Android VS Windows Phone – Which one is a better mobile operating system?

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Android VS Windows Phone


Proudly standing as two of the finest corporate standards for mobile devices, both Android and Windows have been equally embraced by startups as well as enterprises. Thoughtfully designed with unique designs, both these operating systems have undergone considerable changes in the previous years. In this post, I’ve made an attempt to highlight all the key differences between Android VS Windows Phone. Hopefully by the end of this post you’d be clear on the operating system which is smarter and a lot more simpler. So, without any further delay, let’s get started!

  1. Android VS Windows Phone – The Look

While Android comes with a conventional interface, Windows Phone 8.1 is indeed the most stylish operating system with a vertical scrolling interface that’s loaded with Live Tiles. With much less empty space as compared to Android, Windows Phone is colorful and clutter-free. Talking about the design of Windows Phone apps, they are designed to adapt the look and interface of each other in totality. The app menus comprise of white lettering available on the black backgrounds, maintaining a clean and utmost minimalist appearance. On the other hand, apps running on Android operating system come with widget support and are basically static icons. These apps are fully customizable, offering you complete freedom of tweaking the look and functioning of the user interface.


  1. Android VS Windows Phone – Software Availability

While on one hand, Android is an open-source platform that’s ever-available for different alterations made by multiple device manufacturers, Windows Phone is a closed-source platform that is entirely owned, maintained and managed by popular software products company named Microsoft. Developers are refrained from making any changes to the programming code of Windows Phone platform.


  1. Android VS Windows Phone – Ease of developing apps

Well, as a developer you might be thinking as to which one out of Android and Windows is a better platform to start developing a mobile application. Here, I would like you to know that Android is definitely a better option as compared to Windows Phone. The reason for this is that Visual Studio(software required for developing mobile application targeting Windows Phone OS) runs only on Windows Vista and succeeding Windows versions. In contrast to this, Android SDK is compatible on all operating systems and their respective versions- rendering complete freedom to the app developer.


  1. Android VS Windows Phone – The Keyboard

While both Android and Windows Phone have stunning keyboards, there are some noticeable differences between the two. Talking about the usage of punctuation, Android comes with a comma placed towards the left side, followed by a period located towards the right end. On the other hand, Windows Phone has a keyboard wherein emojis replaces the comma on the left side and period on the right side. Additionally, talking about the voice dictation feature, while Windows Phone keyboard doesn’t have it as its universal feature, Android keyboard has the feature available universally across multiple apps.


  1. Android VS Windows Phone – Handling Notifications Panel

As compared to Windows Phone, Android comes with a clean and easy-to-handle notifications panel. Effectively spruced up in Android’s Lollipop version, notifications have been impressively inserted into the app lock screen. Whether it’s replying to an email, saving an interesting article or sharing a screenshot; Android notifications keep up abreast about executing numerous tasks.


  1. Android VS Windows Phone – Email and Social Media Integration

Unlike Android operating system, Windows Phone comes with a robust built-in social media integration. The People Hub received updates from multiple social networks including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and many more. In addition to this, email integration also works better for Windows Phone apps as compared to Android apps. Switching between normal text messaging and Facebook chat within your contacts becomes a breeze on Windows Phone.


  1. Android VS Windows Phone – The Apps

In comparison to 1,400,000 Android apps available in Google Play, Windows Phone has just 400,000 apps available for people owning a device that runs on Windows Phone operating system. So, if you’re a true gaming lover, then consider Android and if you’re looking forward to woo your business clients, then Windows Phone will work for you.


  1. Android VS Windows Phone – Consistency across multiple devices/gadgets

Whether it’s an entry-level device or a high-end mobile device, Windows Phone will work brilliantly on different levels of devices. However, its counterpart i.e. Android is available in a variety of shapes and sizes, making it inconsistent and non-performant on different levels of gadgets.


  1. Android VS Windows Phone – App development cost

Developing apps that can run on Windows Phone expects you to pay the cost for operating system in addition to the charges applicable on purchasing the full version of Visual Studio and not to forget the annual fee for publishing an app or deploying it on a real device-making app development a costly affair. Unlike this, Android is a lot cheaper, expecting you to pay just $25 once with the additional flexibility of publishing your apps on Google Play Store.


  1. Android VS Windows Phone – Offline Maps Integration

No doubt some of the contemporary Android smartphones like the Galaxy S4 comes with offline navigation in the form of Google Maps; Windows Phone comes with features like HERE Maps and HERE Drive that have been integrated into its Lumia range. It is interesting to note that while the Nokia Lumia Phones allow you to download maps of different countries with the convenience of navigating/driving across a specific country without an internet connection, Android’s Google Maps permits you to just download tiny areas of offline maps.


  1. Android VS Windows Phone – Features

When it comes to features, Android undoubtedly beats Windows Phone. Though Android is loaded with tons of interesting features, the Smart Lock and actionable notifications utility available on Android 5.0 has gathered applauds from Android fans residing in different parts of the world. On the other hand, we have Windows Phone which comes with unique features but not as impressive as the ones available with the Android operating system.


  1. Android VS Windows Phone – Overall Performance

Talking about the core performance, Android is beaten by Windows Phone. While Android is slow, Windows Phone is very fast and runs equally well on both, low-end and high-end devices. Considered as an effectively optimized operating system, Windows Phone  has been found to be very fast on Nexus 5, HTC One M8 and Moto G smartphones.


Wrapping Up

Both, Android and Windows Phone have been awesome mobile operating systems, each with its own set of pros and cons. If you’re looking for great performance and optimum productivity, then Windows Phone is for you and if features and customizations matter to you, then going with Android will prove befitting. Its was the Android VS Windows Phone.


About the Author: Amanda is currently working for Xicom Technologies Ltd- a renowned Android Application development company. She has been an avid IT personnal with special interest in writing posts that serve as handy guide for individuals looking out to build a strong career in IT services and solutions sector.



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