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Steve Jobs Announces IOS 4.2 With A Bunch of Android Features

Steve Jobs again took swipes at Android today during the release announcement of IOS 4.2. During the announcement Steve Jobs said “iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”

Sorry Steve but we’ve got that. Let’s go analyze the entire announcement:

iPad users can now run their favorite apps and switch between them instantly,
Here you are referring to multi-tasking which has been around since Andoid first came on the scene with the first version of Android on the G1.. NEXT…

Game Center allows iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to challenge and play friends or be matched automatically with new opponents, showcase their scores and achievements, and discover new games their friends are playing.

Steve, Have you ever heard of Open Feint.. Yup Android has it

AirPlay is a new feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad
Various apps and including withme and of course DLNA allow this already but not just from the Samsung Galaxy Tab or other Android tablets, from Android handsets as well

AirPrint is a next-generation Wi-Fi print architecture that dramatically simplifies printing by completely eliminating printer drivers. A selection of AirPrint enabled printers including the HP Photosmart, HP LaserJet Pro and HP Officejet will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.

Steve, I hate to tell you this but we’ve been able to wifi print from Android for a while, In fact back in September we did this video on wireless printing from the Samsung Galaxy Tab, affectionately known as the “Gtab”. Further, we don’t need special printers this technology works with ANY wifi enabled printer.

The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe℠ subscription and helps you locate your missing device.

Ok here’s the problem with this one. We’ve had over 10 find my phone apps in the market since Android 1.6. Also as far as mobile me goes, syncing mail, calendar, contacts through devices, yeah we got that in Gapps from day one of Android.

Source: Apple


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  1. It’s not only about having a feature, but also about how useful the feature is realized on the device. In this regard Android seems to be a playground still, while iOS features are for real world usage …

    To compare features by name is like comparing apples with bananas 😉

  2. lol Symbian had all of those for years even before iOS or Android existed, network video calls come as default on most Nokia devices with no app required and it isn’t a groundbreaking feature.

    Who will catch up to Symbian first?

  3. Leave it to Apple to spin catching up on current technology as “adding new features”. I’ll leave iPads to grandmas and go pick me up an Android Tablet.

  4. Well actually…
    Game Center and AirPlay both have 3rd party apps that already do that on the iPhone. This is the same thing as Google announce streaming music is coming in a future version of Android. 3rd parties already do it, but 1st party stuff is almost always better.

    Don’t get on your high horse only to find it is a small wooden pony.

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