Is it too late for Windows 8 to challenge Android?
Added On:9/20/2011 4:50:00 PM
The smartphone and tablet market is primarily dominated by Android and Apple's iOS. Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 with an aim to eat the market share of two biggest players. Microsoft’s Windows platform has dominated operating systems for decades, but does it have enough guns to compete Android in the smartphone and tablet sector?
Many analysts are saying that now it’s too late for Windows 8 to challenge Android OS. Here are three reasons why Windows may fail to make its mark in mobile space.
Both Android and iOS, unlike Microsoft’s Windows 8, are app-centric. Apple brags about over 500,000+ apps and Android has nearly 250,000+ apps. On the other hand, Windows 8 clearly lacks in this area. It has only 9,000+ apps and will take time to catch up with big players.
Android posses multitude of capabilities that others fail to deliver or don’t have. These include Near Field Communication support and tethering via USB, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, so you can use it to share your Internet connection with other devices, including a tablet, a smartphone or a laptop. Other attributes comprise built-in voice search and voice control features that allow users to surf the Web, compose text messages, initiate phone calls and send mails by voice command rather than physically using the device.
Microsoft, in the meantime, is centered on services and tools, and Windows 8 is only focused on Microsoft’s apps and other cloud-based services. The Windows mobile OS also lacks a universal in-box, unlike iOS and Android, where all the e-mail messages from several services are displayed in a single location.
Android has made its presence in most of the smartphones, offered by leading companies like Samsung, HTC, Dell, Motorola, Lenovo and Sony Ericsson. In tablets, too Android is increasingly gaining popularity.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is trying to tie up with different mobile hardware makers to run its Windows 8 platform on a variety of devices. It will take some time to become compatible with mobile devices.
Windows will have to work on these areas if it stands any chance against the dominance of Android.
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