Windows Phone Turns 3 Today. Happy Birthday. Also, A Comparison With Android

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Microsoft’s smartphone operating system, Windows Phone, turned 3 today (thanks to Joe Belfiore for reminding me!). While the OS has evolved quite a bit, it’s still lagging behind in both marketshare and features, when compared to Android.

Microsoft always had its task cut out, and it still has to do a lot to bring Windows Phone to competitive terms with Android and iOS. One of the major things the svelte OS has to fight out is the perception, and the backlash from a vocal set of Nokia fans, who have been burned enough to dislike Microsoft. Then there’s Samsung, and Google.

Anyway, all that has been oft-repeated, and I’ll stop ranting. However, I compiled this set of data for you. Take a gander.

Year Windows Phone Android
Q4, 2010 7.0 Gingerbread 2.3.x
Q3, 2011 7.5 Mango Gingerbread 2.3.7
Q3, 2011 7.5 Mango Honeycomb 3.x
Q4, 2011 7.5 Mango Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.0
Q1, 2012 7.5 Refresh Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.0.3
Q2, Q3 2012 7.5 Tango Jelly Bean 4.1-4.1.1
Q4, 2012 8.0 Apollo, 8.0 GDR1 Jelly Bean 4.2
Q1, 2013 7.8 update for WP7 devices Jelly Bean 4.2.2
Q3, 2013 8.0 Apollo GDR2 Jelly Bean 4.3
Q4, 2013 8.0 Apollo GDR3 (rumoured) Jelly Bean 4.3.1, impending KitKat 4.4 release

via Wikipedia, (1)