10th July was full of announcements, the announcement of the new Xbox 360 which will complement the Xbox One , the date and the sale price of the latter, and ending with the presentation of Apple’s iOS 7 - the new version of the system OS for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch – at WWDC.
Although the event highly anticipated Xbox at E3 by Microsoft fanboys, the WWDC was eagerly awaited by Microsoft fanboy … yes, because it was known – thanks to the many rumors that iOS 7 would have a minimal user interface, light and typography based, just like the UI introduced in 2001 by Microsoft with Windows Media Center, then taken to the highest levels with Windows Phone 7 known as Metro-Design.
“ There is a profound and lasting beauty in simplicity, clarity and efficiency. The true simplicity is much more than simply the absence of confusion and nonsense – it is to bring order to the complexity.” is what he said Jony Ive , Senior Vice President of Design at Apple, to present an update most “obvious” in the new mobile operating system of Apple devices, iOS.
Ive is definitely one of the best designers existing on this planet, and his work is commendable. But from everything that was shown at WWDC even the most rabid fan boys can not admit that Android and Windows Phone in the last two years have taught so much, especially if we look closely at the mobile operating system from Microsoft.
Just this morning we read this comment as a result of a mockup made by a journalist of the site 9to5Mac, who claimed to have a look at the alpha version of the new iOS: “ Without words … minimalist does not mean bad! These icons are and c *****! ”. Most fans will remember presentation – or rather the post-presentation – Windows Phone 7.0 in which flocked similar comments and left only because it was presented with a minimalist interface, but truly innovative in the field of mobile devices.
Today, after the presentation of iOS 7, we note with pleasure that this kind of approach has been a winner, capturing the attention of designers positively user interfaces. Font refined and elegant, simple icons, fluid movements, shortcuts, rapid interaction with the device are some of the most important aspects to make a difference. It is a common habit of criticizing or starting to flaunt “who copied who” taking positions obtuse and leaving the objectivity on the street without actually having tested the software or the product in question. There are actually a lot of similarities with the latest version of Windows Phone, version 8.0, but it is certainly not a good reason to declare war on other factions among friends, in fact, be a good starting point to grow up with these technologies times.
Here are the top ten news of iOS 7, the similarities with Windows Phone and areas of improvement of the latter.
A feature long-awaited by iOS users (especially by those who could not take any more than SBSettings, downloaded from Cydia) is the one that allows you to access the device switches from a menu quickly and efficientl. Many have thought it to be integrated in the center notifications and instead, taking a cue from the side edges of Windows 8, Apple introduced this control panel that appears by touching with a finger on the bottom of the screen from bottom to top. This has controls for the airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Do Not Disturb, the ability to set the brightness of the screen, pause or play a song, skip to the next track and stream music via AirPlay. In addition there is also instant access to apps like Clock, Camera, Calculator, and Torch.
Until some time ago a similar feature was present only in Android. But now, with the arrival of iOS 7, feels its absence on Windows Phone. There are apps that allow you to create shortcuts to insert the Start screen, but in practice it is quick and immediate as these buttons. We hope it to be implemented in future revisions of Microsoft’s mobile operating system, so that you can access in a dynamic way to phone functions without having to enter the settings.
With iOS 7, Notification Center is now available from the lock screen: so you can see all the notifications simply by touching the screen, while the new function Toda in the Notifications Center offers a panoramic view on the commitments of the day with a summary of the most important information like weather, traffic, meetings and events.
Jailbreak veterans remember the first center notifications can be downloaded from Cydia: Apple iOS 5 finally decided to officially implement it. Then came the various hacks to show it in the unlock screen. So the new Notification Center, as many of the functions implemented in the past iOS, derived from the concept and tweak of the developers of the Jailbreak community and Cydia. Let us assume that the Notification Center in iOS is more efficient than immature anchor system live tile in Windows Phone 8, but we believe are most thoughtful and elegant and confident with improvements in future updates, even if Microsoft has announced that it is to work on a notification center similar to that of the competition .
The designers at Microsoft have been proud at the sight of multitasking in iOS 7, with previews of the app in the background, flowing just like on Windows Phone.
It must be said, however, that in iOS 7 apps you can also close with a swipe up (gesture reminiscent of MeeGo): Windows Phone does not exist in a gesture or a button to quickly close the app running in the background but you have to press the Back key to close them permanently (procedure a bit cumbersome, but that cost to the dev of Windows Phone, a trivial “X” to end the process? As is known, has not been called because in Windows Phone the app in the background are “frozen” to conserve battery).
Apple has a function as “ completely new to share content quickly and easily with the people around us. “ Since the days of the Nokia 6600 include well How much was it easy to share any type of content via Bluetooth with all our friends in the neighborhood without any major problems, but with the arrival of the next-generation smartphone, now for some reason now for another, file exchange was blocked at the software level without a real reason. With the advent of Android this trend, fortunately, has been abandoned and with Windows Phone 8 (lately also with Windows Phone 7.8 in some terminals) is finally back “fashionable “.
Lens Application refers to a feature of Windows Phone 8 that allows applications to be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store integrate into the camera to interact as filters (Photosynth, Twitter, Nokia Glam Me, etc..) or as a means of augmented reality (City Here Lens, etc..) and text recognition (Bing Translator, etc..) and objects.
iOS 7 Apple also introduced the filters in the camera: In addition to the possibility of taking photos, panoramic photos and record videos, holders of iDevice with the latest version of the mobile operating system made in Cupertino will be able to apply photographic filters and effects to your shots .
A profound renewal has also invested the Photos app, now very similar to that of Windows Phone, which in our opinion is always more elegant and powerful. The photos in iOS 7 are divided by dates and places and will undoubtedly be easier to navigate the hundreds of captured images. A similar function, which organizes the photos by month, is always available in Windows Phone (without the location shooting, which is saved as a still picture data, but it is not viewable from the phone).
In iOS 7 was also implemented the section on shared photos: Windows Phone in many years there is the possibility to navigate through the photo album on SkyDrive and Facebook, our and our friends.
In addition, each contact in the phonebook has a tab from which you quick access to all the photos he shared on SkyDrive and Facebook. Finally, the Pictures hub of Windows Phone includes a tab with the news feed of all the pictures posted by our friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc..
Safari is probably the most successful application: the new interface, Safari allows you to view even more content, from full-screen browsing. The new Smart Search Field helps to simplify the search, and there is also a new view for your favorites and tabs in Safari.
Keychain With iCloud, passwords and credit card information is stored securely and available on all devices of the user, one can then more easily navigate sites protected by password or fill in online forms automaticall. Parental controls allow you to block automatically optimized access to adult websites or to allow access only to a specific set of allowed sites.
The most interesting presentation of iOS 7 was a complete restyling of Siri, the voice assistant created by Apple a few years ago, which includes not only the appearance but also vocal in the true sense of the term, by introducing new male voices and female for all languages. It, in addition, allow you to know what people are saying on Twitter, will integrate with Wikipedia to search the most popular encyclopedia, will – surprise – the Bing web search within the application. and give you the option to change the settings of the device and listen to voice messages through our voice input.
Unaccounted our faithful companion at the time that Windows Phone TellMe is satisfied with its functions certainly is important but not yet up to the counter parties. What we hope is that Microsoft has a Serb in something big and definitely unique to present to their colleagues, something with which to create an interactive dialogue the last command. Write an email with a simple voice input it’s really convenient, send a text message is almost vintage.Meanwhile, we remind you that Windows Phone 8 is possible to interact with the app downloaded from Windows Phone Store thanks to voice commands: the skill succeed must put all the developer .
The Music app, following the redesign of the user interface of iOS 7 introduces a new service of free Internet radio with more than 200 stations, which will be present in the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, or Apple TV. You can access the stations inspired by the music you listen regularly, at stations cured Featured by Apple and stations broken down by gender, tailored to their tastes. ” iTunes Radio evolves based on the music that you listen to and download. ”
We believe that this “new” service is long gone from more than two years in the first place from Spotify and, subsequently, by the excellent service offered by Nokia Music that plays so well the exact same job. Not to mention that the last time Xbox Music is receiving several supporters, especially for the option to purchase the Pass to gain access to a vast library of multimedia content without commercial interruption, even offline. Radio 2 will be an iTunes Ping? We’ll find out with time.
In our opinion, the Store of Windows Phone is distinguished from other basically for two strengths: the order of the various sections and the possibility of having everything in one place without doing somersaults while maintaining the same context. The note quite relevant is the amount of this app in the App Store that, according to Apple, would amount to 900,000 applications between programs and games. Surely an interesting figure, but we must not forget that this is from 2008 and is therefore quite logical in terms of numbers so high.
Surely the interest for the Windows Phone platform is growing every day and therefore the app will also come on the Microsoft platform, hopefully in conjunction with the other when it comes to the latest.
As you have seen, there are many similarities, both at the functional interface between iOS and Windows Phone 7. We are curious to hear your opinion in the comments.