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|June 12 2013 |Mobile OS


Apple has finally launched iOS 7 in the WWDC 2013 with a completely revamped design. Company has practically skinned every element in the operating system and gave the user interface a new gleaming look. Apple has also borrowed some features from the rival operating systems like Android, which is not actually a big deal because all of the companies borrow something from each other. On the other hand Blackberry devices are also running on the newly designed Blackberry 10 operating system. The main features of iOS 7, Android 4.2, Windows Phone 8 and Blackberry 10 operating systems are compared in the post to give you a hint of which OS enhances user’s experience in handy way.

Control & Notification Center –

Apple has also included the Control Center in the iOS 7 and now users can quickly access the main settings of the phone by a simple gesture. The new OS also allows the users to check and access notifications from the lock screen too. These are some of the main features that Apple users were waiting from a long time.

Control Center iOS 7iOS 7 Command Center



Android is offering the basic system setting features along with the notifications bar on the top of the devices from a long time. This is one of the features that Apple has borrowed from Android into the iOS 7. Control and notifications on the Android devices varies from phone to phone because most of the mobile phone manufactures push their own custom interface over the stock operating system.  Samsung TouchWiz and HTC Sense are one of the best examples of the company based UIs.

Android 4.2 Notification CenterAndroid Control Center



Blackberry 10 OS also allow the users to quickly access the System settings and comes with Blackberry Hub which is basically a notification center for the updates. Company has updated the whole notification interface in the latest version of the OS.

Windows Phone 8 OS is missing the quick access to the system settings. But, the notification center in the Windows Phone 8 OS is really good with live tile badges. So overall most of the operating systems are offering control and notification centers for the users but Windows Phone 8 falls behind in the segment.

Windows Phone 8 UIWindows Phone 8 UI



Multi Tasking –

Apple users will be able to taste the multitasking features on their devices after the launch of the iOS 7. Users will be able to switch from app to app and it also shows full screen preview of the current running apps in the background that you can switch from a horizontal scrolling interface. iOS 7 is having special feature of learning and optimizing which applications a user uses frequently to save the battery life.

Multitasking on iOS and AndroidMultitasking on iOS 7 (left) & Android 4.2 (right)



Android is already providing multi tasking support from a long time now and in the Jelly Bean 4.2 version it is more redefined. Android devices shows list of the apps used recently to give you quick access to use them again.

On the other hand Blackberry has redefined the Multitasking term with the support of gesture based controlling and quick swipes. So the users can actually have fun running multi tasks in the background and access them any time they want.

Multitasking on BB10Blackberry 10 Multitasking



Windows Phone 8 also provides good multitasking support and it shows the apps that are paused or running in the background with beautiful tiles. You can quickly access the multiple apps running in the background on Windows Phone 8 running devices.

P2P sharing & App updates –

Apple iOS 7 is having peer to peer sharing feature with its AirDrop function. On the other hand Android has Android Beam NFC support. Windows phone 8 and Blackberry 10 OS are also having NFC based content sharing on the devices.

In the iOS 7 Apple has also introduced Auto App updating while Android 4.2 is offering this service from a long time. Users of Windows Phone 8 OS can update their applications by using update all option inbuilt in the OS, while Blackberry 10 users need to update applications individually.

Conclusion –

Media buffs will surely love the Apple iOS 7 because of its redesigned interface and additional features like AirDrop and iRadio. On the other hand Blackberry 10 OS is also gaining a lot of attention among the users who love to play and work on a single device. App data base for Blackberry is also rising because now Blackberry allows the developers to port their Android apps on the Blackberry devices too. Android OS is already famous among the users who love to change their user interface from time to time using custom apps available on the play store.

So basically there is no specific winner among these operating systems, it is all about choice of the users over the smart phone device they buy. Apple iOS 7 and Blackberry 10 are limited to iDevices and BB devices, respectively. On the other hand Android is powering a large number of devices on the planet including devices from top smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, HTC etc. However, Windows Phone 8 is left behind in this scenario because there are not so many Windows Phone 8 powered devices in the market.

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