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iPhone OS 4 vs Android Froyo : War of best Smartphone OS


Google Android is on a roller coaster ride, after securing second rank among all smartphone OS handsets sold in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2010, Google revealed upcoming Android update Froyo 2.2 at Google I/O. Some more interesting stats from Google “Every day, our partners sell more than 100,000 new Android-based handsets, and there are now more than 180,000 active Android developers who have contributed more than 50,000 apps now available in Android Market—up 12,000 since last month alone!”

android-iphoneApple is also ready with their upcoming update OS 4, with tons of new and missing features (Except Flash). Apple previewed iPhone OS 4.0 on April 8, 2010. It will be available to the public on June 7 during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference for iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch (3rd Generation), and fall for iPad.

Following is a comprehensive list of features of Android Froyo and iPhone OS 4

Features of Android froyo 2.2

  • Support for installing applications to the expandable memory
  • Integrated Adobe Flash 10.1 support
  • Application speed improvements courtesy of the JIT implementation
  • Improved application launcher with “quick links” to phone and browser
  • USB tethering and WiFi hotspot functionality
  • Support for file upload field in the Browser application
  • Updated Market application with “batch” and automatic update features
  • Increased Microsoft Exchange support (security policies, auto-discovery, GAL look-up)
  • Integration of Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine into the Browser application
  • Enhanced Quick Search widget

Features of iPhone OS 4

  • Game Center, a multiplayer network like PSN or Xbox Live
  • Improved mail.app with unified inboxes, multiple Exchange accounts
  • Multitasking, limited to audio streaming, VoIP and GPS apps, as well as a few other allowances
  • Folders, ability to organize apps into folders
  • Portrait orientation lock and iPod control by sliding left on the multitasking screen
  • Notes syncing with MobileMe, Gmail IMAP and Yahoo! Mail
  • Camera support of 5x digital zoom
  • Bluetooth keyboard support
  • iBooks, an eBook reader app with support of Apple Book Store

OS 4 is still in Beta and Apple may add more features with upcoming beta / stable release. We’ll update this list as soon as we find more features. You can also add your valuable comments below.


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  1. Kp June 8, 2010 Reply

    What about Now that iPhone 4 has been announced?? Any of u wanna change ur opinions??

  2. neil June 1, 2010 Reply


    hell yeah! android will totally win! it used to be cool to have an iphone but it really isnt any more (i had one myself). I was blown away by my N1’s integration with google apps! the cloud integration, cloud to cloud and push features are all amazing. once you use an android, only then do you realise how bad iphones really are.

    Did you see the froyo release at google i/o? the N1 outperforming the ipad web browser in the sunspider test? its hilarious! that and having the N1 tethered to an ipad? its amazing. google are just giving apple the finger and its incredible!

    @pasci: youre right! dont worry – your english is better than mine!

  3. pasci May 29, 2010 Reply

    I was always a fan of the iPhone. I’d always liked to have one.
    But this year I bought a Google Nexus One with Android 2.1 Eclair (already updated to 2.2 Froyo), and I’m really, really happy about it.

    And by the way: Open Source will win.

    PS: Sorry for my bad English.

  4. polkadots May 28, 2010 Reply

    i just recall, the cloud to device push feature i was talking about is called “intent” by google….way too cool!

  5. polkadots May 28, 2010 Reply

    hi neil, it’s not you. I felt bored reading most of iphone 4 features (but I certainly welcome the multitasking bit).

    comparing the 2 feature lists, i feel android’s features/improvements are way more holistic than iphone’s. It may or may not be immediately apparent but laying a more powerful and capable platform should ultimately allow developers to exploit the OS much further. Do i need to mention it’s also open-source?

    I don’t see how difficult it will be for android to implement features that iphone OS 4 boosted that it doesn’t already have. bluetooth keyboard support? :S

    I am holding a 3GS currently but somehow I am not looking forward to iphone 4 and I cannot help drooling at what android is coming up with in Froyo. BTW, did the author miss Froyo’s cloud-to-device push feature I was extremely impressed by?

  6. neil May 27, 2010 Reply

    Ok – is it me or do the lists below (quoted) seem one sided in terms of GOOD new features? ie:

    Is it me or do apple seem to be less and less innovative these days. These “new” feature of the iphone HD just don’t excite me. And theres nowhere really for them to go after that.

    Seems like they are shooting themselves in the foot with their policies that stifle creativeness.

    I dont understand why people buy iphones

    I really dont.

  7. neFos May 21, 2010 Reply

    i’ve iPhone 3G… But I Rate for Android……..

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