1.2.a Apple iOS
Apple iOS is an operating system, which was originally developed for iPhone now support is extended to iPad, iPod, and Apple TV. Apple does not license iOS for installation on any third party hardware. The user interface of iOS is based on the concept of direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures. Interface control elements consist of sliders, switches, and buttons. The response to user input is immediate and provides a fluid interface
Some features available include:
a. Messages: Text messages, MMS, iMessage (instant messaging falls under category of chat)
c. App store: to but iOS applications
d. Safari Web browser
e. Camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
f. YouTube: YouTube video streamer
g. FaceTime: Video calling
h.Stocks: Yahoo Finance
i.Maps: Google Maps
j.Weather: Yahoo weather
k.Clock, Calculator, Reminder, Calendar, Notes
l.Game center: Allows the user to play multiplayer games with other users, track in game achievements and view leaderboards.
m.Photo Booth: A camera application with added special effects
Latest version of Apple iOS is 5.0 and will be released in third quarter of 2011.
1.2.b Google Android
Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. Google purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005. Android's mobile operating system is based on the Linux kernel. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is tasked with the maintenance and further development of Android.
Some features available are:
a. Messaging: SMS and MMS are available forms of messaging, including threaded text messaging and now Android Cloud To Device Messaging Framework (C2DM) is also a part of Android Push Messaging service.
b. Connectivity: Android supports connectivity technologies including GSM/EDGE, IDEN, CDMA, EV-DO, UMTS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (no connections through Proxy server and no Ad hoc wireless network), LTE, NFC and WiMAX.
c. Multiple language support: Multiple languages are available on Android.
e. Media Support: Android supports the following audio/video/still media formats: WebM, H.263, H.264 (in 3GP or MP4 container), MPEG-4 SP, AMR, AMR-WB (in 3GP container), AAC, HE-AAC (in MP4 or 3GP container), MP3, MIDI, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV, JPEG, PNG, GIF (though earlier versions do not support animated GIFs, BMP.
f. Steaming media support: RTP/RTSP streaming, HTML progressive download. Adobe Flash Streaming (RTMP) and https Dynamic Streaming are supported by the Flash plugin. Apple https Live streaming is supported by Real Player for Mobile, and by the operating system in Android 3.0.
g. Video calling: Android does not provide native video calling support, but some handsets have a customized version of the operating system that support it, either via the UMTS network (like the Samsung Galaxy S) or over IP.