Apple iOS 4.3 vs Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Apple iOS 4.3 and Android 2.3 Gingerbread are both Smartphone and tablet operating systems from Apple and Google Android. Apple iOS 4.3 is a proprietary protocol for Apple devices from Apple whereas Android 2.3 Gingerbread is a version of android series open source protocol. Apple iOS 4.3 was first released with Apple iPad 2 in March 2011 and Android 2.3 was released in Dec 2010. Android 2.3 comes with native Gmail client, Google Map 5 and native YouTube player and applications are from Android Market whereas Apple iOS 4.3 has its own email client and YouTube Player which is lacking the desktop reality of Gmail and YouTube. Performances wise we could not comment at this time, but both are expected to give their best performance with dual core 1 GB RAM.
Apple iOS 4.3
|Apple iOS 4.3|
1. Improvements to Safari Performance with Nitro JavaSript Engine
2. iTunes home sharing – get all iTunes content from anywhere in the house to iPhone, iPad and iPod over shared Wi-Fi. You can play it direct without download or sync
3. AirPlay features improved – stream videos from photo apps direct to HDTV via Apple TV, Auto search Apple TV, Built in slideshow options for photo
4. Support Video, Audio editing Apps in Apps Store
5. Preference for iPad Switch to mute or rotation lock
6. Personal hotspot (iPhone 4 only feature) – you can connect up to 5 devices over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB; up to 3 of those connections over Wi-Fi. Auto switch off to save power when personal hotspot no longer in use.
7. Supports additional multifinger multitouch gestures and swipes. (This feature is not available for users, only for developers for testing)*
8. Parental Control – users can restrict access to some applications.
9. HDMI capability – you can connect to HDTV or any other HDMI device via Apple Digital AV adapter (need to purchase separately) and share 720p HD videos from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (4th generation only).
10. Push notifications for comments and follow requests and you can Post and Like songs directly from the Now Playing screen.
11. Improvement to message setting – you can set the number of times to repeat an alert.
12. Improvement to call feature – with single tap you can make conference call and pause to send a passcode.
|Features from previous releases:
2. Organize apps in to folders with drag and drop feature
3. AirPrint – send to print directly from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch
4. AirPlay – stream ITunes library to AppleTV and AirPlay without download or sync
5. Find My iPhone, iPad or iPod touch – locate your missing device on map, remotely set passcode lock
6. Game Centre – play social games, play with friends, track achievement and compare with friend’s
7. Email features – unified mail box, organize message by threads, open attachments in 3rd party apps
Apple has introduced two applications with iOS 4.3. One is the new version of the iMovie, Apple boasts it as a precision editor and with iMovie you can send HD video around with one tap (you don’t have to go through iTunes). With one tap you can share it with your social network, YouTube, FaceBook, Vimeo and many other. Its priced at $4.99. With the new iMovie you get over 50 sound effects and additional themes such as Neon. Music automatically switches with themes. It supports multitrack audio recording, Airplay to Apple TV and it is an universal application.
GarageBand app is the other, you can plug in touch instruments (Grand Piano, Organ, Guitars, Drums, Bass), get 8tracks recording and effects, 250+ loops, email AAC file of your song and it is compatible with Mac version. This also priced at $4.99.
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Android 2.3 the Gingerbread is a major platform release, it was released in December 2010. There are a lot of improvements made to Android 2.2 and new features are incorporated in creating Gingerbread. The new features of Gingerbread are new UI Framework, redesigned keyboards, new copy and paste functionality, improved power management, better application management, new download manager, NFC (Near Field Communication), support for VoIP/SIP calls, new Camera application for accessing multiple cameras, supports for several new sensors such as gyroscope, rotation vector, linear acceleration, gracity and barometer, support for mixable audio effects including bass boost, headphone virtualization, equalization and reverb, support for extra large screens and much more. Further revisions to Android 2.3 were introduced with Android 2.3.1, 2.3.2 and 2.3.3. Android 2.3.3 is significant out of these three.
|Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread)
API Level 10
1. Improved and extended support for NFC – this allows applications to interact with more types of tags and access them in new ways. The new APIs have included wider range of tag technologies and allow limited peer to peer communication.
Also it has a feature for developers to request Android Market to not to show their applications to users if the device does not support NFC. In Android 2.3 when an application is called by a user and if the device does not support NFC it returns a null object.
2. Support for Bluetooth non-secure socket connections – this allows applications to communicate even with devices that is not having UI for authentication.
3. New bitmap region decoder added for applications to clip part of an image and features.
4. Unified interface for media – to retrieve frame and metadata from input media file.
5. New fields for specifying AMR-WB and ACC formats.
6. New constants added for speech recognition API – this supports developers to show in their application a different view for voice search results.
|Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
API Level 9
|New User Features:
1. New user interface has a simple and attractive theme in black background, which is designed to give a vivid look while being power efficient too. Menu and settings are changed for ease of navigation.
2. Redesigned soft keyboard is optimized for quicker and accurate text input and editing. And the word being edited and dictionary suggestion is vivid and easy to read.
3. Multi touch key cording to input number and symbols without changing input mode
4. Selection of word and copy/paste made easy.
5. Improved power management through application control.
6. Provide user awareness on power consumption. Users can view how the battery is used and which consume more.
7. Internet calling – supports SIP calls to other users with SIP account
8. Support Near-field communication (NFC) – high frequency high speech data transfer within a short range (10 cm). This will be useful feature in m commerce.
9. A new download manager facility that supports easy storage and retrieval of downloads
10. Support for multiple cameras.
|New Features for Developers
1. Concurrent garbage collector to minimize application pauses and support increased responsiveness game like applications.
2. Touch and keyboard events handled better which minimizes the CPU utilization and Improve responsiveness, this feature is beneficial for 3D games and CPU intensive applications.
3. Use updated third party video drivers for faster 3D graphic performance
4. Native input and sensor events
5. New sensors including gyroscope is added for improved 3D motion processing
6. Provide Open API for audio controls and effects from native code.
7. Interface to manage graphic context.
8. Native access to activity lifecycle and window management.
9. Native access to assets and storage
10. Android NDk provide robust native development environment.
11. Near Field Communication
12. SIP based internet calling
13. New audio effects API to create rich audio environment by adding reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost
14. Built in support for video formats VP8, WebM, and audio formats AAC, AMR-WB
15. Support multiple camera
16. Support for extra large screen
|Features from previous Releases|
1. Tips Widget – the new tips widget at the home screen provide support to users to configure home screen and add new widgets.
2. Exchange Calendars are now supported in the Calendar application.
3. Easy set up and sync an Exchange account, you just have to enter your user-name and password.
4. In composing an email, users can now auto-complete recipient names from the directory with the global address list look up feature.
5. Multiple language recognition simultaneously.
6. Onscreen buttons give easy access to UI to control camera features such as zoom, focus, flash, etc.
7. USB tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot (your phone works as a wireless broadband router.
8. Enhance browser performance using Chrome V8 engine, which enhance faster loading of pages, more than 3, 4 times compared to Android 2.1
9. Better memory management, you can experience smooth multi tasking even on memory constrained devices.
10. New media framework supports local file playback and HTTP progressive streaming.
11. Support applications over Bluetooth such as voice dialling, share contacts with other phones, Bluetooth enabled car kits and headsets.
12. Universal Account – Combined inbox to browse email from multiple accounts in one page and all contact can be synchronized, including Exchange accounts.
13. Search feature for all saved SMS and MMS messages. Auto delete the oldest messages in a conversation when a defined limit is reached.
For Network Providers
1. Improved security with numeric pin or alpha-numeric password options to unlock device.
2. Remote Wipe – remotely reset the device to factory defaults to secure data in case device is lost or stolen..
1. Applications can now request installation on the shared external storage (such as an SD card).
2. Apps can utilize Android Cloud to Device Messaging to enable mobile alert, send to phone, and two-way push sync functionality.
3. New bug reporting feature for Android Market apps enables developers to receive crash and freeze reports from their users.
4. Provides new APIs for audio focus, routing audio to SCO, and auto-scan of files to media database. Also provides APIs to let applications detect completion of sound loading and auto-pause and auto-resume audio playback.
5. Camera now supports portrait orientation, zoom controls, access to exposure data, and a thumbnail utility. A new camcorder profile enables apps to determine device hardware capabilities.
6. New APIs for OpenGL ES 2.0, working with YUV image format, and ETC1 for texture compression.
7. New “car mode” and “night mode” controls and configurations allow applications to adjust their UI for these situations.
8. A scale gesture detector API provides improved definition of multi-touch events.
9. Tab widget at the bottom of the screen can be customized by applications.
Difference Between Apple iOS 4.3 and Android 2.3 Gingerbread
(1) Apple iOS 4.3 is a Proprietary operating system from Apple whereas Andorid 2.3 is an open source operating system.
(2) Since Android is an open source operating system, different vendors modify it and change the GUI for their devices. On top of this, third party developers also modify Android and release new Android based ROMs.
(3) Real feature difference could be seen when compare iPhone 4 with Apple iOS 4.3 and Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2) with Android 2.3.
(4) Address book translation perfectly matches with Apple iOS 4.3 to Android 2.3 but when we transfer contact details from Android 2.3 to Apple iOS 4.3 some fields misses.
(5) Android 2.3 and Apple iOS 4.3 will be benchmark for Smartphone operating systems and each other would be real competitors.
|Apple iOS 4.3 & Android 2.3 Devices|
|Apple iOS 4.3||iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 GSM Model, iPad, iPad 2, iPod Touch 3rd & 4th generation, AT&T iPad 2, Verizon iPad 2, iPad 2 Wi-Fi+3G Model, iPad 2 Wi-Fi+3G CDMA Model, iPad 2 Wi-Fi only model|
|Android 2.3||Google Nexus S, HTC Cha Cha, HTC Salsa, Samsung Galaxy S II (Galaxy S2), HTC Desire S, HTC Thunderbolt, LG Optimus 3D, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Motorola Droid Bionic|
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