Two of the leading software giants Google and Microsoft have unveiled the much awaited versions of their mobile operating systems- Windows Phone 8 Apollo and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Both the versions come with some impressive improvements in performance as well as aesthetics. If you wish to compare the two, following points can be taken into consideration:
Talking about the interface, Android 4.1 has totally revolutionized the customizability of its operating system with Apps and widgets automatically resized to fit across multiple users’ home screens.
On the other hand, Windows Phone 8 Apollo’s live updating tiles can now be resized which will allow users to arrange a more customizable home page.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes with its ‘Project Butter’ software feature offering smoother video experience by optimized hardware usage which is also likely to improve battery life of the phone.
Windows Phone 8 on the other hand supports for multi-core processor simplifying that the future Nokia Lumia products will come with S4-Qualcomm’s dual-core processor and will deliver smoother operation. But the battery life will still stay short.
Maps on Android 4.1 will feature an offline mode and come along with a snazzy 3D view. The maps are also integrated into the new Google Now service which will allow one to receive traffic alerts and also integrate public transport information.
On the other hand, Windows Phone 8 takes an edge over Android 4.1 with pre-loaded Nokia Maps based on standard. Maps with downloadable version and navigation that is turn-by-turn make Nokia Maps one of the most impressive mobile mapping services available across the market.
Comparing the cameras of the two, while the Android 4.1 camera interface promotes shorter image processing duration with shutter lag being zero when applied with various scene modes and a photo editing feature that is rejigged the Windows Phone 8 has come up with camera tweaks along with slimmed down interface and many new features.
Both the phones have improved Voice Control systems with Jelly Bean enabling the users to dictate messages without access to a web connection and
Windows Phone 8 handsets being able to be controlled by talking to your phone.
The NFC feature of Android 4.1 has updated software on board which allows users to transfer photos, apps and videos just by touching their phone against other Android 4.1 Jelly Bean handsets. However, the much awaited application Google’s Wallet is still not there in the phone.
Microsoft on the other hand has come up with its Microsoft Wallet feature allowing users to store debit, loyalty and also credit cards in the phone with its Windows 8 version, thus taking a lead.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the only and the very first version of Android which has Google Chrome as its default web browser which is undoubtedly faster than the stock Android web browser and a much preferred choice over Mozilla Firefox.
Looking at the Windows Phone 8, it has Microsoft’s own web browser, Internet Explorer 10 which is fast and the best in its line till date.
Therefore, it would not be wrong to say that a comparison between the two is quite difficult which each one having some of the most desirable features.
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