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3rd Party Widgets, Keyboards, and Sharing All Finally Coming to iOS

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After reinventing the keyboard with predictive text in iOS 8, and trying its hand at Google Now-like integration and Google Voice, Apple moved on to a new SDK feature that they are calling “Extensions,” today at WWDC. What are extensions? Well, they do a number of things, like enable 3rd party widgets, sharing, and keyboards. Impressive, right?

So those keyboards, like Swype, Swiftkey, or any of the other four-dozen keyboards on Android that you all have had available for years, could potentially make their way to Apple, so that you could avoid using that impossible-to-type-on Apple ‘board. Apple enthusiasts should be throwing the biggest party in history, just for that announcement alone.

With sharing, that means that Dropbox or Box or Pinterest or a non-official Twitter app could build in the ability to share directly from an app. In the past, Apple only allowed specific apps to have this power, like the official Twitter app. But with this new 3rd party sharing extension, almost any developer can add in sharing. So on Android, how since the dawn of time, you were able to share things with any Twitter app you choose or to Instagram or to another browser or to WhatsApp, you will soon be able to do the same on iOS.

And finally, Widgets are here! Now, to be fair, Apple introduced their own closed-off widgets integration a while back – these are “widgets” that hang out in the notification pulldown. But now, with iOS 8, 3rd party developers can introduce widgets as well, all of which can be displayed in your notification pulldown. This may not be full-widget-integration with all sorts of control like you get on Android, but it is certainly a step ahead from where widgets used to be on iOS.

I’m sure we will have more. Stick with us for all the WWDC reinventions that a person can handle.

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  • JY

    what apple has done is take androids pros and added onto ios8 mainly the 3rd party keyboards, better sharing, the widgets are just notifications which I’m not too bothered about and the large screen advantage will be wiped with the iPhone 6 rumoured at 4.7 and 5.5 screens, ios7 is the best ui right now, stock android is slick but its a bit too plain, htc m8 has probably the best android skin right now but still the aesthetics and features are still behind, Sony z2 is like stock android plain for my taste but even worse with its Sony loaded apps, Lg g3 looks promising but even though the ui has had a refresh it looks abit ugly and Samsung new touchwiz is a improvement but its still slow and bloated and settings is a mess and has stuff that are pointless not the air gesture, things like the home screen mode in how there’s basic and easy, that function should just be removed, and the ui looks old like the phone, its too blocky, and its locked down by google, google now is amazing but the truly hands free ok google is only on moto x so apple will beat google at its own game by offering it to more people quicker, for me im waiting for 2015 phones

  • Destro

    When did the trivago guy start working for Apple?

  • Michael Harrison

    And in more important news…..I can’t wait to try out Swift. Potential game changer if it’s as good as Apple says it is.

  • I do like that direct response in the notification panel though.

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  • RoadsterHD1

    Does this also mean they will have desktops and a drawer?

  • mcdonsco

    Widgets? On iOS? Nooo….get out a here!

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    And IOS still doesn’t get home screen replacements. HAHA!!

  • Taurussho14

    You know behind closed doors, they were saying “we know android is kicking out a s s, so lets just copy some features like 3rd party keyboards….. then when we get on stage we’ll trash talk android and say we are doing much better and allow 3rd party keyboards and say its revolutionary”

    • Taurussho14

      jokes aside, 3rd party kleyboards will make my ipad experience much better….

      still prefer android for the phone though….

      • JoshGroff

        Same exact setup. For a media device, the Air is pretty hard to compete with. The keyboard isn’t terrible, but the predictive text is. I’ve found it correcting things that weren’t even close to what I typed.

      • AbbyZFresh

        As an Android user, i agree. I have an HTC One M8 and an iPad Mini. I hardly use my Nexus 7 compared to the iPad. Android tablets are still subpar to be quite honest.

  • Jprime

    I was excited when I thought this was actual widgets like Android does, but if its not I am NOT interested

  • Dan Archibald

    Apple will probably try and sue google and android claiming that they came up with the widgets idea first and everything else for that matter


    “Our next Android feature will… BLOW … YOUR….MIND!” – Tim Cooks

  • Dan Reed

    Wait.. I thought the current iPhone keyboard is “perfect”, and widgets a “useless.”

    And while we’re on the subject, whatever happened to “any screen over 3.5 inches is simply too big”?

  • WickedToby741

    Apple has officially opened the door for Google to take over the iPhone.

    • RoadsterHD1

      When is Android going to sue Apple?

  • Kyle

    OK…so tell me…what app gives me the same ability to answer and place calls from my laptop…using my phone? I use MightyText for all my SMS already

  • Jprime

    Its kinda silly to argue apple is stealing when most of android was taken from the original iPhone, especially if u see the preliminary android phones that looked like wackberrys.

    • WickedToby741

      It’s kind of silly to argue anybody steals anything from anyone. It’s not stealing, it’s progress. How advanced of a society would we be if we didn’t learn from the successes and mistakes of past attempts? It’s even sillier to launch a thermonuclear war claiming you somehow own innovation…

  • MAJOR blow to the android ecosystem today. Apple took a direct hit at the few reasons to develop Android-first. There are very few reasons not to develop IOS first at all, now. Just being objective here. Upvote for great analysis.

    • Objective Much


      • Yeah, but only 9% on KitKat. Most Apple users are always on the most updated OS. That was one of the few reasons but they eliminated most of the others today.

    • JRomeo

      Hmmmm. I wonder why your downvotes aren’t registering… and instead only your upvotes are registering…

      • Taurussho14

        disqus removed downvotes long ago…

      • why would you downvote this? just curious.

        • JRomeo

          because you were stating your comment as a fact. when in reality it is an opinion. it is not a blow to the android ecosystem… Apple did not take a direct hit at the few reasons to develop android-first. iOS caught up to android, and has about 3 extra features missing from android. yet android still has features missing from iOS even though apple has closed the gap considerably (there is still a gap). also considering you’ll never know how many people downvoted you, and you have only 5 upvotes as of the time of this post, that’s a pretty good indicator at least some other people agree with me.

  • Thaddeus Brown

    “iOS8 The Android Update”

  • Mark

    Still no ability to mute alerts (sounds and vibrations) during phone calls. Android, Windows, and even BlackBerry has had that functionality since day 1. Yet, we’re stretching into 2015 and you still have to flick the mute switch so your phone doesn’t vibrate against your skull. That’s pretty lame.

  • Turb0wned

    Let’s be completely honest though guys… I know everyone on the Android sites loves to bash the iPhone and vice versa… I have and use both, Moto X and iPhone… Apple has a lot of things right.

    Updates, 89% are on the latest software… I know there are many reasons for this but it’s still a fact. Phone manufactures skin the hell out of Android and allow carriers to hold up updates. Apple made 2 phones last year, again for some this might be a bad thing but I think it’s great that there aren’t 1000 different Android phones coming out each year. Cheap Android phones (people that aren’t on sites like this don’t know any better) ruin Android. Someone goes and buys one, it lags, has terrible battery life, the screen is crap, the camera is terrible, it’s so skinned getting things done is harder and takes more steps. Now the same person goes and gets an iPhone, talks trash about Android because the iPhone just works.

    Android’s biggest issue in my opinion at least is Google. Google does not want to interfere with Samsung, HTC and they rest. Google had the money to market the hell out of the Moto X if they wanted to, a lot of why they didn’t (same goes for the Nexus) is because they don’t want to piss off Samsung.

    Apple steals from Android, no doubt about that but most of the time when they do, its more polished and just works better (not siri though, siri sucks ass lol). The pull down menu is beautiful, the pull up menu on iOS 7 is beautiful… DON’T KILL ME! I’m only trying to speak the truth.. Of course I love a lot of things I can do on Android better but thats not the point of this post.

    • mcdonsco

      Almost entirely what you posted is a direct result of 100% absolute control over the system and when I saw 89% on iOS 7 I read that as 11% of iOS users dont trust the update.

      If you prefer a very strictly controlled closed system with almost ZERO options (well, two to be precise) over dozens of good options and hundreds of cheap options…well, that’s you.

      Apple is good at polishing their devices for sure but its a LOT easier for then in a 100% closed/controlled hardware situation…but even so, there are also manufacturers of android devices like Samsung, HTC, LG and Motorola that have made and continue to make devices that are arguably better than what apple has done in its small, isolated world.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Oh boy………….Kellen. I think pretty soon you may have to EXPAND this site a bit more. With iOS8 becoming more Robust like Android…………….We may need to cover iOS too . . .


  • eilegz

    good to see that apple its catching up, competition its good for everyone..

  • ROR1997

    “Woah how do you have ios8 all ready”
    “oh no I don’t have iOS8, I have a Samsung Fascinate. Also, what’s ios8”
    *Conversation in 2010*

  • brainticklr

    two words keep me from purchasing apple……itunes

    • Jérémy Castellano

      but but it’s actually one word… *brain exploded*

      • brainticklr

        eye tewns

        • Jérémy Castellano

          make a lot of sense now

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Here’s a great phrase … “you aren’t required to use itunes”.

  • jim

    Still playing catch a aren’t they

  • Kingsmob77

    I wish I were funnier but it’s better than nothing.

  • Michael Harrison

    Ground breaking news here….Apple copies Android, and Android copies Apple. They both do it…a lot. It’s not exactly news. And honestly, its better for both companies when they do. Constantly “one upping” each other is key to competition. If Apple didn’t copy some things, Android would suffer from it. Because all fanboy-isms aside, sometimes Apple actually does improve with their copies. Their “predictive text” may not be new, but some of the info they provided on it is really interesting, and could be a major one up on this technology if they really can pull it off as they said.

    • Johnny Chase

      Even though I really like Android, I would have been left Android if Apple had at least a 4.7″ screen and widgets, third party keyboard support. Even though Apple copies and Google copies features, Apple’s apps are more polished and usable and they get the basics right, like not needing an app for every little basic function of a smartphone. For example I don’t want a separate app for a flashlight, a seperate app for privacy controls, a separate app for do not disturb, separate app for contacts to sync pics with facebook (I wish people moved to Google+ but facts are facts most people use and update their pics on facebook more).

      Also Google seems to be updating their Google Apps that are on Apple faster (Google Hangouts and Gmail, etc.) but I will definitely miss the integration and ease of sharing that Android does so well, but it looks like that is coming to an end too. Google has to really have some exclusive feature to get me to stay (I know no one will miss me) but as a consumer my loyalty is what works best for me at the time. And it looks like Apple is finally catching up.

  • Chris B

    First, I’m a HUGE Android fan and will take A LOT to get me over to iOS

    You joke that “been on Android for years” blahblahblah. But, this is huge regardless of how long it’s been on Android. There are a lot of people that say, “no way I’m going to an iPhone because of XYZ”. So, when this happens, it’s easier to move over to a different platform w/o sacrificing. . .

    The features that are unique to Android are slowly shrinking. One that will probably never exist on Apple is being very Open and extremely customization. But again, I’m (we’re) in the minority.
    Joke all you want, but this (late in the game) additions are HUGE for Apple.

  • LiiIiikEaBau5

    Apple copied Android and later will sue both Samsung and Google for copying them!

  • a3uge

    Can’t wait until Apple invents self driving cars in 5 years.

  • SerenityNow

    There’s no doubt that iOS added a number of features already present in Android but I do think it’s convenient that the good folks who run this site conveniently forgot to mention a few tidbits which, last I checked, do not exist in the Android world but would certainly be welcome additions:

    – The “Metal” demo was slick – the ability to really improve the graphic performance of video games on phones and tablets looks extremely promising. Imagine some of those graphics one one of the larger Android phones – would be pretty sweet.

    – The entire “continuity” concept and demo among the iPhone, iPad and Mac is something that will be greatly appreciated for Mac users with one or more iOS devices. Maybe not as good of a comparison for Android since there’s not as much of a desktop/laptop equivalent on the Google side as there is in the Apple world.

    – The improvements in features to the stock e-mail application are much needed, especially the ability to temporarily swipe down out of the existing e-mail message you’re typing and access your other messages in the sidebar. Seems like that’s an iPad only feature (they didn’t say) but when I had my Nexus 7, I don’t recall being able to perform the same level of functionality in Gmail. Normally had to save down the e-mail as a draft and exit it entirely in order to access other messages.

    – The idea of using touch ID as a password mechanism for 3rd party apps is also not an Android-wide feature, last I checked.

    I also think it’s worth noting that nobody used the word “revolutionary” or anything of the like to describe the Android features that were added. If you watched the presentation, you could see that on more than one occasion they subtly acknowledged that some of these additions had “finally” made it into iOS.

    As I mentioned in another post, it’s pretty clear that iOS is adding most of the features it lacked compared to Android while Android has made its focus over the past 18 months to be more like iOS in terms of performance/smoothness and the ability to ensure that its users are running more recent versions of its software.

    This is a win for both sets of users, as the two platforms are pushing each other towards improving their respective user experiences.

    • Jeff C

      little unfair to say android is striving to be apple by having better performance/being smooth. that should just be a goal for everyone, no?

      and i guess to your continuity point, the only desktop equivalent would be google drive/chrome integration. but youre right, if you run an apple ecosystem its pretty cool

      • SerenityNow

        I don’t think the criticism about performance is unfair because earlier versions of Android from 2-3 years ago had a reputation for being feature-rich but peformance-questionable. Apple went the other way, being slow to add the features on but making sure that whatever features they did add would run with no issues on iOS.

        A couple years ago when 4.1 came out, the big buzzword for Android was “Project Butter” and the move towards a much smoother user experience. So given the history of how each platform has developed since 2008, I think it’s accurate to note that Google’s focus has shifted more towards performance over the last couple years.

        I have an HTC One M8 and there is no comparison between the performance of this device vs. the current Apple offerings and what my old Razr Maxx was like 2 years ago vs. the iPhone 4S. You can see the performance of Android has improved considerably, just as the features of iOS have improved considerably over the past 2 years.

  • Dave

    Tim Cook would be a genius if this article was 6 years old.

    • Jprime


  • Jeff C

    just sucks cuz i sound like a whiney android fan boy complaining about his features being stolen by apple people. but really, enough is enough right? can count on one hand the “innovative” things apple does now.

  • Brian_2112

    The eternal story of Apple’s mobile innovation: A day late and a dollar short…but somehow they still make billions.

    They ripped off Android with almost every single “innovation” at this conference (except for the notification widgets, though Android had homescreen widgets for years), but still act like Android is far beneath them. Typical arrogant BS…certainly makes me enjoy my Android phone even more.

    • SerenityNow

      Bigger picture view for you: Apple didn’t steal everything from Android and Android didn’t create everything from scratch without borrowing from Apple. Here are the big things that Apple had first, followed by the big things that Android had first:

      Apple’s Firsts:

      – A touchscreen device that anybody cared about
      – Home button implementation (I realize that the Android convention doesn’t use this but Samsung, HTC and others have implemented home buttons on past phones)
      – App Store/market…..as in the, the entire concept of one even existing
      – Ability to stream video on Netflix and other similar apps
      – Native music/software integration built into the phone (iTunes)
      – A high quality screen display (Almost all Android phones prior to the iPhone 4’s release in 2010 had screen qualities that paled in comparison)
      – 64 Bit processing
      – Ability to create folders for apps baked into the stock software (Android didn’t have this natively until ICS was launched)

      Android’s Firsts:

      – Widgets/lock screen widgets
      – A notification system that actually made sense and didn’t suck
      – Enhanced home screen and app drawer customization
      – True multi-tasking
      – Full 1080P HD phone screens (more of an incremental jump in quality compared to what the iPhone 4 looked like vs. other screens from 2010 and prior, but still a good addition)
      – Multiple user profiles on tablets
      – Great built-in app integration

      • Jolny

        I suggest you have a look at Danger and the T-Mobile Sidekick if you believe Apple was first with an “App market”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger_(company)
        The whole iTunes+phone thing is definitively legit though, but playing music on phones was nothing new.
        But what I don’t get, was Apple “first” with touchscreen just because someone cared? 🙂
        Stream video from Netflix? Isn’t that more up to the app developers? It’s like saying “Android was first with a Flashlight app” or something… But maybe there was some technical reason for this other than iPhone being a more popular platform?

        As for Android, the whole “1080p screen” is a bit silly, I think. It’s just incrementing previous features. But whatever 😀
        What I think is really great about Android is the app integration. It just feels so “thought through” from the start in this regard. iOS was miles behind, I don’t know how this will change with iOS 8 🙂

      • jadeveon da destroyer

        “A notification system that actually made sense and didn’t suck” -thats subjective so edit that out not factual

        • SerenityNow

          I don’t know man…..did you use iOS 3 and 4 regularly? Holy crap those notifications were awful and annoying. They finally got reasonable in iOS 5 and have improved significantly since, but Android was definitely way ahead of Apple on this front.

      • Windows Mobile / WinCE devices were multi-tasking (although poorly, it did work) touchscreen devices (several of which even worked as phones) that had several large app stores (just no central one). These were good smart phones around before Apple made an iPod even, let alone the iPhone or Android handsets showed up. They were also pretty popular in enterprise / business environments.
        Palm Inc did it before even WindowsCE did. (Yes I know Newton was around just before Palm made in, but it didn’t catch on) Palm was even MORE popular than WinCE, and this was before Blackberry even.

        App Stores and App Marketplaces were around for Palm and Windows Mobile devices long before Apple arrived on the mobile scene.

        I’ll give you the points on the early music integration and early video streaming (although that was third party devs, they still won’t stream your own iTunes video purchases), as well as high quality screens.

        Definitely will give you the one on first mobile devices to do 64-bit processing.

        Folders were definitely there for Palm and Windows Mobile… Android did drop the ball on that.

        I had custom launchers on Windows Mobile long before android showed up. Along with widgets.

        Android did do the app integration and data sharing aspects very well, very early on. Same thing with multiple user profiles (which is great for tablets, less so for phones). Android also did hit some higher resolutions before Apple, but Apple was the one to make it relevant.

        • SerenityNow

          While I agree that smart phones and rudimentary app markets existed before the iPhone, the modern concept of how a smart phone operates and the types of apps available really started with the iPhone. Clearly the base form factors and app markets in the Android and Windows phones we see today were heavily, uhhhhhh…..”influenced” by Apple’s first few iPhone offerings. I did love Palm though…..was really bummed to see them not make it.

  • Wow, welcome to 2010 Apple.

  • Dave

    Google’s legal team probably just got called into an all nighter. Time for some more billions.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Apps can share data with each other? The day iOS became android. Again.

  • Michael Choi

    Kellex, why are you not mentioning about Continuity, HomeKit, Family Sharing? Is it because these new features will make your Android look inferior? Be a man and stop posting biased posts and give credit when its deserved!

    • Ray

      Im pretty sure he can post what he pleases how about your make your own website and post your apple love there

      • Michael

        and I can reply whatever I well please since I have the right of first amendment as well as you do. how about you address the same question I’m asking to Kellex?

        • Ryan

          Not to try and start a debate, but no you don’t. US laws don’t apply online usually, as this site is privately run anyway. Though, you could reply to whatever well you please, but not due to the first amendment.

          On a related note, I’m sure articles are being written up and reviewed before being posted. There’s still much of the day left for more to come out. Though I wouldn’t mind a post on the summary of the events later this evening.

        • Adam Marr

          One, that has nothing to do with the “first amendment” as that is protection from the government not internet comments, genius, and two, you are really asking why Kellex is not less “pro-android” on an android web-site? Not even apple bloggers have seemed to care much about the items you listed above, why would he?

        • Jolny

          Wait what? Okay for anyone who doesn’t know what these features are:
          Family Sharing – sharing your songs etc with a limited number of computers. So basically, still DRM but slightly less DRM:ish?
          HomeKit – Remote controlling of electronics, doors etc from your phone. So you mean this is not available on Android? Only for three years or so, but sure, that really “innovative”.
          Continuity – snappy copying of files from OSX to iOS? I don’t know how quick this is, but Google Drive works pretty well for Android. If you want higher speed I’m sure there are WiFi solutions also.
          So you were saying? What was the part about Android being inferior?

          • Nick V

            You deserve a hug! 🙂

          • Michael

            Family Sharing – With FS push, those even smaller groups (up to 6
            people) can share a single calendar and app and
            content purchases. If you’re a parent and your kids wants to buy apps, movies, books from iTunes with your credit, the will be told to seek parents’ permission and you’ll get a notification on your phone to that effect. Can Android do this?!

            Homekit – A common network protocol with secure networking to ensure only the iPhone can open garage door or unlock your door.
            The wireless protocol is designed to securely pair individual or group devices with mobile device — and it works with Siri, too.
            “You could say things like ‘get ready for bed,'”, and HomeKit will automatically dim your lights, lock your doors and lower
            the thermostat. Android may have this, but how polished is it? With all the malware and inconsistency of OS distribution with fragmentation, could you really use and trust 3rd party developers to secure your house?

            Continuity – Between iOS and OS X (desktop computers and MacBook Pros) will be able to pick up and initiate phone from within OS X (desktop computers and MacBook Pros), even when iPhone is across the house. When someone calls on the phone, caller
            ID notification, and a quick touch lets you use your Mac desktop or MacBook Pro as a speakerphone. Can Android phones and Chromebook do this?!!

          • Jesse

            Family Sharing – Android does not do this exact thing. but it does something very similar. Which is better would be up to specific needs and not you or I saying the other is useless but my platform is best. The biggest difference is android has had it for a while. Googles approach is with the gmail account. If you have someones gmail account on your phone it doesn’t mean they can purchase whatever you want and charge them. a password is still needed if that was the way its set up. but without a password, you still get all their purchased content. for the calander, with their gmail account its naturally synced. without their gmail, its a very easy step to share it an appointment with someone. when you are making the event, there is a share box. just start typing the persons name and it will send them a notification of the event once you create it. Google and apple each have their own strengths here.
            Homekit – Google is obviously working on its own version of this. They have demoed Android wear and bought Nest. Coupled with Google now it will be very comparable. The point of malware does not effect me or any other competent android user. Ive had android since the moto droid x and haven’t run into problems downloading whatever app I want on the play store. if your really concerned about malware, don’t sideload or root. its that simple. (if you reply with a link to an article of an android app on the playstore being malware I will respond with similar to the iphone. – I know there are certain cases where something slips through, but extremely rare.) the point of fragmentation has some weight. but any android from the past 2-3 years this wont effect. and apple cuts off phones after 3-4 years. so its not really that much worse.
            Continuity – a very neat idea I hope to show up more in windows/android. but the funny thing is, google in many ways already has this. I have chrome web browser and the hangouts extension/plugin on my win pc. my phone does not have to be on the same wifi network. my phone does not need to be on or even in the same building. someone calls my google voice number and my pc rings and I answer the voice call on my pc.
            true, apple makes it easy to understand and know about features, but at the cost of a closed system. For myself, I am looking forward to the merger of google voice into hangouts/g+

          • Michael

            And that is the big difference between Android and Apple. Android is all about getting it out there first, without really polishing in its fragmented form, just to be able to say “we got it out to market first!”. Android is all about quantity rather than quality and always have been.

            Yes, a lot of these features may have been available in Android market, but majority comes from third party developers and because of sporadic and uneven distribution of OS updates, a lot of them run into compatibility issue as well.

            When Apple makes these features available to the market, they make sure majority of iOS users and Mac desktop/MacBooks benefit from it – and they’re all well polished with smooth interface, compatible, and seamless synchronization with iOS and OSX devices without ever really crashing.

            Android users can brag all they want about having features available to them first all they want, but how many of them has actually been useful and practical today? And can they work off each other from smartphone/tablet to PCs?

    • Ray

      Bgr.com they have all the Apple love you could ever need

    • Ben F.

      Family Sharing! WHOA DREAM BIG.

    • fillyo75

      Family sharing, isn’t that Google +

      • Michael

        Can Google + share purchased songs, books, and movies up to 6 devices using one account and one payment? and if your kids try to purchase an app, get notification and approve permission to do so?

        • Nick V

          My kid just texts me and asks. It’s pretty simple when you raise your children to be responsible.

        • HarvesterX

          Android users have been able to share what we they wanted to whomever or whatever they wanted for a long sash there s

          • Jarred Sutherland

            No, they haven’t. You can “share” in the sense that you pirate APKs and such, but this is speaking of sharing them via a means that doesn’t violate laws or a TOS.

      • Kevin

        Good luck trying to get people using G+

        • rawr

          Good look indeed!

          Your iPhone keyboard for 2008 is working against you bro.

          • Kevin

            i don’t have an iPhone “bro”.

    • Ray

      Troll Alert

      • Kevin

        You’re a troll too.

  • Daniel Russell

    We’ve been bashing iOS for just now installing so many Android features. There has to be some Android features that we’ve taken from iOS, but obviously being an android fan and the fact that I don’t use iOS I don’t really know what they are. What have we taken from iOS or has been influenced by iOS? Only thing I can think that comes to mind is hangouts combining sms and messages.

    • SerenityNow

      The entire concept of an App Store/market and the ability to stream videos through Netflix and other similar apps, for starters.

      Earlier on in time once the App market and form factor of the iPhone were established, Apple focused more on the polish/smoothness in iOS than on adding specific features. Android, conversely, added a host of more intriguing features but focsed less on the overall smoothness of the user experience. In the last couple years, the pendulum has shifted. Android has become much more smooth/polished but hasn’t added any “must have” features since the introduction of Google Now 2 years ago. iOS has started to focus more on catching up a number of its features to match what Android has. The result now is two OSs that aren’t nearly as different as they were 3-4 years ago.

      You wouldnt know it from some of the user comments on this site, but in effect Android has been gravitating more towards iOS and iOS has been gravitating more towards Android.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        I stated much the same on a G+ thread:

        Apple and Google’s mobile OSes are arriving at the same station from different directions.

        Apple focused on design and UX first, while slowly adding features. Now that the design is virtually complete and set, they are pikiing on features as fast as they can and pushing devs to build them out asap.

        Google focused on features first and foremost. They now have a really flexible and feature-rich OS, but the design and user experience overall has only been incrementally updated, with a couple major jumps that may or may not have been implemented by developers. Now, they are going to push design and UX really, really hard. This is evidenced by the Kit Kat update which introduced mostly design-facing features (immersive mode and transparent bars leading those features), and the fact that the I/O schedule has nearly as many design-focused panels as coding/usage-focused panels this year, which is a huge jump over years past.

        • SerenityNow

          Agree 100%. It’s just funny to me that on a site filled with so many tech junkies, most folks can’t see the bigger picture that’s happening to both platforms.

    • Jolny

      Wow. Uh… Touchscreen? Lol. Battery meter? Home button? I dunno, the OS’s have been very different all along. App drawer, maybe? But those are all such basic features, you could hardly call it influencing (besides, other manufacturers have had these components before as well).
      As far as I know, Android was under development before iOS launched. However, it was meant to be used with a physical keyboard, much like a Blackberry. Then when iOS launched, they changed course. But then again, Andy Rubin worked on a similar mobile phone OS before Android (T-Mobile Sidekick), so… well.
      Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong 🙂

  • regkilla

    Done better.

  • Mordecaidrake

    I literally just laughed out load.

    • I hope you were sitting on the toilet when you did that! o.0

  • Ray

    So widgets go in the notification area and not on the homescreen?

    • Jeff718

      Correct. Could make for a cluttered notification area.

      • Ray

        yeah that implementation doesn’t sound appealing to me but i guess to them something is better then nothing.

        • alex

          These widgets are accessible from anywhere on the phone including within apps. Seems like a potentially better solution to me.

      • mustbepbs

        Shut up, cretin. It’s revolutionary.

  • Scott

    I hardly think the Android keyboard has a lot of room to gloat. It is about time though Apple allowed third parties.

    • Nick V

      I am not a fan of Google’s keyboard,but that’s probably because I have been using SwiftKey for so long. iOS users will freak when they get that kind of power.

  • Johnny Steele

    Is that a swipe keyboard?! WOW. How does it work? I have never seen such a thing before in my life!!!!

    • JSo

      I wonder if Google will give iOS users their keyboard.

      • EdubE24

        I found it to be the best Android has to offer.

      • Johnny Steele

        Google gives iOS users everything else! I think that would be pretty cool. I know a few people who have the iPhone and make it as Google-y as possible.

        • JSo

          Just as long as Google updates their Android version just as much as the iOS version.

          • MUTINOUS

            Here is a list of phones with Android on them. Show me one that Google makes and I will show you an “up to date” version of Android

            or at-least updated to the hardware capabilities. I’m not saying the Nexus One (available on January 5, 2010) is able to run Kitkat.


          • JSo

            I don’t get what you are trying to say.

        • EdubE24


      • Jolny

        It would be pretty awesome if they launched the Android keyboard for iOS. Much like when they launched Google Maps and everyone got that instead of MApples. Lolz 🙂

      • Eric R.

        I wonder if Google will sue Apple. Apple deserves to be sued ever since 2011

  • James Green

    1. Bash Android and their manufacturers
    2. Copy all the good features you couldn’t come up with yourself (Including S Health…..S HEALTH!!!!!!)

    3. Profit??

  • kentholio

    Does Google ever patent anything? With all of the thing Apple has ripped off, you would think there would be sufficient cause for a real counter suit.

    • Ben F.

      Yes, they do. But Apple knows they won’t sue. For example, Google actually has a patent on drop down notifications they’ve had since the early days of… drop down notifications. They just choose to let things play out in the marketplace instead of the courtroom.

      • Jolny

        I wish all big companies were more like Google… everybody wins.

    • rawr

      Can’t have the high ground if you are fighting in the mud with Apple.

      When all will be said and done, Google will have it’s billions and so will Apple, Apple just comes about it in a very-damaging-to-progress way.

  • EdubE24

    I’ve always found the IOS keyboard to be really good. I just throw my fingers at the keyboard and types out exactly what I wanted it to!

    • mustbepbs

      My friend literally battles with the auto complete. I don’t think he’s ever given me a complete sentence without errors.

      • EdubE24

        Different experience for some I guess. I’m using the Google keyboard on my Galaxy S4 and struggle all the time with it, also tried SwiftKey,.

        • mustbepbs

          Google Keyboard usually gives me problems on phones, it’s easier on tablets. SwiftKey always comes to my rescue, though.

          • EdubE24

            Maybe some SwiftKey tips are needed. Any settings I should be on the lookout for?

          • mustbepbs

            The only change I ever really make is shortening the long press time. Other than that, I type as fast as I can and it always corrects my mistakes, even when I type like 4 words together as one garbled mess. I don’t like that it remembers everything I type though.

          • Jolny

            I ought to tell you, I own a Sony Xperia Z and its keyboard is AWESOME. I think it’s not the regular Google keyboard though, as it has “next word suggestions” and swipe. But maybe Googles keyboard does too, nowadays. Anyways, if you ever get the chance to check out Xperia Z, Z1 or Z2, go for it 🙂 I think Sony isn’t very popular in the US.

    • mcdonsco

      I hope its really good being that its really the only decent working input method on an iPhone.

      My fiance and I have Siri/Google Now bouts every so often…90% of the time, Siri searches the web. 90% of the time Google Now does what I wanted it to do.

      • EdubE24

        I find Siri useful only when needing to make a call or send off a quick message. Never really tried it for anything else. I use Google Now to set reminders on the go. Both of them have very little use in my mobile experience.

  • JSo

    The event just ended and if I was an iOS user, I wouldnt be that excited.

    • Jeff718

      I have to disagree. If I was an iOS user, these are some great additions. We’re seeing this stuff from an Android point of view, where we already have these great features, so it’s boring for us.

      • JSo

        Yeah, you’re right. I was looking at it from an Android point of view.

  • WUNfucius

    Now I know why I bought a Nokia N95 instead of the iPhone when they were both introduced.

    This is like watching the Special Olympics of the tech world…but I think I’ve insulted the wrong people…

  • Can’t anyone see they are just playing catch up. On their own they never would have the imagination for this!

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Guess you missed the part where they discussed continuity, which from my understanding is a feature I’ve not seen implemented anywhere else.

      • Shane Redman

        but wasn’t that Window’s slogan like 2 years ago? “One experience on every device” or something like that?

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Again, I think you missed what Continuity actually does. Not to mention that anyone can come up with a slogan. Talk is cheap.

          • Shane Redman

            I get it. If I start something here, I can pick it up there. Like when I’m signed in on Google Chrome with web pages, or my hangouts. I guess they’re doing it with more applications? Seemed cool in the demo, just seemed like the “if i act on a notification on my nexus 7, it’s gone on my nexus 5 deal”

  • Jeff718

    At the start of this iOS8 presentation they ripped Android; and then in the next breath went on to announce new-to-iOS features straight from Android.

    • Stone Cold


    • regkilla

      This joke again?

      • Jeff718

        I wasn’t trying to make a joke.

      • Ryan J

        It’s not a joke, it’s reality. Fact is, Apple has no innovation left, especially since the new CEO has taken over.

        • Eric R.

          They didn’t have anything left before and that’s why Jobs was going to pay to destroy Android because Android was going to take over

      • WitnessG

        It’s not a joke, its literally what they did.

      • mcdonsco

        Its not a joke, its the truth; that’s what’s sad about it…and I suppose, still funny actually.

      • michael arazan

        a thing that someone says to cause amusement or laughter, especially a story with a funny punchline.

        a thing that is indisputably the case.
        “she lacks political experience—a fact that becomes clear when she appears in public”

        what he said was fact……… The More You Know

        • Jeremy

          This analogy is actually an opinion which could be disputed regardless of public appearance.

    • Somedude

      iOS is better than android

  • bonix

    Can we not make this “post everything apple says” day? A summary post after the event would suffice all the readers here I think. I’m sure it draws hits to the site though so I can’t hate too much.

  • How revolutionary.

  • Sam Del Valle

    -claps- Good for them! Glad to see iOS is opening up.

    (Yes I like iOS and Android. Shoot me)

    • hippo

      We have both in my house. I’m glad I won’t be as frustrated every time I have to use iOS.

      • Sam Del Valle

        I’m glad iOS is moving up and in pretty excited for OS X (I have a Mac)

        Let’s see what I/O has in store for us 😉

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Honestly I’m afraid of what I/O has in store. It’s pretty much determined the Nexus line is sunk (Silver? No Thanks) and Google is rolling out yet another iteration of a TV product. I’ve owned two Google TV boxes both of which were abandoned, no desire for a third.

          • grumpyfuzz

            No it’s not determined at all. We have no idea of what android silver is, and no word from google at all.

      • Guy Pierce

        Yes you will!

    • Jarred Sutherland

      It’s OK, I like them both as well. I find the changes in iOS 8 to be needed and welcome.

      • EdubE24

        Agreed…nice additions!

      • Sam Del Valle

        I’m happy iOS 8 brought some needed changes that iOS 7 didn’t bring!

      • Gideon Waxfarb

        If I were a Mac user, I would be dropping Android right about now. Unfortunately, a lot of those ‘Continuity’ features will leave us Windows users in the lurch.

    • JP

      Same here I use an iPhone (phone) with a Galaxy Note 10.1(tablet) great combo imo. Bringing widgets to the notification center is really nice because you’ll have access to them everywhere not just on your home screen. Personally I don’t like Swype style keyboards but I am looking forward to using Swiftkey on the iPhone for it’s predictive text and hopefully cross platform settings. Metal is going to be pretty bad ass for for gaming going into the future. I’m looking forward to what Google’s going to be showing next and E3 it’s a great time to be a nerd.

    • SerenityNow

      I agree. I like both platforms and am happy with the additions Apple announced today. My biggest gripe with iOS is still the inability to truly stream my iTunes videos from the cloud without taking up local storage on my device. Why they haven’t resolved this issue yet is beyond me.

  • Batman

    Welcome to 2010.

    • regkilla

      Welcome to the future of how things are really done.

      • Really done late

        • Lumia Nexus

          better late than never, at least it is done in better ways and works well unlike Android which has all these features and only its geek users knows about them. Good on Apple and the way they advertsie their so called innovations which may be copied but copied better than Original. Widegets are not Android native so dont call it Android’s it used to be available in SYmbian phones

      • a3uge

        What does that even mean?

        • Jolny

          Things _really_, I mean, really _REALLY_ are done. 🙂

      • Dave

        Is that a Back to the Future reference….haha.?

    • ImmaDroid

      I love how they sue everyone else for using features that are in Apple, but every new feature they implemented in iOS7 & iOS8 are features that are already in Android. The Apple world gobbles it up as if they are new innovations! Just shows you that they are a bunch of little biotches

      • Julian Coronado

        “Don’t be evil.”

        • michael arazan

          Google has too much sh$t on it’s own plate to look backwards at apple.

          Apple will have to sue Google for choking on Google’s dust.

        • Somedude

          You clearly don’t know the beginning of google

    • flosserelli

      But now that Apple is doing widgets, they will suddenly be “magical” and “revolutionary”.

      • CHRIS42060

        The amusing thing will be hearing the same Apple users who called widgets “pointless” and “useless” and “a drain on resources” immediately changing it to “magical” and “revolutionary.”

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    • Somedude

      In 2010 you can answer a call like you can do on apple ecosystem? Thought so….