12 September 2014
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Smartphone industry is not settled yet. Innovation keeps stirring the mobile communication ocean. To stay at par with global competencies, giant smartphone makers keep improving their gadgets with advanced features to serve users in the best possible ways.

As the market is flooded with smartphones, it is very difficult for technology enthusiasts to select the best. If you are confused between Android and Windows phones, have a look at the dissertation below given by Techvedic XpertCrew™. To let you catch the best picture, it will compare the latest versions of both, i.e. Windows Phone 8.1 Vs Windows KitKat 4.4. As most people go by name and fame, hence we started our discourse on “difference between Android and Windows Mobile Phones” by comparing respective market share and popularity aspects.

Windows Phone 8.1 vs. Android KitKat 4.4: Market Share & Popularity

Windows-Phone-8.1-vs.-Android-KitKat-4.4Android holds the lion’s share of the smartphone market with 84.7 percentage points, followed by Apple and Windows Phone with 11.7 and 2.5 percentage points respectively. The stats from IDC (International Data Corporation) clearly reveals the domination of Android. Android smartphone shipment reached nearly 255.3 million units in the Q2 2014 claiming 33.33 growth compared with the last year record. Samsung, accountable for 29.3% of the overall shipments, was the greatest takers of Android, followed by Coolpad, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Xiaomi, and ZTE. Google has also joined the race with Google Nexus.

In contrast, Windows Phone shipments stood at 7.4 million units. No doubt that free availability makes Android the most adorable among original equipment manufacturers that helps them to compete effectively in the market. But Rome was not built in a day. It took months and years of consistent research and development work by Android to reach the pinnacle. However, there is only one thing that is said to be constant in the world of technology, and i.e. change. And popularity changes with time. In this dissertation, we trying to offer a level playground to both phone operating system to help you make a smart choice between Android and Windows Mobile Phones.

Windows Phone 8.1 vs. Android KitKat 4.4: The Look – User Interface

The-Look-User-InterfaceWindows Phone 8.1 takes a lead in terms of user-interface not just against its arch rivals Android and Apple, but also against its own predecessors including Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile 6.5. Vertically scrolling Live Tiles, each of which is essentially a miniature widget, constitute the most prominent feature. Keep your favorite apps, websites, music albums and other details at your finger tip with them. Connect with friends and family over social media and view their status update. Personalization gains an edge as well. Pin as much apps as you want to your home-screen or start-screen. Arrange and resize apps’ tiles, and change background of your tiles as per your interest.

In contrast, Android KitKat 4.4 leaves its home-screen almost empty except with a few options like Phone, Messaging, Chrome, Apps, etc. It leaves on users as what they want to keep and what not to. Users can enter Apps, tap a favorite app, hold it, and drag it to home-screen within an eye-blink. Thus, on the aerial view, Android home-screen appears simpler and less attractive as compared to Windows Phone, but yes, it’s clutter-free. But Google Experience Launcher brings the magic back. It allows you to swap between different home-screen options. Not happy with the new option? Simply empty it by removing icons and widgets, and it will be removed and replaced simultaneously with a new one.

Windows Phone 8.1 vs. Android KitKat 4.4: Voice Control

Windows-Phone-8.1-vs.-Android-KitKat-4.4-Voice-ControlWindows Phone 8.1 adds “Cortana”, a voice assistant much like Siri and Google Now. If you are in the US, use it right now. Otherwise, wait until late 2014 and early 2015. But it’s more than what we said. It keeps a record of what you would like to do in leisure from a range of topics (Style, Travel, Sports, Arts, headlines, opinion and more), and is happy to offer that on the right time. It’s also a personal assistant that goes with you wherever you go. Use planners and alerts galore. Keep a check on flight schedule, meet with people, attend your corporate party, find climate status, and stay atop. Its person-based reminder feature, applicable to call, text and email, is extremely helpful in managing work while keeping loved ones closer.

Android Google Now is sensitive to voice. Just say “Ok Google” to activate the feature. And ask whatever you want to know or get done. From locating a place to planning a route to setting up an alarm, or doing anything else, it’s ready to go by your command. It’s ready with its suggestions whenever and wherever you need. Voice control feature in both offers less or more the same benefits.

Windows Phone 8.1 vs. Android KitKat 4.4: The Apps

Windows-Phone-8.1-vs.-Android-KitKat-4.4-The-AppsWindows Store lags behind Google Play in terms of availability of apps. Against 1,300,000 Android apps, Windows Store hosts only 250,000 apps. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make use of your favorite apps, including Facebook, Instagram, Pandora, camera apps, and more. Want to explore more? Enter into your preferred genres and pick up your apps. Or go by Featured, Top free, New+Rising, Top paid or Best rated category.



Windows Phone 8.1 vs. Android KitKat 4.4: Apps Development

Apps-DevelopmentWant to develop apps for Android or Windows Phone? Have a look at the store features. Google Play opens a great earning opportunities for developers. Currently it’s accessible across 148 countries for developers. However, in terms of app revenue sharing Google seems a bit greedy. In contrast to Windows Store which offers 80% of the benefit to developers after achieving sale worth $25,000 USD, Google continues with flat 70%. However, Google Play benefits them by keeping the developer’s registration charge lower than its Microsoft counterpart, i.e. $25 one-time Vs $49 monthly or $99 annually.



Windows Phone 8.1 vs. Android KitKat 4.4: The Features

Windows-Phone-8.1-vs.-Android-KitKat-4.4-The-FeaturesBesides the customizable Start screen, other attributes that may propel your Windows Phone buying decision, include all new Cortana, and innovative Action Centre and Camera. Action Center is an overdue feature similar to notification screen on Androids. But it does more. It offers a quick way to switch on and off settings that you use the most. For instance, it eases toggling between different modes, often helpful in saving battery life. One can easily turn on or off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and camera and switch the brightness settings from automatic to low to medium to high, and vice versa. Experience fantasy in typing with the word flow keyboard on Windows Phone. Don’t tap your finger, just glide over letters, and you are done. This is an absolute challenge to Swype on Android.  Windows Phone 8.1 responds to Android with the innovative speed dial function.

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