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Apple's "New, Improved" Notifications Center, Lock Screen Flatter Android

June 7, 2011

If Apple had to imitate someone–whether to sincerely flatter or not–that someone has got to be the best and has got to be Android. And, that was what happened just recently at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2001 held in San Francisco. Apple chose to imitate the best.

At the conference, Apple demoed various new features and enhancements to iOS 5. Among the enhancements is the much-improved notification system, which Apple calls the Notifications Center.

iOS’s current notification system has been much maligned and scorned, and Apple has heeded the cries of the people who found the existing system nasty. Thus, the new and improved Notifications Center.

Android users who have seen the preview came up with almost unanimous thoughts: “Hey, I’ve seen that before. It looks familiar!” And the reason is that it does look similar to Android’s notification system, which arguably is not just an obra maestra but also quite easy to use. Critics were quick to note and rant that the new iOS Notifications Center imitated Android’s old and existing notifications system simply because the latter works and is beautiful.

I personally say I’m happy that iPhone fans will soon be experiencing a notification system that we, Android fans, have been enjoying for some time already.

Android’s lock screen look-alike is also among the “new” stuff on iOS 5. Apple described it as “new and improved” and now allows iOS users to open apps through the lock screen just by dragging the app icons. Android users say, “Been there, done that.” Particularly users of HTC Sense 3.0.

Just like its current Notifications Center, Apple’s lock screen has been assailed many times over as awful. But, Apple now brings to iOS users–via imitation–some of the lock screen delight that Android users have been relishing all along.

If you know of any innovation that Apple has announced and that does not exist yet on Android, let us know right away, please?