The mobile OS wars heat up with the recent update of Apple’s iOS to version 4.3. (boo!) While this software upgrade for the iPhone does give the fruit-named company a big boost in features, how does it really stack up against the latest and greatest snack-themed Android version? Let’s have a look:
As you can see, some of the things that version 4.3 of the iOS have been in Android for quite some time already. Personal hotspot option has an on-again-off-again relationship with the iPhone. Now, it’s here to stay (hopefully) and users can now share their 3G internet over WiFi. this has been available on Android 2.2 Froyo for quite sometime now so I don’t see what the fuss is about.
HDMI Out is also new to the iPhone, though the Droid X already had this way back when, and it didn’t need a special adapter to boot. As for AirPlay, unless it breaks out and becomes available to more devices, we don’t see it being widely used since users need an Apple TV for it.
One area where the iOS handily trumps Android is through PC-to-mobile streaming. iTunes Home Sharing far surpasses any solution available to Android, which often requires a lot of hacking and setting up to make it work. Personally, we’re hoping Air Video comes around and makes an Android app so I can finally watch my Outsourced episodes over WiFi.
Browser speed tests by Blaze have shown that the Android Gingerbread browser is vastly superior compared to the iPhone 4.3, loading pages almost a second faster. The Android browser also excelled on both mobile and regular sites, whereas the iPhone chokes on the regular sites, sometimes taking as much as twice the time to load compared to mobile ones.
NFC-support is also one of the new features of Gingerbread. It’s not yet widespread since only devices that have come out in the past couple of months support it. NFC has the potential to change the way people pay for stuff or even how devices will be used in the future. Apple is rumored to include this in the next iPhone 5.
There’s never been any doubt that Android’s new version far outstrips the latest from Apple. From browser speeds to NFC, Android 2.3 trumps most of the features of iOS 4.3. It’s even a step ahead, introducing personal WiFi sharing way before Apple. Too bad Jobs old boy, Larry and Sergey won this round. Maybe next time. Maybe.
Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Vs. Apple iOS 4.3 - Who Wins?
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Thanks to build in DLNA in Atrix playing music or video files from my computer over wi-fi is very easy. DLNA support should be native to Android.
ios is goodest
yea… IOS is good but the Android is The winer