Many people have a lot of knowledge about different mobile phones and their manufacturer companies but a very few of them know something about operating systems. It is very important to know about different mobile OS used by a number of companies so that you can actually know that what is the main reason behind your smartphone’s smooth and colorful touchscreen.
There is tough competition in mobile OS but Android OS is beating up all other Operating Systems, even the iOS. Symbian, which was once popular in an industry is also observing a diminishing slope. iOS might continue to compete Android and with a release of Windows Phone 10. In 2016 there is a competition between Windows phone and Android phone. We might also see some healthy competition in future.
Top 7 Popular Mobile Phones Operating Systems:
1) Blackberry OS 10:
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2) Google Android
Google Released the first Android name “Astro” on September 20, 2008. After sometime next upgraded version ‘Bender’ and ‘Cupcake’ were released. Then Google adopted trend of naming the android version on any dessert or sweet name in alphabetic order. The other release was Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, Marshmallow (Android 6.0) is so far the latest Android version from Google. Since the platform is not closed like iOS, there are too many great Android apps built by developers.
Android gained immense popularity due to its beautiful appearance and efficient working after stepping into smartphone and tablets market. Google Play is an official app market that contains millions of different apps for Android devices. currently, Android is one of the top operating systems and is considered serious threat for iPhone.
3) Apple iOS:
iOS was first introduced with its first iPhone on 29 June 2007. Since then iOS has done many upgrades and the latest one is iOS 10. Apple has still not allowed any other manufacturer to lay hands on its operating system. Apple has more concentrated on the performance rather than appearance. This is the reason that the basic appearance of iOS is almost the same as it was in 2007. This is the very user-friendly OS and one of the best OS in all over the world.
4) Windows OS:
All of you are familiar with Windows OS because it is used in PC all over the world. Windows OS is being used in phones also but users found it difficult to operate it but at the same time, it was very popular among people who were used to it.
It was the time when Nokia and Microsoft joined 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 for its success is that this latest OS is used in very powerful devices made by Nokia. Samsung and HTC also released some Windows-based phones, but they could not manage places in the market.
5) Open WebOS:
WebOS was launched in 2009 and was used in a number of smartphones and tablets. Hp 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.
Symbian 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 been 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.
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).
Samsung also owns an operating system that is known as BADA. It is designed for mid-range and high-end smartphones. Bada is a quite user-friendly and efficient operating system, much like Android, but unfortunately, Samsung did not use Bada on a large scale for unknown reasons.
The 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.
These seven are not the only mobile operating systems out there; there are tons more. There are other smartphones operating systems are coming in future to fight against these top 5. Some of those are; Firefox OS, Ubuntu Phone OS, Samsung Tizen, Open WebOS, Jolla Sailfish, Most of them, Amazon Fire OS & much more. Most of them are in developing stage and running in Linux based platform just like Android. But how much they are different and how much they will affect and fight in mobile OS market with upcoming updates from Android Marshmallow, iOS 9 and Windows 10 Mobile.