The smartphone market of today is drastically different from what it is a few years ago. The present-day smartphones are more of a PC, if we talk in terms of features. With the recent release of Windows Phone 8, it has given rise to tremendous competition among all smartphones distinctively running on three major platforms i.e. iOS6, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Windows 8 itself.
iOS6, Android 4.1 and now Windows Phone 8 have dominantly ruled the smartphone market all over the world. On one hand, if Windows8 is featured with Live Tiles interface, then on the other hand, Android 4.1 have push forward its customizable home screens to the next level. Similarly, Apple has incorporated a used and reliable method, which based on simplicity.
In terms of Maps, Android 4.1 is backed by its Google Maps, which bring street view, 3D and indoor mapping. Many pedestrians and car drivers find the mapping system of android to be very effective and user-friendly. Similarly, Microsoft has used its proprietary Bing Maps. Windows8 is now featured with Nokia mapping system.
On the other hand, iOS mapping system is traditional based on Google’s offering only. But with the advent of iOS 6, it has been changed. This new Apple platform provides turn by turn navigation and integration with Yelp for business listings. Further, it also offers SIRI for voice control. Like its Android and Microsoft counterparts, it too features 3D maps, a traffic service and a satellite view.
Microsoft has properly worked out on Windows Phone 8’s Camera app, with a new clear and clean look. It has a small menu button for accessing the camera’s various settings. Nokia phones are also likely to add PureView technology, which gained world-wide popularity through the Nokia 808 PureView.
Android 4.1’s camera system features some significant changes. It has become faster than ever, and includes a fast review system, which makes it simple to edit and remove images. Moreover, there are also different scene modes, exposure and white balance. Further, with photo editing and panoramic mode, you can just click your best shots.
iOS 6 camera continues with the simple theme, settings and all the setting are sorted in an automatic manner, whether there is the use of flash or not. With automatic focus, you are also able to specify a certain area by touching the screen. If you need a physical shutter button, iOS also enables the utilization of the up volume button and the on screen option as well.
Windows Phone 8 comes with Microsoft Wallet, and makes use of any NFC technology loaded into handsets. Google has also used NFC services such as Android Beam and Google Wallet. Google’s Android beam has been overhauled in 4.1. It is effective in instant transferring of photos, videos and apps.
iOS6 comes with Passbook. It is exactly not an NFC based app. However, it offers a lot of the same features. It is expected that Apple will soon announce NFC capabilities in its iPhones.
Android 4.1 enables Internet browsing with its standard Android Browser. However, the premier Jelly Bean device, the Google Nexus 7 is integrated with Chrome. Windows Phone8 brings the latest version of Internet Explorer, IE10. It will help in keeping WP8 at the forefront of the mobile internet browsing, but also provide safety while browsing. IE10 comes with an authenticated filter and SmartScreen service to prevent your device from malicious websites.
iOS 6 comes with enhanced features such as offline reading and integration to iCloud, which allows for tab syncing. Besides, Smart App Banners are there, which help a site promote their apps, and brings a richer cohesion to the whole iOS platform.
There is one area in Windows has suffered from before and that is microSD card support. But it has been rectified with Windows Phone 8. The new Windows Phone 8 enables easy storage of media and can be accessed via a microSD card. It also supports the installation of apps onto it.
Let’s have a glimpse at the basic difference between Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, iOS6 and Windows Phone8.
|Android Jelly Bean 4.1||iOS6||Windows Phone8|
|Supported Standards||GSM, CDMA||GSM, CDMA||GSM, CDMA|
|Kernel||Linux||OS X||Windows NT|
|Hardware Supported||A wide range of devices||iPhone, iPad, iPod touch||A wide range of devices|
|Security||Prone to malware||Yes||Yes|
|Social Media Integration||Twitter, Facebook||Twitter, Facebook||Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Windows Live|
|Advanced calling Features||Yes, via Google Voice||Yes, Visual Voicemail, Reply with message, Remind me later||Yes, integrated internet calling|
|Movie Store||Google Play||iTunes||Xbox-branded service, most likely|
|Music Store||Google Play||iTunes||Xbox Music|
|Browser Tab Syncing||Yes||Yes||No|
|Gaming||Wide variety of games, less popular releases||Wide variety of games, plenty of popular releases||Limited but unique assortment of games|
|Browser||Google Chrome||Mobile Safari||Internet Explorer 10|
|3D Maps||Yes, via Google Earth||Yes||Yes|