Share your Android/iOS Nitpicks!
As a big fan of both my Android phone and my iPad, I have a strong fondness for both Android and iOS. In my opinion, they both have their notable strengths and weaknesses - but that's already been covered by many people many times (including me).
I've found, though, that with each new release, the differences between iOS and Android are becoming more and more trivial - I think each OS at this point could easily be a daily driver for most people - so I thought it'd be entertaining to discuss the small things that annoy us day-to-day about them. Not the major things like "Man, I wish iOS had widgets" or "I wish Android had apps like TweetBot", but those minor annoyances that build up over time and, you'd think, would be easy enough to fix. They are the very definition of #firstworldproblems, sure, but they are still thorns in our gadget-loving sides.
I'll start off with my own nitpicks:
- Dismissing notifications in Notification Center is a ridiculous chore. If you've built up several apps worth of notifications, you get the fun task of tapping twice per app to remove all notifications - that's assuming you don't miss the insanely small "X" next to the app category. Surely Apple, which is well known for being a solid UX company, could come up with something a bit more user-friendly. Android, on the contrary, allows you to easily dismiss single notifications with a swipe, or all notifications with a tap.
- Why doesn't Android have a unified audio system like iOS? I was trying to listen to the Verge Mobile Show yesterday, and neither the Verge app nor Chrome would play the audio in the background - I couldn't even lock the screen without stopping the video. iOS handles this much more elegantly, by allowing audio to play in the background and providing universal controls that handle playing/pausing/etc., regardless of the app (streaming radio, browser, etc.). Considering that, in general, Android handles multitasking better than iOS, this is, I think, a notable oversight.
- WHY DO I HAVE TO ENTER MY PASSWORD WHEN DOWNLOADING FREE APPS OR UPDATING EXISTING APPS SERIOUSLY WHAT THE HELL
- It would be nice if Google stopped releasing official apps that drained my battery so quickly - there's no reason for Google Maps to keep waking up my phone, especially if I don't have Latitude turned on.