Android is by far the best mobile operating system in this world. There is iOS, but due to its limitation to just Apple products, its not as popular as Android. But then Microsoft is trying to get into the mobile market with their own operating system. They have launched a series of smartphones with other brand names running on Windows mobile operating system. But can it beat the immense popularity of Android ?
How does Windows 8 stack up against the latest Android 4.1? We’ll take a look at the differences and see which OS holds up best.
Android 4.1 vs Windows 8
The Android operating system has been around for a while now in various incarnations but nowhere near as many as Windows, the latest incarnation of which is now at Version 8 which is not even an accurate reflection of this operating systems history. The true number of Windows operating systems that have been released is more than 15 over a period of 30 years. The reason to mention this fact when comparing Android and Windows is the amount of technology and expertise available to the software designers and engineers. The results not startling really if you bear in mind the might and maturity of Microsoft.
Android has suffered from some significant hiccups since it was introduced back in Nov 2007. Although backed by the might of Google, their business is wholly different to the giant operating system developer Microsoft and their successful foray into the mobile operating systems market was partly because they prudently also hired the inventors when they acquired the technology rights.
Windows 8 shows all the characteristics of a maturely developed mobile OS and is clearly easier to use than the competing Android 4.1 which graces every Samsung mobile device and many other brands of smartphone and tablet these days. There is some sound technical reasoning behind this too. One of the issues with Android 4.1 being used on so many different hardware devices is that the scaling and functionality has had to be programmed into the apps written for Android. Windows 8 has a different approach by breaking the screen up into a grid of available squares. Different resolutions choose from a limited selection of grids. This means that an app will look and behave the same on different devices running Windows 8. Obviously those with better resolution will have more grid squares available so therefore more opportunity for extra features, buttons etc. What will not happen is that where different phones are using similar but not identical displays (for example 3.2” or 3.1” or 3.5” display) they will not experience strange and different graphics as the Android tries to match graphics with the available pixel density and the screen size to the display. This can result in some odd looking apps and unreadable text in some cases. There are usually patches available to address such problems but that is really not a great way to experience what should be a “smart” phone.
The New Year will bring in with it the usual flood of new apps as developers get cracking on new releases and this is the area where most will be swayed one way or another when choosing a new mobile device. There are obviously other considerations such as the hardware but Windows 8 is available on a wide range of devices now so the choices are not restrictive at all. Application availability is probably going to drive the situation with the number of Android apps outstripping Windows 8 by ten to one at present. Android offers 60 frames per second crisp video which is great visually – a feature that will obviously be very appealing to buyers. Those looking to store and access their data through USB 3 might prefer Windows 8 as it has native support with Android users reporting all sorts of issues with USB 3 devices including charging that will not work through USB 3. The choice of apps is split; for smartphone apps, Windows 8 will not impress – for tablet apps the choices are much better. With the expected exponential growth in apps availability, by the time 2013 has got through its first quarter there will be a lot more apps available for both smartphones and tablets. To compete in 2013, it seems Android might need to step up the pace a little!
Author Bio- The above post is contributed by Raymond Ray. He is a data recovery engineer with an extensive background in researching about technology and gadgets. He enjoys sharing his tips and insights about technology and gadgets on various blogs.