Features Apple was “inspired” by

Posted Aug 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm in Threads > Opinions

Ok let me start of by saying, im not scolding Apple for “coping” these features, its just the way the industry works, you learn from your competition, but what annoys me though, is that Apple does exactly what they sue there competition for doing. Now if that’s not messed up, then i dont know what is.
For example lets say Sony made a round tv with 3d, 4K HD, and the ability to plug your phone into tv, and video chat, play games etc, and everyone loved it. Don’t you think other Manufactures would want to be able to compete and make a similar product. Are they coping, maybe should they be sued for it. I dont think so.

1. Notifications

(Android on left, iOS5 on right)

Bravo Apple very creative notification system you got there.
Date Android has had pull down notification bar – 2007 when Android was announced
Apple – October 12, 2011 when Apple released iOS5

2. Twitter integration (iOS5)
with ios5 Apple also integrated Twitter into the OS, thats great and all but what if you dont want it, or what if you like a different service better like facebook, google+ etc. Well you can simply not use Twitter, but its still there and you can’t use anything else, Android however has API’s that let any app developer (twitter, facebook etc) integrate there service into the OS (share button in gallery, apps etc) just by installing there app from the google play store, again this is nothing new for Android.

3. Do Not Disturb & Call-Message Reply: (iOS6 Beta) Do not Disturb is not part of android exactly , but is available for Google voice users, But SMS reply when someone is calling straight from dialer screen, has actually been available as part of Samsung Touchwiz ui, before apple implemented, and has also been implemented in stock Android 4.0

4. Safari Tab Sync: (iOS6 beta) One word Chrome

5. Turn-by-Turn Navigation: (iOS6 beta) One word Google maps

6. Siri: Many people dont realize that Android actually has had a very sophisticated Voice search for quite some time now, granted it didn’t (up until jellybean) talk to you, you could do all the things one would expect/are actually useful, like “Text “insert persons name” ill be there soon.” ,” Call john” “Navigate to bestbuy” or similar just something you want to lookup on google “Solor eclipses” for example. You couldn’t have a conversation with your phone, but is that really useful anyhow?

Now was Android the first to have all these features, no probably not, but thats not my point.

  • redraider133

    Apple is notorious for “stealing” from others. It is just then they run out and patent things that have been around forever and act like THEY were the first to ever do it. Many of the things they sued Samsung for are these very things they “claim” that they revolutionized. But as long as the patents are granted and the courts go along with them apple is going to be able to continue to do it. How they can grant a patent for a shape is beyond me but hey that’s what we are paying for sadly.

  • shaun76

    There’s a great video of Jobs from the 70s(?) discussing stealing ideas vs coming up with original ideas. I’m going to go find it and share it – totally relevant to this thread.

  • Bpear96
  • fxanders

    As much as people complain about apple “stealing” from android, keep in mind that android is open source. So it’s not stealing. It’s just….. “using.” Quite frankly, I’ve been thrilled to hear that they are rolling out some of android’s features to ios. The “hey, here’s this thing we made, go ahead and use it for whatever” attitude is the exact reason I started using android in the first place.

    And I’m sure I’ll get downvoted to hell for this but… it might suck that companies like samsung are getting sued into oblivion over patents, but they DID violate apple’s patents.

    I think the problem is that the patent system (in the US especially) is really broken. The fact that they are allowing companies to re-patent concepts that have existed on PCs since the dawn of GUI, simply because “now it’s on a touch screen!” is silly. A new input method shouldn’t be grounds to issue patents over things that already have prior art on a device with a legacy input. Great example is the patent apple was granted recently over scroll bars. Scroll bars you can click and drag to move a view. Something about that seems REALLY familiar. I have a suspicion that it might already exist on things other than iphones….

    • Bpear96

      Thats not my point, if you read the beginning of my article, i say that, i dont think what apple is doing is necessarily bad, just that they “borrow” ideas from other sources, just as much as samsung etc have. Also android may be opensource, but apple is not using the AOSP code, they are just borrowing its ideas.

  • Esoth

    Next thing you know, Apple will be patenting rectangles.

  • MitchRapp81

    Apple is a few laughs away from patenting the apple fruit as well as the color white. I have no clue what kinda mission they’re on, but it’s crazy.

    I understand how Android and iOS have similarities, but that’s like saying all TV manufacturers should start suing each other over the fact that all TVs are Rectangular, Black and have OSD menus with similar options and features. CHILL dude…. CHILL.

    Also, I do believe Google’s Android is open-source but you’re not supposed to make money from it, right? Not sure how that works…