7 ‘New’ Features Apple Just Stole From Microsoft, Google, and Itself – Yahoo Tech

On the other hand, the pic-in-pic feature on these Android gadgets has always been limited to playing local video files and not watching live TV apps like Apple demoed at WWDC 2015. So that part is new and exciting, at least. 

4. Contextual searches: Google Now on Tap

imageAndroid’s Now on Tap (left) and Siri on iOS 9 (right).

If the features of iOS 9′s smarter, more context-aware Siri seem strangely familiar, there’s good reason. Just a couple weeks ago, Google unveiled something called Google Now on Tap that does many of the same things.

Like the new Siri, the latest version of Android’s voice assistant will scan your emails or text message and automatically set reminders and calendar events. And both Apple’s and Google’s services can decipher context for voice commands. This means that, while viewing a website for Mount Rushmore, you should be able to ask “How long does it to take to get there?” and get back the right answer. Coming soon to an Android or Apple handset near you!

5. Smarter watch faces: Android Wear

imageNavigation on Apple Watch (left) and navigation on Android Wear (right).

Is the Apple Watch more elegant than any Google watch to date? Yeah, probably. But is Apple’s watchOS still catching up with Android Wear in certain places? Yes to that, too.

Apple used the release of watchOS to add luxuries like custom photo watch faces and turn-by-turn navigation. Those features have been available on Android Wear wrist devices from the get-go. So we’re pretty sure we know where Cook and company drew inspiration for these.

6. Apple Music: Beats Music

imageBeats Music (left) and Apple Music (right).

It stands to reason that Apple Music would look a lot like Beats Music. After all, Apple did just buy Beats last year for $3 billion. Apple should get more for its money than just some overpriced headphones and the chance to party with Dr. Dre.

So, sure, the layout and navigation of Apple’s new multipronged music service has an unmistakable resemblance to the short-lived app launched by Dre and company. But you can still mark us down as slightly surprised that, from what we can tell, Apple just smooshed together the design of its old Music app with Beats and called it a day. Speaking of which…

7. Apple Music Connect: Ping

imageThe introduction of Ping, 2010.

This might sound funny, but doesn’t the new Apple Music Connect feature, the one that allows subscribers to follow the updates and posts of their favorite artists, seem like it’s kind of ripping off Apple’s failed Ping music social media service?

Drake took the stage at WWDC to not only reveal that he will be releasing his next album on Apple Music but also to deliver a speech about how great Connect is for reaching out to fans. Lady Gaga offered Apple similar support at the launch of Ping.

We don’t see how the company could get in trouble with itself for dipping back into its own bucket of ideas. But by borrowing from Ping, Apple has started from the bottom. And now we get to see if, à la spokesman Drake, it can climb all the way to “here.”

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