Key difference in Android and windows phone is that Android is an open source Linux based operating system for smartphones and Tablets. This system was designed and developed by Android Inc., Which was funded and later taken by Google in year 2005.
Windows phone is a series of proprietary software developed and marketed by Microsoft corporation. Windows phone is a closed source, which means it can only be developed by company and protected by copyright. The company offers a bunch of new features compared to the older Windows Mobile OS.
Smartphones are recent phenomenons and weren’t always this popular. Prior to Android vs Windows debate, there would only be windows palm pilots or Pocket PC’s that always rule the market for several years.
These were also only popular for many businessman keeping appointments and phone numbers in one place. Then android was introduced to market in 2007 and lot of changes were made bringing technology to the where we are now. While many people believed that Android was a just a rookie gearing up to fail, Not many people saw that it will become the most popular smartphone OS in the market in future. This has also caused many other companies to setup and challenge android.
Android is an open source software, which means that the coding is freely available under the Apache License for modification and distribution by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and enthusiast developers. Android was unveiled in October 2007 and the first phone running on android , HTC dream was sold after a year in October 2008. As the android is an open source software manufacturers can modify the operating system to suit their respective needs. This becomes a cheap and feasible alternative for manufacturer, as opposed to develop a operating system in house and hiring a software company to do it.
Among the number of various companies, Google has launched its own line of smartphones based on Android, which called Google Nexus. Each design in the nexus line is produced via collaboration between Google and a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner. Each new Nexus phone is launched with a new version of Android and provides the unadulterated android experience.
As many manufacturers are running android on their phones as well as the added benefits of Android being open source, many developers can develop content, applications and games for android. The content apps and games are then available in google play, the android app market, many at times freely. Developers get to showcase their talent on a widespread forum and the availability of numerous and free apps and games, make android popular for users.
Another popular feature of Android is the no. of apps in the Google play. Google play is the formerly known as the android market is an application distribution platform., where developers publish many applications for many android users. The applications are also developed by an open community and many of them are free to download from google play.
Android is also popular because of constant and frequent updates that are available by google.
Google releases major updates in every six to nine months and minor updates faster.
Windows phone is a series of proprietary software developed and marketed by Microsoft corporation. The software is successor to original widows mobile platform but it does not support it as the older platform has been discontinued. It is aimed as a consumer phone market rather than the enterprise market. The system was launched in October 2012 and the company announced the software at mobile world congress in February 2010. Microsoft released an updated version of Windows phone 7 and showcased feature as Internet explorer 9, multi-tasking of third party apps, Twitter integration, windows live and skydive access. The windows phone 8, which offers the live tiles was offered on the lumia series.
Windows phone is closed-sourced, which means that it is solely developed by the company and protected by the copyright. The system offers new features such as : a whole new interface, text input by an on-screen virtual keyboard, threads messaging, Internet explorer browser, organised contacts via People Hub, Email access, Xbox music, Xbox videos, Xbox video store, Games Hub, Bing search engine, voice recognition function, etc. The windows store is limited as there only a few number of apps. The company has yet to populate the store with the number of apps. The company has yet to populate the store with the number of apps that is available on apple market or Google play.
1. Now the company and developer is google.
2. It is programmed in Java, C, c++.
3. Linux and Unix is its operating system family.
4. First phone released in October 2008.
5. Supported platforms ARM, MIPS, x86, I.MX.
6. Default user interface is Graphical(multi-touch).
7. It is open source software.
8. Updates are provided by different parties in consortium.
9. Applications are created by open community of developers.
10. It contains over 700,000 applications.
1.The company and developer is Microsoft.
2. It is programmed in c, c++.
3. Its OS family is windows.
4. First phone released in October 2010.
5. Supported platform is x86.
6. Default user interface is Graphical (Metro UI).
7. It is closed source software.
8. Updates are only developed by Microsoft.
9. Applications are created by tie up companies and Microsoft.
10. It is contained of limited number of applications.