Pixel 7 beat iPhone 15 with 5 advanced features

Pixel 7 beat iPhone 15 with 5 advanced features

The iPhone 15 Series Takes Inspiration from the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro

If you’re one of those people who cringes at the sight of a Pixel phone, I get it. They may not be the most visually appealing devices, resembling Star Trek’s Geordi La Forge or a star tennis player with a sweatband (shout out to Coco Gauff). However, it seems like the new iPhone 15 series, with its sleek design, may have taken a few pages out of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro’s playbook. Now, I don’t want to stir up yet another Android vs. iPhone debate, but it’s worth highlighting the ways in which Apple seems to have drawn inspiration from Google. During Apple’s recent “Wonderlust” event, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between the two brands. It was as if I kept saying, “Wait a minute! The Pixel series already has that!” more times than I can count on two hands.

Let’s dive into five features that were revealed during the iPhone 15 event, but already exist in the Pixel series.

1. Voice Isolation for clear phone calls

One of the standout features of the iPhone 15 is its ability to offer crisp and clear phone calls, thanks to advanced machine learning models. Apple’s Deniz Teoman boasted about this innovation, where the phone uses AI to filter out background noise, isolating your voice from unwanted sounds during conversations. However, Google already showcased a similar feature called “Clear Calling” during the 2022 Made for Google event when it unveiled the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Just like the iPhone 15, the Pixel 7 line is capable of suppressing background noises and enhancing your voice to eliminate distractions like wind and traffic.

2. Depth control in images

Say you’ve taken a selfie with your friend in the foreground. With the new iPhone 15, you have the option to add a bokeh effect so that you become the focus of the image, while your friend remains blurred in the background. But this feature is not new to Google Pixel users. With the Unblur editing tool, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users already have the ability to selectively blur or focus on subjects in their photos.

3. Ample 8GB of RAM

The Pixel 7 boasts a solid 8GB of RAM, while the pricier Pixel 7 Pro goes all the way up to 12GB of RAM. This means that both models are more than capable of handling multiple apps and tasks simultaneously. Although Apple rarely discloses the amount of RAM in their iPhones, ENBLE revealed that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max have finally upgraded to 8GB of RAM. However, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus still have 6GB of RAM, the same as the entire iPhone 14 line. Despite this, phones with 8GB of RAM or more tend to deliver better overall performance, particularly when switching between multiple apps.

4. Voice memo transcription

For those with friends or family members who love to send voice memos, iOS 17’s audio message transcription feature is a handy addition. This feature was announced at WWDC 2023 and provides transcriptions for voice memos, allowing users to read instead of listening to them. However, Google had already introduced a similar feature for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro last year. Google’s Group Product Manager, Jonathan Eccles, highlighted that users can stay in the loop without being distracted or having to listen over a noisy environment. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro support audio message transcription for multiple languages, including English, Japanese, German, French, and Spanish.

5. Embracing USB-C

We all saw this coming, didn’t we? Finally, Apple has joined the USB-C bandwagon. The Cupertino-based company had no intention of ditching its proprietary Lightning port, likely due to the success of its Made for iPhone program. However, due to an EU mandate requiring USB-C as the standard of connectivity, Apple had no choice but to make the switch. On the other hand, the Pixel series has been sporting USB-C ports since its inception in 2016. In other words, while Apple may be seven years late to the USB-C party, it’s a relief that they finally got with the program.

In conclusion, the iPhone 15 series may have incorporated some features that already exist in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. From voice isolation and depth control in images to ample RAM and voice memo transcription, it’s clear that both Apple and Google are taking inspiration from each other’s innovations. Whether you’re an Android or an iOS fan, there’s no denying that we’re witnessing exciting developments in the mobile industry as both companies strive to provide users with the best possible experience.