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Apple's iOS5 Blatantly Rips-Off Android

Authored by: Steven Blum — Jun 7, 2011

(Apple's Notification Center: Suspiciously Familiar...)

Apple's new iOs film previews are better-produced than most film trailers. But I couldn't help noticing something suspiciously familiar about the most highly-touted new feature in the new iOs's arsenal: the notification center. Watching Apple describe the notification center as revolutionary and innovative started to make my blood boil; they've simply taken a feature from Android and called it their own.

True Android's notification center doesn't include a weather icon or a stock ticker, but it is essentially the same as Apple's in theory. Other derivative features that I noticed...

  • Apple's "new" mail search function --- that Gmail has perfected long ago
  • Browser tabs --- that are already available on Android browser apps
  • Camera activation from lockscreen -- Hello, HTC Sensation?
  • PC Free-- You haven't needed a PC to set up your Android in the past 3 years.

Notice any others?

Source: Apple

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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