"Good artists copy, great artists steal". A quote that came from Picasso and uttered by the late Steve Jobs in a 1994 interview rings very true in the tech industry. Each mobile OS is an evolution of its previous iteration, but at some point in time, certain ideas have been cross-referenced and re-adapted to suit the needs of its future update. Google Android 4.0 does have some interesting features, but similar to how Apple emulated iOS 5's pull-down notifications from Android, the Google mobile OS also kind of took a cue from its competitors.
Nonetheless, Google has also been influential in the way its competitors have evolved over the years.
With all three major mobile OSes announcing their updates, how does each platform stand against the other? Here's a quick listing of the key features found on Android 4.0, iOS 5 and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.
|Google Android 4.0||Apple iOS 5||Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5|
|Social Network Integration||Google+||Facebook, Windows Live, Twitter, LinkedIn|
(Hold Volume Down and Power buttons)
(Hold Power and Home buttons)
|Widget Support||Yes, with the option to resize widgets||Stock and Weather widget||Live Tiles|
(Click on Recent Apps)
(Double tap Home button)
(Press and hold Back button)
|Closing apps within task manager||Yes
(Swipe sideways to close)
(Press and hold app, click on X to close)
|Notifications||Pull down and swipe sideways to dismiss notification||Pull down and click on X, followed by clear, to dismiss notification||Limited to apps with push notifications|
|Cloud Syncing||iCloud||Windows Live|
|Instant Messaging||Google Talk||iMessage||Windows Live Messenger and Facebook Chat|
(subjected to device compatibility)
|Physical shortcut buttons||--||Home button||Back, Start and Search buttons|
|Integrated Voice Assistant||--||Yes (Siri)||Yes (TellMe)|
|Data Monitor and Control||Yes||--||--|
|Near Field Communications (NFC)||Yes
|Apps||Android Market||iTunes Store||Windows Phone Marketplace|