In our last survey on Mobilizujeme.cz, we asked you what you think about the widgets in the new one iOS 14. Let’s say this is the biggest change in the concept of iOS in a long time. But in your opinion, this is not such a revolution.
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Fans are not cooked
Out of a total of 143 voters, more than a third were quite clear – widgets in iOS 14 are a nice change and they like it, but it is not a revolution. Another third had a relatively reserved stance – they just didn’t care.
The rest of the voters either chose the positive option (24%), namely that they are enthusiastic because they have been waiting for this position for a long time, or, conversely, a completely negative opinion (6%), namely that this function is useless.
The biggest change in recent times?
Frankly, widgets in iOS are really one of the biggest changes in the iOS mobile operating system; whether you like it or not. With the classic widgets, first in the notification center and later on a separate screen, Apple came in iOS 8 in 2014.
Since then, the home screen side screen has undergone major changes, with support for more widgets and finally, the interactive tiles move to the desktop. This is a huge change, mainly because the home screen, as we know it from the first iOS, will never be the same.
Who owns a device with iOS knows it. On the main screen, application icons are purchased in the prescribed grid and nothing can be added to them; except for other icons or folders. In iOS 14, however, Apple dropped its imagination a bit and brought not only widgets on the desktop, but also the App Library function, a kind of smart app stack similar to the Android menu.
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Eclecticism is also not ultra
And here we are. According to many, with the ais App Library widgets, it looks from Android or even from the formerly popular Windows Phone (later Windows Mobile). The truth is halfway there. Of course, widgets were, are and will be the motto of Android, which gave users a lot of freedom.
In any case, it is common practice. Operating platform manufacturers copy from each other, if you can call it that. The concept of eclecticism, ie a way of creation in which the authors are inspired by foreign patterns and directions (in art), or directly by the competition, as in this case, has become more common for this practice.
On the same page, we could say that Android copied from Apple, for example, the name of its payment service – first Android Wallet, later Android Pay and Google Pay – remarkably similar to the competing Apple Pay. Or, for example, movement gestures, which are used today by the whole android world, while iOS had them first.
Both worlds of mobile operating systems are so very intertwined and the new widgets on the desktop in iOS or just gesture control in Android 10 is a shining proof of this.