How do Google’s I/O announcements stack up to what Apple has to offer?

Google held it’s annual Google I/O event on Wednesday where they unveiled Android L (the next major version of the Android OS), Android Auto,  Android TV, and a plethora of other new features and services. Quite a few of these announcements are very similar to announcements made at Apple’s WWDC just a few weeks back, and others have been on Apple’s roadmap for longer than that. Today we’re taking a look at a few of Google’s announcements and comparing them to Apple’s current (or upcoming) offerings.

Android L vs. iOS 7/8

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As expected, Google took the wraps off Android L, the next major version of its mobile operating system. It brings a number of improvements in many areas, featuring a complete visual overhaul and some brand new features. Here we’ll break down each new feature in Android L that may remind you of what you’ll see in iOS 7 and 8.

Material Design vs. iOS 7 Redesign

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Android L’s Material Design (left) and Apple’s iOS 7 (right)

Material Design is the name Google has given to its redesigned UI. It features a flatter design system-wide, with API’s that will allow developers to create 3D effects similar to what Apple introduced with iOS 7 last year. Android L will allow developers to choose where objects on the screen appear in a virtual stack, and will also allow the creation of real-time shadows that will move with the object to create a real-world effect. A similar effect can be seen in iOS since the redesign of iOS 7 last year, where you’ll notice items such as your home screen icons “floating” on top of the background.

Android L notifications vs. iOS 8 Interactive Notifications

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Notifications on Android L (left) and Interactive Notifications on iOS 8 (right)

Android L has brought almost an exact copy of iOS 8′s Interactive Notifications to its feature set. Just like on iOS, Android users will now have the ability to reply to certain notifications, mark them as read, or apply other actions to the notifications without interrupting whatever you’re currently viewing on the device. From my personal experience with the iOS 8 betas, this will become a huge time saver for both iPhone and Android users.

Android L lock screen redesign vs. classic iOS lock screen

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Android L’s lock screen (left) and iOS 7/8′s lock screen (right)

For the first time ever, Google is bringing a feature to Android’s lock screen that iOS users have had since 2011, when Apple unveiled iOS 5. Android L will (finally) allow users to view their notifications in a list directly from the lock screen, without having to unlock the device or pull down the notification shade. Like iOS 8, it will also bring Interactive Notifications-like functionality to the lock screen, giving access to the same quick actions you’ll find when you get a notification with the device unlocked. Also, is it just me, or does the time and date on Android L’s lock screen look awfully similar to what was introduced in iOS 7?

Chromebook & Android vs. Apple’s Continuity/ Handoff

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Arguably one of the biggest announcements of WWDC this year, Apple unveiled its Continuity/ Handoff features, which will allow you to pick up right where you left off on your MacBook, iPhone, or iPad on one of your other devices. With this, you’ll get access to your phone calls and standard text messages on your MacBook or iPad (assuming you also own an iPhone). Similarly, you’ll also get some of this same functionality if you own an Android L enabled phone and a laptop running Chrome OS. When in range, your Chrome OS device will display notifications you receive on your phone. One major setback, however, is that you will not be able to interact with the notification directly from your Chrome OS device. Instead, it just serves to alert you that you have a notification on your phone. Also worth mentioning is that Google plans to allow Android apps to run natively on Chrome OS, which will most likely allow you to sync the apps with your phone. It won’t be nearly as feature-rich as Apple’s Handoff, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Android Auto vs. CarPlay

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Android Auto (left) and Apple’s CarPlay (right)

Moving beyond Android (sort of), Google also announced its competitor to Apple’s CarPlay, dubbed Android Auto. Essentially, it allows you to do what Apple’s CarPlay already does, allowing you to access your favorite music apps, navigate using the Maps app, receive and place phone calls and text messages, perform voice searches, and more. Android Auto will also give you access to some of your Google Now cards, telling you useful information such as the weather and notifying you of reminders you’ve set. Android Auto will include a variety of music services such as Google Play Music, Pandora, and Spotify. This is to compete with Apple’s inclusion of your iPhone’s music, Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Beats Music, Spotify, and Stitcher, all of which are accessible via CarPlay. Both Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay will also support other 3rd party apps, with the MLB At Bat app on board for both options. Android Auto and CarPlay will require a compatible phone to be connected in order for it to work. Android Auto will require a device running Android L, where Apple’s CarPlay is currently iPhone 5S only. Interestingly enough, some manufactures will be manufacturing vehicles equipped with both Android Auto and CarPlay running on the same interface.

Android TV vs. Apple TV

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Android TV’s interface (left) and Apple TV’s interface (right)

After Google TV failed to gain traction in 2010, Google introduced the Chromecast, which has been fairly successful. Following it’s success, Google has now created the Android TV platform, which was unveiled at Google I/O. Android TV is capable of doing everything you would expect it to do. You have access to the Google Play store for all of your music and video needs, with apps such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Pandora to further suite your needs. In comparison, the Apple TV has access to the iTunes store for your video and music needs with many of the same apps you’ll find on the Android TV. Since its introduction, the Apple TV has had AirPlay functionality built-in, allowing you to stream music, videos, and games from your iOS device or Mac to your TV, while also allowing you to mirror your entire screen. As you would expect, the Android TV is capable of doing the exact same thing. Additionally, the Android TV platform will support special controllers used specifically for gaming, similar to Amazon’s Fire TV. This is one area the Apple TV falls a bit short. One major difference between the Android TV and Apple TV is that Android TV is a platform that TV companies will be able to implement directly into their TV’s, whereas the Apple TV is a set-top box which connects to your current TV.

Google Fit vs. HealthKit

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Health has been a hot topic in the technology community as of late, with apple announcing its HealthKit platform and Health app for iOS devices, on top of the ongoing rumors that Apple will release an iWatch with many sensors to monitor your health. Understandably, Google wants to get into that market as well through its Google Fit Platform. Just like HealthKit, Google Fit will allow developers to send data from their health tracking devices to your phone to give you information regarding your health. However, Apple has taken it one step closer by implementing its own Health app into iOS 8, which will display all of your health information in one place, which will save you a lot of time, and eliminate the need for a bunch of 3rd party apps.

What do you think of Google’s stabs at Apple’s current offerings? Do you think Google or Apple did these things better? Let us know in the comments or let me know on Twitter @DarrenLinkNPark.

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  • donnybee

    Those Android faithful who bashed the iOS platform now have a new platform to bash!

    Will they? Or do they have Android so far down their throats that they can’t speak? I guess we’ll see!

    All in all, it looks like Android is definitely headed in the right direction! They know they’re lacking what iOS already has, so this should fix that.

    • Atticus Finch

      Let’s take a look at features introduced in iOS 7 and 8 and when they were introduced in Android. Mind you that iOS 7 was announced in June 2013 and iOS 8 was announced June 2014.

      Control Center iOS7: The ability to quickly toggle system toggles like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Officially introduced by Google in 2012 with 4.2, Jellybean. Samsung has had quick toggles before that.

      Today View in Notifications iOS 7: Direct copy of Google Now. Time to work, at a glance weather, calendar notifications. Announced in June 2012.

      Just to counter the point about interactive notifications. iOS’s notification center was and is a direct rip-off of what Android has, arguably less functional. Notification center was introduced in iOS 5 back in 2011. Android’s notification center was introduced in Android 1.0, back in 2008 along with versions not-released to the public back in 2007.

      Android also brought unobtrusive notifications, another feature in iOS 5. Before that, every single SMS notification brought up an unsightly blue box that interrupted whatever you were doing.

      An Android custom ROM known as Paranoid Android introduced something called Hover which is the same exact thing, released in April 2014. But you Apple user probably aren’t familiar with that.

      Multitasking iOS 7: Take a look at Android 4.0 ICS back in 2011 and tell me they are different. And while you’re at it, look up webOS multitasking and tell me they aren’t EXACTLY the same.

      Safari iOS 7:
      Tabs: Android’s Chrome’s tab view. Look similar? 2012
      Unified smart search field (Apple’s words, not mine): Omnibar in Chrome for Android? 2012
      iCloud Keychain: Chrome for Android, 2012, and the browser app before that.

      iTunes Radio: Google Play All Access, May 2013

      And now let’s move on to iOS 8.

      Photos: A feature where every photo you take is on all of your devices. Google+ Photos on Android 4.4 KitKat.

      Messages: Renaming conversations, adding and removing people, do not disturb for individual conversations, sharing locations, auto-deleting messages. All features of Hangouts introduced in 2013.

      “Our smartest keyboard ever” (Apple’s words): Predictive text in a row above the keyboard with three word suggestions. Please look at this:

      https://lh6.ggpht.com/dKB85_qoUnhD25Fe__oLzlNqi3bqVPvpAuAhckK9rECHSIoepmmAtSm-Q8yoE45_9w=h900

      and compare it to your fancy “innovative” keyboard and tell me they aren’t exactly the same. Announced 2013 and prior.

      Third Party Keybaords: Android 1.0, 2008.

      iCloud Drive: All the features are copied from Google Drive and OneDrive. Please look at Google Drive. Please look at OneDrive. Please tell me they aren’t exactly the same. Google Drive was released in 2012. OneDrive (formally SkyDrive) was released in 2007.

      Spotlight: Basically the Google Search bar in almost every version of Android known to man. Released in 2008.

      Song Identification: Google Now at least since 2013 if not before

      Phone calls over Wi-Fi: About time Apple supported this feature. Available for Android phones ever since carriers like TMobile have introduced it.

      Find out which app is using the most battery life: Andorid has had this since 2.3 Gingerbread in 2010.

      Safari Request Desktop Site: Chrome for Android, nuff said. 2012
      Safari Private Browsing Per Tab: Chrome for Android, 2012

      Nagivation for China: Google Maps… for really long.

      Photos into Notes: Feature of Google Keep, the plain-text note-taking app on Android. Released in 2013

      Widgets in Notification Center: Feature since Day 1 on Android. 2008.

      And finally… Apple didn’t invent the flat design. If anything, Microsoft brought the flat look to the mainstream market with Windows and Windows Phone back in 2010. The flat design is the newest rage in design. It’s a movement seen throughout the technology industry, not something that Apple invented.

      Now to counter some points made in the article:
      Lock-screen clocks look the same? New notifications look the same? First of all, who wants their notifications to be seen by other people when you have a passcode preventing said activities? Secondly, Android has had lock screen widgets since 2012 allowing for such customization.

      Google Fit was already sort of introduced with Google Now’s physical activity card introduced in 2013.

      Continuity: I’ve been able to do features like this with apps like AirDroid and PushBullet. It’s nothing new.

      • malik

        Dayuuuuum! Oooh kill em

      • donnybee

        You must not understand what Apple’s goals are. They don’t want to just pump out features like any other company can do. People who want cut rate features can easily get a cheap Android phone. They’re a dime a dozen these days. Where Android may be a pile of features, iOS has refined and co-configured features into an entire ecosystem.

        See, people can’t use their phone or tablet as an extension of their daily activities, if it’s too clunky on the hardware OR software side. Apple has redesigned an entirely different type of mainstream mobile industry, upon which Google has decided to capitalize. This is no different than what iOS has done with the plethora of standalone features in the mobile world since the IPhone came out. I agree that not everything iOS has in it was designed by Apple, but that’s not the issue here. Same as it not being the issue to try to defend Android on it’s system that has very easily replicated many features of the iPhone since introduction. So let’s focus on what the real issue is.

        All too often, android fans will spew hate towards iOS. Since introduction of iOS 7, it’s been about features, but also about design. It’s too flat. Too basic. But now, android has clearly found that it takes these design qualities to be successful. It can’t continue on the same course it was, just as iOS has decided to make that change. iOS certainly wasn’t the first to be a flat and colorful design, but was criticized most by android users who felt it was too basic looking. Now the question is, will the millions of android fans out there who were so eager to say iOS is terribly redesigned say that same thing for it’s nearly-identical twin that is Android L? I doubt it.

        My comment wasn’t referring to who was there first with things you mentioned, it was more of a question. Will Android fans suddenly change their mindset now that their precious robot is looking more and more like iOS each time they update? Will they be as willing to criticize android on the same things they criticized iOS? Probably not, since Google is telling them they’ll love it. Now they just have to hope their phone will even get the update, or if they’ll have to buy a new phone entirely to get it. Good luck with that.

        If there is one thing to be said about Apple, it’s that they do their best to make everything as user-friendly and visually appealing to the masses as possible. They have teams within teams of people who’s only job is to ensure everything looks good and works even better. No stone left unturned. To them, they don’t need to be the first, just the best.

        I’ve owned all the major OSs. Most recently with my 5th android handset (GS4) and 3rd iOS device (iPhone 5). I’ve come to realize that I don’t just want a box full of different paint colors, I want the painting.

        • Atticus Finch

          You definitely make a strong argument, and I agree to an extent. I’m going to start off with things I disagree with.

          I’m feeling a generalization. Google’s Android is different from Samsung’s Android or HTC’s Android. Google’s vision of Android’s functionality is a simple, uncluttered interface that’s customization and open-sourced. I definitely feel that companies like Samsung and LG are distorting the view of Android by including thousands of half-baked features, which is probably what you’re referring to. Google’s implementation of features is very well thought out and is tested just as thoroughly if not more thoroughly than Apple. The users of Nexus devices or Google Play Edition devices, which run Google’s Stock Android, generally hate manufacturer skins or layers on top of Android that change design and add features.

          There are definitely people who just hate the new flat design movement. The thing is that Google’s new interface change isn’t a dramatic overhaul like Apple’s was, and that’s the key. I, personally, have seen a lot of backlash on various videos about the new redesign so it’s not like everybody is praising Google.

          The lack of exceptional backlash, like response we saw from iOS 7′s redesign, is partly due to the fact that Android users are free to customize their phones, so they are not forced to deal with what Google is offering if they don’t want to.

          Google’s redesign process wasn’t a big shock to most users. Apple’s redesign was forced upon its users very very quickly. I, for one, am a big fan of Apple’s implementation of the flat UI, but the design change caught a large portion of its user base off guard. Google’s redesign was a slow transition. Google started updating certain apps like the Dialer, Google Keep, Google Now, Google Play Newstand, Google Play Books, Google Play Music, Google Play Movies & TV, etc. These apps were slowly being updated to the new design, and those redesigns worked well with the current Holo UI found in ICS to KitKat. Apple modernized so quickly that backlash was inevitable. Apple’s UI literally went from 2007 to 2013 just like that.

          It’s about the transition between the design overhauls. Google’s redesign was extremely slow and the redesign was started way back almost two years ago with the bright colors. So over the transition, apps were being changed to match the redesign, which allows the transition from Android KitKat to Android L to be fairly smooth and less jarring than Apple’s instant redesign. Many of the old apps not updated to iOS 7 from iOS 6 simply did not match the new design, which sparked some consistency arguments from the fanboys. Android users made fun of it because the previous iteration of iOS was dramatically different, and people liked the old design with its textures and its icons.

          Google was slowly preparing for the design overhaul of Android by changing some apps to align with the new design guidelines so that the transition would be less of a shock, and more expected.

          Google definitely has teams that also do their best to better the UI just as much as Apple. I think you’re more referring to Samsung’s vision of Android or LG’s vision of Android, which are admittedly terrible and comparing that to iOS. I challenge you to use a Nexus 5 with Google’s stock KitKat build, and see how much smoother and more polished it is compared to Samsung’s Android. I’m exposed to a GS4 on a daily basis, helping friends use their phones and whatnot, and Samsung’s Android is a poor excuse of good UI design. Google’s Android is quite comparable to iOS 7 in my opinion and it’s just as polished. I think where many iOS users get their opinions from Samsung Galaxy S* users because that’s by far the most popular Android phone out there. The Nexus 5 is a true comparison.

          Good day

          • 1RealityCheck

            I have a Mac (which got malware recently ) and a Nexus 5. I never understand people saying Android is hard. Im not tech expert and don’t find anything difficult. Both OS have positives and negatives. I showed a ‘genius’ some of my phones features when discussing whether I should switch to an iPhone and he was shocked saying “woah, thats so cool…cant believe we can’t do that.” And yes, Android provides cheaper devices (wow, rich people shouldn’t get a chance to use a smartphone) but it also has high end devices which Im sure users would claim challenge the IPhone. I don’t understand why people have to hate others who use a different phone. Most people started with iOS or Android and stick with it. Do I like to save money? Yes. The Nexus was $300+ cheaper than an iPhone and I didnt need to carry an Apple logo to be cool and then also pay more than twice what all my friends pay per month. Neither OS makes you good or bad

          • Atticus Finch

            It still urks me to see people use the term LagDroid when referring to any Android phone. You and I both have Nexus 5s and you and I both know that the device is no where close to laggy. There are people who call themselves experts who turn people off using Android phones because of an example from 3 years ago.

          • donnybee

            I agree. I hate when people compare the 2014 experience to phones from the past. I had a bad experience with Android back in the days of the MyTouch 4G and the shitty Sensation haha but thought I’d try it again on the GS4. It’s come a LONG way, that’s for sure. It’s not right where I would like it to be yet, but things are happening! It’s still annoying to me when people compare the new iPhone to an old Android though.. That just doesn’t make sense.

            On the same hand, my dad has a GS4 and keeps saying he hates iOS because my mom has an iPhone 4 and he thinks it’s slow. Which it IS, but it wasn’t when it came out haha it’s 4 years old now!

          • donnybee

            That’s true. I have actually tried the Moto X and loved it! It runs so well, and the screen size is perfect for me. It’s running a skinned version of Android, but it’s very minimal, so it’s pretty tasteful. So I agree with you there. Android by itself should run very well.

            I think it shines more on the downsides of having such an open OS to say that other manufacturers’s skins are an issue. I usually compare Android to Windows on the PC, because it’s primarily on devices that are made by 3rd parties. But I couldn’t imagine how annoying it would be to have a skinned version of Windows ship on my computer.. It creates even more fragmentation and really affects updates. It’s essential because each company needs its own image in the mobile world (some take it too far.. i.e. Amazon), but I think we can agree that most people would rather have a vanilla experience. But since most of the hype around Android is centered on devices that have skins, it really does give Android a bad rep.

            So I can agree there. It really is good to have the competition from another strong mobile OS developer though because without the competition, none of us would have any features we use today! To each his own, in the end. I really am intrigued by Android, but am waiting for more of a polished, complete experience before I test the waters again. Plus I do a lot of photo editing and many of the apps I’m using most aren’t available on the platform yet.

            All in all, we could sit and argue why one is better than the other. Android is best for some, and iOS is better for some. Hell, even Windows Phone is better for some (Cortana is AWESOME from what I hear). All I know is that things will always be brighter in the future, and bickering about who had what first does nothing but slow us down!

            I’m glad Android has a more complete design heading into the new version! It will take a little more than that to get me to switch, but we’ll see what comes out of it! I didn’t think about the speed of transition btw.. iOS really did change overnight. I liked it, but some didn’t. If it was eased into, it would’ve been accepted quicker. But in today’s world it seems like flat is the way to go!

    • 1RealityCheck

      And other people will say the same thing about Apple and iOS from larger screens to widgets to allowing 3rd party keyboards like Swiftkey. They’re both copying from each other (toggle switches last year?) and in the end, that will be good for consumers who will have choice

  • Nicholas Kathrein

    I think you left some major things out of this article. I’ve watched both conferences and this is from memory.

    1. Material Design vs. iOS 7 Redesign

    Android was a flatter design for a year or two before iOS 7 come out but it wasn’t at all to the extent as iOS 7 went through. The difference really between iOS 7 is not only do you have x and y when determining where something is on the screen but now z which is the height dimension. iOS 7 has layers which they use for blur and maybe the previous page sits behind the current page but in this new design Google is giving developers the freedom to choose the elevation of the item. We’ll have to see how this is used. It’s new so who knows. Where Google has copied is the IDEA to give develeopers the coding for transitions which is the KEY to making a FLUID looking OS.

    2. Android L notifications vs. iOS 8 Interactive Notifications

    They look similar in this picture but in android you can flick that notification away. Also there have been many apps for years you could download in the Google Play store that changed notifications to be more like this. Since Android gives access to deeper parts of the OS you don’t have to jail break it to add things like that. I think we should all agree that if an app does something great you don’t have to wait for it to be Sherlocked or stolen from the app developer and built in to the OS to say you can do something on an OS.

    3.Chromebook & Android vs. Apple’s Continuity/ Handoff

    The key with this is Google is that once you logged into under you user ID Chrome and Have Hangouts installed you don’t need you phone at all. Mine broke so I’ve been waiting to get a new one and I get my phone calls in Chrome which my computer rings and I can take the call. I’m a Google voice user. I can make calls to any U.S. number in hangouts for free. I don’t have anyone overseas to call. I’m sure there is a fee. Google will have local Android apps for Chrome that will Handoff the exact spot you left off on the tablet or in Chrome.

    Just think how much more powerful a chromebook will be with access to 1,000s of Android apps. I think this is a game changer. Microsoft should be very worried.

    4. Android Auto vs. CarPlay

    I think Android Auto looks way better that CarPlay. CarPlay looks like a grid of apps where Android Auto looks more like a car interface with a home screen with you Google Now info including you current travel home and work maps with travel time plus I believe a link directly to you saved addresses. Another key difference is anyone can make a car app. In fact when building your Android app you can add a section for how it works in the car, on a tv, on a tablet, on the watch, and on your phone. This is killer for developers. This also means you don’t have to be a SPECIAL PARTNER like you do to be in the car or tv or the watch.

    5. Android TV vs. Apple TV

    Android TV will come in TV’s and set top boxes. The interface is light years ahead of Apple TV and so is the hardware. As I said above anyone can make an app for it unlike Apple which has to make a partnership with you to allow an app. Also a key here is that Google has a way to search content in apps so if you search for Breaking Bad and you have installed apps like Netflix or some other video service that has it show it can surface that. So searching breaking bad could actually brink up every place you can watch it and the cost allowing you to pick a free choice instead of paying for it through Google Play. We’ll have to see how if that ends up.

    6. Google Fit vs. HealthKit

    We don’t know much on this. The SDK isn’t out yet but should soon.

    • http://www.joshspadd.com/ Josh Hrach

      One point about notifications. You’ve been able to dismiss them on iOS since banners were introduced. That’s been several years now.

    • Darren

      You have valid points, and I’m not saying you’re wrong by any means, but a lot of what you’re mentioning aren’t things that haven’t worked out of the box with Android in the past (such as the notification enhancements and the Continuity features). This article was meant to compare what you’ll get out of the box with both OSes. And there are definitely positives to allowing any app in the car or on your TV, but with that there can also be negatives. Especially when it comes to Android Auto. It just doesn’t sit well with me that developers will have the ability to develop apps such as web browsers or social networking apps to use while driving. I’m not sure if some sort of approval process will go into what makes it into Android Auto, but I could see poorly designed apps leading to unsafe distractions in the car.

      • Nicholas Kathrein

        “Especially when it comes to Android Auto. It just doesn’t sit well with me that developers will have the ability to develop apps such as web browsers or social networking apps to use while driving.”

        Actually the way I understand it to work and that there are templets for the car. With the laws and everything they have to be careful. So the templets are preset layouts for music meaning if you have a music app the layout is the same. All the button for play, pause, next and all that is preset. I’m sure you can change the colors or some other things but there is very little work to do. Pocket Cast was talking in a podcast that they have worked with google to add this to the car and it was very easy. As far as the apps you can add to the car you can’t have web browsers. Only 3 categories. Music, Messages, Navigation. Current Navigation is only Google Maps but they will open that up a little later. Messages means things like facebook messanger, and whats app and all those will be able to notifify you there is a message and google will read it to you and let you voice dictate a response. I don’t believe you will get a chat interface. I think it’ a headless app. So as far as that goes you don’t have to worry about any crazy interactions in the car.

        • Darren

          Well that makes sense, thanks for clearing that up!

          • Nicholas Kathrein

            No problem. I’m an Android person but I think both Apple and Google really brought it this year. For the 1st time after WWDC I could see getting an iPhone. After Google IO and everything they did I’ll stay on Android but WOW. So much work was put in at both companies. Android will finally be as smooth and polished as iOS and I believe the apps with be on par now with Apple. Either companies devices will be way ahead of Windows Phone and BB by the end of the year.

  • http://kevozworld.tumblr.com/ kevozworld

    Monkey see…

  • 1RealityCheck

    It seems that Android Wear for now is not putting a priority on health features. All rumors seem to point that Apple’s iWatch is going to do that…Their hiring of fitness and design experts may lead to a drastically different looking and feature filled device. In the end, both of these OS will probably offer similar features. I just hope car manufacturers offer both so you don’t have to choose a car based on your phone, or a family that has Androids and iOS devices doesnt get stuck. No more exclusivity deals. Ideally, wish they’d play nice but thats not going to happen. Both OS have copied from each other (despite what the Phandroids and the iSheep think). Google would be smart to release L in conjunction with the iPhone 6 which will attract many who currently use Android (from larger screen size to 3rd party keyboards and widgets). Sadly, most Android users won’t be able to see L because of the fragmentation and the skins that manufacturers still apply. I have a Mac and an Android and feel I probably should switch to IPhone (maybe Tmobiles new 1 week trial will give me a chance to try iOS and see if I will miss any major Android features).

  • 1RealityCheck

    Does L enable the actual battery percentage to appear on the top right in stock Android. I know some skins allow this and there are plenty of 3rd party apps that will put the battery percentage on the left hand side. This seems like such a basic feature that would be useful and I can’t for the life of me understand why we can’t have “83%” on the status bar