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Android features Apple copied for iOS 5

Drawing inspiration from their biggest competitor

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There's no question that many of the fundamental capabilities and user interface approaches in Google's Android bear a lot of resemblances to what's in Apple's iOS. In some cases, such as the basic gestures, the use of app screens and email client layouts, the method has a history predating both products, while in others it's easier to see direct imitation, such as in the use of the app store and the .com key.

But Android is not merely a clone of iOS, it has its own unique capabilities and interface elements, such as its voice-based web navigation. And in some cases, Apple has been, shall we say, inspired by Google's previous choices. The inspiration in both cases is not limited to each other. Both borrow from Windows and Mac OS X, as well as from the defunct WebOS (which also borrowed from the same sources).


Notification tray

The most obvious Android feature copied in iOS is its notifications capability. Android has a pull-up tray of recent notifications, and iOS 5 has a similar feature called Notification Center. Although iOS 5 won't be released until October 12, preview images from Apple's own website show the similarity.

  • Notification tray
  • Message flagging
  • Online settings backup
  • Tabbed browser
  • Voice-based search
  • Over-the-air updates



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