Apple iOS 5 vs Android,Windows Phone & BlackBerry OS

While all the new features bring happy tidings for Apple fans, many have already existed on Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone operating systems. That's not necessary a knock on Apple; all the platforms eventually ape each other's best features, and remember how long it took Apple to enable copy/paste on its original iPhone? What it does reveal is that Android, and even Windows Phone and BlackBerry, are applying real pressure.

Here's a look at how some of Apple's major iOS 5 updates line up with those on rival mobile platforms. We've included dates and the names of Apple's new features when available.

Apple iOS 5


Windows Phone

BlackBerry OS

Grouped notifications
Notification Center
Notifications pull-down (2008)
Live tile updates (2010)
Notification icons on home screen
Group, multimedia messaging (free within ecosystem)
Standard messaging; third-party apps (Kik, GroupMe)
Standard messaging; third-party apps
BlackBerry Messenger 5 (2009)
Twitter sharing, integration
iOS 5, October 2011
Sharing an original Android feature; status updates via apps
Coming with Mango update in fall
Twitter photo-sharing available
Over-the-air updates
iOS 5, October 2011
Original feature (2008)
Original feature (2010)
BlackBerry OS 5 (2009)
Magazine, RSS subscriptions
Third-party apps
Third-party apps
Third-party apps
Reminders lists
iOS 5,October 2011; includes geolocation
Third-party apps
Third-party apps
Third-party apps
Browser reading mode
iOS 5, October 2011
Third-party apps
Third-party apps
Third-party apps
Rich text formatting
Mail app
Third-party apps
Office documents
Third-party apps
Camera shortcut on a locked phone
iOS 5, October 2011
HTC Sensation, Pantech Breakout have a Lock screen shortcut
Hold and press shutter from sleep position (Pocket-to-picture; 2010)
Must wake up phone
Games recommendations, see achievements
Game Center
Not available
Xbox Live (Achievements; 2010); enhancements with Mango
Not available
Voice controls
Voice actions; third-party apps
Original feature (2010); expanded in Mango September 2011
Third-party app
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