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Android L vs iOS 8 vs Windows Phone 8.1: which of the three will be the most consequential update?

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Android L vs iOS 8 vs Windows Phone 8.1: which of the three will be the most consequential update?
Due to what we suppose are a number a coincidences, it so happens that this year will see all three major platforms go through a major update, whether we're talking about a design overhaul, more functionality, or both. Indeed, all three -- Android with L, iOS with version 8, and Windows Phone with 8.1 Cyan -- are set to become the norm before the year is out.

Usually, we'd argue that such a comparison is unfair and premature both, as Microsoft is already pushing the new iteration of its platform, and select few devices can already enjoy the enhanced functionality of the new software, while the other two are still in beta testing. However, considering the wealth of information provided by Google and Apple on what their new platforms will bring to the table, along with the fact that we've already had the chance of reviewing their respective developer previews in depth, puts you and us both in a position where we can actually try and guesstimate which of the three updates is most likely to shake things up.

It is our opinion that the latest Windows Phone OS iteration has finally caught up with its much more popular competitors, even though there are gaps that still require attention. As for Android L, a platform that has functionality at its core, it would appear Google is finally ready to commit more resources to the task of simply making Android more attractive. Finally, iOS 8 is perhaps the first tangible sign that Apple is finally looking to open up, at least partially, and that's a big deal.

So, out of those three, which one do you consider the most consequential? Vote now and vote true!

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Android L vs iOS 8 vs Windows Phone 8.1: which of the three will be the most consequential update?
Android L 36.17% (2530 votes) (2530 votes)
iOS 8 9.69% (678 votes) (678 votes)
Windows Phone 8.1 54.14% (3787 votes) (3787 votes)

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posted on 28 Jul 2014, 08:42 24

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Android L
WP8.1
iOS 8

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 08:45 8

3. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


iOS 8 cause that's who copied from other platforms the most

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 08:46 1

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Needless to talk about Android L but WP 8.1 is going great.

And iOS, hope they improve colors first.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 08:50 1

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Mine is exactly like yours!

+1

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 08:50 12

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


That's a bait comment just letting you know before other people attack you for it.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 08:58 5

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes it's bait & the truth all at the same time. Get ready, cause the attacks like PapaSmurf said will be coming!

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 09:09 12

21. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Android is getting smoother n' smoother....... And its already fully features packed....King of Mobile OS.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 09:18 3

27. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 431; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Agree. While Windows Phone is now getting better and better with high speed, iOS now borrows things from both Android and WP.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 09:30

33. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Love this poll no one like iOS 8 and u know why. and Windows OS out beats it. and the #1 is Android.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 09:33 4

37. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Mine is a bit bigger than yours! :);-):)

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 09:36 2

39. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


I agree tooo... New material design is absolutely great... Both wp8.1 and ios8 is great too but android is for me.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 09:59 5

45. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Lets be honest ok...lol

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 10:31 5

53. Luismalmeida (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jul 2014)


Actually king of os would be ios. I have an LG g2 with Android 4.4. 3 and my girlfriend a iPhone 5. And despite my phone is more recent and have better hardware specs, my girlfriend's phone is actually faster. And she never had a problem with her ios. Never got jammed or whatever. I've been jammed a few times mostly because of Android errors..

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 10:35 4

55. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


How do you know that? Hmmmmm??? Lol just kidding bytheway

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 10:46 3

58. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Ios copycats, Xerox

Android innovates

Linux Ftw

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 10:59 10

62. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Apple only intended the multitasking bar to be a list of recent apps, not apps that are running in the background. It’s not a task manager, no matter how much it looks like one. In fact, almost nothing in the multitasking bar is truly “multitasking.” Apple’s tightly controlled platform instructs most apps to stop running code when the home button is pressed.

There are five states of app activity on iOS, with the least interesting being Not Running, and Inactive. Not Running simply means the app is closed or hasn’t been launched. Inactive is a running app that isn’t running code, for example if the device is asleep. Active is the state of an app when it is in the foreground being used.
That's why ios is smooth. It does not need power and Ram like Android.

Android is diffrent. Android is raw power Ram and Cpu hog, that even the S801 is struggling to push Touchwiz.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 11:00 17

64. blingblingthing (Posts: 561; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Let's see.
Processing an HD screen? No
Live wallpapers? No.
An actual home screen? no
Swipe enabled keyboard? no
Intelligent quick toggles? No
Q slide apps? No
Slide aside? No
Quick memo? No
Knock on? No.
NFC? No
Quick Remote? No.
There is a reason an iPhone SHOULD be faster. It's never really processing much at a single time.

I'm on a rooted G2 running 2 apps same time. 4k recording etc. They all take processing power.

My sister had a S3 and tried a iPhone 5s and now she's selling the 5s. Everything takes a few steps more. Why spend flagship phone money and not have the features? You don't spend Mercedes Benz money on a Hyundai and rant how simple and easy it is to use.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 11:07 8

65. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Well said

But Apple users don't give a rats about that, cause it has a Apple logo on it.

They also believe, that Iphones have features that no other phones have.

Lmfao

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 11:16

67. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Android Ftw

People want an open platform, not closed restricted and being told what you can and can't do.

IOs and Wp users sacrifice so much for what Android already has. Weird stupid people.

IOs Wp and Android all run at 60fps, so people saying iOs is smooth, wait till you use Android Nexus, it's "fast" blazing fast, swiping to one screen to another.

IOs and Wp will have to wait 5years till it becomes like Android Nexus.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 11:24

70. Churchkey32 (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Jul 2014)


Wait, when did android first release? 2008? HTC Dream? anyone remember that?..and it eerily resembled the windows 5 mobile platform? I'd say android/google guesses more than innovates...I just wanted to set the record straight. Cudos to windows*

But if that example didn't do that for you, lets visit their app stores, apple app store released JULY 2008, android SEPTEMBER 2008 and BB app world, 2009...how are you basing your "copycat" claim? i just want to know? Give us some context, specifics..not just basic programming features like notifications/widgets..etc..because..you wouldn't have ground to stand on, because they ALL do those..

we can talk about palm, moto Qs and so on if you want to continue about how the smartphone evolved...

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 11:28 1

71. Churchkey32 (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Jul 2014)


great info. explains why the androids feel like they are going to spontaneously combust in your hand/pocket then?

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 11:35

74. Churchkey32 (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Jul 2014)


"closed restricted and being told what you can and can't do"? what? do you develop apps? or do you just like looking for ways to give yourself a headache..really? Is it strange that flash support was removed for android..foreshadowing maybe..

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 11:57

77. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


well said +1

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 11:58 1

78. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Hello

Android is Linux family

WebOs

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 12:00

79. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


There is materials that can be used to justify the solution

Side air vents is one of them

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 12:03 3

80. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


@Luismalmedia... yesterday my colleague was trying to put custom ring tone on his 5s... he is a big fan of iphone like I was before... yesterday even headmit that iphone sucks... its not easy for a common person to figure out, how to change just a ring tone... its strange that you are calling ios the king

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 12:04 1

81. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Flash was cpu and Ram hog

Rubbish garbage Oems didn't use better specs on Android, knowing Android is an hungry OS. Like Windows...

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 12:17 3

83. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Much rage
Such hurt

How can widgets be excluded? I mean seriously?

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 12:22 2

84. cgprats (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Jul 2014)


Android is actually faster it just depends on ROM/ui optimus ui and touchwiz affect performance the best performance wise are. Aosp(stock) and HTC sense if you don't include custom roms

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 12:47 7

88. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 812; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Android "Guessed" its way to the top
iOS "innovated" its way to the bottom...

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