With the announcement of the new iOS 5 at the WWDC, the first articles emerge already on the web relating the new
features with the existing Android OS. Take for instance the article from
Do you think Android has to worry?? I don't really see any point:Feature 1:
The new iOS offers now the possibility to get notifications by swiping down from
the top of any screen. Sounds familiar to you (Android user)? Well, probably yes, as this was build-in starting from
the first version of Android. So I don't see a treat in this, but rather iOS now finally introduced a standardized
way on how apps can communicate notifications to their users (in v5!).Feature 2:
I did not look at the details on how iOS integrates Twitter but given Android's
architecture of allowing apps to seamlessly integrate with each other, this seems nothing spectacular.
Android is designed such that application developers can specify points in their apps (i.e. in menus, lists,...)
where other apps can contribute their content. This happens in a very dynamic, decoupled and structured way, not
creating any kind of dependencies among these apps.
Let's make an example, always based on Twitter. If you have
Twitter installed and you linked your contacts with your Twitter followers, then if one of your contacts appears in
both, you'll have the possibility to tweet him directly from the menu of the native Android contact application. In
the details you'll even see his last tweet, just to give you an idea. This not only works for Twitter, but Facebook,
Google Talk and potentially any other app that wants to hook in.Feature 3: iMessage
like a plain old IM application, natively integrated into the OS. Well, Android comes with GTalk preinstalled that
allows you to communicate to everyone of your contacts, whether they're on another mobile, tablet, notebook or
desktop computer. Obviously, sending photos, videos etc is not an issue. Dedicated devices can even conduct video
chats over GTalk.
The feature also lets one to start a conversation on one iOS device and pick up where you left off on
Yep, you can start a Gtalk conversation on your Android phone, move over to your
notebook/desktop computer and continue the chat in Gmail (OS independent 'cause it's in a browser) and finally finish
the conversation on your Android-powered tablet while sitting on your sofa, obviously always seeing the whole
conversation history on each of the devices.Feature 4: Photo Sharing
Well..share it by
Email, Dropbox, Picasa Web, Facebook, ... (stands for any other kind of app that allows sharing of photos) as you
like.Feature 5: PC Free
Well...come on, we're in the 21st century. WiFi activation,
OTA OS updates and so on worked from the 1st Android version.
To conclude, I don't think Android has to
worry about the new iOS 5 update. As can be seen, many of the new iOS features have already been there since the
first version and they improved a lot in recent updates of the OS. A major advantage of Android is in my eyes it's
architecture which gives an enormous flexibility in the creation of new apps and services that seamlessly integrate
into the OS. But it is nice to see how the two mobile OSs' push each other forward.