Smartphone war heats up as Apple announce Android 4.1

Which side of the smartphone war are you on?

According to Android executive Hugo Barra there are now 400 million Android devices operating in the world, and that number has increased from just 100 million a year ago.

Speaking at the Google I/O conference, Mr Barra also introduced edition 4.1 of the Android smartphone operating system, Jelly Bean.

New features in the update include more flexible widgets, support for languages such as Persian, Hindi and Thai, and an improved search function.

The announcement comes in the same month as Apple unveiled iOS 6, the latest operating system for iPhones and iPads which will add a new mapping function, an improved Siri and added Facebook integration.

The result is that Australians will soon have an enviably tough decision to make over which phone platform they choose, with both brands offering their advantages and disadvantages.

While you try to decide whether you want an Apple or Android device, it is also worth taking a moment to compare phone plans and ensure you are on the best mobile plan for your needs - that way you can be assured that you are getting the most value from your smartphone. 

Google I/O, which is running from June 27 to 29 in San Francisco, California, is a yearly event aimed at software developers with a mind for driving innovation.

Posted by Eve Gillespie