The three players of the mobile operating system platform made some hot releases this year, Google upgraded to the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean around July, Apple came out with its iOS 6 versions in September, and Microsoft brought to us the Window Phone 8 in October. Apple announced the iOS 6 without a device; Google packed the Jelly Bean with its Nexus 7 while Microsoft came with its new platform with its own Surface tablet that runs on the Windows RT.
The three platforms are all finally out, and most users have been having a feel of the experience. Android is even upgrading the Jelly Bean to 4.2.
What communizes the three platforms is the location service, and it seems this is really where the battle lies.
Location and Maps
The Google Map is quite older than the Map service offered by the two other platforms, most of them even integrate the Google Map as the default location app before they began their own production of the service. On the Jelly Bean 4.1, Google introduced the Google Now, which bridges the map and other Google services together. The Google Now serves as a real time personal assistance, monitors your lifestyle, and alert you whenever it’s time for you to get something done, a meeting with you board, or time to go to work, the Google Now integrates the map service by providing you information about "weather forecast," as well as "routing and re-routing".
As the iOS 6 was coming out, analyst observed that the Google Map has been ejected out of Apple's platform, it was then Apple announced its own Map service. The Map came with the iPhone 5 and unfortunately, it was a flaw and this led into Apple apologizing to its customers for the failure of the Apple Map and recommending other Map services such as Google Map, Bing etc as alternatives to its new and loyal customers.
For the Windows 8, Microsoft adopts the Nokia Maps to help its users for the location service. There is also the Windows app for non Nokia devices, which makes use of Nokia Maps for calculated routes and geocoding as well as traffic information. The Nokia Map UI and POI database was developed by Microsoft developers.
As at the moment, the Google Map with its Google Now provides the best Map service.
Google has a lot of services it offers, and it seems they are becoming overlap. The Google+ is lacking, analysts thinks Google Talk, Messenger and Google Voice should be integrated. In the Android 4.1, Google Now bridges a lot of Google services into one. The new notification shade makes it unnecessary for you to open notifications without visiting apps.
The only integration you get on the iOS 6 is for social networks like Facebook and Passbook, the iOS doesn't really have much service interference. Safari could be synched through iCloud, but Apple has not given options to connect many service to one. As an iOS owner, you have to launch an app to access a service.
Social networks finds favor in integration with the Windows Phone 8, the NFC also makes connectivity with different devices easy. A concept called Native Code on Microsoft platforms integrates the Window 8 with the Windows Phone 8; it gives you an opportunity to access your Windows 8 from your Window Phone 8 device.
If you own more than one device for Android, iOS or Windows, you are able to easily link those accounts with your ID, but Microsoft seems to offer a very good and fair integration with its Windows 8. Google has a lot of product, and almost all of them are linked together, Google seems to also take the lead in this area.
Considering the most open to homescreen construction, Jelly Bean offer the best, apart from allowed folder creation, it allows numerous widgets, you can make your UI to be completely unique. Though the iOS6added one more column to its screen real estate, with new space for apps on the homescreen, and can equally be placed into folders, still it look so much unfriendly to users who will like make multiple screen and folders for app organizing.
For the interface customization, the Windows Phone 8 seems to come first according to my rating.
Critically observing the three platforms, the Android Jelly Bean takes its place as the best to offer the Map service, the Google now make its service integration fascinating, and a more flexible user interface, but not as much as it is offered by the Windows Phone 8, the iOS 6 is a more cool platform, but the boring stagnant UI has not been transformed.
Different people with its preference of features on each product, I hereby write a disclaimer that this article is never written to condemn or to elevate a platform more than the other.
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