No one outside of Apple’s glittering fortress knew for sure what iOS 5 would bring, but we did have hints and clues pointing to notifications, group messaging, and Twitter integration.

Apple presented 10 of the reportedly 200 additions and enhancements, including a long-awaited update to the way iOS handles obtrusive notifications, and the ability to cut out the USB cord for over-the-air system updates.

While all the new features mark happy tidings for Apple fans, many of the features have been seen before on Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 7. Here’s a look at how the major updates Apple’s most proud of compare to rival mobile platforms. We’ve included dates and the names of Apple’s new features when available. iOS 5 updates on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch this upcoming fall.

Apple iOS 5AndroidWindows PhoneBlackBerry OS
Grouped notificationsNotification CenterNotifications pull-down (2008)Live tile updates (2010)Notification icones on home screen
Group, multimedia messaging (free within ecosystem)iMessageStandard messaging; Third-party apps (Kik, GroupMe)Standard messaging; Third-party appsBlackBerry Messenger 5 (2009)
Twitter sharing, integrationiOS 5, fall releaseSharing an original Android feature; status updates via appsComing with Mango update in fallTwitter photo-sharing available
Over-the-air updatesiOS 5, fall releaseOriginal feature (2008)Original feature (2010)BlackBerry OS 5(2009)
Magazine, RSS subscriptionsNewsstandThird-party appsThird-party appsThird-party apps
Reminders listsiOS 5, fall release; includes geolocationThird-party appsThird-party appsThird-party apps
Browser reading modeiOS 5, fall releaseThird-party appsThird-party appsThird-party apps
Rich text formattingMail appThird-party appsOffice documentsThird-party apps
Camera shortcut on a locked phoneiOS 5, fall releaseHTC Sensation has a lock screen shortcutHold and press shutter from sleep position (Pocket-to-picture; 2010)Must wake up phone
Games recommendations, see achievementsGames CenterNot availableXbox Live (Achievements; 2010); enhancements with MangoNot available


Source : CNET

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