10 iOS 9 features that were already available on Android and elsewhere

10 iOS 9 features that were already available on Android and elsewhere
Apple outlined iOS 9 on Monday at its annual WWDC conference, and we've already had the opportunity to take the beta software for a spin. During all that time, we couldn't help but notice just how many of the new features coming to iOS 9 are actually already available elsewhere, and mostly on Android. Of course, drawing inspiration from your competitors is a standard practice in the mobile industry (and, really, pretty much every other industry), and the various borrowings have already become too many to reliably back-track.

It's a back-and-forth process. In other words, Android takes something from iOS (permissions management in Android M springs to mind as an obvious example of this), and then iOS does the same. And it's not just limited to these two platforms — inspiration is drawn from relatively tiny competitors like BlackBerry and Windows Phone too. We'll be focusing on just Android today, and it's important to make ti clear that unless Apple somehow had insider information on what Google was prepping for Android M, some of the features below couldn't have been copied outright, as the two announcements took place days apart. Others, however, have been around on Android and other platforms for a long time, so one could speculate, as we're about to do.

iOS 9 always on the left.

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80 Comments

1. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

A feast for SheepDroids

4. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A rectal pain for you.

57. jokensy unregistered

Ha! Ha! Well said my friend, well said.

19. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I'd just like to point out that the whole Sheep analogy doesn't even work for Android. Sheep have a shepherd, Jobs and now Cook, which is why it has always been funny to watch people blindly follow Apple and just take what it gives them. Android is an open platform, everyone uses it, and modifies it to suit them, they don't just follow, they also lead. Amazon uses Android but it's very different. If you want to call out fans of Samsung, HTC, Sony, Windows, then that's somewhat similar, because they are choosing to a single source for their device. But even they can switch devices, both within a manufacturer like Samsung who has many options and variety to suit every taste, but more importantly they can switch to a different manufacturer and still have the same access to their purchased app library. They aren't locked into a single ecosystem, and they aren't constrained to only purchase one of 2 phones provided by Apple every year. Sorry buddy, "Be together, Not the same". Sheep are black or maybe white but they're all sheep and they're either following or lost. Androids come in all shapes and sizes and can think for themselves.

24. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

tl; dr;

35. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

No problem, no response is better than a lame one if you couldn't come up with anything. It was more for everyone else to enjoy anyways. But if you come up with something witty later, i'm sure we'll all enjoy it.

52. gaming64 unregistered

Your brain runs iOS 8 if that's the case.

77. myindia

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

LOL :>

65. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Totally Long for Dim Reader

26. jokensy unregistered

You rock buddy!

50. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Apple may not have done it first, but they sure know how to make it better. I mean, there are just 10 iPhones and how many different android devices out there but Apple is still outselling Android. LOL numbers don't lie and "iSheep"/ People aren't stupid... Only the ones who choose to buy android

53. willard12 unregistered

Numbers don't lie and Apple is not outselling Android. You made that up. Apple doesn't make it better as Tim Cook told Apple users to use Google Maps. The stupid one can be found at your nearest mirror.

55. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

@iosl0ver5eva Because there are more sheep than wolves.

59. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Android market share 81%.. IPhone market share 16%.. How does iPhone sell more than android?? IPhones are great but overpriced.. Smart people look elsewhere..

61. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What are you going to do when Mr. Rourke tells you time is up, get on de plane?

63. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

ios lover, your comment proves exactly why iPhone fans are called s^hee^p. Apple makes it better? Remember Apple map? Where were you grazing today?

67. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Or, we're not all super geeks who want to (spoken in my very best adonoidal tone) flash their software and root file mango-x-2a version 37.121 to make this run slightly faster and look better. The majority don't care, we want something that works, works well, and is popular enough that we don't have to worry about the company going under anytime soon and our products becoming paperweights. You haters that apparently 'get off' on slating Apple and or other companies are the worst kind of fanboys. 200% worse than any Apple s^hee^p...as you call them.

72. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

The f*ck you are talking about??! The majority of android users i know never mod their phones. Apple doesnt always work. Ive had iphones and they are s**tty

25. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

apple fans be like 'just because we didn't do it first, or second, or third... we did it better than everyone else and that's what matters! innovation!'

29. Simona unregistered

there is nothing better about it it is jst same ..

51. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Don't you have to help your mom take out the trash..

36. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Butthurt aren't you groupie girl?

78. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Wow, people love me~

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

It takes Apple 9 years for a low power mode Hope worsheeppers wont miss their wall hugging memories in the past

68. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

You're slating Apple users while at the same time writing something that clearly states "hi, i'm a massive geek with no life" *slow claps* I love this site..

79. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

And what are you keep commenting here on a website called phonearena.......Geek.....With no life.......

3. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

PA, how about things iOS have that android don't? I'm sure there are android users who are willing to try iOS for a change.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No thank you. Tried it.

7. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

last couple months, I been thinking about switching because i just want something new but nevermind whats the point

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