Let’s be honest: Developing a mobile operating system in this day and age is really a cat-and-mouse game between the two heavyweights, so it’s not surprising that interesting features that make it into one platform are ultimately introduced on the other side.
After all, it was Steve Jobs himself who famously once quoted Picasso’s line, “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” Of course, this is also the same Steve Jobs who also infamously told his biographer, Walter Isaacson, that he planned to “go thermonuclear war” on Android because it was a “stolen product.”
Nonetheless, while Android fans have been quick to accuse Apple of copying Android features for years, the reality is that it goes both ways. Android copied the iPhone’s immersive touchscreen UI from the very first models, but then forged ahead in areas like customizability and multitasking, and it’s been a game of leapfrog ever since.
So this week with Google’s release of the first Android 11 public beta, it should be no surprise that it’s once again “borrowing” some of the best features from iOS 13 and making them its own. Read on for 9 Android 11 features that were undoubtedly inspired by Apple.