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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Simple comparison between three operating systems: Apple iOS 6 vs. Android vs. Windows Phone


June is really an exciting months for all smartphone fans. Apple kicked off its WWDC this Monday with the unveiling of iOS 6 for its iPhone and iPad, which was claimed to own more than 200 new features. The only defect of 2012 WWDC is that there’s still no introduction of iPhone 5, which is rumored to most possibly adopt iOS 6, A6 processor, larger screen display, higher screen resolution, etc. to produce better experience for users to watch HD movies on iPhone 5, play games, own better experience in surfing the internet, etc. And also, in this June, Microsoft is expected to unveil the next generation of Windows Phone at an event next Wednesday, June 20, while Google is expected to reveal its plans for the next version of Android, codenamed "Jellybean". What an exciting month it would be!

With the release of iOS 6 and its big improvements, we may want to see which one of the three operating systems would be the best for ourselves. Here, PCworld has just made a comparison chart to show the difference of Apple iOS 6, Android and Windows Phone. Let’s have a look:
While some of the iOS 6 features Apple announced on WWDC already exist on Windows Phone and Android, Apple is putting its own twist on these updates. For example, Siri, Apple's voice-activated virtual assistant, is even smarter now with support for sports, movies, and restaurants. Siri can also directly launch apps, but you still can't control these third-party apps with your voice. What’s more, more languages are supported by Siri in iOS 6, like Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese.

In Ios 6, Apple also launched its own Maps application, which includes local business information, Yelp integration, real-time traffic updates, and turn-by-turn navigation. Naturally, Apple has also added Siri integration to maps. Apple has also added a 3D/fly-over mode to its Maps application, which shows you detailed 3D models of buildings and landmarks.

These updates certainly give Microsoft and Android something to chew on. While both competing platforms offer voice-command support, those features are crude in comparison to Siri's artificial intelligence and natural dictation. Microsoft's Bing Maps could definitely use a revamp in the next version of Windows Phone as its turn-by-turn directions feature is quite clunky (you must tap your phone at each turn).

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