Android 4.1 vs. Windows Phone 8, a Brief Comparison

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Just in a time of few years, the smartphone market has grown tremendously.  As more and more features are being added, and more and more power is being added, smartphones are taking newer shapes and soon it may become a highly advanced device mimicking a PC.   We already have many big names came up with powerful processors and very advanced software.  This already has made a smartphone something that actually isn’t a phone, but a different gadget that offers phoning facility as well.  The journey that started long ago with a phone of very primitive type, has reached to a level where it is difficult to call it a phone any more.
 
The ongoing war to win the supremacy in the arena of operating systems has made many industry or software giants to come up with their best type of operating systems.  Once it was the Apple’s operating system that was dominating the market, then Android took over its place to reign the mobile device market, and now Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 has entered the market with a clear target, to outdo the reigning rival and prove its supremacy, like it has done with its computer’s software, Windows.  Let’s take a brief look on few of the differences while talking about Android 4.1 vs. Windows Phone 8 operating systems.  
 
User Interface / Kernel
Android 4.1 offers customizable home screen with good flexibility.  With a very convenient and rich widgets’ presence, Android has made the home screens a place to work with pleasure and with lot of ease. The widgets accommodate themselves automatically to fit on the screens, and you can easily manage widgets on your device, thanks to the convenience provided by the OS.  The OS uses Linux kernel 3.110 that mainly focuses on how to keep improving the user interface for good functionality and performance.
 
Windows Phone 8 comes with a system of ‘Live Tiles’ which are placed on the home screen.  These tiles represent the different apps available. It uses Windows NT kernel that is used in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.  This feature will be appreciated more by those who are used to desktop-like functionality.
 
Multitasking
Multitasking in Android Jelly Bean allows the end-users to see and interact with two or more active apps, though you can interact with one only at a time.  It may sometimes make the system run out of memory and the device uses virtual memory which slows down the performance. 
 
Windows Phone 8 implements pseudo multi-tasking that allows users to see and interact with one application, even if many apps are running in the background. This type may not be preferred by some, but it should also be understood that it doesn’t consume the memory and therefore the device won’t get slow.
 
Social Media Integration
Windows Phone 8 has Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Windows Live support, whereas Android Jelly Bean has Facebook and Twitter integration.
 
Syncing
Jelly Bean has browser tab syncing option while the Windows doesn’t support this feature. 
 
Voice Recognition
Although both of the operating systems have the voice recognition features to launches apps, Android 4.1 is the only operating system that also has offline voice recognition support.  To enable this feature, Windows Phone 8 has Tellme, and Android Google Now. 
 
Screenshots
In Android, you have the ability to take screenshots, while it doesn’t exist in Windows Phone 8.
 
Games
Android has many popular game releases to offer, while Windows Phone 8 has fever popular releases for the game fans. Windows Phone 8 has its own social gaming centers like Xbox Live.
 
Offline Reading Lists
Windows Phone 8 has this feature available, while Jelly Bean doesn’t.
 
Camera
Windows Phone 8 offers a simple and clean looking camera, and it can be accessed with a small menu button.  Android’s camera feature is faster, and is capable of letting you review fast mages so that you can edit and delete them conveniently.
 
Apart from what is mentioned above, there is much more to explore.  Android seems to offer all the ease in finding applications, you can use and customize them, and Windows Phone 8, has its own way to handle the apps that may not please some.  Well, you can still go on finding differences between both of the operating systems but it doesn’t seem that the differences are deep enough to be taken seriously.
 
The Bottom Line
Even if you go through all the differences between these two operating systems, you would fail to pass a verdict strongly in favor of any one side, if you do an unbiased study.  Both of them have their own name and great reputation. We can’t simply label one inferior to the other.  If you look at this matter from a different angle, you can say that it is just a game of personal preference.  Some users may want to stick with Windows Phone 8 OS, while some want to stay with Android.  No doubt, Android has got the reputation of offering the best to the users, but Windows has its own reputation built over the years for offering the best.   
 
 
 
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