Android or Windows Phone- what differentiates these operating systems tailored to our smartphones and tablets? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these platforms? Which is easier to understand? Let’s find this out now!

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Interface, applications, tracking update

If when choosing a smartphone the consumer has a wide, if not too wide choice, the supply side is leaner operating system. Google and Microsoft, share the coveted field of “OS” mobile. With very uneven plots. Basically, just over 80% of smartphones on sale rotate through the Google OS, Android. Then comes the challenger, Windows Phone. The Microsoft platform, still confidential in terms of market share and little representation in linear (Nokia Lumia range) should gain visibility this year, Microsoft gradually signing new partners, including the entry.

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When choosing a phone, or tablet, it seems useful to know two or three things about the OS that powers the selected machine. For if these three OS offer more or less the same functionality today, not all present in the same way. You aim the simplicity of use or, on the contrary, a level of customization (hack) high? You aim a mobile entry-level and want everything runs smoothly? Here is a summary of the strengths and weaknesses for the first-time buyers, beginners will definitely find this little guide response elements necessary for a purchase thoughtful!

Interface/navigation: 

  • Android

Rich, complex and multiple. These are the three words that best characterize Android. No matter what the advocates of this operating system, beginners will clearly have a little trouble to understand it in all its richness. Because it comes at the cost of some complexity.
But first things first: Android is basically an OS developed by Google. It basically consists of a notifications bar, an unlock screen, a menu that includes all downloaded applications and multiple home screens, on which you can place shortcuts to apps or folders and widgets.

Things get complicated when you consider that each manufacturer is allowed to develop its own user interface to differentiate themselves from others. Fortunately, most of these interfaces meet the paradigms mentioned above. Although some still trying to get out. Reflecting a Huawei has eradicated the application menu, creating a half-way interface between iOS and Android.
The Google OS has no real intrinsic weakness. Its notifications bar, copied over time by other operating systems, is a model of its kind.

 

  • Windows Phone

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Flanked by insurmountable limitations in its first release in 2010, Windows Phone has fortunately evolved. In no power seriously compete with the two leaders today. Especially since it had the good idea to stand out graphically from the start. Microsoft has indeed opted for a design “flat” pretty radical. Love it or hate it. The menu navigation is very simple insofar as the system consists of a single home screen and a menu of applications in vertical scrolling in both cases. Options are also reduced to a bare minimum, to further simplify use.

Even if Windows Phone does not offer widgets, it can still boast an equivalent with the famous live tiles. They can display information directly on the home screen, such as weather, news, message notifications, etc. And without having to open the application. Finally, as iOS, one of the great strengths of Windows Phone is to show fluid and responsive, regardless of the smartphone on which it is proposed.

Personalization:

  • Android

Are not going to beat around the bush: if the extreme personalization of your smartphone is very important for you is an Android you. As discussed in the previous section, the Google OS is flexible. So much so that it is even possible to download a new interface directly from the Google Play store so basic that does not suit you. Besides the ocean of opportunity opened by the root and flashing for more advanced users. Without going that far, just different sizes of widgets and modularity in the number of home screens allow Android to stand far ahead iOS and Windows Phone when it comes to form an interface “custom”.

  •  Windows Phone

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Microsoft has immediately chosen a rather strict way in terms of opportunities for manufacturers to modify the user interface, the Windows Phone logically shows rather rigid in that direction. However, even if they are wisely ordered in their square or rectangular formats, live tiles can customize much more extensive way the home screen as iOS. Windows Phone is therefore at the crossroads between the mobile system from Apple and Android. It leaves some room for maneuver, while remaining graphically very structured. Windows Phone 8.1 has also brought some changes, including the possibility of adding a wallpaper that is displayed in transparent stickers.

Advantage:

  • Windows Phone

Microsoft quickly realized it made a mistake by aping this modus operandi in Windows Phone 7. It was now it is imperative to go through the Zune software to sync media files with smartphones. A real way of the cross. The editor quickly corrected this from WP8, offering the ability to drag / drop said files or in the phone memory or on a memory card. As for Android so.
However, the Microsoft OS to natively show quite poor in terms of format support. So, to date we still encounter some problems for the subtitles of some videos. However, Windows Phone smartphones are over 90% of Nokia.

Application:

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  • Android

As on iOS, the choice on Google Play is absolutely phenomenal with about a million available applications. The application store online Web giant also provides navigation very close to that of the App Store. Same causes, same effects: it is easy to get lost and miss little gems drowned in the torrent of new apps coming out every day.

  •  Windows Phone

Microsoft started from far with its Windows Phone as the applications were not backward compatible for Windows Mobile. Let us be clear: Windows Phone remains far behind iOS and Android in terms of quantity of applications available. But with nearly 300,000 apps, the OS Microsoft no longer blushes. And we know how most of the big names are now in the game.