Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google’s advanced and stylish upgraded version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which was announced couple of months ago with Nexus 7 Tablet And Nexus Q.
But technoholics are saying that that all could be about to change with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 competitor, which is expected to arrive towards the end of 2012. Is that really true ? In this comparison we stack the two up against each other to see which one has the advantage. Its Android 4.1 V/S Windows 8.
Interface and aesthetics
This means Microsoft has introduced a level of customisation more in-line with what people expect from Android.
Microsoft has said Live Tiles can now display much more information than before, including pictures, though, this will depend on the type of app a particular Live Tile represents and how big you set it to be.
As with Ice Cream Sandwich, on Jelly Bean the whole setup is much more stable and reliable than earlier versions and, importantly, it runs a lot faster.
However, Google has managed to bump things up a notch even on ICS’s impressively smooth operating performance thanks to the implementation of what it calls the ‘Butter UI’, a series of tweaks which means everything glides along. It’s now safe to say that Jelly Bean performs as well as both iOS and Windows Phone, two systems long held to be better optimised. Windows Phone never suffered from performance issues when running thanks to excellent optimisation.
That said, the top-end power for things like gaming and intensive multi-media has always been a little behind Android because of Microsoft’s hardware restrictions – Qualcomm single core processors with a top speed of 1.4GHz and 512MB of RAM.
With Windows Phone 8 that’s all set to change and we should see it closing the gap with the dual and quad core Android devices already on the market.
This also extends to device displays and you can expect Windows Phone 8 handsets to sport higher resolutions up to 720p.
Android may currently be king of multi-tasking but with support for multi-core processors there’s a good chance Windows Phone 8 will be able to offer a competitive alternative, particularly when you consider what Microsoft has done in this area with Windows 8 for tablets.
But it’s not just about raw muscle. Microsoft has included a number of additions to what it terms its Shared Windows Core – the suite of features which both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 are built around.
In this both systems are looking to be similar so its tie here.
Microsoft is clearly aiming for a game-changer with Windows Phone 8. There are many more sweeping changes than on Android Jelly Bean, but in some ways this is because it’s playing catch-up for things like interface customisation and hardware support.