ione 6S vs. Android: How innovative is Apple’s new phone, really?

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 9 Sep 2015

“Innovations are really important in people’s daily lives,” said Cook at today’s Apple event. “The ione is changing the world.”

Is it, though? ile the ione has undoubtedly helped make smartphones mainstream, Apple’s spent the last few generations merely improving upon technology that its competitors have cooked up first. It’s a smart move for a company that has made technology easier to use more accessible to the general public, but I’d hardly label the latest ione 6S 6S us as “innovative.” Most of what was revealed has been done already by Android phone makers.

Apple’s 3D Touch is Huawei’s Force Touch

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Apple’s 3D Touch lets you long press to bring up more options for certain apps.

Apple rebred the force touch feature it introduced on the Apple tch as 3D Touch for the ione 6S 6S us. It allows the display to sense how hard you’re pressing, so you can press hard to pull up contextual menus on the home screen, or offer previews with a gentle tap of a link or icon. Developers will be able to choose exactly how to use light hard presses.

This neat technology isn’t new to Android. The feature actually dates back to Android Eclair (2.0) can be found in Android’s vel 5 A. There’s even a barebones Android app you can install to test the feature yourself. 

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Huawei Mate S utilizes its own Force Touch that lets you zoom into the interface. 

Unfortunately, the only phone actively utilizing marketing force touch is the Huawei Mate S, which debuted last week at IFA 2015 in Berlin. Huawei calls their version simply “Force Touch.” It can also sense how hard you’re pressing on the display, but the software is not as advanced as what Apple’s offering, which is a bummer on Huawei’s part. The company hasn’t even offered a launch date for when the phone will make it to the .

A selfie shortcut is essential

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Apple introduced a quicker way to snap selfies with 3D Touch.

ione users can take advantage of the new force touch features to quickly launch the front-facing camera snap a selfie. ll, sort of. iOS 9 requires that you hard-press, then select the front-facing camera from the drop-down menu to snap a selfie.

Android does it faster. First off, most of Sony’s Xperia Samsung’s Galaxy Active devices already offer hardware buttons built into the side of the phone to quickly launch the camera. This proved especially helpful for both of these water resistant devices, so you could snap selfies under the sea.

The Galaxy S6 lets you double-tap the Home button to launch the camera application take a selfie.

Samsung also brought the quick launch feature to its latest lineup of Galaxy devices full circle by introducing Quick unch. Galaxy S6, S6 ge, S6 ge+, Note 5 users can quickly launch the camera application by double-pressing the Home button. If you’d rather shoot selfies, you can leave the camera app set to the front-facing camera so that it always launches facing you first. You can program the Oneus 2’s home button to do the same.

“Hey Siri” is “OK ” with too much snark

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Hey, Siri. There’s really no need to be snarky. 

Apple finally announced support for “Hey Siri” without the need to have the ione plugged in. th Android, I’ve been able to shout “OK ” from across the room with almost every major flagship since the launch of Android 5.0— it didn’t matter if it was charging or not.

The feature was initially popularized on the first-generation Moto X, but it works with other devices, too, as long as the screen is on. l you have to do is enable the feature from the app settings. Today, some phones allow you to wake the phone with OK , others require the phone to be awake, but all work without plugging in the phone.

Android mastered photos a while ago

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Apple boasted plenty about the ione 6S’s camera abilities, but it still pales in comparison to Android’s.

I remember when the ione was the one with the neat camera abilities stellar photographs, but most Android phones have since caught up. Samsung’s Galaxy lineup the G4 are great examples of what happens when Android manufacturers focus on improving the camera experience in their flagship devices. Both Samsung ’s hero phones have the ione 6S 6 us beat.

The new ione’s rear-facing 12-megapixel camera is a big step up from the 8 megapixels of the current ione 6, but is nothing compared to the Galaxy S6 G4’s 16-megapixel rear-facing cameras. They both have impeccable low light abilities can record 4K video, as well as manual-shooting modes. Quite a few Android phones use an image sensor made by Samsung with its ISOCE technology, which helps prevent crosstalk between pixels—a feature Apple called out in its new camera sensor.

Android phones have also been ahead of Apple in the selfie camera department. Currently, the Galaxy S6, G4, Xperia Z5. Moto X all boast 5-megapixel or higher front-facing camera sensors with impressive apertures. The third-generation Moto G also utilizes a front-facing display flash, so you can snap a photo with the white light of the display. It doesn’t work that well, but it’s there, it was announced before Apple got to it. The Moto X re ition has an actual flash on the front, not a hack to use the display.

Faster, smaller processors

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Samsung really wowed us with its processor performance this year.

Samsung really wowed us this year with its octa-core Exynos 7420. Its name is not as pleasing for the marketing department as Apple’s A9, but we suspect it’s in the same class.

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Apple’s just playing catch up.

Samsung’s latest chips are made on a 14nm process, which is what the A9 is assumed to be. And although Apple spent a good portion of its presentation boasting the A9’s faster C G speeds always-on capabilities, it’s essentially playing catchup to what Samsung Qualcomm shipped earlier this year. Building the motion sensor into the C is old news for Android phones, too, as Qualcomm’s processors have been doing that since last year.

There’s no doubt the ione 6s will represent a nice step forward for those dedicated to Apple’s ecosystem. And Apple’s attention to detail craftsmanship always results in a pleasing phone. But when it comes to core technology, the company isn’t really breaking new ground. If you want an early look at the features of the ione 7, keep a watch on the Android market over the next year.