Apple’s iOS 7 announcement yesterday seems almost reserved; we didn’t have the news dominated by any one big feature like Siri, and instead saw deep-rooted change (to varying extents) wash over the platform as a whole. All those little tweaks sure add up, though, and the sum of their parts made for a pretty darn attractive update to the aging OS. Apple’s changes caught the eye of some of its competition, and late last night the new Android head honcho Sundar Pinchai took to Twitter to voice his interest.
Pichai claims to be “excited to try out iOS7 beta,” though that’s of course contingent on registering as an Apple dev, something Mr. Android has yet to do. It’s no surprise that the forces behind the various mobile platforms would be very much interested in keeping tabs on their neighbors, but it’s still notable to see a public figure like Pichai express this sentiment so openly.
Given how many elements of iOS 7 could be say to be inspired by Android or Windows Phone, we’d be curious to get Google’s and Microsoft’s honest takes on Apple’s job – do they feel that Apple took some good ideas and made them better, or could there be some more hostile sentiments lurking around?