In today’s digital world, it is very difficult to choose the best mobile/smartphones for anyone as because mobile companies are day to day launching their new phones with lots of new features in as lowest price as possible. Let us discuss the latest trends of Smartphone Operating System used by mobile manufactures and its global demand.
Which Mobile Operating System is leading in Today’s Market?
There are mainly two smartphone operating system which competes each other to become the best one viz. Google Android or Apple iOS. Following are the top Mobile Phones Operating Systems in the world:
As on date Android is the most widely used operating system for mobile devices. Android was founded in October, 2003 and the same was acquired by Google Inc. in July 2005. Did you know? On October 22, 2008, HTC Dream was released as the first Android running smartphone.
The latest Android version is 5.0 popularly known as Lollipop. Other Android versions are Android 4.4 KitKat, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 2.2 Froyo, Android 2.0 Éclair and Android 1.6 Donut. On a monthly basis 1.5+ billion Android apps are downloaded from the Google Play, a premier marketplace for purchasing and selling the Android apps.
Almost all brands are using Android operating system for manufacturing their new mobile/ Smartphones. But the top 5 manufactures in Indian market are Samsung, Micromax, Intex, Lava and Lenovo.
The second largest smartphone operating system is iOS, an Apple Inc. product which was launched on June 29, 2007 in the United States (US). As on date Apple has released 8 major versions of iOS for iPhones in last eight years. Now, get ready for iOS 9 coming soon for your iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.
Note that Apple has not yet allowed any other manufacturers to use its operating system i.e. all iOS devices are currently developed by Apple itself.
It is the third largest installed smartphone smartphones operating system behind Android and iOS as discussed above. Windows Phone OS has been developed by Microsoft as the replacement successor to Windows Mobile.
In February 2011, a major business partnership announced between the two companies Microsoft and Nokia which outcomes the adoption of Windows Phone by Nokia as its primary platform on future smartphones to replace both Symbian and MeeGo. Further, the Microsoft acquire Nokia’s mobile phones business on 25 April 2014.
On 21st January, Microsoft announced Windows 10 mobile operating system, a common platform for smartphones, tablets, laptops and Xbox. Accordingly, Microsoft began to phase out the Windows Phone brand by using “Windows 10” brand across all device.
BlackBerry OS which is best known for its native support for corporate email, was developed by BlackBerry Ltd. Recently, the BlackBerry 10 operating system is current version which is still sold by BlackBerry on its smartphones only.
Others: The rest smartphone operating systems are Java ME, Symbian, Kindle, Samsung, Bada, LG and BREW.