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Google, Microsoft and Apple respectively has unveiled the new features expected to power their mobile platforms.
The Android Jelly Bean from Google packs a punch to deliver the best Android experience yet while Apple has forged together iOS 6 for both iPad and upcoming iPhone. However, Microsoft plans to click with Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system after not so successful run with their previous versions.
For the record, Apple and Android OS seems to be looming high when it comes to apps. There are about 6,50,000 apps support for iOS 6 whereas Android Jelly Bean will enjoy the support of 6,00,000 apps. The Windows Phone 8 has to go a long way as it stays way behind with 1,00,000 apps support.
The iOS 6 features new browser sync feature known as iCloud Tabs in a sub menu format along with bookmarks which unifies the browsing across all of iOS and OS X devices. While Chrome now supports tab syncing with desktop, Windows Phone doesn’t seem to have this feature but one may expect it soon as Microsoft would not want to lag behind in this aspect before the final version is out.
All the three operating systems offer exclusive support for Facebook integration which will enable users access and update pretty much anywhere in the three OS platforms.
In terms of maps, Apple was using Google maps in previous OS but with the launch of iOS 6, Apple will use their own maps service which will deliver traffic updates, turn-by-turn navigation and with the availability of 3D maps one can easily get through crowded metropolis. Meanhwile users will see additional features like 3D buildings, 360-degree interior views and offline caching along with other already existing search, turn-by-turn navigation, and street View options in Google Maps. However, Microsoft’s Bing maps will have support of the famous navigation turf that belongs to Nokia on Windows Phone 8, making it an excelling platform when it comes maps.
The voice recognition feature in Siri has turned every users eyes towards it as it can dictate text and emails, schedule calendar events, and set timers while it was introduced in iOS 5. But iOS 6 goes extra mile to make Siri extremely useful tool. From now users can ask Siri about live scores of games, make OpenTable reservations, ask about movies being played in local theater, inform Siri to remind you to call the person back later, launch apps and ask to post photos to Facebook . Meanwhile Google has always allowed voice search and dictation across the entire OS. And now it taps into Knowledge Graph and a built-in speech recognizer that will be seen in future devices. Even Windows Phone 8 has voice commands letting users place calls, send texts and search the web.
Android OS is very well known for supporting NFC feature known as Google Wallet. This feature from Googel includes mobile payments, deals, rewards and offers. Although iOS 6 will not feature NFC support there is a mobile payment option introduced by Apple known as Passbook. The app supports options like collecting tickets, rewards cards and support for debit and credit cards. In order for Passbook to work well, both GPS and QR codes needs to be in place. Microsoft is going to introduce Windows Phone 8 with Wallet, the users can store credit/debit cards and rewards/loyalty cards. Moreover, Windows Phone 8 will distinguish itself from both Android and iOS as it will use secure NFC elements stored on SIM cards for better security options.
The iOS 6 may fall short in terms of FaceTime video chat support as it only works with other Apple devices whereas Android with Google Talk and Windows Phone 8 with Skype is universally available for Macs, PCs, iOS and Android.