A couple of weeks ago, you compared the underline sets of iOS 6 and Android Ice Cream Sandwich to see how they built up. But then Google and Microsoft went and forsaken all sorts of new features in their new Android Jelly Bean and Windows Phone 8 working systems. That means it’s time to reexamine the relations merits of any once again. Let the fighting begin!
( For the record, this is not a review. There will be no examination until you have outlayed a few high quality time with the last versions of iOS 6, Android 4.1 and Windows Phone 8. This is a look at how these 3 smoke-stack up on paper in 12 key categories. )
650,000 apps. 225,000 for iPad. Still tops as far as smartphone platforms go.
Android is now at 600,000 complete apps. Most of those will run on tablets, but the number of tablet-optimized offerings is significantly descend than iOS (Google won’t give an authorized number, but a rapid run by Google Play creates the incident generously clear).
Windows Phone: Windows Phone now has 100,000 apps existing for download, that is extremely reduction than the other two. And since there’s no Windows 8 inscription yet, well…
iOS: Apple now has a maps service of its really own similar to Google and Microsoft. Not usually does it broach traffic updates, points of interest, and turn-by-turn navigation (which is good integrated via iOS 6), there are 3D maps that both look cold and might be willing to help when mislaid in the center of a swarming metropolis. But the insufficient of open movement directions hurts, even if they’re gift a third-party API solution. And iPhone users reared on Street View might sorely skip it ; Apple hasn’t presented an equivalent.
Google Maps in Jelly Bean will expected be unvaried from what Google showed off a couple of weeks ago at its dedicated maps event: 3D buildings and offline caching will be updated to addition the tip nick multiple of search, turn-by-turn navigation, and Street View. Plus, the looking hulk is going funny with mapping the bulb of important locales-Compass Mode employs a phone’s gyroscope to give you 360-degree interior views-so design to see more of that over time.
Windows Phone: Windows Phone 7 was a showcase for Microsoft’s Bing maps, but the mobile navigation territory will go to Nokia on Windows Phone 8. The good headlines is, that means superb NAVTEQ maps, turn-by-turn navigation, 3D buildings, offline caching, and energetic routing for open transit. There aren’t many bells and whistles here, though, for improved or worse.
iCloud Tabs are new in iOS 6, and reunite your browsing opposite all of your iOS and OS X devices. It’s not a full clouded cover browser that offers the same add-on perspective opposite all devices, but rsther than a list of tabs tucked at the back an symbol or sub-menu, along with your bookmarks.
The Chrome Beta on Android offers add-on syncing with your desktop as good , but throws bookmark and looking syncing in the bargain. And since there are more desktop Chrome users in the world than any other browser, a lot of people will be receiving value of this feature.
Browser sync is conspicuously absent from Windows Phone, that is unusual deliberation it will run the same chronicle of Internet Explorer that Windows 8 will in the WinRT environment. Then again, with Windows 8 and WP8 both not expected until this fall, there’s a lot of time for Microsoft to make this work. Fingers crossed.
Facebook is integrated via iOS 6 , that means you can refurbish your position and upload images from assorted apps (not to speak of presentation center), sync contacts, and have your Facebook events coordinate with your iOS Calendar. Plus a third-party API is on the way, so all apps can confederate Facebook in to their wares.
Android has always been good for Facebook sharing, and there’s no reason for that to change with Jelly Bean. You can share and upload from flattering ample wherever in the OS, or inside many Android apps. Plus you can lift Facebook information for your contacts already stored on your phone, or lift all your Facebook friends in to your contacts.
Facebook formation has always been one of Windows Phone’s selling points, as the stage seamlessly integrates features similar to position updates, images, Contacts, Chat, and Events in to Microsoft’s own sections (People, Messaging, Calendar, etc). It’s as well-designed as Facebook formation can get.
Siri wasn’t extraordinary in iOS 5, but it worked. In addition to being able to foreordain texts and emails, report monthly calendar events, and set timers, Siri in iOS 6 has ample more guarantee , given its aptitude to lift information from even more sources (sports scores, film times, cooking reservations), in more utilitarian ways. Plus, Siri will be able to interface with automobile audio and navigation systems once iOS 6 goes live in the fall.
With Jelly Bean, debate approval is about to obtain a large update. Google has always authorised for voice looking and dictation opposite the whole OS, but now it taps in to Knowledge Graph and a built-in debate recognizer that will be in future devices. Not usually should Android voice approval upgrade dramatically, but it will agree to voice submit even whilst offline and, similar to Siri, can separate back Wolfram-like semantic looking results (with or without your voice).
Windows Phone moreover has voice commands, permitting you to place calls, send texts, looking the web, and launch an app all from your device. It may not have the height of Google and Apple’s efforts, but it’s there.
Surprise! The iPhone doesn’t have NFC, that means Apple doesn’t have ample to offer in conditions of mobile payments. But Passbook is Apple’s way in. When it’s up and running, it will gather tickets, rewards cards, debit/credit cards and more in to a singular app relies on both GPS and QR codes to work. It can moreover broach updates and notifications is to things you have stored in Passbook (flight updates, failing deals, etc). It’s evidently been written with NFC payments in mind; you just have to wait for a couple of months until Apple creates it official.
For the time being, Google Wallet -which includes mobile payments, deals/rewards/offers, and more-remains unchanged. But it is a HUGE subject spot for Google. Sprint is still the usually authorized Google Wallet mobile associate (and even they’re rumored to be interruption ways), MasterCard is the usually card firm on board, and the number of gadgets NFC is existing on is limited. Google voiced new NFC-based features today unrelated to payments; hopefully it’s sufficient to appeal to hardware allies to add the tech in future devices.
With the attainment of Windows Phone 8 will advance Wallet , that is Microsoft’s bone-fide endeavor at, well, a digital wallet. You’ll be able to store credit/debit cards and rewards/loyalty cards, not to speak of the aptitude to access deals. But what might set Windows Phone detached from Android and iOS is that it will make use of secure NFC elements stored on SIM cards, that will enable for more flexibility-and security-when it comes to the elite standards of card companies and mobile carriers (Google Wallet has strike a wall since insurgency to its own built-in secure elements). Save for Apple strong-arming everybody in to personification by its rules, this may be the many frictionless way for NFC-based remuneration technologies to succeed.
Apple has FaceTime, that can place calls over 3G or Wi-Fi, and functions sincerely well. But its moreover a flattering close-knit app that usually functions with other Apple devices.
Android’s Gmail/Google Talk-based video talk network is a bit more universal, deliberation you can video talk with any person who has Gmail on a Mac, PC, or Android phone. And yes, you can talk over 3G or Wi-Fi. But Google’s genius in the hole, surprisingly enough, might just be its
Microsoft’s secret voice talk arms is Skype, that is arguably the many concept typical of them all. There are already correct Skype apps for Macs, PCs, iOS, and Android-and Microsoft owns all of them.
iOS 6 lets you reject a call with a canned SMS response, filter out calls irksome contacts, and includes a Do Not Disturb toggle, all of that will infer utilitarian for power users.
Android lets you constitute a array of texts you can use as rapid auto-replies when disappearing a call, and moreover lets you filter out calls from definite people, but it lacks the aptitude to come in in to a Do Not Disturb mode.
This is other feeble indicate in Windows Phone, as there are no pre-composed texts you can glow off to people you do not wish to talk to, nor is there any arrange of Do Not Disturb functionality. But there are modernized filtering and call inhibit options for those people you’re perplexing to avoid.
iMessage is a beta underline with a lot of promise, given its aptitude to traffic messages between phones, tablets and laptops. But it’s frequency seamless, and barely reliable, and not precisely intuitive. There’s now no actual way to link a phone number and iCloud account of a meeting and have texts and iMessages be present in a singular thread. Nor do messages always arrive to all your related devices. And there’s no way to instant summary with non-Apple users. We have nonetheless to see the last doing of this cross-device integration, that probably won’t be staid until iOS 6 is strictly out, but there’s unquestionably a few work to be completed in this regard.
With WebOS all but dead, Android has the most appropriate local instant messaging stage hands down. Sure it doesn’t confederate with AIM or Facebook, but AIM has a feet in the grave anyways, and Gchat is every bit as widespread as Facebook Chat. When you’re logged in to Gchat, messages always arrive on all related gadgets reliably and quickly. That’s more than may be mentioned for iMessages. Plus, Google Voice is good integrated via Android, that means content messages sent from your phone or laptop stay immaculately synced.
The messaging bid on Windows Phone is plain and good considered, permitting you to seamlessly send texts, Facebook messages, and Skype messages to a given meeting from a singular window. No, there’s no Gchat or AIM, but that’s not quite shocking, given the direction towards walled ecosystems with any platform.
When it comes to energetic app icons, Apple is sorely lacking. Sure it has badges that let you know when there are new messages, emails, or notifications, but they do not really discuss it you anything else. One of the things we’d hoped for was that Apple would smarten up its app icons. Let them change to manifestation information. Unfortunately, Apple is still stranded in the past on this one.
Android doesn’t really do ample with app icons either, and that doesn’t change with Jelly Bean. But since the App drawer is pushed in to the lesser covering of Android, it doesn’t matter. Android employs widgets to take on the charge of real-time updates, that allows for a satisfactory amount of customization when it comes to getting your mail/weather/calendar updates from your home shade in a rapid manner. They can infrequently be untidy and unruly, but when accurately implemented, are quite useful.
Windows Phone :
Windows Phone 8′s Live Tiles are the thickk cream of the stand amongst smartphones. Not usually can they manifestation notifications and key info (such as texts, mail, continue monthly calendar events), but they arrange in to a neatly-organized grid that is now bolstered by the aptitude to break tiles in to 3 not similar sizes depending on how you wish info displayed. Microsoft is way forward of everybody else in this regard.
iOS 6 has AirPlay, that has been one of the easier, more discerning implementations of media streaming we’ve seen so far. You can push song from your P.C. or iOS device to AirPlay-approved speakers, AirPort Express routers, and Apple TV (which moreover accepts video and iOS device mirroring, and shortly OS X mirroring). And if you’re streaming from a computer, you can push to multiple AirPlay devices. But similar to a few of Apple’s other features (FaceTime, iMessage), AirPlay doesn’t really expand past the Apple product ecosystem. That said, you’ll find AirPlay oven baked in to more and more gadgets with any fleeting month.
With the foreword of the $300 Nexus Q , Google just supposing its own streaming typical for Android-based devices. The hubs will be able to take audio and video streams, and separate them out to televisions and speakers (powered by the Q’s 25-watt amplifier). Plus you can link hubs together for more strong multi-zone streaming than what Apple offers. Think of it as Sonos for Android, complete with the medium plaque shock.
Windows Phone will have SmartGlass to offer as its media streaming portal to the Xbox. Though built right away on tip of DLNA streaming standards, the app simplfies and visualizes the routine of pulling content back and onward between the Xbox and Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 devices. Plus, SmartGlass can lamp supplimentary content to your device whilst watching a TV show, such as Game of Thrones. Toss in the possibilities for gaming and encouragement for Windows, Android, and iOs, and you have yourself a really appealing streaming platform.
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