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Android 7.0 Nougat vs Windows 10 Mobile Redstone: Lock-Screen & HomeScreen UI

This is first in the series of comparisons pitting Android N, the upcoming Android OS update from Google against Windows 10 Mobile Redstone aka Anniversary update, the upcoming Windows 10 Mobile update from Microsoft. Both Android N and Windows 10 Mobile Redstone are in the preview phase and nearing release status, Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary update though will be released in July while Android N release is planned for sometime in Q3, 2016.

Read our full Android Nougat vs Windows 10 Mobile comparison series by clicking here.

In this video comparison, we can have a look at how the Lock-Screen and HomeScreen UI of two competing OSes compare to each other.

  • Both Android N and Windows 10 Mobile support voice-assistant interactions even on Lock-Screen along with Camera shortcuts.
  • Android N also supports Notifications Banner on Lock-Screen, a feature missing from Windows 10 Mobile, though Windows 10 Mobile does show number of notifications from a particular app on Lock-Screen. With Android N you can double tap on Lock-Screen notifications to directly go to app.
  • Both support Action Center / Notification Center accessibility from Lock-Screen.
  • Coming to Home-Screen, Android N and Windows 10 Mobile look so different. Android N allows icons, folders and interactive Widgets while Windows 10 Mobile supports Live tiles and Folders. Live Tiles can be resized to appear more like a “live icon” or like a Widget that shows much more info but lacks interaction.
  • Windows 10 Mobile only has two main screens: Home-Screen and App list, while Android N allows to have many and you can actually have one HomeScreen dedicated to Widgets or can customize as you please.
  • Android N allows getting completely new HomeScreen design by changing the Launcher but Windows 10 Mobile customization are more related to how you can make your only “HomeScreen” look different with change in Transparency, Tile Size and more.
  • It ultimately boils down to your personal preference. If less is more for you, Windows 10 Mobile can be your thing but if you love to have many HomeScreens, Android N will appeal to you.


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  • MajorRockStar

    Aesthetically, I find the notification banner on the Android N annoying, although I can appreciate it’s purpose. I definitely prefer the Windows 10 implementation of keeping it hidden and allowing you to access the app from the notification drawer…it’s just cleaner, and as mentioned in the comments, safer. In fact, one of the things that I noticed between the two OS’s, Windows 10 design language seems cleaner than Android N, which you touched on in your closing paragraph, regarding the simplicity of 2 home screens vs. multiple home screens. Another thing I noticed was how much the two lock screens operate the same. It could be that I’m more familiar with Touchwiz vs. stock Android, but I don’t remember even my old Nexus having the flip up lock screen. Is that new?

    • Kamal

      Nexus 5X had it even with Marshmallow, so I wud say it is by default.

  • Komentarus

    Interacting with apps directly on the lock screen has some security/privacy issues

    • Kamal

      Same can be said for the Action Center accessibility on Lock-Screen and Windows 10 Mobile allows that so Microsoft should make notifications banners available on Lock-Screen. It can be made optional and changeable in settings just like Action Center on Lock-Screen.

      • Random Drunken Serb

        If you hide the action center from the lockscreen, all those privacy issues are gone. Other than that, you can even specify which apps notifications appear above the lockscreen in the action center 😉

  • Pyrobri

    Note for next time, set the timeout to longer to save us having to constantly watch you unlocking the lock screen.
    Big one for me is the notification on the lock screen, I don’t really want them readily visible to anyone who happens to be looking…

    • Kamal

      Yeah, I already changed it. Too annoying, but was set by default.