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iOS 7 vs. Android – A Quick Feature Comparison After the WWDC Keynote

iOS7 vs Android

Tim Cook and crew are now off stage at WWDC, so as is typical around these parts when Apple announces something “revolutionary” (yes, they used the term again), we like to react. And even though Google has moved away from the series of cheap jabs during their own keynotes, Apple still does them in the bitterest and childish of fashions. If we didn’t toss out some thoughts in support, we wouldn’t be proper Android fans. Because after all, we are still Android fans.

So here we go, these are some initial thoughts to Apple’s big announcement of iOS 7 as compared to the current version of Android (4.2, Jelly Bean). In general, iOS 7 is a newly skinned version of iOS that finally matches up to current mobile design trends. Gone are the leather notebooks and green felt gaming tables – in is a minimal flat aesthetic. And to be perfectly honest, it does look beautiful. Jony Ive and his team did a fantastic job at skinning iOS and turning it into a modern looking mobile UI. 

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But every time Apple does this song and dance, we seem to sit throughout the keynote going, “Whoa, that’s been on Android forever.” Or even, “Umm, that looks just like how Android works.” Today was no different. While iOS 7 looks nice from the outside, many of the new goodies remind us a lot of our favorite mobile OS.

And not that we should need to remind you, but don’t take this too seriously. We’re just having some fun and pointing out things that gave us a chuckle. We are happy to see iOS evolve, just like we will be happy to see every other mobile OS evolve. Companies pushing boundaries and taking features to new levels is what we love about this industry.

(iOS 7 on the left, Android screenshot attached on the right.)

Quick Toggles (Command Center)

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Apple is adding in a gesture for accessing Command Center from anywhere on an iOS device. A quick swipe up from the bottom of the screen and you are graced with a panel filled with toggles for Airplane mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, brightness settings, music controls, camera shortcut, and even a flashlight. As you all know, Android devices have had access to similar information for a while thanks to 3rd party skins from manufacturers. But in Android 4.2, Google introduced a panel as well that can be accessed with a two-finger swipe down from the notification bar. Music controls have been in the notification bar for some time, so that’s not necessarily new.

Lock Screen Notifications

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I found this out today, but apparently iOS did not let you access their notification center from the lock screen. Android has been on this trend for at least two versions, but Apple is just now introducing it with iOS 7. Once released, iOS users will be able to swipe down their notification bar without unlocking their device.

The new notification center has done away with that terrible looking felt background and is more transparent. There are tabs for “Today,” “All,” and “Missed.” I like the idea of panels, though Android seems to have been able to handle all of this information without needing extra panels. Thanks to actionable and collapsable notifications on Android, you only need one area for all of this.

Safari vs. Chrome

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Safari is Safari – most people can’t stand it and prefer browsers like Chrome for their browsing needs. But one thing we thought was interesting in the new UI of Safari, was the tab view that shows all open tabs. They bragged about the 3D appearance, scrolling, and quick access to other tabs yet we have had this in Chrome for Android since it was first released over a year ago.


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Multi-tasking! iOS 7 has a new style of multi-tasking that only runs in the background when it thinks you want access to frequently used apps. It essentially learns from your patterns to help extend your battery life. That’s kind of cool, assuming it can learn properly, which we won’t know anything about until people can spend some time with it. But in general, we like the idea of phones learning our patterns to better optimize our lives with them.

But in terms of a UI, Apple created something semi-unique. It’s not an exact copy of Android, since it scrolls horizontally and features full-screen previews of currently running apps. It does look a lot like what HTC did back with Sense 4, though HTC abandoned the look after hearing pretty terrible reviews of the change.

iTunes Radio vs. Google Music

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Apple did in fact announce a Pandora competitor this morning called iTunes Radio. It’s really not all that game-changing or innovative. You can create your own radio playlists based off of songs, or you can use recommended stations that Apple has ready to go. There are massive “BUY” buttons all over the place, along with ads, unless you are an iTunes Match customer. But you can’t save full albums or tracks to your library like you can with Google’s new All Access service, nor can you pick and choose specific songs to create playlists. It’s just like Pandora in that it brings up songs that it thinks match what you are looking for and then allows you to downvote them or favorite them, so that they’ll play more often. It’s a nice add-on to iTunes, but nothing new.

In terms of looks, the new Google Music and new Music apps look a lot a like. We’re seeing white menus and similar UI with big, bold album art.

Also, we should point out that Google Music All Access gives you unlimited access to albums and songs because it comes with a monthly fee.


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While I don’t know how many people actually use the stock Mail app in iOS, it’s easy to see that they have stolen features from the popular iOS app called Mailbox. Apple added in swiping gestures, for deleting, archiving, and “More” options. It’s a complete copy of what Mailbox already made popular, and I can’t believe people aren’t throwing massive fits over this. But then again, this is what Apple does time and time again to its developer community.

Oh, and Gmail has had swipe-to-delete/archive for longer than I can recall.


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The new iOS Calendar app doesn’t look all that much like that of Android, but the similarities are still there. We’re looking at an ultra-minimal design, with flat rectangles, pastel-ish colors, and a white background rather than the round appearance of the current iOS Calendar app. And in fact, the newest Calendar app from Google has similar design in the circular color picker and date chooser to what we are seeing in iOS, only it came out a couple of weeks ago.

Navigation Drawers

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Apple added a bunch of slideout navigation drawers to apps like Mail and iMessage. We have seen these in Google apps for over a year now (even the ones on iOS), but they made a point of the addition today as if it were something “new” to app development. No, Apple, it’s not new.

Lock Screens

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We already covered this here.

Al Gore

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Actually, Al Gore has nothing to do with Android that I know of, but he was there. So, here is a picture of him looking flat.

Other Notes

  • Semi-live Wallpapers:   Apple showed off a new wallpaper that moved the background as you tilted your device from side to side. It’s almost like a live wallpaper on Android, but even more so like 3D Image Live Wallpaper that has been on Google Play for a while. Yes, you can get down with Apple’s fancy new wallpaper feature today, on Android.
  • Auto-app Updates:  I didn’t realize that Apple hadn’t introduced auto-app updates yet on iOS, but in iOS 7, users will finally have the option to update automatically. They joked about seeing the “Update” count climbing throughout the day and that iOS users would no longer have to worry about that. Add that to the list of things we take for granted on Android, already.
  • Bing (hah!):  The new iOS in the Car feature introduced today uses Bing for search. Yes, Bing. Edit: Apparently it’s Siri that has Bing, making Siri even less of an important piece of the Apple pie, which I didn’t think was possible.
  • Notification Sync:  They touched on this ever-so-briefly, but I believe Apple mentioned that with iOS 7, devices will be able to sync notifications across devices. Google just started doing this with Hangouts on Android, but made a point of it coming to other apps in the future during their I/O keynote.
  • Send-to-Phone:  Apple showed off a send-to-phone feature from Calendar and Maps Mac apps today. Say you have a calendar item set up with a location or are looking at something in Apple’s newly announced Mac Maps app, you can send it quickly to your phone and have it readily available. Nice idea, but Google knows your searches thanks to Google Now and makes them automatically available to you on your other devices – you don’t need to send a thing.
  • Maps for Mac:  Speaking of Maps for Mac, hah. Google.com/maps is all I have to say.
  • AirDrop:  One of the more interesting features that Apple showed off today was called AirDrop. It allows you to quickly send information (photos as an example) to your friends’ iOS devices without the need to bump them together. Yes, they poked fun at NFC and the ridiculous tapping we have to do as Android users, in order to share things. Thing is, Samsung devices do this already with a little thing called WiFi Direct. Nice idea that is baked into iOS devices, though. Keep in mind that this feature won’t be available on all iOS devices – it’s limited to the new guys.

I’m sure there were other things we could list, since the keynote was lengthy, but these were the new features or ideas that stood out the most. As you can see, iOS 7 is actually a pretty major change from iOS6, bringing it steps closer to the power of Android. It’s not going to kill Android or give Apple some immediate leg up on the world’s most popular mobile operating system, but it does make at least the design of their UI a hell of a lot more appealing. In the end, Android users saw a lot of what they are already accustomed to, which they have already grown accustomed to.

Other thoughts?

  • vorange

    I am pitted against buying a new mobile phone. On the one hand I love the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. I detest the fact that Apple could come to the realization that making their iPhone 5 a 4.6 or 4.7 or even a 4.5 inch screen blows me away. What a poor market decision resulting in millions of sales lost just based on that alone. This one thing torqued me off to no end and as Android was dupping many of Apples initiatives and ways and means, they dropped the ball and punted. But, unless you are comfortable in a messy, ill arranged home where the decor doesn’t match and everything is in disarray with clothes thrown all over the place, you can’t deny that Apple’s IOS 7 isn’t the most well thought out, organized and prestine layout and approach making what many say “oh, Android has had that for years …” and maybe so but remember who came out with the revolutionary cell phone (at the time it was the first iPhone). And, comparison of UI’s is like night and day and thank you for showing the comparison because it shows, hands down, how clean and innovative the UI layout and functionality is – like a messy, ill-organized home to a well organized and clean home. Some just live like pigs and love it.

    • Steve Benson

      What a cryptic, jumbled mess of thoughts you spewed onto the interwebs this fine morning…

    • You must be new to the ‘custom’ / ‘change of skin’ scene. Take a seat and be shown around.
      Admittedly, how often does iOS users change the look of their phone. OMG! WOW! NEW AGE!!!!

  • Markus

    1. They copied from Windows Phone 8
    2. iOS 1 still looked better than Android does today

    • Thomas Walters

      Your Prius is on fire and your turtle neck is uneven

    • ukjb

      HA HA HA HA … you’re hilarious

    • Ian

      In regards to #2, in a coloring book kind of way…am i right?

  • bionicwaffle

    AirDrop – you missed the fact that with NFC and on all Android 4.0 devices you can already send urls and contacts (probably more) to other Android phones and Windows Phones with NFC (anything that supports the NFC standard, so not Apple devices). Android devices with 4.1 or newer can send photos and video too. THIS IS NOT A SAMSUNG only thing. S-Beam does use wifi direct where Android Beam uses Bluetooth so Android Beam is slower but works on more devices and is still just as easy to use. On a Samsung device you may need to turn off S-Beam and turn on Android Beam.

    • Nothing beats the Sharing option in Android. I can share a pic to whichever app or email or person on my contact list anytime I want to in two clicks.

  • Clement

    You dare say that the calendar is copied, when it’s very close to what iCal on Mac has always been… fanboy

    • ukjb

      In fact… he said “The new iOS Calendar app doesn’t look all that much like that of Android”… did you read the article at all?

      • Clement

        “but the similarities are still there”
        that would imply that there were more similarities before and that Apple copied those of Android.

        Or you have another reading interpretation?

        • ukjb

          to me, it just sounds like there are differences, which he admitted to, but mentioned the similarities for sake of completeness. Do you really think things like skinning the way a calendar looks take more than a few weeks to do? Did Apple copy the features that happen to be similar? probably not. but did they have plenty of time to do so and/or change the features that coincidentally appeared in android first? yes.

          • Clement

            That doesn’t change my initial statement. The author is wrongly implying that Apple had a calendar that was made similar to what’s on android, when that calendar existed well before the current implementation of android came out.

          • ukjb

            well if you want to compare desktop calendars as well – then, they ALL look like the desktop version of the Google Calendar… so going back even further, Apple STILL wasn’t the first to use those design characteristics…

            when it all comes don to it… you are arguing one small point of a larger issue. and that is there are a LOT of eerily similar features in iOS7 that have come directly from Android and WP8… THAT is the main point of this article.

          • Clement

            Lol no.

            iCal was simply inspired by physical calendars that’s all. And I’m not the one who begun making comparisons, quite the contrary, I was explaining how silly it is to make these comparisons that do not hold.

            Those eerily similar features are nothing compared to the inspiration that went into the making of the current Android. Just look what it looked like before iPhone OS, it was like Blackberry OS. And what features from Windows are you talking about? Those features that were already presente in WebOS?

          • ukjb

            first… so now when ical has similar design characteristics with google calendar and you have no recourse, your goto response is just “inspired by physical calendars” … that’s what youre going with? OK …

            second… In what way is the current Android inspired by iOS? Everything in iOS the last 2-3 three years has been catch-up effort to Android. The Current Android Version came directly from Google and the ROM dev teams that have thought up features and implemented them way before Apple can “innovate” them. I urge you to tell me on specific thing Android got from iOS… because all i ever see anymore is articles like this … i never see comparison articles where android ripped off this feature and that from iOS.. they don’t exist… just a bunch of bitter fanbois that claim because Apple was the SECOND company to put icons in rows and android was the third, then “OMG like totally android is a copycat” … give me a break.

            When it all comes down to it… companies take design characteristics from each other all the time… it happens.. it’s not a bad thing. it just means they are willing to give users what they want. The part that bothers me is that Apple was willing to go thermonuclear over something they are currently doing. It’s just hypocritical.

            but whatever… you can continue to disagree with logic. i will continue to agree with what the resounding feelings are regarding the “innovations” to iOS7…

          • Clement

            Well, this can go on forever, now you are going to tell me google invented the calendar.

            Of course the truth is that Calendar on iOS simply uses the same colors that existed for years in iCal.

            When Google calendar came out… what a miracle! It used the same default colors as iCal!

            Dare you tell me that the current calendar UI in Android is better than the 2008 calendar on iOS. There are plenty of apps I like on Android but this one is just terrible.
            How is it possible to even say for half a second that Apple even looked at Google calendar for inspiration?

          • Clement

            White background, pastelish colors present in iCal… nothing new here. And he dare write that it’s STILL similar???

          • Clement

            Why did Google remove the elastic band scrolling in Android then?

            I don’t care if android takes stuff from Apple, really. I wouldn’t care if people said that Apple took stuff from Android (and they did with the notification center). So we agree with each other. But I care if people invent stuff like the article above just to flame.
            I care because :
            1- those affirmations are false
            2- even if they were true, the article wants to use them as a bad thing, which is silly since all companies do that.
            I hate lies and double standards. This article has both.

          • ukjb

            except for the part about the rubber band scrolling.. that was in Samsung only, not stock android… and for the record, that patent was invalidated by the USPTO.

            I completely agree with the rest… but apple started the double standards with the “thermonuclear war” they copied things from other people then go all out war on android and their partners for doing the same things. not cool and it seems the only friend they have is Microsoft (not a good friend to have) because they want the same things – the death of linux and android.

          • Clement

            Ah ok that was samsung… what a surprise.

            Jobs wanted the whole cake. Once in that logic, he wouldn’t let go. But I think that hadn’t they done that, Google and others would have done a lot more copycat stuff, and I think that looking at what Samsung did is a proof of that.

            I imagine a future where Apple and MS will merge…

          • ukjb

            “I imagine a future where Apple and MS will merge…”

            That is a scary thought. I don’t particularly like Apple since the thermonuclear war started, but I despise Microsoft even more. Their track record of becoming partners and then leaving companies high and dry is astonishing. Apple would be smart to not accept a hand of help from them.

          • Clement

            Command center ?
            > Jailbreak app

            Notification center?
            > Jailbreak app

            Safari tabs?
            > Ever heard of cover flow?

            > WebOS

            iTunes Radio?
            > Pandora

            > Mailbox

            > iCal on Mac since 2001

            Navigation drawers?
            > Lots of apps on the appstore since the beginning, and it’s across the OS contraty to what happens on Android

            Lock Screen?
            > The animated background was a jailbreak app too and the lock screen just looks like the old one if your remove the wallpaper, without the shiny ui

            So… nothing Google or MS invented here. A lot of stuff from smaller companies and the jailbreak community.

          • ukjb

            so what some of those features were available as a “jailbreak app” … That just means that someone somewhere wanted a feature that iOS didn’t provide.. Those features have been on Android for quite some time… what you fail to realize is that even before features are released on Android, most of them are available in one of the many ROM dev communities as well…

            “iTunes Radio?> Pandora”
            Yeah that’s exactly what the article said… did you read it? the point was that is all istunes radio is – a pandora clone… people already have pandora… google music is newer and better… takes characteristics of pandora and spotify and wraps them up in one service that can also have offline music and reorganized playlists. Never said itunes radio was a copy… just that it wasnt as good and yet again, the last player to the game.

            > WebOS”
            Again, never said iOS copied multi-tasking… i did say that iOS multitasking is not real multitasking… the only way that can be accomplished is by changing the core of iOS which i doubt was actually touched. But i will investigate further.

            “Calendars ?”
            Beat that dog to death

            > Mailbox”
            Again, that is exactly what the article said… DID YOU READ IT?

            “Navigation drawers?”
            I’m not really sure what you are saying here. “it’s across the OS” ? maybe you should form complete sentences. so i can understand what you are talking about.

            “Lock Screen?”
            from the animated background of floating bubbles to the roboto font and lockscreen notifications the lock screen is a blatant ripoff – arguing anything else is just a waste of your time…

            Again – it’s not like any of these is ground breaking innovation – BUT that is exactly how Apple is coming off. You even stated yourself that Apple didn’t come up with any of these ideas. So why are investors pouring money into Apple stock… oh wait, they aren’t, they dropped a few points during WWDC.

          • Clement

            If multitasking on iOS7 works as they say, it should be almost the same as real multitasking while keeping battery life, we’ll see how that goes…

            Navigation drawers
            > Yes, those are present in Android, but the gesture doesn’t work in every part and every app of the OS. Apple is making it so that it does.

            Roboto font is part Helvetica so no surprise there. Again, helvetica was on mac first… :/
            And the font in iOS7 is a lot better than Roboto anyway, but that’s just my opinion.

            The title of the article is :

            No matter if the article then talks about Mailbox, the title still implies a causality and is wrong. Not a single feature presented here was invented on Android. Apple took ideas from others, yes, but not from Google this time.That’s my point.

            And Apple doesn’t care about investors or market share. They sold more iPhones this year than last year, it remains the most sold smartphone and they have 72 % of the revenue with only half the market share of android.
            Are those the same investors responsible for the financial crisis? Investors know nothing.

          • ukjb

            I still don’t understand what you mean? you want there to be pullout navigation drawers for your mail app when you are playing angry birds? or are you saying the pull out drawers are a standard feature across all apps and there is an API that each app can use? Android has the same thing in their three dots (think right click menu). They offer the same features, except that i can’t accidentally swipe open a menu when playing an intense game.

            IF and WHEN multitasking proves to be something more than a recently used app list, I will concede this point, but not until then. Apple is notorious for giving the false sense of security in that you truly believe you have multitasking, but all it really does is close one app and open another while keeping a history – that is the battery performance they talk of. they just close the app altogether. But as you said, we shall see how that goes…

            HOWEVER, with those exceptions out of the way,
            yes… i would agree with most of that.
            authors tend to write headlines as clickbait… got you here to read didn’t it? so it worked

            However, as literally true as some of your statements are, they are a bit misleading. The iPhone is the only phone Apple sells, so if you want an iPhone you are buying the iPhone 5… however Android offers several flagship phones to give customers a choice of what they want. Big phone? smaller phone? great camera? fast processor? you can’t have each of those things in every phone, it just won’t work.
            And even just Samsung by itself with the GS3 and Note 2 outsold the iPhone in Q1 not to mention the Nexus 4… Saying the iPhone is the most sold phone is like saying I sell more Apples than you sell oranges and bananas… it’s comparing apples and oranges… and bananas (see what i did there 😉 They are different market strategies and it works for both of them.

            and yes Apple rakes in a lot of cash. That’s for one reason and one reason alone. Their phones are overpriced. They only cost about $260 or so on average to manufacture, but they charge between $700 and $900 depending on memory. That’s where there income is coming from. No one will dispute that the iPhone is a cash cow… it’s also just overpriced and that is what no one likes to admit.

          • Clement

            About the drawers, I was talking about main apps. Gmail for example didn’t have the function until two days ago. They literally just added it. And even then, it’s only used to see other inboxes and labels. If you go into a message, the gesture switches between mails, it does not return to the previous page. iOS uses the gesture across all important apps, and always in the same way. That’s consistency and it’s important. Google still needs to work on that imo.

            Even if it is overpriced, it’s not twice the price as competing phones (Nexus 4 being sold at loss). That’s not enough to explain the amount of money they get. Apps is the reason they get so much money. People buy lots of apps.

  • treflizza

    wow. I’ve been able to do all this plus more for a while. apple your falling off faster and faster. so sad

  • Oluwafemi Akinwa

    Air Drop? God!!! It’s called Bluetooth, duuhh!!!

    • Standard Apple naming/glossing strategy. Thought it’s more WiFi than Bluetooth but I got your point.

  • Going Back to Linux

    I just can’t get past the fact that they completely ripped the look from Windows 8. It’s actually kinda when Apple starts ripping Microsoft. I agreed about the Android rips too; Androids just doing it better now and backed by a better company.

  • hana ya

    It’s funny because even though it’s painfully obvious Apple got all of this from Android, fanboys are still going to go on about how everyone rips Apple

  • John Jenness

    Is it me or does iOS7 just look soft and fuzzy. This looks like one of those versions of Android on a kid’s tablet.

  • DarkHawke

    Meh. The new look seems cool at first. But the more I look at it, the more it looks like that patronizing, Fisher-Price-esque “easy mode” you can apply to the home screen on the GS4. Spare me.

  • John Jenness

    Al Gore is:
    A) An Apple Board Member
    B) An adviser to Google
    C) Inventor of the Internet
    D) Searching for Manbearpigs
    E) All of the above

    • Steve Benson

      All of the above.

  • Mark Houston

    On the Al Gore thing. Isn’t he on the board at Apple and also a “a senior adviser to Google”? So there is an Android connection of sorts.

  • Bleakvision

    Swipe to delete/archive has been in Gmail since version 4.2. Apparently you can’t recall far into the past.

  • hugong6b

    IMO they only copied the lockscreen and the minimalistic flat icon design. The other features, I’d say, are just catching up to today’s expectation. Many features from Android have become a standard for all phone OS. I’m actually glad that they did this. Its a sign of defeat from Apple.
    And need I remind you that when Android started out, it copied a lot as well. So there’s no need for this bashing. We can copy and imitate during the process of growing up.

    • Devon Emanuel

      I like the “It’s a sign of defeat for apple” line. So true.

    • ukjb

      It’s not bashing so much as it is a forceful recognition that Apple is doing the same things it promised thermonuclear war against android for doing.

    • Justin

      Plus it also doesn’t help for Apple that they sued Samsung for so many copied ideas when they themselves are doing just as much, if not more, idea copying.

  • Paul M

    Right you little FREAKS, lets get this straight shall we. iOS was the first original modern day mobile OS. It completely redesigned how we use our phones. Android was nothing more than a complete copy of iOS. So borrowing a few ideas, most of which Google stole anyway from jailbreak features on iOS, isn’t exactly news worthy.

    Android/Google are the ones guilty of copying. Idiots.

    • Maximus

      Why are you so angry?

      • cancerous_it

        Because he’s just now getting revolutionary magical features that Android has had for years and months. OMG, it’s so MAGICAL! Fanboys would piss sitting down if Apple told them to do it. Ignorant cult is ignorant.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Everyone copies everyone. Get over it. I have iOS devices and prefer them, but who cares as long as the device you use … get this .. WORKS WELL FOR YOU.

      I’ll never understand the fanboy battles on either side.

      • Sven Joy

        It’s just stupid how Apple allways says that the ideas are unique and revolutionary. They are not, and they know that.

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Who cares. Why, HONESTLY, does that have any bearing on your life? Do you get in the habit of just getting angry over every little thing that, in reality, has zero bearing on your life? I just don’t get you guys. Who cares what Apple does .. as long as it isn’t murdering puppies, your family, etc.

          • Sven Joy


    • Steve Benson

      Alright FREAK, Android and iOS were both unveiled in 2007. However Android was created before iOS, only under a different name. iOS just came to market sooner (2007 vs. 2008) because Apple was ready with the hardware.
      From a software standpoint, Android didn’t steal anything from iOS since it was already there from the beginning.

      • Lillydew

        But HOW did Android look before iOS ?

    • ukjb

      wow… i thought it would take a little longer before the fanboys claimed Google stole all these features from iOS… i guess you guys will never cease to amaze me…

  • flosserelli

    “Jony Ive and his team did a fantastic job at skinning iOS and turning it into a modern looking mobile UI by combining MIUI and Windows Phone”


  • Vitalie Mudrenco

    Don’t like how iOS7 looks like. In android at least I can change the UI as I want. We all are different, we think different. What apple did in iOS7 is a phone for girls, really. But it is my personal thoughts.

  • Diondon

    So from these comparison shots, I get that they look nothing alike and Android fans are grasping for straws.

    • flosserelli

      You obviously (and conveniently) ignored the photo of the lock screens.

  • Ouagadougo

    Android still looks CHEAP.

    • Sven Joy

      Make it look however you want! Can you do that with an iPhone?

  • Polyg0n

    To be honest, Command center looks much better than quick toggles, same happens with multitasking and lockscreen notifications on iOS 7. Everything else looks nice on both.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      You’re not allowed to have a balanced view, GET OUT OF HERE. 😉

      • Devon Emanuel


  • Simon Rudduck

    All valid, but in many of the images above, the iOS7 version of what Android has done looked much more refined. I’m no Google basher. I really like their work, especially in the last 2 years, but whether these innovations are unique or not means very little. Surely the judgement should be in how they actually work or not, and how the entire ecosystem meshes together.

  • Alex Ohannes

    They stole webOS’s multitasking! Wait. So that means that apparently not everyone HAS forgotten about webOS. Sneaky. If only HP were there to start a lawsuit…

    • Jarred Sutherland

      They stole it, as in they took design elements from it .. or the flat out took the same/bits of the WebOS code and used it? You guy hate lawsuits from Apple, but then want Apple to be sued. The only people this is a win for is the OEMs … it sure isn’t for the end users.

  • Andrei B.

    The slide-from-left feature is copied from Ubuntu Phone Os.

  • Scott Loucks

    Isn’t this just gonna make switching from iOS to Android a lot easier?

  • Russ Christie

    I love my android but seriously showing hangouts as if it were comparable to apple’s messaging app? Hangouts is laughably bad, and I am really sad that it is so bad. Also showing their mail app verses google’s gmail app just isn’t right.

    I can’t use any other email address I have with the gmail app (my gmail isn’t my primary addresses). Don’t get me wrong the gmail app is beautiful and I would love to use it with my other addresses, but why don’t you show the stock android email client?

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Totally disagree. I like both messaging apps, but hangouts is fantastic. Facetime only works with other Apple products .. while hangouts, well it works with hangouts which is available on any device.

      • Rob

        Facetime doesn’t have to work with other products. Apples users should only socialize with other initiated members.

  • jmoss1976

    “Safari is Safari – most people can’t stand it and prefer browsers like Chrome for their browsing needs. ” Based on what emprical evidence? According the data Safari is far and able the browser of choice for Apple users. Chrome is fine, but still not up to standards (except in personal data collection). Besides droid was a blip when Apple came on the scene. Apple didn’t steal squat, NO ONE was using an touch based UI prior to Apple’s release of the original iphone. Fact is that Apple is thanking the droid folks for all the free R&D and simply moving on and mind you making buku bucks along the the way.

    • The Loyalist

      ‘Touchbased’ phones were already on the market, but not in the way iPhone refined it. However, this was the only way to go after feature-phone OS’s and it’s called technical evolution. Creds to Apple for making, at that time, the best working touch OS though.

    • anywherehome

      you like fascism and rigidity, right? 🙂
      then Apple’s iPhtoy is the right thing for you

      and Apple did a LG Prada rip-off before inferior iOS 😉

      nicely brainwashed

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Now you’re just being ignorant. Windows Mobile 5 was on a touch screen LONG before Apple even had the idea of iOS. That isn’t to say that it was good .. because it wasn’t at all .. but it was still a mobile OS running on a touch screen device. I owned several of them.

    • Steve Benson

      Here you are again jmoss1976, speading your ignorant B.S. all over the place. Again, referring to Android, as “droid” just proves to me that you’re an ignorant iOS fanboy who has no idea what you’re talking about.

    • ukjb

      i dunno… maybe the fact that Google Chrome has been in the top 5 downloaded apps in Apple’s store since it was released… and number 1 for many of those months…

  • Ryan Loh

    I’ve got WiFi Direct on my HTC Amaze (Release date: 10/2011)

    • Jarred Sutherland

      That’s cool, how often have you used it?

      • ukjb

        probably never… but that’s the point… it’s a gimmick, not a feature

        • Jarred Sutherland

          You lost me .. AirDrop is hardly a gimmick. Perhaps Wifi direct on your HTC is a gimmick, simply because it either doesn’t work well (or at all) or people don’t even realize its there ..

          AirDrop on the other hand is actually useful, and people will see it the instant they pull up the control center, or use an app that supports the send to feature.

          • ukjb

            yeah… i bet you think siri isn’t a gimmick either

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Can you be more ignorant? I mean .. are you trying, or does it come naturally?

            Making assumptions about what others think is never a good idea.

          • ukjb

            Airdrop is a proprietary feature that only works between some apple products that every other computer can do very easily… but apple gives it a cool name and all of a sudden it’s a not a gimmick? It’s just like retina display… you know what retina display is? it’s not some cool technology that no one else has – it is a copyrighted term that no one else can use. Other screen manufacturers have screen resolutions equal to or better than apple’s “retina” displays, but they can’t use that term. it’s the same thing.

      • Ryan Loh

        I have used it a grand total of 0 times.

  • newoverhere

    want early access to ios7? try jb and wp today!!

  • iBooa the First

    i dont get it? the multitasking
    looks completely different [im sure android will copy it in 4.3, thats
    why there was so announcement at googles I/O] the notification center
    looks COMPLETELY different [apples version looks much better, plus swype
    up to access it will be copied by android as well]

    man you guys are delusional lol its kinda sad

    • K.

      The multitasking was copied from webOS.

      • Sven Joy

        Also Windows Phone.

    • Heilander

      I’m just confused because for the longest time whenever anyone brought up multitasking and Android vs iOS the main defense for iOS was “who needs true multitasking, you can only do one thing at once” and now this?

      • ukjb

        I’m still curious if it will be true malti-tasking and not just a recently used app list that will restart the app and close whatever is currently running

        • Sim Kern Cheh

          I highly doubt it will be true multitasking (in terms of being able to run a separate process in your app like services on Android). This goes way beyond UI, right into the kernel of the OS, which they probably didn’t modify much. Besides, introducing true multitasking will mean many of the existing apps will have to do an update because users will naturally expect online data to be preloaded in a true multitasking environment. This also means those devices not flagged for update to iOS7 will suffer.

  • Droidtommy

    IMO, its now no longer a rip-of, so much as aligning with current norm. That’s what Android is, the norm. The leader.

  • iBooa the First

    I think everyone is underestimating that Bing is actually a great search engine. I know you Android fanboys are google fanatics, but if you are willing to accept it, Bing search is just as good.

    • ukjb

      no its not… just basic word search for word search, they are comparable… but google has so many tricks, functions, better algorithms, more results in the form of cards and graph search, instant answers, etc etc that makes bing look like ask jeeves… don’t be so naive

  • pookiepookie

    That awkward moment when your friend claims that iOS 7 is the “best mobile OS”, and then you pull out your Android device and show them Apple’s “innovations” :3

  • EatUrCrap

    Am I the only one who thinks the UI looks worse than before?

  • Michalis Stavrakis

    Apple still
    not have a file manager ,Wi-Fi still locked (you can see just 1 or 2 Wi-Fi )
    Bluetooth still lock for ios devises no
    themes no more icons colors no nfc no internal radio no customization from the
    user lock screen and many no. apple lost the ios game a year ago and still
    rolling down .

    My opinion,
    in European community people are smarter and short of money cannot afford any
    more the apple locked brains.

    After a 6
    year apple fanatic, apple force me to be an android user.

    Ow and to my
    friend Keller .

    Yes I admit
    apple copy from android and Google.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Without the Nexus program, you Euro’s with larger brains would be paying the same price for an Android or iOS device. Unless you wanted some left over abortion of a phone that never received updates, etc.

      NFC is still in it’s infancy and (personally for me) isn’t yet all that useful, not to mention the reports of incorrect charges with it due to accidental bumps at payment kiosks, etc. No need for a file manager .. personally, I don’t like having to treat my smartphone the same way as my PC. I have no clue what you’re saying about Wi-Fi .. I see tons of Wi-Fi APs around me.

      • ukjb

        you don’t need this… you don’t need that… it’s funny… a year ago apple fan boys said they didn’t need multitasking either… now it’s the greatest innovation apple ever made even though android has had it for years…

        • Jarred Sutherland

          So, who should dictate to me what I need? Some rabid Android fanboy? Apple? Or perhaps, me? I use what best suits me .. why are you so worried about what is best for me?

          • ukjb

            im not worried about you per se… i just think its funny that ever fan boy has the exact same argument, and that is they don’t need a single one of the features that iOS doesn’t offer, but then the moment it is released from Apple, it is the greatest thing since sliced bread… it’s a bit hypocritical imo… hey, if the iPhone is the perfect phone for you, then congratulations. im happy for you… im more or less talking about the hundreds of thousands or more people that can’t admit to themselves that the only reason they think they dont need the stuff ios doesnt have is because deep down they are just envious that the android can do what ios can’t

          • Jarred Sutherland

            So, rather than believe that people are *somewhat* intelligent .. you feel that it is your duty to let them know they aren’t and can’t decide for themselves. Great, check that off my list I now can understand the person I am talking with a bit more.

            The fact of the matter is, on either side of the fence fanboys are at best annoying. But then, then! There is this HUGE group of people that use what they feel is best for them and don’t care what they could be potentially missing out on .. because get this .. at the end of the day it’s an electronic device. Not a husband or wife, friendship or career, making the right choice in health care or the things that actually matter.

            You are so right, everyone using Apple devices are just so envious of Android devices they are foaming at the mouth. The sad thing .. the fanboys are the only ones who can’t seem to enjoy their devices .. they are too worried about what others think of them based on the tools they use in life. If you want to see pathetic, well you probably don’t have to look too far.

            And I am done .. I don’t want to waste anymore time with you. I already have wasted far too much time which is stupid on my part.

          • ukjb

            classic… appearing to take the high road… that’s cool… i’ll be the “bad guy” just keep in mind that the points i made were completely irrelevant to the fanboy battles you keep talking about. and nothing i said was in response to one of your “opinions” but instead was in response to your many defenses against what other people said that i believed to be very much true in most cases.
            good day…

  • Adam Raviolli

    I love how they bragged about air drop. We have the same thing, it’s called bluetooth, except we can share more than photos.

    • Diegogaja

      Actually, airdrop can share anything. They just use photos as an example. As long as each app uses the correct API you can share anything with anyone.

      • Adam Raviolli

        Anything? Like music, movies, and apps? I doubt it would share things purchased from the iTunes store.

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Oh so .. you want to share things for the sake of pirating stuff .. gotcha. As far as app “sharing” goes .. it simply sends you to the market for you to download the app. Ground breaking stuff there.

          • Adam Raviolli

            I’m not really directing at piracy, but if you’re that type of guy who’s into that, you have the ability if you have android. I’m aware of android’s app sharing, taking you to the play store, yet it still shared apps better than iOS (because iOS can only do it via email!) As far as sharing in general goes, Android’s sharing ability is far more superior compared to Apple’s crippled down excuse for a sharing function, hands down. It’s also limited to sharing between iOS only devices, how useless can a function designed for sharing get?

          • Jarred Sutherland

            So, in a post talking about iOS 7 and one of its new features AirDrop .. you ignore the fact that Apple stated “Any application that can use the send to function will have the ability to use AirDrop”.

            The share between iOS/OSX only is an issue, however, I am sure that bridge will be crossed by some intelligent developer in the Android world.

          • ukjb

            Jarred, im sorry but there has always been a few things android has spanked iOS at
            * sharing
            * multi-tasking
            * file/folder access
            * customization
            among a dozen or more other features, these were always the biggest things iOS either couldn’t do or couldn’t do very well… arguing that one small update has somehow pushed iOS past android is not only foolish, its borderline moronic.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Where am I arguing that a small update has pushed iOS past Android? Please, please SHOW me where I even hinted at this.

            I agree, the sharing part between apps has been fantastic on Android .. NEVER did I state it wasn’t. I was talking about the useless bump feature with NFC. I hope you’re trying to share REALLY small files, because otherwise you’re going to be in close proximity for awhile.

            Ah, good ol multi-tasking. I switched to iOS from my Nexus 4 (I’ve had countless devices .. both Android and iOS) and the difference between the two is of ZERO concern to me. Not once have I said .. oh man, I just wish I had multitasking like Android. That is not a knock at Android .. just simply stating that, I have not found a single instance where I personally cared about it.

            File/Folder access – Yup, Android lets you do whatever you want there. And again, I state, I have VERY little use for managing files/folders on my device. When I could do it on Android, it was nothing more than an irritant simply because of the touch UI. This is a phone, not a PC, the method of user input HAS to be taken into consideration. Managing files/folders is not something I want to do on a small mobile device.

            Customization. My wife likes to customize, I have zero use for it. I have more on my plate between work and personal duties to take care of than worrying about what icon set or font or whatever my phone is using. As I stated above, I have had COUNTLESS android devices and not once did I feel the need to get in there and mess with stuff. So again, that is a PERSONAL choice .. it doesn’t make the device better or worse to me. I just don’t need it. Yes, iOS lacks it .. so what, again, I personally don’t need it. If someone does, switch to Android or jailbreak the iOS device. It doesn’t matter to me one way or another.

          • Sim Kern Cheh

            NFC ‘bumping’ uses bluetooth to transfer the bulk of your file. The bumping only sends your hardware information to initiate the connection.

            File/folder access allows you to use your mobile device as a portable USB drive, something which my old Nokia smartphone was able to achieve before the first iOS device was launched. 7 iterations later you still cannot use your iOS device reliably as a portable storage.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            I have been educated about NFC bump. Still doesn’t change the fact (and I have used it) that it is SLOW and about worthless to transfer medium sized or above files.

            My iOS devices act as a portal USB drive too. Never have used it .. that’s what I have my 32GB flash drive on my keychain for.

            While you guys sit and get angry about my statements, you all seem to pass up the point that I am not arguing that iOS is superior to Android. Most of what I have stated in my posts are PERSONAL preferences, just as yours are with the features you use on Android. If you want to quantify better or worse with features, Android probably comes out on top there just because of the nature of the system.

            For me, Android has never been as stable as my iOS devices are. I’ve left them stock, rom’d them, etc. I watch the apps I install, checking permissions, etc. Still iOS remains more stable for me. Personally, that is what “I” want in my mobile device.

          • ukjb

            as for your response to this statement:
            “arguing that one small update has somehow pushed iOS past android is not only foolish, its borderline moronic”

            I never said those were your words… just general sentiments i’ve been getting and i phrased it very generically, not necessarily towards you…

            as for the rest of your rant debunking the usefulness of all the features android has that ios can’t do… well, if you dont need all these cool things, if your life is just too busy, why do you even have a smartphone… just go back to a feature phone and save everyone the headache of having to argue with you… people used to say they didn’t need lock screen widgets/notifications, but now they are the coolest thing since sliced bread because they are in ios7… give me a break.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            You sure made them my words. If you got those arguments from other people, perhaps you can go address it with those people. Which seems to be your entire attitude with me, so go blow off steam elsewhere please.

            I debunked the usefullness of those features FOR ME PERSONALLY. Is your skull so thick that you cannot see that in the hundred times I wrote that “FOR ME PERSONALLY”?

            I think you need to give yourself a break, your reading comprehension is terrible.

  • Froosh Freak

    Boo apple! Android wins! We rule, right??

  • briandroid

    Good to see iOS fans can finally experience some of these features. Looks like a nice update from Apple.

  • R-Monroe

    Apple’s new software is going to confuse everyone when you hear someone say ” I can’t make a call, I have no dots” Smh!

  • panjul

    yes… what apple does become magic…. what android does become flat….

  • panjul

    yes… what apple does become magic… what android does become flat….

    • ukjb

      thanks for double posting. now i get to vote you down twice !

  • Peaky2

    To me, saying Apple is copying Androids is a bit of a hypocritical thing to say since, again in my opinion, Androids have themselves stolen features from the iOS. But here I am saying this on a Android fan website!

    • lookatmyfunnyusername

      what has android stolen? I mean other than being a touch based phone os? which apple really didnt create but just improved.

    • ukjb

      we’re not complaining just that Apple copied Android… we are complaining that Apple is doing the same things it promised thermonuclear war against android for doing…

      Apple can have two stances in this fight
      1) thermonuclear war
      2) what’s good for the goose is good for the gander

      – not both –
      Fanboys have got to stop bltching about the blatant copy of iOS at this point.

      • Peaky2

        Just because I defend or speak about Apple doesn’t make me a ‘fanboy.’ I don’t deny obvious things that Apple has done wrong. I am a person who likes Apple handheld devices. I am in now way saying I do not like anything that isn’t Apple. Yes I do, in particular, prefer Apple over Android *almost* any day of the week because I have that preference.
        IN MY OPINION, Apple has not blatantly ripped off Android for things that Android has come up with themselves. Sure they used similar things but, in my opinion, Apple has used the same concepts of features on Android but they are doing it their way that is indeed different *in a way.*

        • ukjb

          “Apple has not blatantly ripped off Android for things that Android has come up with themselves”

          So, then you are implying that Android has blatantly ripped off something from iOS… would you care to give me an example or two of something that was blatantly ripped off?

  • Guest

    Self-selecting site- wont work on an apple device, so that means you are only feeding each other’s ego here… Interesting. And lame.

  • Stephen Sevenyoln

    Not to mention how much Android ripped off Windows Phone lol

  • ajm531

    I don’t know what this IOS7 is but sounds a lot like radditz, disappointing.
    I don’t know who this yamcha is but it sounds like bing. Disappointing .

  • Stephen Sevenyoln

    You bashed bing! Its really good! Oh, and bing.com/maps

  • suitjackets

    also, apple has been designing these for likely months, and you’re comparing them to google services that were just released. all access, “newest calendar app from google,” etc.

    • ukjb

      he actually said that the calendar apps dont look that much alike… same with the music app… just that there are common features… some of it is coincidence, but that’s not for you to assume all of it is coincidence, that’s just being naive

  • suitjackets

    “The new iOS Calendar app doesn’t look all that much like that of Android”

    then why are you writing about it

  • iamnotfan
  • Art

    l Gore is on the Board of Trustee’s for Apple and Laurane Powell-Jobs is Steve Jobs’ wife

  • Jimbo

    Same old stuff no leaps in technolgy