COMMERCIAL MOBILE OPERATING
people have ample knowledge about different mobile phones and their companies,
but a very few of them know something about operating systems. It is vital to
learn about different mobile OS used
by many companies so that you can know that what is behind your smartphone‘s
smooth and colorful touchscreen.
the popularity graph, which represents last 12 months trends. It is apparent
that Android is beating up all other operating systems, even the IOS. Symbian,
which was once an industry leader, is also observing a diminishing slope. IOS
might continue to compete Android, and with the release of Windows Phone 8, we
might see some healthy competition in future.
Of Top Mobile OS
OS is officially the property of Nokia. It means that any other company will
have to take permission from Nokia before using this operating system. Nokia
has remained a giant in the low-end mobile market, so after Java Symbian was
the most used in the mobile phones till a couple of years ago. Still Symbian is
widely used in low-end phones but the demand rate has ben continuously
decreasing. By upgrading Symbian mobile OS, Nokia has made it capable to run
smartphones efficiently. Symbian ANNA and BELLE are the two latest updates that
are currently used in Nokia‘s smartphones. Overall, the Symbian OS is
excellently designed and is very user-friendly.
Symbian OS graph is going downwards nowadays due to the immense popularity of
Android and iOS. Some of the phones currently running on Symbian OS are Nokia
C6-01, Nokia 603, Nokia 700, Nokia 808 Pure View, Nokia E6 (ANNA) and Nokia 701
(BELLE). Symbian is a popular choice among Nokia dual sim mobile phones as
September 20th, 2008 was the
date when Google released the first Android OS by the name of ‗Astro‘. After
sometime next upgraded versions ‗Bender‘ and ‗Cupcake‘ were also released.
Google then adopted the trend of naming Android versions after any dessert or a
sweet in alphabetical order. The other releases are Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread,
Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.Marshmallow (Android 6.0) is so
far the latest Android version from Google.
platform is not closed like iOS, there are too many great Android apps built by
developers. Just after stepping into the smartphone and tablets market Android
gained immense popularity due to its beautiful appearance and efficient
working. Many new features were introduced which played a significant role in
Android‘s success. Google Play is an official app market that contains millions
of different apps for Android devices. Samsung, HTC, Motorola and many other
top manufacturers are using Android in their devices. Currently, Android is one
of the top operating systems and is considered serious threat for iPhone.
the smartphones operating on Android are HTC Desire, Samsung Galaxy Gio,
Motorola Droid Razr, Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC Wildfire.
introduced in 29th June 2007 when the first iPhone was
developed. Since then iOS has been under gone many upgrades and currently the
latest one is the iOS 9. Apple has still not allowed any other manufacturer to
lay hands on its operating system. Unlike Android, Apple has more concentrated
on the performance along with appearance. This is the reason that the basic
appearance of iOS is almost the same as it was in 2007. Overall it is very
user-friendly and is one of the mobile best operating systems in the world. So
far iOS has been used in all iPhones, iPod & iPad.
OS is the property of RIM (Research In Motion) and was first released in 1999.
RIM has developed this operating system for its Blackberry line of smartphones.
Blackberry is much different from other operating systems. The interface style,
as well as the Smartphone design, is also different having a trackball for
moving on the menu and a qwerty keyboard.
Apple, Blackberry OS is a close source OS and is not available for any other
manufacturer. Currently, the latest release of this operating system
isBlackberry OS 7.1 which was introduced in May 2011 and is used inBlackberry
Bold 9930. It is a very reliable OS and is immune to almost all the viruses.
the smartphones operating on Blackberry OS are Blackberry Bold, Blackberry Curve,
Blackberry Torch and Blackberry 8520.
you will be familiar with Windows OS because it is used in computers all over
the world. Windows OS has also been used in mobile phones, but normal mobile
phone users find it a bit difficult to operate it but at the same time it was
very popular among people who were used to it.
the case until Nokia and Microsoft joined hands to work together. The latest
Windows release by Microsoft is known as Windows 7 which has gained immense
popularity among all kind of users. With its colorful and user-friendly
interface, it has given Windows OS a new life and is currently in demand all
over the world. Another reason behind its success is that this latest OS is
used in very powerful devices made by Nokia. The computer like look has totally
vanished from the windows phones with the release of Windows 7. Samsung and HTC
also released some Windows-based phones, but they could not many places in the
Lumia series is completely windows based. Some of the latest Windows Phones are
Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 900, Samsung Focus and HTC Titan 2.
others, Samsung also owns an operating system that is known as BADA. It is
designed for mid-range and high-end smartphones. Bada is a quiet user-friendly
and efficient operating system, much like Android, but unfortunately Samsung
did not use Bada on a large scale for unknown reasons.
latest version Bada 2.0.5 was released on March 15th, 2012. There are only
three phones that are operating on Bada. These three smartphones are Samsung
Wave, Samsung Wave 2 and Samsung Wave 3. I believe that Bada would have
achieved much greater success if Samsung had promoted it properly.
Palm OS (Garnet OS)
was developed by Palm Inc in 1996 especially for PDAs (Personal Digital
Assistance). Palm OS was designed to work on touchscreen GUI. Some Years later
it was upgraded and was able to support smartphones. Unfortunately, it could
not make a mark on the market and currently is not being used in any of the
latest top devices.
been 5 and half years since we saw the latest update of Palm OS in 2007. Palm
OS was used by many companies including Lenovo, Legend Group, Janam, Kyocera
WebOS also known as Hp WebOS or just WebOS which was developed by Palm Inc but
after some years it became the property of Hewlett-Packard. WebOS was launched
in 2009 and was used in a number of smartphones and tablets.
promoted WebOS at a very high level by using it in high-end smartphones and
tablets. The latest device working on WebOS was the Hp Touch Pad. With the
introduction of Android in the market sales of Hp WebOS, based tablets got very
less. At last Hp announced to discontinue WebOS-based devices, but the existing
users were assured that they will get regular updates of the operating system.
Maemo Community joined hands to produce an operating system for smartphones and
internet tablets, known as Maemo. Like other devices, the user interface of
Maemo also comprised of a menu from which the user can go to any location.
today‘s Android the home screen is divided into multiple sections that show
Internet Search bar, different shortcut icons, RSS Feed and other such things.
Later in 2010 at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) it was revealed that now Maemo
project will be merged with Mobilin to create a fresh operating system known as
called a mobile platform, but it was designed to run multiple electronic
devices including handhelds, in-car devices, television sets, and net books.
All the devices on which MeeGo can have the same core but the user interface is
entirely different according to the device.
Moorestown Tablet PC was introduced at COMPUTEX Taipei, which was also a MeeGo
powered device.Most of you will have heard the name Nokia N9, but you will not
be aware of the fact that this large selling device is operating on MeeGo.
are not the only mobile operating systems out there; there are tons more, and
we shall be seeing one by Firefox mobile OS <Source> in future as well.
Firefox, which once dominated the internet browser market, is in the process of
building their web OS for mobiles, so in the future mobile OS market might get
even more competitive.