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4 advantages Windows 8.1 has over Android in mobile


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Windows 8.1 gets a bad reputation as a tablet OS in spite of all the work Microsoft has put into it. While it's true that it's quite a stretch to build a platform that covers all possible computing forms, Windows 8.1 has some nice features that leaves Android behind....


...The evolution of Windows

Windows 8.1 isn't for everyone but it's coming along nicely. It's not strictly a mobile OS but it's evolving into a decent one. The advantages discussed here are not the only ones over Android, but they are big enough to make a difference.

Some may feel that the availability of Microsoft Office on Windows 8.1 is a big advantage over Android and wonder why it's not on this short list. While the absence of Office on Android is a disadvantage over Windows for some, it's not for the millions of current Android users and thus is not discussed here.

Android makes more sense for some mobile users as it's a robust platform for tablets and phones. It's now making its way onto the desktop, too. Those wanting a pure mobile UX can do well with Android.

Windows is a better mobile OS than some realize, and it would be a mistake to overlook it. Mobile devices of all types are now available with Windows 8.1, and that alone could be an advantage for some over Android.

Read more at: 4 advantages Windows 8.1 has over Android in mobile | ZDNet
 

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Windows is far superior

...Android (even iOS, imo) is like the Win3.x/'95 of the new century--it's robust, of course, sure--it's also chock slam full of exploitable vulnerabilities and bugs out of the yin-yang! To that extent it also reminds me of Java in the old days--at one time it was the cross-platform darling of the OS wars--Java was fairly robust (but slow), and slam full of bad code, bugs, exploitable vulnerabilities--to the extent that no one really wants to install Java anymore these days, despite the clean-up work Oracle has done to date (considerable.) Windows, otoh, due to Microsoft's heavy annual expenditure of R&D funds over the last decade, has in its latest incarnation become hands-down the most secure commercial OS it's possible to purchase. Most if not all of the so-called "security firms" who both document viruses and sell AV software have stated on occasion that they consider Windows 7/8 more secure even than OS X--and OS X's *only* claim to security is that so few people use it that the malicious hackers don't see it as worth the effort. We haven't even touched on how much more stable Windows is compared to Android...

Of course, experienced people already know these things, it's the n00bs just coming into technology in a general sense who couldn't tell you the difference between Android and iOS and Java even if their lives depended on a reasonably coherent answer...;) Maybe I'm just getting cranky, but of late I feel less and less charitable and more inclined to let people learn these lessons themselves--the hard way. After all, experience is the best teacher, isn't it?
 

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Are they talking about RT or the x86 version on tablets? If RT, my answer is it doesn't matter how good the OS is, it is about the lack of ecossytem.

Walts: I'm not an IT expert by any means. And at some point I thought Java is great and wanted to learn it. But in reality it doesn't work well. At work we have Java based timesheets, and Building automation system etc. Every time there is a Java update (or any time a day ends with a "y") there is some Java issue that all the people using these applications need to have IT implement some workaround. It is already tricky with different IE versions, not sure how it really works cross-platfrom. But considering it is a nigthmare on almost identical Os and browsers, I don't even want to imagine how it works on a Mac etc.

This may be the fault of the specific application, but one application cannot work without the newest Java, the other only works with an older version.
 

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I find android the Windows Xp of the smartphone. Everyone uses, don't realize inherent security flaws, app piracy galore, and it's a hit and miss performance wise. Also, it's the ONLY smartphone platform out there that actually has anti-virus software for. ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE. ON YOUR SMARTPHONE. That to me is just a red flag, such a thing shouldn't even be thinkable.

Also, it's something it tries to be but it's not. You can do WAY too many things with android, which is good and all, but being able to do that on such a form factor like a smartphone is quite absurd. The platform is trying to become like a "better" Windows, but at the same it's being done on such a level of haphazardness, it makes Microsoft look like apple.
 

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Yanno, it may even be possible that 8 is a good mobile platform, perhaps even great. Their problem is, they are way late to the game, maybe even too late to be anything more than an "also ran" participant.... and all the bla bla bla in the world won't change that.

Imho, of course....:cool:
 

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Technically, Microsoft was in mobile before it was even cool, i.e. Windows Mobile and the Windows Xp tablet PC.
 

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Even though there are anti-virus software for the Android, I have yet to hear from anyone who has found a virus on their phone. Sort of like there is a such thing as anti virus for Mac and Linux but not many viruses. Pretty much the only way you can get a virus on android is to root it, allow for 3rd party installs. FUD
 

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Man.. This article is just wrong, wrong, wrong!! Crazy.. I have an Android tablet, that I love. My wife has a Samsung Galaxy, which I wish I could have, because the phone is awesome. Not one of these points in this article are even remotely true, well, maybe except for their thing with snap, and apps side by side, but actually, Samsung does that pretty well, arguably better than windows. I am sorry, but truth be told, apps in Windows 8 are just lame. The format of the apps is limited, and Android may be more susceptible to attack because they give the end user easy methods of gaining total control over the OS, but I have never had a problem with this. Use it smart, and you are pretty much all good.

Lets look at the rest of these points:

Updates? First of all, this is misleading.. There are plenty of updates coming out to Android all the time, especially if you are someone like me who likes to run custom Roms, which are typically updated, like every freaking night, hence the word "nightly"..

Mobile experience improvement? They claim that the experience is roughly the same since it came out, but they are wrong. It is night and day better than it was when it came out. Windows is the pot calling the kettle black here. sorry..

Sharing? Come on.. Every application in my Tablet has a little < share icon, which gives me the ability to share with way more apps than in Windows. I can do so much more with my Tab than I could with a windows tab it is not even remotely funny.

This article tries but fails to find some ways in which Win8 is better than Android, but unfortunately we could write the reverse article but instead of siting 4 items, come up with a list that is about 100 long, maybe more..
 

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I can do so much more with my Tab than I could with a windows tab it is not even remotely funny.
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Sorry, but that's wrong, wrong, wrong!

Give me a plethora of peripheral device support from printers, external monitors, external graphics cards and more, as well as being able to run a VM, then we'll talk.

Until then, android is nothing more than where it should stay at: on preposterously huge smartphones.
 

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Until then, android is nothing more than where it should stay at: on the vast majority of devices worldwide.
There, I fixed that for ya.....:geek:
 

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There is a difference between versions here. It's like comparing a tablet to a desktop and then saying that the tablet sucks
 

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This article tries but fails to find some ways in which Win8 is better than Android, but unfortunately we could write the reverse article but instead of siting 4 items, come up with a list that is about 100 long, maybe more..
Android and IOS are non-starters for me. No x86 support, no Adobe Flash (without workaround) and no sync with desktop on a tablet, also no built in Miracast, no stand or keyboard without a bulky add-on, etc.

I don't know what those hundreds of things are that Android does better, but they better bake a pie and fold my clothes for me to go back and re-consider it now.
 

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These "mines's bigger than yours" threads do amuse some and annoy others.
https://code.google.com/p/android-x86/downloads/list


  1. [h=3]Android KitKat | Android Developers[/h]developer.android.com/about/versions/kitkat.html‎




    Android KitKat ... Welcome to Android 4.4 KitKat! ..... 4.4 devices can now be certified to the Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi Display Specification as Miracast compatible.

    There was once a time when having decided what the task was the decision process was then software and then hardware. When did buying the wrong bit of hardware become a hanging offence? Anybody write screen plays - the WitchFinder General rides out of Redmond, Washington. His sole task to burn at the stake all who have conspired with Lucifer in all his forms such as the ARM chip, iOS, Android, C/PM and the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse (Unix and 3 other flavours)

 

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These "mines's bigger than yours" threads do amuse some and annoy others.
https://code.google.com/p/android-x86/downloads/list


  1. Android KitKat | Android Developers

    developer.android.com/about/versions/kitkat.html‎





    Android KitKat ... Welcome to Android 4.4 KitKat! ..... 4.4 devices can now be certified to the Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi Display Specification as Miracast compatible.

    There was once a time when having decided what the task was the decision process was then software and then hardware. When did buying the wrong bit of hardware become a hanging offence? Anybody write screen plays - the WitchFinder General rides out of Redmond, Washington. His sole task to burn at the stake all who have conspired with Lucifer in all his forms such as the ARM chip, iOS, Android, C/PM and the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse (Unix and 3 other flavours)
 

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These "mines's bigger than yours" threads do amuse some and annoy others.
https://code.google.com/p/android-x86/downloads/list


  1. Android KitKat | Android Developers

    developer.android.com/about/versions/kitkat.html‎





    Android KitKat ... Welcome to Android 4.4 KitKat! ..... 4.4 devices can now be certified to the Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi Display Specification as Miracast compatible.

    There was once a time when having decided what the task was the decision process was then software and then hardware. When did buying the wrong bit of hardware become a hanging offence? Anybody write screen plays - the WitchFinder General rides out of Redmond, Washington. His sole task to burn at the stake all who have conspired with Lucifer in all his forms such as the ARM chip, iOS, Android, C/PM and the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse (Unix and 3 other flavours)
Let me know when Android will run x86 apps and all drivers for my peripherals and have apps that work on a pc, tablet, and soon phone. I will run to it.

Until then, keep playing with your phone os.
 

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These "mines's bigger than yours" threads do amuse some and annoy others.
https://code.google.com/p/android-x86/downloads/list


  1. Android KitKat | Android Developers

    developer.android.com/about/versions/kitkat.html‎





    Android KitKat ... Welcome to Android 4.4 KitKat! ..... 4.4 devices can now be certified to the Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi Display Specification as Miracast compatible.

    There was once a time when having decided what the task was the decision process was then software and then hardware. When did buying the wrong bit of hardware become a hanging offence? Anybody write screen plays - the WitchFinder General rides out of Redmond, Washington. His sole task to burn at the stake all who have conspired with Lucifer in all his forms such as the ARM chip, iOS, Android, C/PM and the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse (Unix and 3 other flavours)
Let me know when Android will run x86 apps and all drivers for my peripherals and have apps that work on a pc, tablet, and soon phone. I will run to it.

Until then, keep playing with your phone os.
You mean like Microsoft did with the addition of Windows 8 to their OS lineup? One size fits all isn't working out that well for Windows platforms.

Until they do. . . keep downloading those drivers! ;)
 

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These "mines's bigger than yours" threads do amuse some and annoy others.
https://code.google.com/p/android-x86/downloads/list


  1. Android KitKat | Android Developers

    developer.android.com/about/versions/kitkat.html‎





    Android KitKat ... Welcome to Android 4.4 KitKat! ..... 4.4 devices can now be certified to the Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi Display Specification as Miracast compatible.

    There was once a time when having decided what the task was the decision process was then software and then hardware. When did buying the wrong bit of hardware become a hanging offence? Anybody write screen plays - the WitchFinder General rides out of Redmond, Washington. His sole task to burn at the stake all who have conspired with Lucifer in all his forms such as the ARM chip, iOS, Android, C/PM and the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse (Unix and 3 other flavours)
Let me know when Android will run x86 apps and all drivers for my peripherals and have apps that work on a pc, tablet, and soon phone. I will run to it.

Until then, keep playing with your phone os.
This, right here.

I'm don't buy into the notion of 10 inch tablet having the same capabilities as a smartphone. No one would have bought a netbook with an Atom processor back when they were more popular with an OS that would be nothing more than restriction, lack of features, and ultimately needed to be controlled by a PC.

If the day comes where both ios and android are ACTUALLY two stand-alone operating systems that DO NOT require a PC whatsoever for anything and can be used to do mass deployments and custom configurations of as well as having the ability to use any external device with; I'll reconsider. For right now, the two platforms are nothing more than just simple smartphone platforms intended for two things only: internet consumption and communications. Even then, they both are not as effective as using a Windows Phone for those two tasks...
 

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