The Windows Phone 8.1- A Serious Competitor for Android

A few years ago many specialists belonging to the mobile technology community asked themselves if Nokia should or shouldn’t have used Android as its main operating system instead of making a team with Windows.

But since 2011 a lot of water went under the bridge. In the meantime, Microsoft became the owner of the hardware as well as the device group belonging to Nokia. As a consequence, people are asking themselves again is Android is a better option for the team Microsoft-Nokia.

There are users that would have like seeing the Lumia 1020 functioning with Android in order to get a superior experience due to a system that has countless applications. But this dream was cut short, since Samsung’s domination over the Android platform.

Although, iOS and Android are functioning very well and satisfy users, a market with only two main operating systems would be challenging no more. BlackBerry and Windows are still viable variants of smart phones. Simon Bisson wrote an entire article about Windows Phone and its potential to turn into the new BlackBerry for companies and businesses. These platforms give a very good communication experience, integrated services in a single area, one inbox, fast access to all contact, which is quite different from iOS and Android.

The purpose of Windows Phone is to make the entire phone experience a very personal one and to make an interface that is modeled according to the users desires and tastes. All Windows Phones are different once the startup and the set up processes come to an end. However, you are going to find lots of Android and iPhones that look just like yours. This type of personal experience has been extended to communication and other services.

Beside the aspects concerning the personalization, Windows Phone gives a secure and a very stable platform for companies. Many people use a Windows Phone because of its Exchange integration and the access to the network.

The applications of Windows Phone are created to have a Metro like aspect which makes them unique and point out the elements of Windows 8. Android Applications with Windows might destroy the experience of using the Metro and they also might expose companies to the threat of the viruses and malware belonging to Android.

Windows Phone is far from being perfect; however Microsoft keeps on improving its system of operation as well as Windows 8.1. The developers keep on making applications for the W Phone while the platform has an excellent stability.

Microsoft Takes Legal Actions against Samsung over Android Problems

The computer giant Microsoft took legal action against Samsung on the 1st of August 2014. The American company accuses Samsung of not respecting the terms of the patent licensing contract which was signed in 2011. The deal refers to Samsung being allowed to use the Microsoft IP for its smart phones and tablets running on the Android operating system.

The legal action was taken at the Manhattan federal court. Microsoft claims that the Korean manufacturer ceased the royalty payments for the patent license in the autumn of 2013. Moreover, Samsung does not want to pay interest rates for this delay, although this issue was stipulated in the 2011 contract. All these problems appeared after Microsoft had announced its intention to buy the Devices and Services division belonging to Nokia.

The American company said that Samsung issued threats regarding the violation of the contract because it had considered that the Nokia takeover was in fact a breach in the agreement signed with Microsoft.

However, Microsoft does not consider that the acquisition violates any previous contract and agreement. David Howard, the deputy general counsel of Microsoft declared that after months spend on trying to find a proper solution for the disagreement, Samsung had made it clear that the two companies had totally different views on the meaning of the contract they signed.

On the other hand, Samsung says that the smart phones which have been commercialized by Microsoft and Nokia do not respect the licensing agreement. The company said that it would take the appropriate legal measures to respond to Microsoft’s accusations.

Microsoft asks for money recovery from the Korean company; however the amount of money required has not been made public.

Android Reviewed: Targets Simplicity but Still not very Appealing

In the first iteration, Google’s Android Put On software for computerised wrist watches is not a lot about innovation because it is an attempt at simplification. Obtainable in two smart watches out over the following week, Android Put On is quite limited with what it may do. Even last year’s smart watches do things that Android Put On cannot.

However, the new software will help rein inside a marketplace of confusion and encourage application designers to increase smart watch functionality and how they make mobile phones even wiser.

With watches created a few years ago, each producer managed to change Android in various ways. Thus, software creators ended up spending a lot of time and energy by giving a personal touch to the applications they came up with. It is not worth bothering since no watch has attracted the eye of to many purchasers. In order to solve the problem, the second generation of smart watches produced by Samsung and which was released in the month of April, functions of a system called Tizen and not on the famous and much used Android.

With Android Put On, software designers will not be required to rewrite applications whenever a new watch from Samsung comes out, or one produced by Sony or any other rival. Nobody needs to worry since there are definitely enough smart watch fans to lure both producers and designers.

Actually, designers must be dealing much easier with Android Put than with the Android phones, because the phone producers had managed to customise Android to such a degree that applications sometimes just refuse to work properly. There are way too many applications on phones and this can create a lot of confusion. In the case of smart watches, the producers will actually move forward and take the software Google provides for them and limit their personalization only to certain aspects such as hardware, various options for the faces of their watched and applications which will come as pre-installed.

I will dedicate more time and lines to the first couple of watches: Samsung $199 Gear Live produced by Samsung and sold at a price of 199 US dollars and G Watch manufactured by LG and put on sale for 229 US dollar. I have made use of both watches in order to verify Android Put On. The present review is about my little experiment.

Android Put On cannot function without a smartphone based on Android the 4.3 version or even later. That implies the Kat Package as well as the newer versions of Jelly Bean. For various reasons, lots of recent phones simply cannot be upgraded. The situation is the same with the iPhones belonging to Apple.

The accompanying phone does not need to be made by the same manufacturer as the watch itself. Thus, I was able to use a Motorola Talkabout launched in November, a Universe S III produced by Samsung and dating back from 2012 and a G3 belonging to LG with both watches.

After the up gradation of certain free of charge applications in the phone you possess, you need to proceed forward by creating the link between the timeline and your phone by making proper use of the Bluetooth application.

The watch can be voiced use in a similar manner with the iPhones produced by Apple, the Android manufactured phones and the Siri. You are given the possibility to scroll through a rather scarce menu containing functions, but unfortunately it is not very user friendly. The voice function can be activated by tapping the face of the watch or just by saying the magic words “OK, Google”. You can use the features of your watch to create your security settings, to mark dates on your calendar or just send a simple indication.

Unfortunately, neither you nor anyone else can make use of the watch as a speakerphone for calls, as it was the case with the previous smart watches produced by Samsung. But you may make calls or answer the ones which come in. The phone call still experiences the telephone, but that is not a serious problem for those who possess a Wireless headset.

You are able to send texts by dictating a note or using already inserted expressions like “Yes,” the antonymous ”No,” or the reassuring “On my way.” Nonetheless, you cannot incorporate your own prewritten response, as it was possible with the watches that Samsung has already launched on the market. Android Put On also allows you to receive emails and to browse through your Facebook notices. In order to check this feature, I sent myself a rough draft of the present story and I was very pleases when I could read everything right there on the screen of my watch. Moreover, the phone is equipped with a button that you are able to tap so as to open you messages on the spot.

These new watches may also monitor your everyday footsteps. These tasks as well as the clock features might definitely help when there is no phone around.

Android Put brought improvements to the navigation technologies. You no longer need your phone to check your destination and location especially when you are on a rush. You just have to check your wrist and there it is. Although the Smart Watch 2 produced by Sony has a map application, it does not function with Google.

The watches offer you various notices related to birthday dates, weather and even the scores of the teams you are a supporter of. The Android Put is there for you while jogging and warns you in case you have any idea of cheating your exercise routine.

It is true that all these can be done with the help of a phone, but Android Put is there on your writ to really help you. Be aware of the fact that you cannot abandon your phone and you should be warned that the voice recognition does not always function as it should have.


Android Put On is not yet the ultimate device to have but it has potential and I definitely believe that in a few years it will be the craze of the moment.