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June 17, 2010

iOS 4 Vs Android 2.2 – My Perspective

Now, lets get on with the comparison of the two great Operating Systems(Android 2.2 a.k.a ‘Froyo’ and iOS4) for the smart phones (Technically its Android alone which can be on many smart phones). These comparisons are based on what I have read on the official sites and it goes by some rumors for comparison sake only.

The Android Ammo:

1. Speed gains of up to 2~5 times over Android 2.1

2. Exchange Calendar supported.

3. Wi-Fi Hotspots possible.

4. Support for over 256MB of RAM.

5. Apps on External storage.

6. Customizable UI.

7. Flash Support

iOS 4 Ammo:

1. Multi-Tasking

2. Folders for Applications

3. Improved E-mail

4. iBooks

5. Video Focusing

6. Custom Backgrounds

The above list is the ones I think are the most relevant for me. Please note ‘I am not comparing hardwares here’.

Multi-Tasking has been available from day one on Android, Apple had shied away for too long from it and with iOS Multitasking is available. The important factor to be taken into consideration is that if what Steve Jobs claims that ‘multi-tasking done right’ is true , iOS should be much faster on a similar hardware when we compare it with Android and also it should not hang the phone, drain the battery, hang applications (or outright close them) and should not slow down the phone too much! phew, lot of requirements eh! Android 2.1 was bad on performance front.

Android is 2~5x faster than than 2.1, now there is a leap in performance and many people have claimed that Android 2.2 which only updates on Nexus One now feels fast. Also, a better engine is used for running the javascript in the web pages, which might render the pages even faster. This I think is a good thing.

Speed comparison

Comparision with previous Android Versions

Apple does not support flash, that sucks to the core. The reason given is that flash slows iPhone and for that matter all the mac products too. This I cannot be sure, its what our Dearest Stevie has said.

Android 2.2 has included support for syncing Calendars, this I think is a plus for Android cause I wouldn’t want to feed all my calendar entries manually which I had done previously. iPhone has this feature from a very long time now.

iOS 4 comes with Folders for managing your applications, I wonder why there is no mention of this in Android, I have to agree that it will make your life simpler in terms of managing apps. When I tried finding an app in my friend’s phone I was lost, this guy had four pages full of apps.! These days its all about good applications!

iOS4 also comes with iBooks. There is not a single good enough PDF reader in Android, there is a Adobe reader but its not good. Through iBooks you can read pdfs too… so you are not restricted to content only from Apple. Another thing about iOS is that it can read EPUB format for eBooks, which is an open source format. This means u can even download free books from google and read it on your iPhone. Again downloading from net and using iBook to read should be possible, which I am guessing it should be. I have to shell out 10$ to read PDF’s on my S60 device.. crap!

Froyo has the capability to turn your Phone into a Wi-Fi Hotspot, off course it depends on the phone but iPhone 3G hardware has what is needed! So, having it on Froyo does gives it that edge, imagine I’m at some place where there is internet needed, I can be a service provider 🙂 In India for this feature to be usable first 3G has to come! 😛

Now, here is a big guess, iOS supports more than 256MB RAM, it is a guess cause Apple has not disclosed the RAM in iPad which has an A4 processor. I have to agree that it is a rumor that iPad has at least 512Mb of RAM. With Froyo it now can support more RAM. Its a draw here!

Also, the thing which has been there in Apple from day one, you can store and install your apps in your SD card, this was needed and I am glad it has but applications have to be written that way, what was Google thinking, installing it on GDrive??

Among other things, Android home screen can be modified and Apple has tap on focus Video. Giving a greater control on what you like, Apple has just put customizable backgrounds as an option in iOS, is that a joke! 🙂 This is a feature Apple should give, now is it so complex to make a customized UI?? Stevie, are you listening?

A huge advantage with Android in general is that you just dont have one phone! You have so many even now that the choice is your and its good, where as Apple has like 2 Choice which are more or less same! Here Android wins hands down.

From what I have heard on different sites reagrding the complaints, the guys in US are not happy about iPhone on AT&T alone, they hate iPhone for being only on one network, we’ll even I hate them for this. If iPhone would have been on different networks the ball game would have been different.

As for all the comparisons we see that Froyo definitely has more features than iOS, but when it comes down to usability we really have to wait out on that one. The thing which can be expected is that given the previous iPhones, there is no comparison in the quality, the iPhone works like a dream even compared to Android 2.2 on Nexus one, you have to give Apple that.


June 13, 2010

War of the OSes!

What is making smart phones smart? Is it is just the hardware or is there any other thing which counts? As we all know in the smart phone arena, there is a war going on between two OSes and they are Android and iOS (previously iphone OS), Google dared to enter with Android in a market so monopolized by Apple that anyone who wanted a good smart phone would invariably come up at least once with iPhone although there were others like windows and rim, it doesn’t mean that they always purchased one. This has been significantly true from the time Apple released its iPhone. I am not going to compare it with a RIM and Windows mobiles for many reasons, one of the major ones being Corporate Orientated

Then along came Android a green Robot with promise of everything free! It is an open source Linux based OS. What was so significant in it? Was it a revolutionary OS that could beat any other Smart phone OS?I think it was just the blessing it received by being their baby and some co-ordinate effort by Google! It’s like the war between Windows and Linux (not comparing Osx for many reasons). The only difference is that Google is spending a lot of efforts into it! Everyone around is talking in terms of iPhone killer, actually it means better than iPhone. This particular thinking has emerged due to a lack of another proper phone which could exceed iPhone’s features. There are now so many Android phones in the market that every other phone released with Android is touted as a iPhone Killer!! J

Thinking practically I think that it is not possible to beat an iPhone in today’s market! The reasons are many, but a very significant reason is everyone in apple is working on the same hardware, they are working on a single Operating System, and there is no variation there! When it comes to Android everyone is building a layer on top of it, anyone can do anything, do you understand what it means, and it means confusion! Android is open source, that is a excellent thing but what happens is un directed development which is difficult to control. We’ll you can say that it will be an Organic growth, but it being a software code, I personally think that it should not have anything to do with Organic. Apple takes over at this point, there are features in an Android that iPhone 4 still do not have, and that looks excellent on the paper only. When a user is trying to use that feature there is many a chance that it will not work as intended, because it was tested on some other platform. HTC, Motorola and LG devices cannot be updated to the newest OS as and when released because there are so many modifications limited to their Product. Whereas with Apple, it works and works properly, they are committed to one platform and whatever they come up with they try to make it perfect so that the user does not get irritated.. Being a developer one can be contented with unstable applications as he sees opportunity in that to improve, whereas, a user who is purely using it might not like it so much.

This war between the two sides will go on for a long time to come as both sides have heavy ammunitions in their arsenal and it will be fun to be in the middle of this war.. I for one feel that if Android can be directed into unified and directed development, it has the potential to overcome the monopoly which Apple enjoyed in that segment and it has a potential to be on a multi-application level where in it can be used for any type of mobile device, but that remains largely to be seen in the coming days. Have fun!

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