Windows 10 Vs. Android N: Which Mobile Operating System Has A Bright Future?

Windows 10 Vs. Android N: Which Mobile Operating System Has A Bright Future?

Windows 10 needs no introduction. Microsoft also looks keen on taking this operating system to non-Lumia devices. Smartphones running on Windows were never a hit among users. Having said that, Lumia phones always had a fan base of its own. As Windows 10 is just booming, currently it has only one competitor, Android. Competing with iOS is out of question at this stage. Between Windows 10 vs. Android N, let’s see which OS has the potential to win the race.


Let us first talk about the speed at which these operating systems are rolling out. Windows 10’s biggest drawback is its slow and flawed updates. The operating system is awaited on mobile phones since last year. The update is being pushed without any explanation month after month. Forget about non-Lumia devices converting into Windows 10 phones, not even older Lumia phones have yet received the mobile update. On the other hand, Android N is quicker than expected with updates. Google has already started updating its apps for Android N. Considering the speed of the updates, Android N is a clear winner.

Speaking of the features, I do not think that the loyalty of customers will change depending on the features offered as no operating system is offering extraordinary features that users cannot do without. Multi-tasking, battery saving, a new way to flash notifications, these are the changes every brand is incorporating in their new devices. As technology advances, more such changes will be introduced. These small changes won’t convince users to switch from one brand to another.

What will decide the future of these operating systems is the quality of updates rolled out and their flexibility to adapt to the technologies that will be introduced in the near future. The main challenge in front of Windows 10 is the shortage of devices. There are no enough Windows 10 devices in the market so that smartphone users can give them a shot. The options are limited. The same cannot be said when it comes to Android phones. If I do not like phone A, I can go for phone B which will be running on Android N. Any which ways, I will get to try Android N before I decide to accept or reject it. To beat Android or Android N, Microsoft needs to be quick with manufacturing Windows 10 devices and also rolling out mobile updates.

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Currently, when we compare Windows 10 vs. Android N, Google’s operating system will, without any doubt, lead.

Also Read: OTA Update Possible for Android N Preview Even with Manual Flashing – Google


  • A.N.T. Bhatti

    I use both, Android Marshmallow and Windows 10’s latest build.
    My personal p.o.v : Android is way ahead of windows 10 right now. They’ve been polishing it for the last 2 years (since KitKat).
    BUT, Windows 10 has a brighter future. Why? Because of its Universal platform. Windows 10 native apps have already beaten android in functionalities. Yes they need more polish, but it’s happening fast I think. Plus windows 10 provides better connection between PC and other devices.
    The only problem is the lack of user base and use of 3rd party apps. But as an OS (a mature and professional one), it’ll definitely surpass Android by the next year or so.

    • Neel Gupta

      Can you sideload apps ? Reinstall OS ?
      If not, Microsoft “planned obsolescence” !

      • cr_buck

        Yes to sideloading. The functionality is baked in. If you don’t have a Windows 10 Mobile device you can see the same functionality in the settings of a regular Windows 10 computer. As to reinstalling, you can either do it via a factory reset or the device recovery tools. If you really want to go into uncharted territory some smart people at XDA-Developers have released an unlock tool as well. I haven’t checked back in a couple of months though to see if they have released a custom ROM but the possibility is there.

        • Neel Gupta

          So, have you actually tried installing Sailfish/Tizen/Android/etc. on Windows 10 Mobile ?
          I did not call it obselete; I said “Planned obsolescence” as in obsolete when MS makes the next Windows iteration.

          • cr_buck

            That doesn’t make sense. Can you install Windows on Android or Android on iOS. That is the base operation system. By definition you can only have one. Now if you are talking about dual boot that’s a different story but that isn’t sideloading and it’s not reinstalling the OS. If you are talking about removing Windows 10 Mobile and using another OS, that is up to the XDA community to create another ROM for that exact hardware if they want to. Otherwise with any mobile device you have one base operating system.

            You said sideloading and Windows 10 Mobile can have any compatible app sideloaded very easily just like Android.

            As for planned obsolescence, all OSes do that as part of design. You cannot indefinitely support older operating systems while pushing forwarded. It just doesn’t make financial or technical sense. Even on my Linux systems there comes a point where I can no longer get programs to work without upgrading the base OS and that is an actual server OS. Something as simple as if you want to upgrade PHP on a Linux server at some point needs an OS upgrade.

          • Neel Gupta

            yes, you can.
            x86 Windows can be installed on Intel Android devices.
            iOS is famous for being a Walled Garden: Nothing comes in, nothing goes out, without Apple supervision.

          • cr_buck

            Well if it’s running directly on the hardware it’s running on Android but just running on Android hardware which is only the OS but the programs aren’t arm based so they won’t run making is useless as the video says. If it runs on top of Android its running emulated or as a VM which performance and useability wise it useless. Also, with Windows 10 Mobile being an actual desktop core it could do the same thing if someone really wanted to. Question is besides credibility what would be the benefit.

    • Marek Psotka

      Why it seems that the people who write comments like you do have much more clue idea about the subject then the writers who actually writer the articles.