Google takes a couple swipes at iOS and its "old" new features

Google takes a couple swipes at iOS and its
During Apple's WWDC keynote, CEO Tim Cook and company took a couple shots at Android, which is something that we have come to expect. What we didn't really expect was that Google would swing back during its Google I/O keynote today. Android chief Sundar Pichai didn't specifically call out Apple, but when he talked about Google Play services and feature innovation, it was hard to imagine he was talking about anyone else.

First, Pichai talked about Google Play services, and pointed out that the real power of Android (or Google's version at least) comes from that framework. Pichai noted that Google Play services is updated every six weeks, and it is automatically pushed out. He said that this means 93% of Android devices have the newest Google Play services, regardless of what version of the OS the device is running. Pichai said that this allows Google to "iterate faster than the typical OS release cycle", which seems like a veiled swipe at Apple always calling out Android's update numbers. 

The more direct attack came with a slide labeled "Android Innovation", which showed various platform features throughout the history of Android. The graphic showed items like multitasking in Android 1.0, custom keyboards and widgets in Cupcake, battery stats by app in Gingerbread, interactive notifications in Jelly Bean (4.1), quick settings and gesture typing in Jelly Bean (4.2), and more. If the chart alone weren't enough of a slap in the face to Apple, Pichai said, "If you look at what other platforms are getting now, widgets, custom keyboards, many of these things came to Android four, maybe five years ago."

Ouch. 


source: Google

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73 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

oh lord, let the war begin

33. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

There is no war intent here, just old-fashioned facts.

43. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

its not a war, these are the facts... apple's copy of very old android's features... bcoz apple is innovative...

71. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I like the last statement "all these so called features are available in android 4-5 years ago" hahaha. Innovation at its best. Face palm fruity.

72. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

And yet Apple was 'bashing' Android when they presented their 'facts' at WWDC?? Right, of course...

34. rromerof

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

If you call this war, we are Collateral damage.

35. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

It feels like PA is enjoying these fanboy wars... its natural for any company to talk about their strengths and other companies' weaknesses, that's competition. there is no particular os that is better than the others in every single way, its upto the user to decide what's better for him/her.

67. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

revenue came with each war. PA got revenue from ads if we keep visiting the same page over and over again.

70. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

yes, but the fanboys take it seriously.

49. Raihanpatel111 unregistered

Its not a war...This is Apple Extinction :-P

58. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Lame.

64. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very lame.

69. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

What rock have you been hiding under? The war has been raging for years.

2. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Android users and their rulers can say all they want but iOS will always be the better operating system.

3. HASHTAG unregistered

At the end, it's just the matter of opinion.

11. jonatankarter

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

So true my friend. They both display strengths and weaknesses. Let the competition continue!

59. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

There is facts and opinions. Some things may be based on opinion and some not.

4. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Agree!! Cupcake is inferior to IOS 8..

5. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

There is no "better" operating system. It all depends on what works for the user.

17. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Exactly. Everyone has different needs and wants and buy accordingly. Although I will agree there is a decent size group of people that buy strickly based on the company that makes it, peer pressure, and marketing. Part of the reason GMC became popular was because not everyone wanted to buy a black Ford.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I hope you meant to put /s at the end and forgot to put use what suits you the best.

32. Frankiebeans

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

I have question for you, do you run this site in some way shape or form or do you just like to comment on everything and live with your eyes on this site at all times? I don't think I ever seen a story on this site you haven't commented on.

38. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Whats your problem then? He can spend his life on this site, does it cause you butthurt? Everybody is free to use internet as he wants...

55. Frankiebeans

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

are you his fanbase leader? it was a question and not directed towards you so go away lol.

57. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

More like you were concerned about him. -_- fan? Actually I have argued like cats and dogs with him before.

42. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

It's not every single story. There are so many which he didn't comment on.

53. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This. There are days where I don't even comment at all. So no, I'm not on every article.

54. Frankiebeans

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

you also have a fanbase I see lol.

56. Frankiebeans

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

you must be co-captain i'm assuming ?

8. betoxthexking

Posts: 8; Member since: May 10, 2012

ios is nice but its too simple, i bought a 5s to try it out loved it but traded for a m8 and i am not disappointed, say what you want about android but imo it's the best OS to date, ios is for the older folks who just need to dial send sms browse and take pics.

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