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iPhone Feature Request: Copy ‘Skip Lock Screen’ feature from Google’s Pixel 4

Face Unlock on Google’s Pixel 4 is less secure than the iPhone’s Face ID, but it does have one feature I’d like to see Apple copy: Skip Lock Screen.

Copying that would be perfectly fair, as Google has recently confirmed that it will be copying at least part of Face ID’s Require Attention feature…


The Pixel 4 will copy Require AttentionLike Apple’s iPhone X, XS, and 11, Google’s new flagship Pixel 4 smartphone can unlock by recognizing your face. However, the company quickly came under fire when it was revealed that the device can be unlocked even when the owner is asleep, simply by someone else holding it up to their face.

With iPhones, there is a Requires Attention toggle. When this is on, your iPhone will only unlock if your eyes are open and you are actually looking at the screen. Google has now said that it plans to copy at least the first part of this requirement.

Google this evening confirmed to The Verge that it’s “been working on an option for users to require their eyes to be ope…

Android and Windows Phone have unique capabilities, but the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is still best

Summary: Today's modern smartphone operating systems are all worthy of consideration and there are benefits to all of them not found on the others.


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The more I continue to use the new Apple iPhone 6 Plus the more I am convinced it is the smartphone for me. However, as a regular Windows Phone and Android user, there are still a few things I do miss from these two mobile platforms.

Prior to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus announcements, I listed five things I doubted would come to the new iPhone and was thankfully proven wrong by three of the five.

The iPhone 6 Plus comes with VoLTE
support (on T-Mobile and Verizon), long battery life, and NFC. Granted NFC is still very limited, actually you can't even use it until Apple Pay launches.

The price of Android and Windows Phone smartphones is much less than the iPhone 6 Plus and a benefit of both operating systems. Looking at the true full price you will find high end Android smartphones priced $150 to $250 less than the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus.

Benefits of Android

For the last couple of years, Android has been my primary smartphone platform with the newMoto X being one of my favorites. I still do enjoy using Android and here are five benefits over the iPhone.

Ability to text from a PC using MightyText or Moto ConnectmicroSD card support for unlimited storageAdvanced camera software that lets you take some very creative shots and share your photos and videos in unique waysInfrared remote control is handyBenefits of Windows Phone

The Nokia Lumia 1520 served as my daily driver for quite a while and I have always had a special place for Windows Phone in my heart. Five things I miss using on Windows Phone, include:

Cortana just can't be beatThe glanceable Today screen is efficient and functionalLike Android, microSD expansion gives you unlimited storage capacityI still find an integrated FM radio quite usefulWhy I still prefer the new iPhone 6 Plus

Despite a few things available on Android and Windows Phone that are not on the iPhone, I don't think I am going back to either anytime soon. Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus is an amazing piece of hardware that satisfies the big screen fan like me. I also prefer the iPhone 6 Plus for the following reasons:

Apps come to iOS first and I am tired of missing outiMessage is very convenient when communicating with my daughtersTouchID provides a secure, flawless way to unlock your phoneMultitasking works best for me on iOSThe display is the best available

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