We have had some major development in the reigning Mobile OS scenario this week, the announcement of Windows Phone8 and Android update from 4.1 to 4.2, the new flavour of Jelly Bean. Let’s have quick round up of the interesting features that will prove beneficial for the end users.
For Android users, any update is a good news as it is bound to bring additional features that will make their Android experience even better. 4.2 introduces Photo Sphere, an update inspired by Street View feature of Google maps allowing users to capture 360 degree images and create immersive Photo Spheres which can be easily shared on Google+ and added to Google Maps. Support for gesture typing, makes message typing a glide of fingers on the phone screen. The much in demand, Multi-User support has also been formally introduced with Jelly Bean 4.2, and the best part is switching between the users does not require explicit logging in and logging out. But, the feature can be found only on tablets as of now. Ability to mirror your phone screen display on your HDTV with a wireless display adapter will add a new dimension to the usability of the phone. Expandable and actionable notifications, Daydream to enliven your phone screen with interesting and useful information when in idle or docked mode and an informative, precise and elaborate Google Now are a few enhancements to Jelly Bean that the end users will relish. While Jelly Bean is maturing, the new Windows Phone 8 brings some refreshing change to the iconic phone display by replacing it with Tiled Display, the tiles can now be re-sized for better organization and are updated dynamically, even when the phone screen is locked. Kids Corner gives parents the required disciplining aid to check the phone usage by kids. DataSense feature will help users save money, and extract more out of their existing data usage plans.
Improved Facebook, Twitter and Skype apps make it a desirable social gadget. Not only personal usage features, Windows Phone 8 also introduces some business features capable of making Windows devices a sought after business aid. Microsoft Office Suite in combination to Office 365 can break all the device specific barriers for information sync. Full internal storage encryption, support for Mobile Device Management, enhanced e-mail and conference features increase the odds in favour of Windows Phones usage as BYOD. I feel Windows Phone 8 based devices have the potential to challenge the increasing popularity of iOS based devices as business aids, While Android is piling up features to keep the gadget geeks engaged. What do you project, do post your comments. Image Source [unityoffairfax.org]