Android vs Windows


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Android
Android powers millions of phones, tablets, and other devices and brings the power of Google and the web into your hands. With an amazingly fast browser, cloud sync, multi-tasking, easy connect & share, and the latest Google apps (and thousands of other apps available on Google Play) your Android powered device is beyond smart.
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Windows
Windows 8 is a no-alternative operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, netbooks and tablet PCs. It features the Metro-style interface that is designed for touchscreen input similar to that in Windows Phone
Comparing Android vs Windows is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Android has more user-friendly interface than Windows because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Android is more popular than Windows

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Microsoft discontinues Windows Phone (in 2017)
- Android enables secure enterprise deployment (in 2017)
- New Android Oreo enables picture-in-picture multitasking (in 2017)
- Microsoft drops support of Windows Phone (in 2017)
- Android 7.0 Nougat brings more security to work (in 2016)
- Microsoft introduced subscription model for Windows 10 (in 2016)
- Google announced the next version of Android (in 2016)
- Android Marshmallow features supercharged Google Now (in 2015)
- Microsoft launches Windows 10 (in 2015)
- Google launched Android For Work (in 2015)

Looks like Android was recently more active than Windows (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Android and Windows meet head to head:

2017 - Microsoft discontinues Windows Phone


Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft,  admitted on Twitter that Microsoft isn’t working on any software or hardware update for its mobile operation system Windows Phone (or Windows 10 Mobile). He even admitted that there’s no way to solve Microsoft’s app problems. Companies and indie developers simply don’t want to work on Windows Phone apps — most of them probably never cared in the first place. Microsoft is going to focus on mobile in different ways. The company has been working on mobile apps and some of them are quite successful. For instance, Microsoft Edge is coming to Android and iOS.

2017 - Android enables secure enterprise deployment to fight Windows


Google has launched a new way for businesses to give new phones to their employees: Android zero-touch enrollment. The idea here is that employees can use a device out of the box, because all the management services and setting are already ready to go when the device is shipped. This means the user only has to sign in, walk through the setup process and start working, and admins don’t have to do any additional work to authorize these devices and add them to their mobility services. They simply assign the new device to a user and the device will be automatically enrolled with their existing enterprise mobility management solution like VMware’s AirWatch when it’s powered on. For now, this only works with Google’s own Pixel phone though the plan is to expand this far beyond this.

2017 - Microsoft drops support of Windows Phone loses to Android


Mobile OS Windows Phone fell into Microsoft's "end of support" category for software, which means there will be no updates to it of any kind, including security updates.  If you keep using an unsupported device, you'll be wide open to hackers, and that usually ends in all your content being locked until you pay a certain amount of Bitcoin to a certain address.  Microsoft technically hasn't given up on mobile; the company still supports Windows 10 Mobile, which is the successor to Windows Phone. The problem is only a minority of Windows Phone 8.1 phones are able to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. But we haven't heard about an exciting Windows smartphone or a new set of features on the platform in years, and Microsoft definitely isn't talking much about it. In fact, at its annual Build conference in May, the company has talked more about iOS and Android than Windows 10 Mobile.

2016 - Google announced the next version of Android to stand out over Windows


Google introduced the new version of its mobile OS - Android N. It's now available for developer preview. Among the changes in Android N are improved notifications. Using “direct reply notifications,” for example, means developers can now allow their users to reply to incoming notifications right from the notifications shade. Developers can now also bundle notifications from the same app together. Android N will also offer a split-screen view. Apps that support this will be able to run side-by-side with other apps on both tablets and phones (and developers can set the minimum allowable dimensions for their apps). Multi-windows support is something users have long asked for — especially on tablets. Google’s own Pixel-C, for example, would make a far better productivity device with this feature.

2015 - Microsoft launches Windows 10 to keep up competition with Android


Microsoft is starting to roll out the new Windows 10, which will be free to all Win 7/8 users. Windows 10 combines the modern — an app store, Cortana, a new browser, and so forth — with a comfortable helping of the traditional, including, the return of the Start Menu. The inclusion of Cortana adds a new way to interact with your desktop computer into the mix. Edge is the future replacement of Internet Explorer, meaning that after several decades, Microsoft is trying to re-take over the Internet. The app store is better. The Start Menu is a refinement of the largely failed Start Screen. And the Continuum feture changes Windows 10 into a touch-friendly interface.

2013 - Android works on notebooks. On top of Windows



Well, actually, Google has its own plan "How to destroy Windows". It supposes that the Chrome browser will become the main application that you use on computer (because everything you need is available from the Web). And then there will be only Chrome. Windows will become an unnecessary layer. Startup BlueStacks invented the same plan, but instead of Chrome they decided to port Android on the top of Windows. And taking into account that mobile applications have recently become more popular than Web applications, this plan could work even better. How does it work?

You install the BlueStacks Player on your computer, sign in via Google-account and voila - you can run any Android-applications and work with them in the format of a smartphone or tablet. Reminds the Flash-Player in the browser, right?

But BlueStacks didn't stop at this point. They developed the Android app Cloud Connect which can sync SMS messages between your smartphone and computer. They also promise to add file synchronization. I.e. the dream of every user (to have the same apps and data on any device) comes true.


Furthermore, BlueStacks concludes partnership agreements with computer manufacturers to pre-install the BlueStacks Player. Previously, such agreements have been concluded with AMD and Asus, and the other day - with a world largest laptop manufacturer - Lenovo. Add to this that BlueStacks Player runs on Mac OS, and it starts to look like is the new global OS.