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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, 08:50 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: 4881; 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, 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, 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, 11:58 1

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


Hello

Android is Linux family

WebOs

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 12:17 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, 14:23

107. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Much copy
Such Doge
._.

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...

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 18:28

139. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Good one, haha

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 12:54

90. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


But the thing is, with Android, you can easily make it look however you want.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 13:02

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


And command script, and you can even make your own Android Kk

Power and openness of Linux Android

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 13:17

96. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Android was founded in 2003. Android is way older.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 02:16

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


So where was this "innovation" for the 5 years it sat on the shelves?... And it was a copycat of windows 5-6 mobile regardless..so let's not forget to add our context to our arguments.. Go windows! ...but great info, doesn't do much other than add more to the case of android copycating..Andriod still looks like a copcat("copycat" a copyright of andriod) andriod icons looked and moved like windows-esque platform...then what happened! Hmm I wonder...software and design

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 13:29 1

99. Nabil2511 (Posts: 152; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


bro just becos apple starts it first does not make them the father of innovation for each year.. obviously somehow someone is going to surpass them.. and obviously that someone is android OS.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 11:19

170. raghu67 (Posts: 28; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


issue is not about who came to the market first...
its about WHO in 2014..
and its clear for the past 2years apple is blantly copying features from android..
comeon, a smartphone is all about programming features.
if not y is it called SMART & how is it different from, say nokia 1100

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 19:51

174. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 236; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


fanboy alert, fanboy alert...

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 20:00

176. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 236; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Android first got POPULAR in 2008. Android's old.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 15:43

111. JustMeNow (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 Jul 2014)


Since when does iOS 'copycat'? And since when does Android 'innovate'? Whenever Apple comes out with a new feature, Google sticks a disturbingly similar feature into Android with the next release. Look at the history. And whenever Apple comes out with a feature that another OS already has, at least it's quite different and it ends up being better than the one that it allegedly copied. All of the features that Android has that iOS doesn't are all obtainable through jailbreaking, and most of them are just customization anyway, along with some that pretty much just lower your level of security. Have fun getting malware on your 'innovation'.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 16:12 7

117. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


How can you fit so much BS in one comment?

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 18:58 4

143. marcski07 (Posts: 599; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


i bet you were born during 9/11. coz your IQ became ground zero...

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 21:57

172. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Yeah right.. google copyied the concept of '3rd party keyboards' from google in 2014 I guess.!

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 12:55 1

91. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


iOS 8 because thats what got to many new features by copying an OS from 2009, and will make all the fanboys go crazy.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 18:31

140. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


+1
For humor.

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, 16:05 1

113. JustMeNow (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 Jul 2014)


WP 8.1 isn't going anywhere. Honestly, not that I'm against it, but I have a feeling that not a lot of people are gonna buy it, just from the history of the last two WPs. A lot of the new features on WP 8.1 have been on iOS for a while though, like allowing apps to record video or audio from themselves, location-based app suggestions, data backup, Facebook integration (though they did it differently), manual app updates, burst mode, native podcast app, etc.

And while some people don't like Jony Ive's new iOS design, you must agree that it's still prettier than Android. I, for one, do like it, but it took a couple weeks to get used to. Besides, you can always change the icons with a simple jailbreak, takes 5 - 10 minutes. And iOS 8's new features are VERY nice too. They help catch up in customization (for the keyboard) and pull iOS ahead in many different areas. Oh, and Apple did widgets right, rather than those big boxes taking up homescreen real estate, it's in the Notification Center. Then there's Continuity, which allows your iDevice to tie in with your Mac way more, and Extensibility, which allows apps to work together for the best experience. There are many, many more wonderful features, but I don't want to talk about all of them, because this post would become too long. I will admit, some of these features (like Hey, Siri) are reminiscent of Android/WP, but not all, and the ones that are have been done a lot better than Android did (not sure about WP, I haven't used it much for a while).

Third, for Android, it's just sort of flattening the (still ugly) design but not that much, notifications (which are still ugly) on the lock screen and other improvements (which iOS has had for a year now), new multitasking cards (MobileSafari, anyone?), smartwatch unlocking, 64bit support (iPhone 5s, anyone?), and the battery performance thing, which is possible on iOS in the Usage settings. So all of the main features are also available on either WP, iOS or both. Nice. Nothing very new here.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 16:10

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


Symbian and Web o's had these features, before ios Wp.

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 16:16 3

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


All Apple products are not good looking

They all have curve designs

Curve TV looks ugly then edge to edge no bezel TV.

The Nokia L925 and Nokia iCon and other oblong phones looks nice. Even every tech websites and editorials agree, accept you.

Your an iBoy
Your an Apple fan

You are not giving where credit is dued

posted on 28 Jul 2014, 17:13 1

135. JustMeNow (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 Jul 2014)


All new Apple devices are good looking, it's a common opinion of most people on the Internet. The OS is a different story. Some people like the new design, others don't.

When did I mention a curved design? Besides, what do you thing the GS5 is? Curved. Nexus 5? Curved. Maybe a different curve, but the iPhone's curve is better, it just looks better.

So you're saying that a TV without a bezel looks better? That's not always the case. Sometimes, it is, but sometimes, it's not. Besides, a TV is not a smartphone. Smartphones look better with a normal bezel than with none, or a small one.

Both of the Nokia phones you cited are ugly, even the iCon, that runs WP. If Apple pushed an iPhone that was squared off like that, it would probably be ugly too.

Besides, you can find opinions saying that those two phones are beautiful, and that they're ugly. Show me one saying that iPhone is ugly, ok?

I may be a an Apple Fanboy, but you're just anti-Apple. You're also a Google fanboy, so now you're just being hypocritical. Just stop trying.

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