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Apple Introduces iOS5 with Notifications, OTA Updates, Cloud Services and Tabbed Browsing – Android Users Giggle at Their Late Arrival

We just couldn’t help but take a few minutes to point out some of the interesting announcements from Apple’s WWDC today.  They brought forth iOS5 (well not until Fall), which basically introduced long-time Android feature after long-time Android feature – something we are finding to be hilarious.  While I’ll try to refrain from tossing out too many little jabs since so many of the people in this world lack a sense of humor on the Apple vs. Android subject (“why you so bitter!?” -Twitter), I’ll just say that this marks a pretty important day for Android.  It’s now clear that Android has moved well beyond Apple on the innovation scale when it comes to mobile software.  For a company that continues to stand on stage and put up twisted statistics, one that claims to have invented everything, and one that takes cheap shots at every other company in the industry even while the rest of them have moved on, we couldn’t help but giggle a little.

With the introduction of notifications, OTA updates, tabbed browsing, cloud services, a mobile IM program, and the ability to activate a device without having to connect to a PC, the roars from the WWDC crowd could be felt across the interwebs.  We can’t fault iOS fans for cheering today – after all, they should have been enjoying all of these features for years now.  What we’ll do though, is remind them that swiping, notifying, tabbing, clouding and customizing became the norm if your phone ran on a green powered mobile OS years ago.

So to our Android brothers and sisters, give each other a little fist bump today and then be sure to welcome your random friends with iPhones to 2011.

*Note - I hate that I have to leave a note on this, but let’s all try to be civil here.  It’s all supposed to be in good fun.  If we can’t rib the competition a little, what fun would this be?  So before you take to the comments with hatred, sit back for moment, smile a bit, sip on something other than Koolaid (see what I did there?) and try to giggle with us.

  • Teabling

    Wow, Steve Jobs must slather his french fries with innovation (see what i did there?)

  • http://profiles.google.com/adclow Aaron Clow

    SUE, BABY! SUE!!! ;)

  • Anonymous

    I just bought a thunderbolt and was surprised to find out that in some small but important ways, outside of lack of multitasking which is a moot point now and the cloud (soon to be a moot point), iOS 3 which I had on my previous phone the 3g was more elegant and streamlined.  Another interesting point is that transferring music is best done by chaining HTC sync and iTunes (which I used to hate).  There might be something I am missing but once iOS5 comes out the ball will be in Android’s court.  In truth, Android’s victory was preordained but not because it is a better OS.  It has more to do with it being free, and relatively open as opposed to Apple’s 4th reich.

  • Christophernapier

    Steve Jobs and all fanboys are the biggest freaking tools on earth. Apple sues every freaking company on every little thing and they criticize everyone. And those gay self righteous fanboys always pull the same lame excuse. It’s simpler more apps… well not any more. Now with widgets pull down notification bar and tabbed browsing this sounds a lot like android. I just hope this is simple enough and all the apple fan boys can understand how to use it now. So welcome to 2006 and get your head out of your a*s you apple fanboys.  Apple claims they are hip and knows what the people want.  Apparently not, now they are playing catch up.  But some how they will contort their followers to believe they came up with these ideas first.  This just proves in a world of doesn’t (being apple)  Droid Does!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, we’re tools…  Honey, can warm up the Ferrari, I feel like going for a spin.  What day is it by the way?

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I definitely laughed to myself and thought, “Really? They’re that far behind us?”, when I saw the report on the news the other day. Oh the small pleasures in life. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeck7788 Josh Eck

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GhWhyH9-T7Y#at=154

    Watch at 2:34 mark.  Bada OS.  Made by Samsung, one your own Android players.  Interesting the fandroid hypocrites don’t jump all over that.

  • http://twitter.com/camlenb Cameron Len Burks™

    Can someone answer me this… What’s point of being first if something better comes out later? Isn’t it only great as long as you’re the only one with that product? I don’t understand why you would applaud being first if/when a better product comes out. Android doesn’t implement cloud services in the way the Apple is referring too at all! No where close! Android does’t own cloud services either, so yes you may giggle but I believe Apple customers would flat out laugh at the fact that they “one-upped” you at your own “game” by utilizing the cloud to the fullest potential we’ve seen to date!

  • http://twitter.com/camlenb Cameron Len Burks™

    Can someone answer me this… What’s point of being first if something better comes out later? Isn’t it only great as long as you’re the only one with that product? I don’t understand why you would applaud being first if/when a better product comes out. Android doesn’t implement cloud services in the way the Apple is referring too at all! No where close! Android does’t own cloud services either, so yes you may giggle but I believe Apple customers would flat out laugh at the fact that they “one-upped” you at your own “game” by utilizing the cloud to the fullest potential we’ve seen to date!

  • Anonymous

    Hey, I heard you like your android, so I decided to put some android in your iOS.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp  

  • Anonymous

    I am so over the “Apple sucks – lets piss on them because Android has a bigger #$%^” stuff.  I use my Droid as a phone and pocket-sized internet device, and an iPad as a tablet.  I rely on a macbook pro and a Windows 7 desktop machine as well.  One of the benefits of competition is that it pushes each side to improve.   Certainly notifications on the iPad/iPhone suck, so a drop-down style is welcome.     And yes, thanks to Android for making that a very important feature.   

    I also look at these things in long term context.  Well before I had my first smartphone, I had a Palm PDA (many of them actually), and that icon-driven “mobile” app computer really set the stage for everything that has come since, both on the iOS and the Android ecospheres.  

  • Granted

    I can see you all did well with kellex saying take it easy on arguing. Oh! No wait…duh, today is “Tell Lies To Make Up For People That Are Pathetic Phone Gollums”. My precious is better than your precious! But we both know we are both compensating for our own failures in life precious.

    Yeah well my Texas Instrument calculator is way bigger than both your Apple and Android dicks! That’s what you nerds are arguing over right?

  • http://twitter.com/timberwolfkw Kyle Wilkins

    How much will this iOS5 cost iPhone 3GS, iPad, ect.. devices to upgrade? Hopefully Google will implement that feature for Ice Cream Sandwich!!!!!! Maybe Verizon will even have a special Android data fee that’s more then the standard plan because its an Android device. I just don’t feel like I’ve spent enough money on buying the phone and data plan. Please just take my money.

  • RJ

    I am sure that Apple is going to say that they invented features.  

  • http://twitter.com/masroorhussain Masroor Hussain

    apple developer didn’t work much this year…o wait they just followed android news..& they came up with OS 5

  • Ryan C

    Please toss out MORE little jabs on the Apple vs. Android subject!!! :D

  • Dipu00

    MobileMe, isn’t it under apple? If it is, then I think apple had cloud idea long before google? Hopefully I’m wrong!
    DJ

  • http://twitter.com/mikeszekely Mike Szekely

    Posts like these are the reason I come to Droid Life.  It’s comforting to spend time amongst fellow Android lovers after reading Gizmodo’s Mat Honan declaring “And it means that iOS no longer simply does most things better. It does almost everything better now,” for basically adding a bunch of stuff to iOS that we’ve already been enjoying on our Android phones (and a quick look at the added features doesn’t include widgets).

    And that’s just iOS playing catch up to Froyo/Gingberbread.  By the time iOS 5 is actually released, we should be seeing the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices.  Add in the fact that it’ll be 2012 before we see an LTE iPhone (and likely longer before we see an iPhone with a screen bigger than 3.5″) and Apple’s just not selling anything that I’m buying.

  • http://profiles.google.com/gustavo82008 Gustavo Romero

    thats so stupid how apple sues every company for suppposebly copying their stupid ass crappy iphone!! when clearly they copied android with the pull down notification bar at the top!!! google should take a stand now and sue apple for compping its operating system! and maybe apple can get a little taste of their own crap for claiming other companies copy them when is clear they copy android only because is developing more then its stupid ios crap! pisses me the hell off!!! >:(

  • Anonymous

    How dare you diss on apple? OK, so they like to feed you doodoo and call it revolutionary. It is true, most of the things they come out with have been available on other smartphones for years. maybe one day they’ll allow Flash on the iphone, once that sociopath named Jobs leaves for good. As an apple fanboy and droid enthusiast, i like your post bc its honest. 

  • Anonymous

    So to our Android brothers and sisters, give each other a little fist bump today and then be sure to welcome your random friends with *iPhones* to 2011.
    You no censor iPhone no more?

  • Anonymous

    So to our Android brothers and sisters, give each other a little fist bump today and then be sure to welcome your random friends with *iPhones* to 2011.
    You no censor iPhone no more?

  • Anonymous

    if apple is just catching with things Android had since day 1 imagine what we will get from ice cream sandwich 

  • Zack Whitman

    google comes up with the idea, apple makes it better

    • Crediblecurtis

      Google comes up with an idea….and apple steals it ;) nice try though

    • Anonymous

      debatable, but you forgot to add, 2 years later.  “Apple makes it better, two years later”.  Come to the Google DC next year to see what you’ll get on your iphone 2 years later.

  • Zack Whitman

    google comes up with the idea, apple makes it better

  • Jason Patterson

    This article made me hungry. now i want to eat a delicious apple.

  • BG

    Android already had all of these features except for two small edits. It can’t sync photos from a computer to a device (or at least that i can figure out) and it doesn’t sync data over multiple devices…I’d take that ANYDAY over a device which FORCES you to sync ALL of your photos/videos/docs even if you wanted them to be private. Also, with the music. Who really buys music straight from iTunes that frequently? I have 2000 songs and about 10 are from iTunes. And the point of the cloud was so that we could access our songs without having to store them on our device and take up space. I know people who have 120G of songs and can’t access it on their 16G iPhone. If you had an Android device you could because of the streaming. But with iCloud you still have to download it to your device in order to listen to it.

  • Kaboyer66

    What I “giggle” at is how many times I had to swipe to unlock the screen to answer a phone call on Android. It was laughable. Android will always, and I do mean always be playing catch up to Apple.

    • http://twitter.com/timberwolfkw Kyle Wilkins

      EDIT: What I “giggle” at is how many times I had to jailbreak my iTouch to be able to do what I wanted (simply change the theme and tweak the interface). It was laughable. Apple will
      always, and I do mean always be playing catch up to Google.      Haha. Sorry man I had to.

  • Spc Hicks09

    Why arent my comments saving?