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iPhone vs Android – The Battle of AI Prowess

Last Updated on December 18, 2023
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Smartphones are getting smarter. As artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities continue to develop, it was only a matter of time before it embedded into two giants of the industry – iPhone and Android.

As a tech enthusiast who heavily relies on the camera, I dive into facial recognition, explore the realm of smart assistants, and even scrutinize the AI functionalities during phone calls. The result is a detailed comparison that leaves no stone unturned. Let’s take a look.

Camera AI

Let’s start with the iPhone’s facial recognition. This feature can identify individuals even in childhood photos, offering a seamless and advanced experience. However, Android’s counterpart, Google, stands strong with similar capabilities. Notably, the additional features on my Pixel, such as Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur, and the upcoming Magic Editor suggest Android scores the first point in this head-to-head battle.

AI Smart Assistant

This is an area where iPhone’s Siri and Android’s equivalent have room for improvement. In their current state, both smart assistants rely on predefined commands rather than the more sophisticated approach of utilizing large language models, as demonstrated by ChatGPT. However, Siri shortcuts on the iPhone do save a significant amount of time, earning a point for Apple in this round.

AI Phonecalls

The final frontier in this AI duel is phone calls – a fundamental function that often takes a backseat in discussions about AI capabilities. On my Pixel, an AI can intercept unknown calls and engage in conversation with the caller to verify their legitimacy.

On the other hand, the iPhone offers a more traditional approach, allowing users to transcribe live voicemails. In this instance, Android emerges as the clear winner, securing the final point in this comprehensive analysis. From advanced facial recognition to the intricacies of smart assistants and the often-overlooked domain of phone calls, this comparison shows just how AI is starting to find its ways on to our phones. Time will tell just how much of an impact it will have.

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