Both Microsoft and Apple have some cards up their sleeves. Microsoft’s card is Windows Phone 8.1 and Apple’s iOS 8. Only time can tell which of them turns out to be the trump card; for now we can compare the two OSs by giving a look at the bests of both.
Since beta versions of both operating systems are out, comparison is easy for us. However, before we begin the comparison we need to bear in mind the Windows Phone developer lags way behind Apple. The global Smartphone market is almost fully occupied by iOS and Android. Microsoft holds a minuscule share (2.7%) of the rapidly growing market.
You may indulge the thought as to whether Windows Phone 8.1 will change the scenario for Microsoft to something more favorable. Our answer is ‘NO’, and we are not pessimistic or Windows Phone haters. Just keep your ears to the ground and you’d know how desperately everyone is waiting for the upcoming iOS 8, and not even half that excitement is there for Windows Phone 8.1.
If one reason behind the frenzy for iOS 8 is its lineage, the other is the pack of new features that it will bring around. iOS 8 will house a number of new and exciting features. Some of those features are Time-Lapse camera mode, pp extensions, credit card scanning by iPhone camera and Safari browser, Business Map, Voice-to-text and HealthKit.
It’s quite evident that iOS 8 is going to be an assortment of cool features. Windows Phone 8.1 however runs short of features. The most impressive thing about 8.1 is Cortana, the Siri like voice assistant. Cortana can do almost everything that other voice based digital assistants could. It can call someone up, send text messages, set reminders, do searching, create notes and add appointments to the calendar.
The next cool feature the Action Center. This feature can be compared with the Control Center in iOS. Action Center also partly resembles the Notification Center in iOS. Action Center gives users quick access to Wi-Fi, Rotation Clock, Airplane Mode and Bluetooth. Using the Action Center is fairly easy, you just need to swipe down from the top of the screen.
The Notification Center in iOS is to notify users about recently received emails, text messages, etc. Action Center performs a similar type of task. It’s undoubtedly very useful of Windows users. The only problem is that its design looks bland. However, for Microsoft, design never really mattered.
Flow keyboard is another mentionable feature in Windows Phone 8.1. It’s not a keyboard in the true sense. Users can drag the tip of the digit from one letter to another letter to form a word. The app can guess which word you are about to type. Had Apple not offered third party keyboard support to its users, Microsoft would have beaten Apple on this front.
As for iOS 8, the Business Map is useful for all types of users because it fills a user’s contact book with address and phone no. of a business. 1Password has worked on the beta versions and developed iOS 8 specific version which will secure all types of login credentials. Last but not the least, the HealthKit is a revolutionary feature. It may revolutionize the healthcare industry. The iPhone 6 will be given M7 Coprocessor by Apple so HealthKit could work seamlessly.
Many third party health and fitness app developers and hardware manufacturers are ready to tie up with Apple so HealthKit could be facilitated.
Thus, iOS 8 does seem to have the upper hand. If Microsoft wants to catch up with Apple, it will have to try harder. May be the next version of Windows Phone i.e. Windows 11 will bring on the table something really astonishing and level the playing field. But that’s definitely not happening for now.