Android, iOS, Windows: why or why not to use them?

Android

The version history of the Android mobile operating system began with the public release of the Android beta on November 5, 2007. The first commercial version, Android 1.0, was released on September 23, 2008. Android is continually developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance, and it has seen a number of updates to its base operating system since the initial release.

Why to use ANDROID?

Zero/negligible development cost

The development tools like Android SDK, JDK, and Eclipse IDE etc. are free to download for the android mobile application development. Also Google charge a small fee $25, to distribute your mobile app on the Android Market.

Open Source

The Android OS is an open-source platform based on the Linux kernel and multiple open-source libraries. In this way developers are free to contribute or extend the platform as necessary for building mobile apps which run on Android devices.

Multi-Platform Support

In market, there are a wide range of hardware devices powered by the Android OS, including many different phones and tablet. Even development of android mobile apps can occur on Windows, Mac OS or Linux.

Multi-Carrier Support

World wide a large number of telecom carriers like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, AT&T Mobility, BSNL etc. are supporting Android powered phones.

Open Distribution Model

Android Market place (Google Play store) has very few restrictions on the content or functionality of an android app. So the developer can distribute theirs app through Google Play store and as well other distribution channels like Amazon’s app store.

Why not to use ANDROID?

Little Memory for Storage

You do have a memory card in your phone, but the system storage is small and you have to be very careful with your storage. Sometimes we need to download large Games, but due to the small size of the system storage its very hard to Play the Game. Yes, You can move the app data in Memory Card but still there are many android device which doesn’t allow you to store app data in memory card.

Force Close on Large App/Games

This is another drawbacks of android OS, When you run large apps/Games most of the time android shows error force close which is definitely annoying.

Battery Problem

While android has many process running in the background this increase the usage of RAM and decreasing Battery Performance. While many top notch device has good battery backup (Lithium Batteries) but still that doesn’t mean it solved the problem.

 

iOS

Apple launched iOS—then called iPhone OS—on June 29, 2007, with the very first iPhone. Since then, the mobile operating system has gone through some major upgrades. But it didn’t happen overnight. Ever year in the summer, Apple has reinvented the OS, adding new features and redefining what’s possible on all its Devices.

Why to use iOS?

Better hardware and software integration

The 3D Touch display first introduced with the iPhone 6s and featured in all but one model released since then is smart enough to sense pressure, allowing you to take quick actions from the home screen just by long-pressing on an app icon.

Easiest phone to use

Despite all the promises by Android phone makers to streamline their skins, the iPhone remains the easiest phone to use by far. Some may lament the lack of change in the look and feel of iOS over the years, but I consider it a plus that it works pretty much the same as it did way back in 2007.

No bloatware!

It’s not a good sign for prospective Android phone buyers that some of the most popular articles we do are bloatware-removal guides.Samsung and others have gotten better at minimizing the pain for users by lumping all carrier bloatware into a single folder, but it’s still just crap taking up space on your phone.

Why not to use iOS?

Not flexible only supports iOS devices.

The iOS is not Open Source.

Apple restricted the connectivity with iTunes, luckily we have best iTunes alternatives.

Devices are very pricey.

Applications are very large when compared to other mobile platforms.

Windows

Microsoft Windows was announced by Bill Gates on November 10, 1983. Microsoft introduced Windows as a graphical user interface for MS-DOS, which had been ntroduced a couple of years earlier.

 

Why to use Windows?

Quality Build Phones With Exceptional Design For Everyone

The biggest ammo to join the arsenal of Windows phones has to be Nokia’s partnership. With phones ranging from $180 to $425, sporting screen sizes from 4″ to 6″, Nokia has plenty of choices not just for the budget-conscious but also those are looking for a powerful, sleek phone, for instance like Nokia Lumia 1020 with 41 megapixel camera sensor and Full HD video.

Gorgeous Apps

Although the Windows App Store lags behind the Play Store in terms of quantity, what counts with apps is the quality and so far Windows phones have the basic necessities covered.

Microsoft Integration and Support

Those who are used to Microsoft’s service and software would be glad to know Windows Phone works well with Microsoft products like Outlook.com, OneDrive, Skype, Xbox, and OneNote. Unlike Android, Windows Phone comes with free Office in the OS itself.

Why not to use Windows?

Action Centre Is Broken

Copied from Android, Microsoft’s Action Centre offers quick access to settings and notifications. Default Microsoft apps such as Outlook, Messaging, and Store work in sync with the Action Centre. However, this feature doesn’t play nice with the third-party apps.

Many Games Are Still Missing

Windows Phone OS has matured over the years. It now has almost all the popular apps in its repository. However, four years since its inception, game developers are still giving it a cold shoulder. Although the platform now supports powerful hardware such as a quad-core processor, popular titles including Real Racing 3 and Dead Trigger series are still not available.

Lacks A Good Third-Party Video Player

In terms of video playback, Windows Phone platform natively supports Full HD MP4, WMV, and AVI formats. The most popular video format used on Torrents, MKV is still not supported though. The subtitle feature introduced with the 8.1 update is not compatible with popular SRT files.

 

– By Chetanya Sharma (3rd Year, Krishna Engineering College)

 

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