Photo taken by me at Google I/O 2011
Apple reinvented the smartphone in 2007, but it has been playing catch up for the past couple years.
Here’s a sampling of announcements that Steve Jobs & Co. made today that already existed on other devices:
Camera button on launch screen: Windows Phone devices do Apple one better: They can take photos from sleep mode just by hitting the camera button.
Notifications: Apple now lets iOS users swipe down to get notifications. Android has had that feature since 2007.
iMessage: I guess Apple couldn’t get RIM to give them the rights to iBBM.
OTA updates: Come on, even WebOS has that.
iCloud: Have a new Android? Sign into Google, and all your contacts, e-mails and settings are waiting for you, including Wi-Fi network passwords.
Twitter integration: I was frankly surprised that didn’t already exist on the iPhone, since you can do that on a BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Android.
And I get accused of being an Apple fanboy. -David