How app management in Windows Phone 7 fares in comparison to iOS and Android
With over a million mobile apps available for download across all platforms such as Windows Phone 7, iOS, and Android, smart phone users are certainly spoilt for choice. The small utility and entertainment programs have enhanced one’s experience of using a mobile. But the user interface can become cluttered as people download and install more and more apps for various purposes. Windows Phone, the mobile operating system from Microsoft, offers app organization features that make it easier to stay connected with people. Let’s see how Windows Phone 7 fares in comparison to iOS and Android in providing options to users for managing apps.
Windows Phone 7 Live Tiles offer updated information
As compared to iOS and Android, Windows Phone is a much newer mobile operating system and comes with enhanced app organization facilities. The Start screen of Windows Phone 7’s Metro interface comprises a collection of vertically scrolling live tiles. You can get status updates from friends on social networks, right on the home screen’s live tiles. Well, that’s how Windows Phone 7 puts people first. On the one hand, Windows Phone 7 tiles look alive with the updates coming in at regular intervals. On the other hand, the iOS app icons seem rather dull. The Windows Phone live tiles are a cross between the widgets and app icons in Android.
Customizing how apps are displayed in iOS and Android
In the case of Apple’s iOS, the users cannot put icons just anywhere on the screen. They can be placed starting from the top left corner of the screen, without leaving any blank spaces in between. In the Android OS-based phones, users can mix and match apps and widgets on the home screens. Users can configure up to five home screens that can be scrolled towards the right side. There are also options to store apps within folders in iOS as well as Android.
Minor tweaks that users would like in Windows Phone 7
When it comes to arranging the live tiles and app icons, there are certain limitations in Windows Phone 7. Users can place the live tiles in any order but spaces can’t be left between them. The top-to-bottom order is followed for placing the icons. The in-built tiles such as Calendar and Pictures are large and cannot be re-sized or the color cannot be changed. Perhaps, Microsoft could make changes in the Windows Phone versions that are launched in the future and offer users a fully customizable interface.
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