Google Android 2.3 and Microsoft Windows Phone 7
Two of the latest mobile phone operating systems are the Android 2.3 and Microsoft Windows 7 for phone. Contrary to what some believe, Microsoft’s Windows 7 for phone was is not an upgrade of its previous Windows Mobile 6, but was actually developed from scratch. Android remains the ruling smartphone operating system in the market with its famous Android 2.1 or Eclair, 2.2 or Froyo, and their latest addition, the Android 2.3 or Gingerbread. The Android 3.0 or Honeycomb, which is exclusive for tablets was also released by Google.
Windows Phone 7
The WP 7 or Windows Phone 7 is a propriety operating system designed for mobile phones and was released by Microsoft on the 4th quarter of 2010. Previous releases by Microsoft include the Windows Mobile 6, which can be upgraded into versions 6.1, 6.5 and the latest 6.5.3. Of these, only the Mobile 6.5.3 can support touch screen phones. By considering both developer and user ends, Microsoft was able to develop WP 7. This latest OS however, is flawed when it comes to backward integration since the previous Windows Mobile 6 series cannot be upgraded into WP 7.
WP 7 supports capacitive multi-touch screens and comes with freshly designed UI dubbed ‘Metro’, a home screen that utilized dynamic tiles; not widgets, and five languages: Spanish, English, Italian, German, and French. The featured dynamic tiles handily display applications’ status such as when the outlook tile displays the number of messages you have not read yet. Another feature that makes the WP 7 very attractive to a lot of people is its inclusion of the applications Zune and Xbox Live Mobile. Any time, you may log on to your Xbox Live account using your WP 7 mobile and have your account information and avatar displayed right on your phone. Users may also simultaneously sign in on the phone and console, and receive or send messages between the two. Mobile companies such as Samsung, Dell, HTC and LG have all released models that support the WP 7 OS. These models include the Samsung Nexus, Dell Lightning, Dell venue Pro, HTC Mozart, HTC HD7, LG Optimus and LG Quantum.
Android 2.3 or Gingerbread
The Gingerbread or Android 2.3 brings with it many fresh applications and functions for developers and users to enjoy. These include the Android’s refined UI interface, WebM video playback support, enhanced keyboard, enhanced copy and paste and the revolutionary NFC or Near Field Communication. The popular and trademark features of Androids also remain, such as Wi-Fi and multitasking, Adobe flash 10.1 and high DPI screens. Google’s newest Mobile applications include Google Maps 5.0, which comes with navigation, Google Search, Voice Actions, Mobile Instant, and Google Earth. Android 2.3 even integrated a redesigned version of YouTube into its system. This version of YouTube includes in-page playback, rotate-for-full screen feature and a personalized feed of the home screen.
Differentiating Between the Two
- WP 7 comes with a license since it’s a propriety software by Microsoft so mobile manufacturers are required to purchase it, while the Google Android, as an open source OS, uses Linux in its core.
- WP 7 OS come with attractive user interfaces, multi-touch technology, advanced web browsing through IE mobile, personalized home screen, automatic updates on software and search, and supports popular services like Zune, Bing, Windows Live and Xbox Live.
- The Android 2,3 offers a refined UI interface, enhanced keyboard, enhanced copy and paste, supports WebM video playback, Near Field Communication (NFC), Wi-Fi, Adobe Flash 10.1, the latest Mobile Apps by Google, and an integrated version of YouTube.
- WP 7 supports Windows Expression Blend and Visual Studio 2010 for free.
- Google Android lets other app developers release their own apps for Android even if they don’t reveal their source codes.
- Android 2.3 adds features like Automatic Application Updates, JIT Compiler, Latest Linux Kernel Version, FM Radio, Color Trackball and Flash 10.1.
- Both OS allow apps from third parties, but WP 7 cannot support complete multitasking for these applications.
- Wi-Fi hotspots, tethering, Universal email, VoIP calls and some other features are not supported by WP7, although future upgrades promise to include third party application multitasking and, and copy and paste features.
- Phones that are running on Windows mobile 6 series cannot be upgraded into WP 7 since it does not implement backward integration.
- A 1 GHz ARM v7 or Cortex/Scorpion minimum, or any other better processor that possesses DirectX9 GPU is required by WP 7, whereas Google Android does not call for any minimum requirement.
- A lot of attractive feature and applications are added in WP 7 operating systems including very popular and handy applications like Xbox Live, MS Office Mobile and Zune.
A market boost is expected by Microsoft after releasing WP 7 but Android still remain a formidable opponent with its constant upgrades and latest release of Android 2.3 or the Gingerbread just a few months after Android 2.2’s release.