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Which iOS 6 Features From Android Will Reinvent Smartphones This Morning?

In case you were wondering (wait, why would you be?), Apple’s developer conference, WWDC, kicks off this morning in San Francisco at the Moscone Center. During their opening keynote, everyone expects them to introduce iOS 6 and all sorts of new features that will forever change the way smartphones work (sarcasm much?). As you may recall from last year, iOS 5 apparently did the same thing, however, anyone who has used an Android phone over the last 3-4 years knows that much of those newly introduced features were standard fare from day 1 on this platform. You know things like, notifications, OTA updates, tabbed browsing, an IM client, etc.

So with this iOS 6 business about to happen, let’s have some fun with it. What Android features are we going to see? Any chance that Apple introduces something new or is it going to be to take Siri out of beta, which will be followed by an extra 5 Zooey Deschanel commercials per hour? Reinvent, people!

  • bmedic1999

    If you push the halo button on the new iphony, steve jobs will come back and tell you what a wise decision you made “grasshopper”

  • Michael

    all you Android users that are running on “ICS” say “I”! Woah why am I hearing more cries of “not me” instead? oh that’s right, you bought yours 5 months ago and it’s already obsolete and not sure if you will ever receive one. awwww, so sad. =(

  • Michael

    And while us iPhone users will ALL get the iOS 6 when it’s available,
    majority of you will still be wondering, “will I ever get the latest
    dessert on my clunky, fragmented, outdated device.

    I say this again, it’s iPhone (quality) vs. Androids (quantity) and I
    rather go with a device that is finely polished, smooth interface, and
    effortlessly synched with all my other Apple devices at its latest
    updated operating system.

    Let’s not forget about the resale value of iPhones vs Androids. I will
    have no problem getting my money back as I can easily sell my 4S for
    $300 when iPhone 5 comes out. Too bad we can’t say the same for Android
    owners cause by the time eligibility rolls in for upgrade, a year and 8
    mos. old device will be a big “has been” and still have yet to receive
    its latest OS.

    Go ahead and bash me all you want, but truth hurts sometimes.

    SO sad that only 7% of Android users are up to date with Ice Cream OS
    while rest are still getting short-changed. Pathetic if you ask me.

    • miso_sori

      Luckily even on Gingerbread, Android phones make iPhones look like kids’ toys. Oh well, I guess some people just enjoy being told how they can use their own devices.

    • Nicklas

      Android is an operating system, just like iOS. There is only one type of Android, just like there is one type of iOS, hence your “Android = quantity” argument is incorrect to say the least.

      Whether or not the interface is better on iOS or Android is a personal taste preference, please don’t mix your preferences with actual facts.

      Android is made by Google, which also created Gmail, Youtube, Google Plus, Google Search, Picasa and about 80 other services, all of which is well implemented and synced across platforms and devices, including Android.

      Many people like to keep their phones for various reasons. Even if i had an iPhone, i wouldn’t sell it. (I’d drive it over with my car)

      It is indeed sad that the majority of android users don’t keep their devices up to date, but that is the users fault, not Android’s. Hence your argument is invalid.

  • Derail Doax

    WWDC = What will Droid contribute?

  • kashtrey

    Looks like they stole, ICS’ ability to deny a call and text them a message back. I wish Google would patent things like that and notifications and not open source it sometimes, only to spite Apple. Unfortunately, Google is better than that and realizes that advancing the industry and technology is more important than hoarding patents and if something is the obvious best solution, no one person should own it.

    • Diablo81588

      That’s not exclusive to ICS. Gingerbread has that as well, although that could be a part of blur.

      • bakdroid

        ICS is using a lot of features that Blur first came out with. As much as everyone hates Moto on this site, they need to realize such things. But they never do…

  • JordanMcRae

    Apple rant: How does everyone let Apple get away with blatant copying and then act like they are some kind of amazing innovators!? I’m so so angry! Turn-by-turn navigation? Syncing contacts with Facebook? Rejecting a phone call with a text? Android has had that for so long! And good luck with your new native Apple Maps in iOS 6 now that they are dumping Google Maps, they look like a child drew them. And 3D maps “flyover” is a direct copy of what Google announced just last week. Ugh, more reason to HATE Apple.

    • justbaum30

      Okay, only one of things you said was Apple being blatant copiers.

      -Turn-by-turn navigation? They aren’t allowed to have their own? They never claimed they were the first or anything, they’re just making their own service just as Google created their own social network.-Syncing contacts with Facebook? They are doing so much more than just contact syncing, it’s full on integration, also never claimed they were innovating the world here either.-Rejecting call? This was definitely taken from Google but they also added some new functionality to it with the location stuff so interesting and creative thing there.-Flyover direct copy? Really? Are you trying to tell me that in 5 days they saw that from Google and then copied it? They obviously had already been working on it long before Google’s conference last week.

      Next time let’s make a more educated and unbiased post. The only thing that screamed Android to me was the rejecting the call with text thing, very obvious taken. And I thought the Maps style was unique.

      Edit: Also in case anyone wasn’t aware, Apple announced they were going to be including the tab syncing feature they showed off today around the same time Google did, another thing they were obviously working on long before.

      • JordanMcRae

        Obviously I know that they didn’t make flyover in 5 days, but just because they have been working on something for a long time doesn’t mean it is not copying. I am also not saying that they don’t have a right or need to copy some of the features (i.e. turn-by-turn, Facebook syncing). I just get annoyed when people (usually in more general tech publications) act like Apple has somehow come up with amazing innovations every time they announce something that is already is being done elsewhere and albeit for a long time.

  • MikeKorby

    They didn’t go into fiull detail on the iOS side because they need to save something for the iPhone 5 release in September. Most likely, that’ll be when they announce NFC, larger screen size, LTE, and face unlock. As I was reading the liveblog though, I just kept thinking about ICS and how all they did was change the ‘C’ to an ‘O’… revolutionary!

  • Are they changing their name to Mapple now, or can we stick with Crapple?

  • droidman101

    It was chrome synching that they copied.

  • Tyler Chappell

    From what I’ve quickly looked through so far, it looks like facebook integration and contact syncing, as well as several maps features like traffic etc, stuff Android of course, has already had for a long time.

    • Sven Enterlein

      I am seriously scared by all this social media integration. I don’t even need the option to share my every minute but good for those who do

  • bkosh84

    Not gonna lie, I like the passbook app they just announced..