Recently we have witnessed the onset of two big mobile OS upgrades; Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. It is a time movements in technology world are predominantly driven by the software developers, rather than the hardware manufacturers. Google, Microsoft and Apple enjoy increased influence over the mobile industry than the hardware builders. Of course, the clash in the industry is now among the developers of operating systems. Here we introduce you to a grand comparison between Android 4.0 and Windows Phone 7.5 (WP7.5) Mango, the latest versions of the two operating systems from Google and Microsoft. Google unveiled Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on Samsung Galaxy Nexus last week. Meanwhile, WP7.5 Mango appeared on an array of smartphones including HTC Radar. Get through the comparison below to see which of Ice Cream Sandwich and WP7.5 Mango really tastes the best for a mobile user.
Both Android 4 and WP7.5 Mango do have pretty attractive user interfaces. Android 4 actually combines the phone interface of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and tablet interface of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). In other words, you can run phones and tablets on ICS that indeed has an interface suitable for both. On the other hand, WP7.5 Mango is limited for smartphones. Windows Phone is known for its Metro UI and social Hubs that realize a fresh environment on the supported devices. You have a tile-based home screen on Mango devices replacing the traditional home screen icons on both Android and iOS.
Winner: Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Android 4 obviously wins over WP7.5 Mango being an inclusive platform for both smartphones and tablets.
Unlike iOS, both Windows Phone and Android appear on lots of products. But these two platforms also have an obvious difference in hardware supportability. The first one, WP7.5 Mango, only runs on a limited number of products. Simply, the products that are from Microsoft’s hardware partners like Samsung, HTC, Acer, Asus, ZTE and Nokia. It is not the case with Google’s open source mobile OS Android. Any hardware maker from any corner of the world can run Android on its products. As a result, we will have lots of products on Android 4 ICS. The manufacturer list of Android contains from Samsung, the premier technology maker to the start-up manufacturers.
Winner: Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Needles to mention, multitasking is one of capabilities a smartphone should have today. For a long period, we could experience multitasking on our computers only. Now it is time to multitask apps and programs on your phones also. After iOS 4, Android and Windows also initiated the feature. Both new versions of Android and Windows Phone offer great multitasking capabilities. But Android’s multitasking seems to be the best as it has more potentials. Google emphasizes that ICS has an even “easier and more visual” multitasking capability. Microsoft Windows is just new to multitasking.
Winner: Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Social media integration
Google Android 4.0 ICS highlights deep Facebook and Twitter integration. You can also run other social media clients, but Facebook and Twitter are deeply integrated to the firmware. On Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, on the other hand, you have great integration of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Windows Live services.
Winner: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Apps and app store
Every mobile user wishes to have access to as much apps as possible. On Android Market for ICS, you have more than 250,000 plus apps. In that place, WP7.5 Mango’s Marketplace, though refurbished for the special version of Windows Phone, features only 30,000 apps.
Google just intends to bring together the customers of its Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 3.0 Honeycomb under a single roof with ICS. Microsoft as it admitted previously tries to form a new ecosystem in mobile industry to give costumers an option except iOS and Android.
Winner: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. It a stepping stone for Microsoft’s efforts to get more involved in smartphone industry.
It is not actually easy to predict a winner between Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango in a simple comparison. Microsoft is yet to turn into a dynamic player in world mobile industry. Of course, the Redmond-based software giant is in intense efforts to gain a respectful place for its Windows Phone. The new Mango update is certainly part of such an attempt. On contrast, Google has been in mobile OS industry with its Android for last several years. Thanks to its open source nature, Android platform has gained large reputation among costumers; and it is even remaining as a looming threat for the dominating Apple iOS.