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iOS 16 and Android 13 come with new features that aim to replace your physical wallet and improve connections to smart home devices and connected car interfaces.
Why it matters
The updates highlight the shared vision of Apple and Google to make our phones more important in everyday life.
Your smartphone will become even more attached to the non-digital aspects of your life. That is one of the main conclusionsi , new mobile software updates coming later this year from Apple and Google. Both technology giants want to turn your phone into a digital wallet to store your ID card and other essential documents, pushing your phone closer to your identity than ever before. Companies are also continuing to improve the way phones communicate with cars, smart home devices and other everyday devices.
Bothi they are full of settings and new features, some of which are more important than digital wallets and faster connections (e.g. for the Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence and Google’s new privacy updates). But the overlap between the two operating systems emphasizes the changing role of the phone in our lives. Based on the latest announcements from Apple and Google, what is happening around your phone will be just as important as what happens he your phone.
The more closely our phones are connected to everyday basic things like wallets, credit cards, cars and home appliances, the harder it will be to move away from them (or switch between iPhone and Android). The concept is not new; the industry has been moving in this direction for years. But changes in iOS 16 and Android 13 bring important improvements to Apple’s and Google’s approaches that are likely to accelerate such efforts.
Physical wallet replacement
The digital wallet has been the focus of both Apple’s iOS 16 announcements and Google’s Android 13 reviews. Most importantlyis a new option called , which divides the purchase cost into four equal installments over six weeks. In addition to iOS 16, ID cards stored in Apple Wallet can also be used to verify your age within apps. The add-on comes after Apple first added support for digital IDs last year.
Google, meanwhile, has redesigned in detailduring his I / O conference last month that brought him to speed with Apple. The new Google Wallet will store personal documents such as payment and transit cards, vaccination records, boarding passes and student IDs, similar to the Apple Wallet. Google is also working with government agencies to support digital identities.
Taken together, the Apple and Google updates represent another step towards their common goal of making physical wallets obsolete – a shift that will inevitably make us even more mobile-leaning.
Google reiterated this ambition just before detailing new updates onin May.
“In fact, these days there are only two things I don’t leave home without: my phone and my wallet,” said Sameer Samat, vice president of product management for Android and Google Play. “So the question is, can my phone replace my wallet?”
Corey Fugman, Apple’s senior director for Wallet and Apple Pay, made similar remarks during WWDC’s introductory speech on Monday.
“With Apple Wallet, we’re working hard on our goal of replacing your physical wallet,” he said.
People have already embraced the idea of replacing physical credit cards with payment apps on smartphones. The use of the mobile payment system in stores such as Apple Pay is expected to exceed 50% of all smartphone users in the US by 2025, according to an eMarketer report for 2021. Apple’s new Pay Later option and Google’s renewed focus on its own a mobile wallet could make the idea of leaving your physical wallet at home even more appealing.
Your phone, everywhere
Replacing your wallet is just one of the ways Apple and Google hope to make our phones more useful offline in everyday life. Both companies have also introduced smart camera-based tools that could make it easier to navigate to interesting places in the real world. Another prominent topic is the increased interconnection between mobile devices and home appliances, cars and speakers.
Apple and Google believe that the camera will continue to play a big role in our interaction with the world around us. In iOS 16, you will be able to translate text into different languages using the new camera option in Apple’s Translate app. During his, the company has shown how this can be used to translate the entire restaurant menu into another language. You will also be able to track the flight or convert currency just by touching the text on the photo.
Google has shown ambitioncalled “scene explorer” in Google I / O, which essentially applies its search power to the real world. You would wave your phone’s camera over the product shelf, and it would overlap the information and ratings on the screen to help you find the right choice. Google search chief Prabhakar Raghavan cited the possibility of finding nut-free snacks or odorless lotions as an example in a retail store.
The performance may be different, but the concept is similar. We are already used to ordering food, taxis and household necessities at the touch of a button on our phones. Now Apple and Google want to make our phones a critical part of accomplishing these tasks in the real world as well, and the camera will be a major part of that.
Google and Apple have also improved their visions to turn our phone into a hub for connecting other devices around us. Google explained howwould make your phone better connected to other devices with support for fast pairing, automatic switching of sound between devices and the ability to more easily synchronize messages between your phone and computer. It also revealed this should facilitate multitasking when you are on the go.
Apple has simplified the process of managing HomeKit devices with a redesigned home app for the iPhone. But perhaps the biggest area in which Apple plans to expand the range of the iPhone is the car. The company teasedwhich looks like the whole car operating system, along with app icons, widgets and other UI elements reminiscent of the iPhone and .
A smart home and a connected car are not new ideas. Both have been an integral part of Apple’s and Google’s strategies for years. But iOS 16 and Android 13 clarify how Apple’s and Google’s visions for these devices should communicate and communicate.
As your smartphone becomes a link for everything from your credit card to thermostats and cars, Apple and Google make its aesthetics more personal. When iOS 16 launches this fall, your iPhone will get itwith support for Apple Watch-style widgets and new photo effects for wallpapers. Google is expanding its Material You with pre-prepared color sets that can be applied to the entire operating system.
iOS 16 and Android 13 have much more than new wallet functionality, real-world camera tools and improved connectivity. These updates not only signal how important the phone is becoming for both our online and offline lives, they also indicate where the industry is heading.