This may be the most significant change. It is undeniable that iOS has integrated widgets for some time, which you can see in iOS 13 in the Today view. They span the width of the display and you need to scroll vertically in order to view them all.
In the past, iOS’ widgets were not similar to Android’s, which can adapt to different sizes and locate on the very same grid that app icons do on your home screen. However, the case has changed with the new version of iOS.
In iOS 14, widgets are able to sit alongside with applications and they also come with different sizes. There is not much that differentiates their usage in iOS 14 from Google even though the Apple’s widgets have only a few useful benefits.
First of all, they are stackable. Users can drop a Smart Stack, which is a collection of widgets for various applications in one single location. That may be on your home screen or you can drag one widget into another in order to make a stack at first. Users are then capable of swiping through the stack in order to view the specific widget they need at that particular time or they can let iOS 13 utilize context to decide which would be the most helpful to them at that point. These features are not integrated in Android 11.
Another benefit to Apple’s approach is how users can edit settings for widgets. People may not care for this but this is a significant change. On Android operating system, users are required to dive into the specific application that the widget belongs to, then sift through its settings menu and look for the widgets section, which is a different process for every piece of software.
Nevertheless, on iOS 14, the approach will carry forward one of Apple’s useful ideas. Similar to the Mac Dashboard, users only need to tap a little the information icon when adjusting a widget that flips the one you want around and provides options to alter it directly.