Jon Gruber has an interesting insight on his blog with the thought that Apple and Google do seem to concentrate on different aspects of their respective mobile experiences:
One thing that I've been thinking about today is that yesterday's announcements really showed how different Apple's priorities are from Google's. What Apple has focused on is making the iPhone feel and look better. It's about how it feels in your hand, about how amazing the new Retina Display looks. It's about even better battery life.
People who prefer Android over the iPhone value different things. I'll bet Android users were more likely to expect that Apple would announce a new UI for notifications, for example.
This reminded me of a conversation that Steve Bryant and I had through the comments on another one of my blog posts regarding "open" mobile platforms (like Android, where you can load any app you want) versus closed mobile platforms (like iPhone/iPad, where you can load only Apple-approved apps). Steve thought that users on each platform consciously wanted a different experience from the other platform, but I wasn't so sure. Steve, maybe I'll have to rethink my position. It's a lot easier to read the public intents of competing companies than it is the mobile masses.