This is part of the storyCNET’s full coverage of Apple’s annual developer conference.
What is happening
Both iOS 16 and Android 13 come with new features designed to replace your physical wallet and improve connectivity with smart home gadgets and connected car interfaces.
Why it is important
The updates highlight Apple and Google’s shared vision to make our phones more important in everyday life.
Your smartphone is becoming more and more connected to the non-digital aspects of your life. This is one of the main ways outand , new mobile software updates will come from Apple and Google later this year. Both tech giants want to turn your phone into a digital wallet to store your ID and other important documents, bringing your phone closer to your identity than ever before. Companies are also continuing to improve how phones connect to cars, smart home devices and other everyday devices.
Both ofand some are packed with adjustments and new features that are more important than digital wallets and faster connections (e.g.). for the protection of victims of domestic violence and new privacy updates from Google). However, 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 happened around Your phone will be just as important as what happened about your phone.
The more our phones are tied to everyday needs such as purses, credit cards, cars and appliances, the harder it will be to get away from them (or switch between iPhone and Android). The concept is not new; The industry has been moving in this direction for years. However, the changes in iOS 16 and Android 13 will bring significant improvements to the respective approaches of Apple and Google, which will most likely accelerate such efforts.
Replacing the physical wallet
The digital wallet was in the spotlight during both Apple’s iOS 16 announcement and Google’s review of Android 13. The most significantis a new variant called , which divides the purchase price into four equal parts over six weeks. ID cards stored in Apple Wallet with iOS 16 can also be used to verify your age within applications. The addition comes after Apple added support for digital identifiers last year.
Google, meanwhile, gave details of a major updateaccelerates it with Apple during an I / O conference last month. The new Google Wallet will store personal documents such as payment and transit cards, vaccination records, boarding passes and student IDs, such as the Apple Wallet. Google is also working with government agencies to support digital identifiers.
Taken together, Apple and Google’s updates are another step toward their common goal of making physical wallets obsolete – which will inevitably make us more dependent on mobile devices.
Google reiterated this ambition immediately before the new updatessmall.
On the stage, Sameer Samat, vice president of product management for Android and Google Play, said, “Actually, there are only two things I don’t leave home these days: my phone and my wallet.” “So the question is, can my phone replace my wallet?”
Corey Fugman, chief executive of Apple’s Wallet and Apple Pay, made similar remarks during a keynote address at WWDC on Monday.
“With Apple Wallet, we’re working hard to replace the physical wallet,” he said.
People have already adopted the idea of replacing physical credit cards with smartphone-based payment programs. According to eMarketer’s 2021 report, the use of in-store mobile payment systems such as Apple Pay is expected to exceed 50% of all smartphone users in the United States by 2025. Apple’s new Postpaid option and Google’s re-focus on its mobile wallet could make the concept of leaving a physical wallet at home even more appealing.
Your phone, everywhere
Changing your wallet is just one way Apple and Google hope to make our phones more useful offline in everyday life. Both companies have also introduced camera-based smartphone devices that can facilitate navigation in real-world points of interest. Another notable topic is the growing interaction between mobile devices and home appliances, cars and speakers.
Both Apple and Google believe that the camera will continue to play a major role in our interaction with the world around us. In iOS 16, you’ll be able to translate text into different languages using Apple’s Translate app’s new camera option. His time, the company demonstrated how it can be used to translate the entire restaurant menu into a different language. You will also be able to track the flight or convert currency just by tapping the text in the photo.
Google has shown that it is ambitiousis called a “scene explorer” in Google I / O, which essentially applies search capabilities to the real world. You would swing your phone’s camera on the product shelf, and it would override the information and ratings on the screen to help you find the right choice. Google search manager Prabhakar Raghavan, for example, showed that you can find nut-free snacks or odorless lotions in a physical retail store.
Execution may be different, but the concept is similar. We are already used to order food, taxis and household items at the touch of a button on our phones. Now Apple and Google want to make our phones a critical part of performing these tasks in the real world, and the camera will be a key part of that.
Google and Apple have also improved their vision to make our phone a hub for other devices around us. Google explained howFast pairing support, automatic audio switching between devices, and the ability to easily synchronize messages between your phone and your computer will make it better to connect your phone to other devices. He also revealed this this should make a lot of work easier when you’re on the road.
Apple has simplified the process of managing HomeKit devices with a redesigned home app for the iPhone. But perhaps the biggest area where Apple plans to expand the iPhone’s reach is the car. The company was annoyedIt looks like a whole operating system for cars, complete with software icons, widgets and other user interface elements reminiscent of the iPhone. .
Smart home and connected car are not new ideas. Both have been an integral part of Apple and Google’s respective strategies for years. However, iOS 16 and Android 13 make it clear how Apple and Google’s views on these devices should communicate and interact.
As the smartphone becomes a link to everything from your credit card to your thermostat and your car, Apple and Google make its aesthetics more individual. When iOS 16 launches this fall, the iPhone will get itWith support for new photo effects for widgets and background images similar to the Apple Watch. Google Material expands you with pre-made color sets that can be applied to the entire operating system.
iOS 16 and Android 13 have new wallet functionality, camera tools for scanning real-world objects, and more than an improved connection. These updates not only show how important the phone is in our online and offline lives, but also show that the industry is moving in the right direction.