Google unveiled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean today during Google I/O, the third major mobile OS coming this month from one of the major players in the smartphone business – Apple’s iOS 6 was announced in early June at WWDC 2012, while Windows Phone 8 was demoed just a few days ago during Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 Summit.
In what follows we’re going to take a look at the main features of these three mobile operating systems that will power Android, iOS and WP devices, respectively, in the near future. It’s worth noting at this time that neither version is available to consumers right now, although developers and OEMs (where applicable since Apple makes its own hardware) already have access to them.
Each company has demoed only certain features of its upcoming OS update during their developer conference events and we’ll get a broader picture only once each mobile operating system is launched.
In case you’re looking to buy your first smartphone and don’t know what mobile operating system to choose, then we’ll tell you from the start that no matter what OS you end up selecting, it will be the best choice for you, as long as the OS you’re going with is able to help you out with daily chores – although it can also be the worst if it doesn’t. So let’s take a look at each of the three OSes and see what these major updates will have to offer
One of the main attractions of this year’s Google I/O event is Google’s next-gen update Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Android is currently the number one smartphone OS by market share in most markets, but necessarily by profit share. Since Android is open source, anyone can use it and to create their own Android-based smartphone, tablet or other device.
But because Jelly Bean is open source this also means Google can’t make money off it, at least not directly. Moreover, the company does not control software updates, which is why we currently have a pretty fragmented Android ecosystem and that can be annoying at times for end-users and developers. Since OEMs and carriers are in charge of software updates and since they’d rather sell new devices instead of updating the old, we’re not surprised to see Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s Android 4.0 update that was released in late 2012, only available on around 7% of available Android devices.
We can only hope that Jelly Bean will have a much better faith than its predecessor, and that it will soon be available on current ICS handsets. What’s worth noting is that Jelly Bean seems to be rather an incremental update (Android 4.1) instead of a major refresh (Android 5.0), which must mean that most devices that are running ICS or are upgradeable to ICS would also support Jelly Bean later down the road.
Without further ado, here are the main features of Android Jelly Bean:
Formerly known as iPhone OS, Apple’s mobile platform has been rebranded as iOS two years ago when the first iPad was launched. iOS is the mobile operating system that helped revitalize the smartphone business and make the transition from keypad/keyboard smartphones to touchscreen devices. The operating system can be run on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, with Apple trying to minimize fragmentation as much as possible.
While iOS 6 will run on a vast majority of iOS devices from the moment it’s rolled out by Apple (carriers don’t have a say in software updates, nor do they poison it with any crapware), not all iOS 6-capable handsets will be able to run all the new features.
Speaking about new features, you’ll have to know that iOS 6 will come with several improvements and additions meant to offer users and even better iOS experience:
You would have thought that Microsoft knew better than to let its smartphone market share slip through its fingers in the years following the iPhone and Android launches. The company had Windows Mobile 6.x out well ahead of its competitors announced iPhone OS and Android, but the OS was a lot more limited and user-unfriendly, especially when compared with Apple’s and Google’s advancements in the field.
Microsoft tried and failed to patch things up with Windows Phone 6.5, a transition mobile software that preceded Windows Phone 7, the major mobile OS refresh we’ve been waiting for. And what a refresh that was! Microsoft introduced a totally new mobile operating system with a fresh Metro user interface that looked nothing like its predecessors. But that happened in 2010, or two years too late, as iOS and Android quickly became the favorite mobile platforms of smartphone buyers, at the expense of former glories such as Microsoft, Nokia and RIM.
While analysts keep saying Microsoft will get back its market share in the business, and then some, the fact remains that Windows Phone sales are nothing to write home about.
Microsoft is hoping to change all that with Windows Phone 8, but before we get to features we’ll notice that the company is ready for some OS fragmentation of its own. Current WP handsets will not be able to run all WP8 features. Instead they’ll get a Windows 7.8 update that only includes some of the following features, which means everyone that’s specifically interested in WP8 handsets will have to buy a new handset. Here are the main WP8 features:
The three operating systems will be available in the coming months, at which point a more thorough comparison can be made. iOS 6 and Windows Phone 8 will be released at an unannounced date this fall and each launch will be complemented by new hardware announcements. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be coming to certain devices (Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and original Xoom) in July, but it’s not yet known when it will hit other existing ICS devices.
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Trying to get a flame war going? lol
have to admit WP8 peaked my interest however the good stuff there seems more about enterprise than consumers.
ios6 seems more about adding features to match Android & WP, and, as usual, gaining more complete control over features previously relied on form 3rd parties.
Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) seems more about maturing Android and doing a better job at integrating Google’s back-end services for an overall better UE & to make accessing information faster & easier.
All in all, if you are a “fan” of one platform over others I don’t think anyone showed off anything so stellar to pull you away. However, if you are on the fence about your current platform I think WP8 and JB might be pulling just a little bit more. . . as ios6 users will only get the good features if they are on the newest hardware, as usual — yes apple fans JB will only come to those with a Nexus device and some WiFi devices asap. . . other OEMs will most likely take till a day after forever to upgrade.
The comsumer features is to be reveal soon. That was a developer event. You’ll much more features than iOS of course. But android and wp are neck connect right now in future devices. So to sum up you’ll except much more comsumer features as well. You’ll expect basically most of windows 8′s features
See this review……It is a classic one and real…
well at least you get some with features on older devices on ios 6 unlike wp8 where you have to use completely new devices ( at least you have slim chance to get it on andriod. hell if my s2 gets even 4.0 ill be a happy camper)
Well you can always get custom rom before them
A point needs to be made that for Apple’s maps/turn by turn on iOS you need a quad-core iDevice.
Wrong. Turn by tun will work on the 4S which is only a dual core device
Wrong. It doesn’t.
I was going to upgrade my Nexus S to a Galaxy S3, but I think I’ll wait until the next nexus phone arrives. The only thing I like better on iOS is the fluidity and smoothness of scrolling; however, looking at the JB promo video and reading the specs, they seem to have tackled the lag. I don’t want to wait 6 months for a S3 JB update!
You dont have to.. Get the developer one or from cyanogenmod within few days of its being released.
iOS 6 the best
No more android on Sammy devices by the end of 2013.Because Sammy want to stay way from Microsoft cross licence and other player want to do the same.
so Ti zen OS could be on the next generation galaxy.If u want to use premium services from google you must buy Motorola/Google device, else u will miss.By the end of 2014 ti zen will be on more devices than android.The only device with android is going to be Motorola.Now even Google screaming about Sammy.That why Google bought Motorola to keep the business run.Now google even started thinking sammy using google and planing to stay away.
Actually android reached 650,000 apps :-) while Google map is again available on iOS just red it from CNN news :-)