Which are the distinguishing features between an Android and Windows Phone?

DrSunil Vaswani March 20, 2013
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Which are the distinguishing features between an Android and Windows Phone? Especially in terms of user interface and available software. Hardware discussion is also welcome! Thanks.

  1. prashanth singh rathore
    March 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Android is open source and is made by almost all phone manufacturers. There are currently 7 Android operating systems with Ice Cream Sandwich being the latest and currently waiting for the 8th, Jellybean. Most developers strive to create apps that work with 80% of Android phones. If you go high end this should not be a problem. Download apps from developers you trust and keep an antivirus installed on your Android phone.That being said a high security version of Android is being developed for U.S. Government use.

    Windows Phone 7 live tiles instead of icons allow the user to find all their information quickly. The only customization available is pinning as many live tiles as you would like to your home screen that move and change to show you information or entertainment. All apps are listed in alphabetical order on the app screen and may be found by search, alphabet touch, or scrolling. Dedicated hardware makes for a very smooth and easy experience regardless of manufacturer.

  2. Pratish Rao
    March 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

    there is great deal of difference in androidOS n WINDOWS phone Os, android has larger library or ecosystem than windows,even though windows is coimin up they say,

    UI is clean in all fones of andriod n windows , but windows fone dont give us many options like rooting, etc.

    windows still needs to enlarge it app store.

  3. Harshit Jain
    March 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Android is a powerful OS trying to get a tick mark in all feature lists. Android's interface can be customized according to your own needs. There are lots of apps. BUT the biggest problem about android is that you have to face force closes of apps from time to time and see laggy performance after using it for more than about 2 months if you are not using a Nexus phone or a costly flagship phone.
    Windows phone has an impressive new interface which looks much more modern and better than android's interface. Windows phone has less customizability and less apps. But the start screen shows you lots of information using live tiles from facebook, twitter, emails etc. which is main feature of windows phone. It provides you a smooth and fluid experience even with dual cores whereas you need quad cores to get the same level of fluidity in android. Also it comes preinstalled with mobile versions of MS Office.

  4. susendeep dutta
    March 20, 2013 at 11:08 am

    As others have mentioned,in terms of software,Windows phone have live tiles which do display information whereas icons are used in Android OS.Live tile functionality is just widgets like in Android.

    Android OS supports more advanced hardware like quad core processor,high memory etc.,whereas Windows phone although supports ~64 core processor,no manufacturer doesn't even use a quad core processor even from Qualcomm like S4 Pro or 600 for unknown reasons which limits the scope of getting advanced available technology in the market.

    One can although install apps present in SD card but it gets installed in internal memory and there's a limit of 10 to it.If you want more,you need to have a developer account using it for wrong reasons would stand you to lose your money and account.

    Only the high end Windows phone has respectable performance and the mid and low end ones are not much to say about as it seems to be a much compromised experience to the users.

    Windows phone is not for those who uses much of Google's services like Gmail,Google maps,YouTube as Google intentionally or un-intentionally makes the experience on such handsets very bad or doesn't allow to use at all.

  5. Nitesh Badala
    March 20, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Android is an open source platform where you can make your own app or you can contribute to develop more features to this OS if you have skills of android develop.
    The basic structure of android is based on UNIX platform which is secure.lots of(billions)
    of apps available for android in play store.
    windows is also good platform for mobile.it is Microsoft product so it is not open source.
    apps for windows are also available in the market but much lesser then android.
    windows phone are less secure then android and the gaming experience is also good on android.

    • Harshit Jain
      March 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Can you please tell me how do you separate lines from each other? Pressing "Enter" does not start a new line in MUO comments.

    • susendeep dutta
      March 21, 2013 at 11:13 am

      It does starts a new line by pressing Enter button but not with links with sentences.

  6. ha14
    March 20, 2013 at 9:32 am

    for windows mobile you can purchase applications from different markets, applications activation tide to user id so you can't install on multiple windows mobile phone!

    device that wants to run android as operating system must meet some requirements
    http://static.googleusercontent.com/external_content/untrusted_dlcp/source.android.com/fr//compatibility/android-2.3-cdd.pdf
    http://developer.android.com/reference/android/hardware/package-summary.html

    windows mobile Hardware should be compatible with android like HTC HD2, eager Diamond,Touch Pro (Fuze)..., in order to install android on windows 7 phone, you need new drivers comaptible with android.

    How To Install Google Android On A Windows Mobile Phone
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-install-google-android-on-a-windows-mobile-phone/

  7. Alan Wade
    March 20, 2013 at 7:58 am

    The biggest difference is they have different operating systems.
    Android has icons whereas Windows Phone has live tiles.
    Here is one reviewers take on why Windows Phone is better.
    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/10_reasons_why_windows_phone_7_better_android

  8. Jeremiah Iliffe
    March 20, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Windows Phone and Android both have very good software. Android's UI is more traditional and iOS like, whereas the Windows Phone UI is very unique and I consider it quite nice. Android probably has more apps due to the larger number of android users and therefore developers. This information was from experience with both operating systems.

  9. Imesh Chandrasiri
    March 20, 2013 at 5:21 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUOVJeOR77M

    The above link compares both windows and android!

  10. Anish P
    March 20, 2013 at 3:22 am

    The UI for both have developed over the years to become much smoother. Though, that may also depend on the phone that you have selected. A Google Nexus 4 running the latest Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) will run extremely smoothly while a cheaper android phone most likely running Gingerbread OS will be much choppier. Same goes for windows phone OS - The new Lumia will run much more smoothly than a cheaper windows phone. That being said, Android wins over Windows OS mainly because of the App selections. Way more choices of apps on android than on windows phone.

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