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

Poll results: Android L vs iOS 8 vs Windows Phone 8.1 - which of the three will be the most consequential update?
On Monday we asked you to give a preliminary opinion on what is shaping up to be quite an interesting topic: the last version of which of the three most popular mobile platforms (Android, iOS, and Windows Phone) is on path to becoming the most consequential? Or, in simpler words, which of the three updates will mean the most for its respective ecosystem? As we expected, there was some clash of steel between fans, though some people did raise valid points in the comment section.

We received almost 7,000 votes, and that's not a small number at all. An overwhelming majority, or about 54%, consider the last Windows Phone 8.1 update to be the most important among the three. We've reviewed Windows Phone 8.1 already, and tend to agree that Microsoft's platform is gaining ground on its competitors, and that's welcome news. In disagreement are a little over 36% of voters, who think that Google's Android L update is the most consequential. We definitely see their point -- after all, with L Google is adding not just more features, but is also revamping the way Android looks as a whole. With just shy of 10%, Apple's iOS 8 update is last on the list, at least according to voters, though we'd argue that Cupertino is about to make a pretty major step for its ecosystem: open it up. At least a little bit.

Like we said on Monday, even though we have a pretty good idea of what Android L and iOS 8 are about, it's still important to remember that only Windows Phone 8.1 that is officially available at this point in time. Come launch, Android L and iOS 8 will likely be even better than they are now, so don't discard them just yet.

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

Android L
iOS 8
Windows Phone 8.1



1. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Well...didn't see that comming

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No it makes sense, WP 8.1 is almost a necessity because of the state of WP 8. It will be a game changer, but only for WP users. Android L is going to be awesome and all, but I believe Google hasn't shown all their cards yet. It will be good but Android is already the top, to measure "game changer" for them would be them changing the game they're winning. So I don't really see how that is going to go down easily. Also, iOS 8 is tragically nothing special, and likely will be a real pain for them because of all the security breaking features they added this time around.

14. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I wont disagree with you. But WP8.1 "seemingly" brings it more closer in terms of features to the likes of iOS and Android. It is now the true number three platform people can choose from, without sacrificing much in apps or features. Its app store has grown tremendously, with so many top notch official apps making their way. People from Android can now have a smooth transition with all their favorite apps and features (notification center for example) now present on WP. For us WP users and fans, WP8 was already a great improvement from WP7.5 and was a great OS. But after 8.1, even the haters and naysayers can't deny the depth of functionality brought along by Cortana and others. All of these reasons is why WP8.1 is the biggest update to its OS than Android L or iOS 8 are to theirs respectively.

28. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Agree Non biased post +1 They had to update cause Wp users were upset and angry for Androids features, that was missing. Along with apps and games. But Wp8.1 is still way behind, but has more features than iOs8.

40. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Way behind in what exactly?and where do you get this crap about WP was angry for features??? I came from Symbian which is still more feature rich than WP but never would I trade features for more lag!

46. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lags on midrange and low budget, not highends. Why the he'll would people blame Android for lag, blame it on Oems not using the right Cpu. Android is not a halfbaked platform, it's a mini Pc. Lmfao using mobile chips tivrun a Desktop platform. Wtf.

16. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

To each his own, I've seen Android since ICS 4.0 go flatter and Flatter , while its true that WP 8.1 brought new features some has been asking for its also true that from a visual point of view that Android L with its material design is playing catch up to Windows Phone Metro aka Modern UI aesthetically.iOS 8 is a pretty big update but its most drastic update with also went very Flat happened with iOS 7.

21. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Honestly you guys aren't developers so I will break down the trend for you. People like the flat UI design because it can be aesthetically pleasing while being simple, that is for sure. But the reason more and more developers are going for it is not because it is the best looking, but easiest to implement. Flat UI allows you to scale to multiple screens very easily because vector art scales very easily where as raster art distorts if stretched. The web always had Flat UI as it's main component hence why SVGs are so popular on web components. WP brought metro which is its own unique flat look but flat UI was there long before that including in windows phone 7. WP fans keep mentioning metro as something revolutionary but it isn't. Flat UI design is fine, but it isn't the best in any sense of the word aesthetically. It is very convenient for development though and likely, more and more developers will adopt it.

55. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

WP was Flat when Android and iOS was Skeuomorphism based and had major marketshare, developers developed skeuomorphism based apps. Metro Stood out with Flat UI I recall when Flat UI was bashed by Android fans do you?, the only reason you are trying to justify Android going Flat is because they obviously imitated Windows UI design and of course Flat is in because its better looking than Skeuomorphism, any other notion is plain silly. Some Android Fans are the biggest Hypocrites on the planet.

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

So what windows 8 fanboy has a bot army?

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Well, 8.1 is the most significant (and most needed) upgrade if we compare it to WP8.

18. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

seems so, jakelee has 10 accounts, NokiaFTW has like 5, rodneyej1 has over 100 I guess

20. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You have one account, and ZERO brains.

24. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

says the true wp fanboy! How many browsers did you open just to prove yourself that wp is most promising?

25. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol!!... Did I even vote on this??..... You see, trolls read the poll as "which is the best OS".... It supposed to be a poll of unbiased opinion about which update will have the most impact for it's specific platform, not the entire market.... ............. But, if you're a pathetic, immature, jealous troll,, then you could never give any other platform credit, even with something as trivial as tho poll, which really doesn't say much in the end..... The life of a looser troll must just suck, and be so lonely.

29. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

I never said that I don't give credit to WP , but its you MS fanboys who hate on other platforms. By the way have you visited kantar and see the improvement of your beloved wp?

32. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Rotflmfao That was epic +1 JakeLee is Android Samsung Amoled Linux jealous hater , cause his beloved company on provides sub standard restricted features. NokiaFtw is a young kid who can't counter argue and add hominem attacks when he losses and insults others. Rodney is the biggest hardcore Nokia WP MS fanboy , but he's funny though. Billgates fit all the criteria above. Lmfao

42. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

keep quiet dude you embarrassing yourself!

48. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Kid atleast have something to say rather than going offtopic.

58. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

What? Lol okay I'm all of them so I guess I'm very talented.

56. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

chill, it only says, they want something new, they want WP to grow more, so we, the consumers have something to choose not only iOS and Android, they want something new, modern, fresh, but still WP is half baked, like they are still in Beta... those who don't want change, doesn't grow. what's with the hate if WP wins the poll? affected much? i vote WP, because they are the underdog, also BB, i want bb to be recognized again. so we have lot's of flat forms to choose, I hope and I guess time will come that only a strand of hair makes the difference, on each flatform...

19. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol really bot army is your only reason? No, this poll isnt about what is best but the most changes in the OS. It is a fact that WP was lagging behind android and ios in terms of features and now 8.1 bring it closer than ever. Sure it might not be the best but it brings more features and changes to the OS than compared to the others. THATS ALL that the poll was about.

22. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Lol WP users spend more time doing something productive. iOS users watch most porn followed by Fan Droids. WP 8.1 is actually really impressive. I've seen a lot of people coming from Android & iOS who got L930 and now love WP. Admit it,WP 8.1 is really good.

33. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao 60% ex Nokia users have migrated to Android. Cause Symbian was an Linux kernel, family to Android. 15% to ios 10% to BB And leaving the rest to Wp, which counts to 4%

36. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Symbian was NOT Linux!!! Symbian was based on EPOC32, its own unique platform entirely. In fact, Linux and Symbian were competitors... now, I was personally a fan of Symbian for years, but Linux has won this contest, and so we now have mobile Linux in the form of Android as the dominant player, rather than Symbian. If you are going to get into a flame war, at least get your facts straight...

38. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Android is an open source operating system. You can write your own applications in android operating system. Its source code is open for all. Anybody can modify it according to his own needs. Whereas the source code for symbian system is not available to anybody Their basically similar.

44. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

How does it feel to be shown by someone how stupid you are?

49. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Kid Symbian Webos Windowsmobile were and are similar like Android. Wp ios are halfbaked. Do you wait for others to make a comment and then button in and insult rather than incline and have your opinion to the discussion.

52. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Neither Symbian nor Windows Mobile are related to Android. You may think they are similar, but that does not make them 'related' in a programming sense.

50. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

It ran on ARM platforms, and it had its own native(Symbian) kernel. Android OS is one of the most popular operatingsystems today, used by many manufacturers. It runs on multipleplatforms, and has a Linux-based kernel. To date, the Nokia 808Pureview (released in 2012) is the last smartphone to use SymbianOS. More like your the clown kid

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