The Androidification of iPhone?

Got an iPhone? Ever think about switching to Android? Maybe you like the idea of Android's funky homescreen widgets, giving at-a-glance information on weather, incoming emails and so on. But you don't want to give up the iPhone's ease of use.

Or maybe you're an Android user who'd love an iPhone? But you don't want to lose the widgets - not to mention subtle, easy-to-use notifications - that Android offers?

There's no doubt about it: if Apple wants to arrest the iPhone's slow eclipsing by Android, it needs to introduce an iPhone equivalent of Android's widgets and notifications. And perhaps it will? Apple is expected to show off iOS 5 at the WWDC conference in June, and it's long been expected iOS 5 will replace the iPhone's rather basic notifications - which pop up in the middle of what you're doing and interrupt your work, only to disappear never to be seen again when dismissed - with something more sophisticated, perhaps resembling Android's system where notifications appear in the top status bar and you can 'pull down' the bar to see them.

But according to the latest reports from the gadget blog TechCrunch, not only will Apple show off new notifications next month, but some sort of widgets too. That would make the new version of iOS - which is likely to only be made available for the iPhone 4 and 3GS - a significant boon and probably highly attractive for Android users.

Of course, we'd wager Apple's version of widgets will be simpler and more restricted than Android's - but it could be enough to make iOS 5 pretty exciting. We'll tell you all about it as soon as the WWDC conference gets going.

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