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Which smartphone company has introduced the most standard features? Which companies have copied them most often? This spreadsheet indicates the sources for David Pogue's article on Yahoo Finance.
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Feature
Innovator
DateFollowerDateSource (Innovator)Source (Follower)Notes
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OS FEATURES
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Dock for most-used appsApple1/9/07Android5/20/10
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2007/01/09Apple-Reinvents-the-Phone-with-iPhone/
https://www.computerworld.com/article/3235946/android/android-versions-a-living-history-from-1-0-to-today.html
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Custom wallpaperApple1/9/07Android9/23/08
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2007/01/09Apple-Reinvents-the-Phone-with-iPhone/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
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Multiple Home screensApple 1/15/08Android7/15/10https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_historyhttps://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-36373
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Parental controlsApple 7/11/08Android11/13/12https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history#iPhone_OS_2https://www.teamknowhow.com/kit-guide/phones/samsung/galaxy-s8/how-to-set-up-parental-controls-on-android
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App foldersAndroid9/23/08Apple6/21/10
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
https://gizmodo.com/5568954/the-complete-guide-to-using-ios-4
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Notification CenterAndroid10/22/08Apple 10/12/11https://www.theverge.com/2011/12/7/2585779/android-historyhttps://www.lifewire.com/ios-versions-4147730
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Whole-device searchApple6/17/09Android9/15/09
https://www.lifewire.com/ios-versions-4147730
https://www.theverge.com/2011/12/7/2585779/android-history
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Accessibility tools (zoom, screen reader)
Apple 6/17/09Android11/14/12
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VoiceOver
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
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Animated wallpaperAndroid10/26/09Apple9/18/13
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_7
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Multitasking "cards"Apple6/7/10Android2/22/11https://www.lifewire.com/upgrade-your-iphone-3g-ios-4-2000753https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
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Drag-and-drop app foldersApple6/21/10Android10/18/11https://gizmodo.com/5568954/the-complete-guide-to-using-ios-4https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
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Swipe away notificationsAndroid10/18/11Apple6/10/13https://www.computerworld.com/article/3235946/android/android-versions-a-living-history-from-1-0-to-today.htmlhttp://osxdaily.com/2013/09/30/dismiss-notifications-instantly-ios-swipe/
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“For you right now” cardsAndroid7/9/12Apple6/8/15https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Nowhttps://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/iosapps/how-use-proactive-siri-in-ios-9-virtual-assistant-3616319/
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Do Not DisturbApple9/19/12Android11/12/14https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_6https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-android-priority-mode-get-back-silent-mode/
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Quick settings panelAndroid11/13/12Apple6/10/13
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control_Center_(iOS)
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Health appAndroid6/25/13Apple9/17/14https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Fithttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_8
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Settings searchAndroid11/12/13Apple9/16/15https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_historyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_9
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Transfer settings to new phoneAndroid11/12/13Apple6/19/17https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_historyhttps://www.macrumors.com/2017/06/19/ios-11-automatic-setup-feature/
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Battery-saver modeSamsung2/24/14Apple6/8/15https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S5https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history
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Car dashboard displayApple3/10/14Android3/19/15https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CarPlayhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_Auto
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Emergency medical Info screenApple6/2/14Android8/22/16https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/iphone-medical-id/https://www.tomsguide.com/us/add-emergency-information-in-android-nougat,review-4091.html
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Long-press shortcut menusApple 9/16/15Android12/5/16https://www.lifewire.com/devices-compatibility-ios-9-1999748https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
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One-tap "last open app" Apple9/16/15Android8/22/16https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_9https://www.android.com/versions/nougat-7-0/
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Public transit in MapsAndroid12/15/15Apple8/25/16https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Maps#Google_Transithttps://www.lifewire.com/devices-compatibility-ios-9-1999748
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SCREEN
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Desktop wallpaperApple6/29/07Android9/23/08
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2007/01/09Apple-Reinvents-the-Phone-with-iPhone/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
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Auto-rotating screenApple6/30/07Android9/23/08
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2007/01/09Apple-Reinvents-the-Phone-with-iPhone/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Dream
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Pinch to zoomApple7/1/07Android10/26/09
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2007/01/09Apple-Reinvents-the-Phone-with-iPhone/
https://www.computerworld.com/article/3235946/android/android-versions-a-living-history-from-1-0-to-today.html
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Capture screenshotsApple7/11/08Android10/18/11https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history#iPhone_OS_2https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
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OLED screenSamsung4/15/09Apple9/12/17https://www.techradar.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s-historyhttps://www.buzzfeed.com/nicolenguyen/apple-iphone-x?utm_term=.eoLrv2kR7#.kgDMwv4ZG
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Orientation lockSamsung6/4/10Apple6/21/10http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1486673https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_version_history
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300 dpi ("Retina") screenApple6/7/10Android10/19/11https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_4https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy_Nexus
In the Google Nexus phone
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Screen > 4 inchesSamsung2/13/11Apple9/21/12https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S_IIhttps://www.iphonelife.com/content/evolution-iphone-every-model-2007-2016
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Night mode (minimizes blue light)Apple3/21/16Android10/4/16https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_historyhttps://www.androidcentral.com/how-use-blue-light-killing-night-light-google-pixel
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Full height (no Home button)Samsung3/29/17Apple9/12/17https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S8https://www.buzzfeed.com/nicolenguyen/apple-iphone-x?utm_term=.eoLrv2kR7#.kgDMwv4ZG
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TEXT & VOICE
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Onscreen keyboard Apple9/2/07Android4/27/09
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2007/01/09Apple-Reinvents-the-Phone-with-iPhone/
https://www.computerworld.com/article/3235946/android/android-versions-a-living-history-from-1-0-to-today.html
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Third-party keyboardsAndroid4/1/09Apple6/2/14
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_8
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Cut, copy, pasteAndroid4/27/09Apple 6/17/09https://www.theverge.com/2011/12/7/2585779/android-historyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_version_history
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Voice typingAndroid10/26/09Apple10/12/11https://www.computerworld.com/article/3235946/android/android-versions-a-living-history-from-1-0-to-today.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_version_history
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Spell checker (underlines)Apple6/21/10Android10/18/11https://www.imore.com/ios-4-features-spellcheck-text-replacehttps://www.theverge.com/2011/12/7/2585779/android-history
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Emoji keyboardApple6/6/11Android10/31/13https://9to5mac.com/2011/06/08/standard-emoji-keyboard-arrives-to-ios-5-heres-how-to-enable-it/https://www.android.com/versions/kit-kat-4-4/
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Voice assistantApple10/4/11Samsung5/3/12https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirihttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S_III
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Abbreviation expanderApple10/12/11Android7/9/12https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history#iOS_5https://www.techrepublic.com/article/create-android-keyboard-shortcuts-for-words-that-you-use-frequently/
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Word suggestions above keyboardAndroid9/15/09Apple6/2/14https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEATBLaylYghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_8
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Hands-free voice assistantAndroid10/31/13Apple9/17/14https://www.computerworld.com/article/3235946/android/android-versions-a-living-history-from-1-0-to-today.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_version_history
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Handwriting recognitionAndroid3/9/15Apple9/19/17https://www.androidcentral.com/google-releases-new-handwriting-input-keyboard-support-82-languageshttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/0/ios-11-17-new-hidden-features-iphone-ipad/handwriting-recognition/
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CAMERA
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Video captureAndroid4/1/09Apple7/7/09
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_3GS
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LED flashAndroid1/5/10Apple6/7/10
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nexus_One
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_4
In the Google Nexus One
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Front-facing cameraSamsung6/4/10Apple6/7/10https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S_IIhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_4
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1080p hi-def video captureSamsung2/13/11Apple10/4/11https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S_IIhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_4S
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Self timerSamsung2/13/11Apple6/2/14https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-11318"iPhone: The Missing Manual," 8th Ed
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Camera access from Lock screenApple10/12/11Android11/13/12https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history#iOS_5https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
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Volume key as shutter button Apple10/12/11Samsung3/14/13https://www.lifewire.com/iphone-compatible-with-ios-5-1999738https://www.gottabemobile.com/how-to-take-a-photo-by-pressing-your-phones-volume-keys-and-when-not-to-do-this/
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Time lapseAndroid10/18/11Apple6/2/14
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history#Android_5.0_Lollipop_(API_21)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history#iOS_8
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PanoramaAndroid10/18/11Apple6/11/12
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
https://mashable.com/2012/09/19/ios-6-panoramas/#kpkxE8wzUsqM
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Zoom while shooting videoAndroid10/18/11Apple9/18/13
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_7
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Slo-mo video captureSamsung8/9/12Apple9/18/13https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1917998https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_7
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Dual LED flashApple9/20/13Android10/15/14https://www.iphonelife.com/content/evolution-iphone-every-model-2007-2016https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nexus_6
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Optical image stabilizationAndroid10/31/13Apple9/17/14
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nexus_5
https://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/iphone-6-plus-1264566/review
In the Google Nexus 5
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4K video captureSamsung2/25/14Apple9/9/14https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S5https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone
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Second lens for optical zoomApple9/13/16Samsung8/23/17https://www.iphonelife.com/content/evolution-iphone-every-model-2007-2016https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_Note_8
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Portrait (blurry-background) modeApple10/24/16Android10/17/17https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history#iOS_10https://ai.googleblog.com/2017/10/portrait-mode-on-pixel-2-and-pixel-2-xl.html
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PHONE
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Voice dialingAndroid9/23/08Apple6/17/09https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_historyhttps://www.lifewire.com/using-voice-control-on-iphone-ipod-1999169
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MMS photo messagingAndroid9/23/08Apple3/17/09https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_historyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_OS_3
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Built-in video callingApple6/7/10Samsung3/14/12https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FaceTimehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S_III
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Respond to texts in notificationsAndroid7/10/12Apple6/2/14https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_Jelly_Beanhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history
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WiFi callingApple9/17/14Android10/15/14https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history#iOS_9https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nexus_6
In the Google Nexus 6
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Voicemail transcriptionsApple9/13/16Android2/26/18https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history#iOS_10https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/26/17055120/google-phone-app-voicemail-transcriptions-tmobile
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HARDWARE FEATURES
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GPS chipApple7/11/08Samsung6/4/10https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_3Ghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S
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NFC chipAndroid11/15/10Apple9/9/14https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nexus_Shttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_6
In the Google Nexus S
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Qi wireless charging on a padAndroid10/29/12Apple9/12/17https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qi_(standard)https://www.buzzfeed.com/nicolenguyen/apple-iphone-x?utm_term=.eoLrv2kR7#.kgDMwv4ZG
In the Google Nexus 4
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Water resistanceSamsung2/25/14Apple9/13/16
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S5
https://www.iphonelife.com/content/evolution-iphone-every-model-2007-2016
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Stereo speakersApple9/13/16Samsung2/25/18https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_7https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S9
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INTERNET
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App storeApple7/11/08Android9/23/08
https://www.lifewire.com/ios-versions-4147730
https://www.theverge.com/2011/12/7/2585779/android-history
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Autofill passwordsAndroid2/22/11Apple6/6/11https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_historyhttps://discussions.apple.com/thread/2458760
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Personal hotspot (tethering)Android5/20/10Apple10/12/11https://www.theverge.com/2011/12/7/2585779/android-historyhttps://appleinsider.com/articles/11/01/11/apples_new_cdma_iphone_has_built_in_wi_fi_hotspot_with_ios_4_2_5
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Private browsingAndroid2/22/11Apple10/12/11
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_version_history
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Reader modeApple10/12/11Android11/12/14https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history#iOS_5https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Chrome_version_history
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Save for offline readingApple9/19/12Android12/6/16https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history#iOS_6https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Chrome_version_history
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Swipe to delete emailApple9/17/14Android11/15/16https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history#iOS_8https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gmail
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SECURITY
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Find My PhoneApple6/17/10Samsung1/30/12https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Find_My_iPhonehttps://www.androidpolice.com/2012/01/30/samsung-reinvents-average-with-the-galaxy-s-advance-1ghz-dual-core-processor-768mb-of-ram-and-gingerbread/
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Stolen-phone brickingApple9/18/13Android4/21/15https://www.lifewire.com/ios-versions-4147730https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
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Fingerprint readerApple9/18/13Samsung2/25/14https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touch_IDhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S5
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