and more the iPhone does not have

This next up is no headphone jack come on you all saw this coming back in October 2014 Apple pushed out a smartphone that was too thin for a headphone jack the Oppo r5 let eco launched three smart phones without a headphone jack back in April of this year and with the more recent Moto Z and Moto Z forest we saw the first major smartphones without a headphone jack so it's not like this is necessarily a good thing it's just that Apple wasn't the first to do it and then we have the stereo speakers the first major smartphone that

Comes to mind is the HTC One m7 that was released back in March 2013 this brought a whole new level of sound quality to mobile devices that continued with the m8 and dm9 the iPhone 7 has a front facing speaker on top and a second one on the bottom this design was first seen on the HTC 10 which was released May this year now true front-facing speakers have been seen on multiple smartphones like the Nexus 6 the 6p Moto X pure phones from this year like the Alcatel idol 4s and the axon 7 all have stereo front-facing speakers know what you're gonna say

Unfortunately Samsung is still behind in this category but wait a second Samsung's Nexus 10 tablet had front-facing speakers I just wish that they would put it on their smartphones maybe next year now before we wrap up the video I just wanted to bring up some honorable mentions the iPhone finally has a quad-core chipset now Android phones have had these since 2011 starting with the HTC edge yeah but honestly it didn't really look like iPhones have needed it so props to Apple for making their devices fast without an impressive spec sheet the other

Honorable mention is something that iPhones don't even have yet and that's 2k displays now while the retina display is something nice to look at it's still a 1080p panel it's sad especially on the bigger iPhones countless Android phones have had quad HD panels for quite a while while Sony actually put out a smart phone with a 4k panel what the heck after spending a lot of time with Samsung's 2k AMOLED panels it spoiled me hoping that one day Apple equips its iPhones with a display worth talking about so that pretty much does it for the video this video was not made to

Bash Apple or anything like that companies take ideas from other companies all the time it's nothing new but when a company as big and as popular as Apple puts features on their phones that have been out for quite a while we find it a good idea to remind you guys where these features start it I hope you guys enjoyed the video if you did feel free to hit that like button subscribe to the Android police channel if you haven't already go ahead and comment your thoughts on this video we'd love to hear from you that does it for me I'll talk to you guys later and thanks for

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