Comparing the Operating System Part 2 – On-board Features
Android comes with some great included features, such as the various applications that let you link up your mobile with Google services such as YouTube, Google Maps, Google Mail and Calendar and Google Chat. It makes sense that Google should promote the mobile versions of these services, and it’s fair to say that Google’s impact on the web and mobile phones has had an impact on Windows Phone 7.
Windows Phone 7 offers a series of “hubs" to allow you to access and arrange information. This might sound like a simplistic fix for managing the vast amount of online profiles and uses for our mobiles that we have these days, but it really works. The best example is the People hub, where accounts for Windows Live, Facebook and others all display information on the home screen and in the hub itself under the What’s New section. The Pictures hub has a similar feature, integrating with Facebook photos as well as those stored on your phone.
The six hubs – People, Office, Marketplace, Pictures, Music + Video and Games – are the main arsenal of the Windows Phone 7 UI. A fair comparison with anything on Android isn’t really fair, as this approach is completely new.