Windows phone 8 vs Android's 4.4: Which OS is easy to operate?

By: Marawan Alwaraki, November 16, 2013
This is a guest post by Diana Maria.

With the increase in availability of smartphones and still newer ones anticipated for release till the end of this year, it can be difficult to choose the best device. Goggle and Microsoft have both released new versions of their mobile operating systems. The fact is that both these OS platforms have their own merits and demerits. Depending on what you’re already using and what you are expecting out of your computing experience, any one of these two choices may be the best option. Understanding your own requirements and each OS will deliver the most positive experience possible. Failing to do homework before buying a new phone will lead to disappointment. Comparing the two platforms can help you make a more sensible purchase in the end. 



Interface


It’s easy to differentiate between the two platforms when it comes to the interface, because Google and Microsoft have implemented different approaches.




While both provide touch screen interface, Android Kit Kat provides an interface with multiple home screens that can be completely modified with widgets and shortcuts, while Microsoft’s Windows phone 8 features a single home-screen in the form of live tiles.

While tech lovers generally love the multiple home screens provided by Android, the experience can be a difficult one for anyone without tech background with seemingly endless options. At the same time Windows Phone 8 has the upper hand just because it’s been on the market for a long time. The Live tiles update automatically bringing you the latest information, be it a new email or the latest scores. Moreover, Windows Phone 8 is an ideal choice for first time users as it gives a great experience of the smartphone world.


Apps


The number of apps available for Android is almost the same as Apple’s iOS, which means that there are hundreds and thousands of apps that can be downloaded to enhance your smartphone experience. Windows Phone is a less matured platform, although it too has over 160,000 downloadable programs to offer. It lacks important day-to-day working apps like Dropbox, Google Drive, Chrome, Google reader and more. What Microsoft’s OS lacks is third-party app developer support.

But according to Kindle, an ex-Microsoft employee, Google permits all its stakeholders to do what they want and when they want. Google simply develops Android and hands it over to device manufacturers to make the required modifications and market the products. Microsoft on the other hand dictates the device manufactures and mobile carriers about the kind of hardware specifications to be used and also how the software should be updated. Hence, he believes that Windows Phone 8 delivers a great experience for the end user compared to Google’s Android.


Phones


Both OSs are available on handsets developed by different manufacturers. However, while Google offers freedom to its manufacturing partners tweaking Android in whatever form they feel comfortable, Microsoft is a bit more dictatorial. 

That means if you carefully have a look at Nokia Lumia 920 or an HTC 8X, both of which use Windows Phone 8, you’ll find that the software functions almost identically. The same doesn't hold good for those using an Android OS.

The software is pretty much identical [Source]


Although Android 4.4 KitKat is currently only available on Nexus 5, it'll be available on more phones soon.

Remember, there’s no operating system that’s easy to operate than others. They all have advantages and disadvantages, so you need to pick the platform that appeals the most to you.

Diana Maria is a freelance journalist who has been writing about mobile technology, customer relationship management and women’s health for more than a decade. These days she is busy to contributes on amplify


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