I kind of disagree because you are critiquing based only on this feature. One major reason why Google Now is great is because they have access to so much of data. From your email's, search history, your interests etc. When you compare it to iOS or Apple in general, it's not a fair comparison because you are not entitled to access to so much of information. I have used both Android and Apple devices, I feel more comfortable as an iOS user and I can give many reasons as to why. However that is irrelevant to this discussion.
If you look into the kernel of the latest iOS, you will be quite amazed to see some features which are latest cutting edge research. One good example is the multi path tcp feature. (I took up a networking course and was reading about a paper which talked about Multi Path TCP and I discovered this)
iOS 7 uses MPTCP on an iPhone or iPad with an active cellular data connection to make two connections:
- A primary TCP connection over Wi-Fi
- A backup connection over cellular data
If Wi-Fi becomes unavailable or unresponsive, iOS 7 will use the cellular data connection.
Another example is multi peer connectivity framework:http://www.cultofmac.com/271225/appreciated-ios-7-feature-will-change-world/?_tmc=q6WbOJ815iItDLqjQKSZxx45RfFKRXrIa2c59gap1Z8#BZt2zmloqkSecRmT.99
So yeah, to conclude Android is NOT 10 years ahead :-)