Microsoft Windows has been around for a very long time. Android is relatively new. While Windows managed to rule the computer/IT scene for just over two decades, Android, on the other hand, is not far behind either in registering itself as the ruler in the times to come.
They both are operating systems and while they both have gone mobile, Windows resonates more with desktop PCs and laptops whereas Android reigns supreme in smartphones and tablets. Windows phones are also circulating in the market since the acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft but have a fairly low market share as compared to Android
This piece seeks to briefly touch upon the analysis between Android and Windows. However, for an apple to apple comparison, we will stick to these in terms of mobile platforms.
Android has gone through numerous changes over the period of time since its launch in September 2008. The biggest came in 2014 with the launch of Lollipop 5.0. A form of ‘Material Design’ was being observed as a result which amped up the number of animations and contributed to OS’s additional gloss. With Android came Google Play – the largest app store after you know the brand that is synonymous with a fruit.
It was followed up by Marshmallow 6.0 which kept most of the functionalities of its predecessor same, although we have been told that the changes were mostly at the backend. The basics have been pretty much the same all these years in Android such as lock screen, app-centric home screen and app drawer where you’ll find everything else downloaded(stored).
Android features a pleasant design trick where when you swipe from above enables a notification dialog which is a quick way to navigate phone settings, Bluetooth, screen rotation, Wi-Fi/Data connection, brightness control, and the likes thereof.
For mobile manufacturers,Android offers customization referred to as ‘skinning’ in mobile development lingo. The original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) – such as Samsung, HTC, and LG – all have their own flavor of Android. But there is a downside to that. Different flavors mean different experiences.
The quality of experience for a user of Samsung will vary from that of an HTC user; for some, it maybe seamless whilst for others a nuisance. Not every app will function as you would expect it to on all handsets of different manufacturers.And at times you can’t even access the Google Play store.
I would not call it a major disadvantage for Android because normally when you “tamper” with something for long especially an operating system it’s bound to carry a few bugs and compatibility issues. On the other hand, what has been making developers lose their sleep is a security risk, however. The apps you download from Google Play aren’t always vetted by the store. So yeah that could prove to be a bummer unless addressed.
Now a bit about the built-in apps in Android – the suite of Google namely Gmail, Calendar, Photos, Maps, Drive, YouTube which are superbly integrated and they work like a charm in conjunction since there is hardly any individual who does not have a Google account these days. Plus the Google design language is both novice and smoother which easily give Android edge over its competition.
Windows Phones are an end to end technological experience. Does it work and look well too? You bet! How can it not? Given Microsoft is at the helm of their manufacturing. So with all the Nokia finesse coupled with Microsoft genius, Windows 10 Phone is great and has the feel of its predecessor 8.1 (which is not a bad thing per se).
Similar to Android, Windows Phones have also undergone certain makeover since their inception. The latest Windows 10 Mobile incorporates a tiled home screen with an interface that is resizable and on the flip side reveals more information on the app. Swipe left to access your favorite apps or group them together.
As well are all aware that Windows 10 Mobile is built around the same core as Windows 10 Desktop so the benefit for users here that they can access apps in both environments. Also the adding to the lag of Windows Phone is their slow start. They never really jumped the app bandwagon when Android was making waves with its Google Play store partially due to their unsuccessful venture of phones prior to Microsoft acquisition.
Anyway, with Windows 10 Mobile (relatively new on the scene) Microsoft’s resolve is stronger and they have stated that it will be the final version of Windows Phone similar to their desktop version. In the current phone, built-in apps are a huge improvement over the former Windows Phone 8.1 where Outlook mail app &Edge browser stands out.
Did we mention Windows Store? No okay here we go; probably the weakest of stores in the trio of platforms. Though major apps like Dropbox, Facebook, Vine, Instagram etc. are all there but in a way it still lacks behind in the department of fundamental updates to the apps and some of thekey features. Therefore, Windows is currently struggling to settle in the store area and has even tried to port ‘universal’ (read major) apps from Android to Windows 10 Mobile.
To sum up, Android has Google Hangouts, Windows has Skype. Android has Google whereas Windows has Cortana (your personal assistant, for lack of a better word). Both platforms have biometric security embedded in them, cleaner notification panels offers connectivity with other devices and so on.
We have listed all there is to it. Now it’s your call so take your pick!
Catherine Daisy is an App Developer. She has been associated with mobile development for some time now. The majority of his projects are directed from assignment writing business. She is also a tech savvy and loves blogging about latest technology trends. You can follow him on assignment writing in UAE