How Windows 8 will fare against iOS and Android?
by PRAVEEN JOSHI on NOVEMBER 12, 2012
In this era and distressed of fast paced technology, it is mere fitting that the humble mobile phone is replaced by feature-packed smartphones. This has opened up a whole debut market for transportable operating systems. Currently three predominant software companies are competing for the number one spot -Apple’s iPhone OS, Google’s Android and the new entry of Microsoft’s Windows 8.
Mobile phones today come with different variants of operating systems. Samsung has both Android and Windows phones, Apple’s iPhones are in a separate league, while Nokia is currently bringing the Windows 8 platform to the fore. Other brands such that HTC and Sony Ericsson too are experimenting with different platforms. Each has its own set of pros moreover cons. We have attempted to compare these software based on a few general parameters.
When it comes to user interface the menage a trois operating systems are neck-to-neck in conditions of usability, ease of access and attractiveness. While Android and iOS phones characteristic widgets and icons on the home screen, Windows 8 phones come with an attractive display of larger tiles. It also allows the user to customize the tiles and add more apps to the screen, though it might be a little sluggish to swish through. iPhone applications, on the further hand, come with simplicity, greater functionality and better features such as child lock for certain apps. Android’s Jelly Bean too makes for a smooth homescreen experience.
Apple has been reigning the App scene with a wide range concerning iPhone applications, and Android came a close second. Windows 8, however, has upped the ante with the introduction concerning two new apps – the Wallet and Maps. Wallet allows for easier payments using services such as PayPal. While Wallet is in pertinent competition to Apple’s Passbook App, the Maps app is by far unbeatable. iOS has recently moved away from Google Maps by launching it’s own map application. However, the launch of this application proved controversial near various errors in the geographical data. Android relies on the Google maps for the accurate data.