Now that Apple has given us a glimpse of iOS7 at the WWDC; it is time to compare it with Windows Phone 8 and Android to see how it stacks up against the heavyweights. The tech giant’s mobile operating system had been lagging behind due to lackluster design and limited functionality while others offered slick new user-interfaces and multitasking features. With iOS7 the Cupertino based company is attempting to regain market share and enhance their smartphone functionality. This could mean enhanced compatibility with iOS spy software.
Let’s take a look at what sets iOS 7 apart from the rest of the competition.
iOS 7: Just like notifications, Control Center is easy to access on the iOS 7. Simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen and the control center pops up giving you access to settings like brightness, Airplane mode and shortcuts to calculator, compass and flashlight.
Android: Android has a Control Center built into the operating system. However, accessing it varies by device.
Windows Phone 8: The current iteration of Microsoft’s mobile operating system currently lacks a Control Panel. Users have to access the settings menu in Windows Phone 8 to make changes.
iOS 7: Notifications can still be accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen. However, in iOS7, they have been divided into Today, All and Missed categories.
Android: Google’s Android offers detailed notifications which includes on/off toggles along with media controls.
Windows Phone 8: Even though Windows Phone 8 lacks a notifications center; it makes up for it by its “live tile” interface which provides frequent updates.
iOS 7: iOS 7 improves on the multitasking features originally presented in iOS 4. The OS automatically updates all iOS apps to the latest version and gives a preview of all applications running in the background.
Android: Simply access the Recent Lists menu to switch between different applications in Android.
Windows Phone 8: Users can switch easily between active apps in Windows Phone 8 by accessing the multitasking preview feature.
iOS 7: Apple’s iOS 7 introduces features like Moments, Collections and Years to group photos.
Android: Photos in Android are grouped together by albums and dates.
Windows Phone 8: Just like its Android counterpart, photos in WP8 are grouped together by albums and dates.
iOS 7: Apple has unveiled a brand new password protect feature in iOS 7. A stolen iOS7 device cannot be used until Apple ID and password are entered.
Android: Jelly Bean 4.2 does not have any features to restrict access to the stolen device.
Windows Phone 8: Windows Phone 8 devices lack any such functionality as well.
iOS 7: Through AirDrop, an iOS7 powered device is easily able to share content, songs and videos over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Android 4.2: Android Beam allows seamless sharing of data wirelessly. The technology is NFC based.
Windows Phone 8: Windows Phone 8 devices contain Tap + Share NFC feature to share data.
That's the story on the different OS and how they look when pitted against each other. There's no doubt that Apple has always packed a punch, but the other platforms aren't far behind either.
Jessica is a loyal Apple fan and regularly contributes technology related articles on Mobistealth. She tweets at @Jcarol429