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10 features that iPhone copied from Android

Last updated on: July 28, 2011 08:51 IST

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Gourav Jain, Tech2Date.com

While Apple was proud to have reinvented the smartphone, iPhone ran behind the competition in the market to regain ground. Such competition has generated a lot of innovation. And many of the features that iPhone users have on their phones today started first with Android. The site Business Insider listed 10 of these tools that are now part of Apple's smartphone, but have already been with Android.

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Image: A collage of features found on Android smartphones and Apple's iPhone
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1. Multitasking

Apple took three years to take multitasking to the iPhone, and did different from what users expect. The open applications are placed on hold, and on double-clicking the Home button, they return to work where they left off.

Android is capable of performing multiple tasks since the first version.

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2. Bar notifications

A new bar notification in iOS is very similar to most Androids.

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3. Wireless Synchronisation

The iPhone will be able to sync wire-lessly with iTunes with the launch of iOS 5, whereas Android users have synchronised music, movies and contacts via Wi-Fi with the home PC long before.

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4. Apps on the lock screen

The iPhone will allow the opening of a calendar alert or other notification from the device lock screen.

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5. Customisable wallpapers

Just last year the iPhone users could get the option to choose their favourite photos to use as wallpapers on the phone. This was already possible in Android, which still has the options of animated wallpapers.

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6. Wireless updates

Most Android phones are able to receive updates without synchronisation with computers. Apple will begin to allow this when launching iOS 5.

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7. Front camera

HTC EVO was released with a front camera weeks before the iPhone 4. iPhone narrowly lost it.

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8. LED flash

Many Android devices have LED flash on their cameras, which was made available with iPhone from last year only.

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9. Multiple carriers

This is more for users in the US. Android handsets were only sold by T-Mobile, but spread across the four largest US carriers. iPhone stuck with AT & T until February this year, and is available in only one more operator.

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10. Voice control

While Android handsets have integrated voice control features, the arrival of the same feature to iOS is just a rumour.

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