This is HUGE: iOS 8 adds extensions, including 3rd party keyboards, sharing, and widgets

One of the big conversations around a new iOS release is always in regards to what features Apple will "borrow" from competing platforms. The idea is essentially that there are a basic set of features that all mobile platforms should have, but Apple always uses its own timeline in adding those features, meaning Android will likely have it first. Today, Apple announced one of the features that iOS users have long been hoping for: system-wide extensions...
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11. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

This is huge. Apple haters have always complained about this.

12. gregoryyy3 unregistered

This may not be huge to you but to us apple users it is. I was really close to making the switch after seeing the g2 but if apple continues to come around like this I might stick around for a little longer.

17. gregoryyy3 unregistered

*g3 lol

21. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

yes. maybe Apple will reach Ice Cream Sandwish in 2 years. Freakin Dinosaurs

13. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Siri+Sazam..... Cortana does it with any music service.

26. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

i meant WITHOUT any music service.

14. gregoryyy3 unregistered

*g3 lol

15. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

funny thing is something huge for ios is just a normal thing for android

16. alaw.14

Posts: 425; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Its more like minor.

19. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

HAHAHAHAHAA iPh0neArena. this is huge. 3rd party keyboards sharing and widgets. wow rejoice innovation. #FreakinDinosaurs.

24. RoundhouseMcGee

Posts: 188; Member since: May 25, 2014

To be fair this site has always had heavy apple bias, and especially this..."author"...will treat anything apple does (read: "STEALS") will be treated like they just figured out cold fusion LOL. Gotta keep the bosses happy I suppose.

29. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

lol man .. yeah I noticed this .. this site truly deserves the name iPhoneeArena ..

57. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

so kit kat could be considered a dinosaur by your logic, I mean they did try to optimize a overbloat system for lower specs. Something other OS's have had down pat since for how long now?

22. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012


23. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

Credit goes to Apple for finally giving their consumers more features that can be put to use immediately and help them enjoy their phones more...but it doesn't elevate them above Android. Keyboards, widgets (on the homescreen, at least), sharing between apps...Android's had that for quite a while now, so if anything, Apple's finally getting on the same level as Android when it comes to 3rd-party support and variety within the apps. They're still far behind on other aspects, like customization and overall control of the device. I just wish Apple didn't go around taking others' ideas and acting like they came up with all of it. "Innovation" only goes so far when others have done it before you, and in some cases, better.

27. JkB_SlH

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Welcome to the iAndroid world

32. artorelis

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

At last they added third party keyboards such as SwiftKey or Swype. :-)

34. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Isn't anyone gonna sue their butts out,…

35. MarioG

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Wow, iOS still has less features than these old Symbian Nokia phones, and Apple said they're better than Android and WP! :')

37. JustShadow

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

I have xperia sp and I swear it is far better than this s**t

38. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Android fanboys can scoff all they want, but it's missing the point. Yes, it's true, Apple is finally adding features that Android devices have had for years. Yes, it's true, Apple isn't innovating but copycatting. But so what? Android now has fewer weapons in it's arsenal to differentiate itself from iOS than it did before. Larger screen? Check. 3rd party keyboards? Check. etc. People who use Android who have been on the fence about switching might now make the jump. People like me, who had been avid Android users for years (HTC Aria, Moto Atrix, HTC One X) who switched to IPhone to try something different, might not be inclined to switch back. Longtime IPhone users who had been considering Android might change their mind now. Ok, so Apple is catching up on features Android users enjoy now. But Apple IS catching up, and Google can't simply ignore that.

48. HansGoneInsane unregistered

You got it. And the haters know that too. That is why some of them are really mad at the moment. But I think there is one area in which Apple is light years ahead of Android: Connectivity with desktop computers. Since iOS 6 Apple has done an amazing job in connecting and synchronizing their iOS devices with their Macs. Sure, it only works with Macs, but it works just great and is soooo comfortable to use. No other platform can offer that at the moment. Microsoft is trying though and moves for closing the gap.

50. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree with this. This might be the biggest thing Apple has done to try to counter the Android tidal wave. I can really see this having an impact on market share.

51. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You do see any hiposcrisy in your statement? I'm not tied to any OEM or OS, but all I've heard out of the Apple camp was that they weren't behind and things like widgets were useless, but now they're okay? And as far as copying, they railed against Samsung for doing so, but it's OK now that Apple has done it because they are taking away advantages Android had over them? How is that different than what Samsung did? Look, if you believe it's acceptable or not to "copy" that's fine and your right to have that opinion. But if it's unacceptable for one, then it's unacceptable for everyone, and vice versa. If we're to look at this objectively, then there can't be a double standard. I put copy in quotes because I don't think offering features or hardware that competitors do is copying, it's staying current and competitive. For example, things like larger hard drives in computers, touchscreen media centers in cars, or low light shooting capability in cameras. A company would be irresponsible to not offer a competing version of such things, and give their competition a leg up in the market. To me, real copying is an exact copy, like the Goophones and such. Coming out with a phone with widgets, front facing speakers, OIS, etc, is being competitive. But that's just my opinion.

58. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You go on a long copy post...but miss the point entirely... Droid has long copied, to ignore that in one form or another is silly. Will android be a copy cat if it switches to 64bit computing? Or is it just smart? Most ios users can care less about keyboards, I don't get it, but then again my 6k text's a month doesn't rely on me to need it. I can see it for other things sure, like customize. But for me it is just meh. I hate iOS, but truth be told dealing with usability between the two devices especially when things go 'wrong', ios wins hands down. Is Android copycatting because kitkat was aimed at low end?

60. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Apparently you missed the point of my post. I'm talking about people who have apparent hypocrisy and double standards. Look at the comments from the Samsung Apple trial. Tons of posts about how Samsung is a copycat, and they should be made to pay. But yet here iOS is only bringing Apple up to level with Android. Both copied, but one is held as wrong, and the other acceptable. Did I ever say that Android didn't copy anything? No. But I did say that people who go after one entity for doing something, and then letting the other slide for the same thing is wrong. I thought I made it pretty clear there but I guess not. As far as so called copying, that was the whole point of the last paragraph. Adding features to a device to compete isn't copying in my opinion, otherwise there would be no similar products. My entire poi t was that when android has added a feature that iOS had, it's labeled copying. But when Apple does the same in regard to android, it's bringing iOS to parity with Android? Is that not the definition of a double standard? I'm not saying one OS is better than the other, I'm saying don't vilify one and applaud the other for doing the same thing. Is that not reasonable and fair?

65. MarioG

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Your mother? Check.

41. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

now we wait till the apple fan boys start commenting on how amazing it is just because apple is now doing it

42. skatrdie0

Posts: 37; Member since: May 09, 2014

It's okay for Apple to put features on their phones that are found on android phones but when samsung does it time for court. I hope apple gets sued they're contradicting themselves. Although it's nice to finally see apple changing their game up from the same Boring layout each year

43. skatrdie0

Posts: 37; Member since: May 09, 2014

Lol this is kind of dumb. These features are lame. If iphone users want these features just switch over to android where there is a much larger choice in handsets and much cheaper price. There is a different phone for everyone vs. One size fits all with apple.
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