Android Versus Windows: A Battle of OS
Android was first disclosed in 2007 and the first phone using Android, which is HTC Dream, was sold in October 2008. Android offers applications that are generously available under the Apache License for modification and distribution by device producers, enthusiast developers and wireless carriers. As the Android is open source software, manufacturers can adapt the operating system to go well with their individual needs and phones. This becomes a practical and affordable alternative for the producer, as in contrast to developing an operating system in-house or employing a software company to do it.
Moreover, since a lot of manufacturers use Android on their phones, many developers can create apps, games and content for Android. The apps, games and content are then offered in Google Play, the Android App Market. Therefore, developers get to showcase their talent on a pervasive forum, and the accessibility of several and free apps and games, making Android well-liked for consumers.
On the other hand, unlike Android, Windows Phone is closed-sourced. It is exclusively developed by the company and is sheltered by copyright. This system offers innovative features such as: a whole new interface, Internet Explorer browser, Email access (support for Outlook.com, Exchange, Yahoo! Mail, and Gmail), ordered contacts via People Hub, text input by an on-screen virtual keyboard, threads messaging, Xbox Music, Videos, Video Store, Games Hub, Bing Search Engine, Maps, Voice recognition function, turn-by-turn navigation, Office Suite (Microsoft Office Mobile), Multitasking facility, syncing capability with Zune software, Windows Phone Store and Windows Phone App. Though the Windows Store is limited as there only a few number of apps, the company has yet to inhabit the store with a quantity of apps that is available on Google Play or Apple Market.
Windows Phone is a chain of proprietary software created and promoted by Microsoft Corporation. It is the heir to the original Windows Mobile platform but it was not supported as the older platform has been ceased. But rather than the enterprise market, it is intended at the customer phone market.
The system was commenced in October of 2012 and the company publicized the software at the Mobile World Congress in February 2010. An updated version of Windows Phone 7 was released and presented features like: Windows Live, Internet Explorer 9, Skydrive access, Twitter integration, and multi-tasking of third party apps. The most recent release is the Windows Phone 8, which proffers the new Live Tiles, is currently on the new Nokia Lumia series.