Android is flexible, iOS is sleek, Windows Phone is stylish. Do smartphone users need more to choose from? The three major operating systems have fitted in well so far, but 2013 is going to see some new names entering the fray.
Opinions are divided on whether the world requires anymore operating systems. Some experts are of the opinion that toppling Android and iOS is an impossible task, because they have a strong ecosystem that 90% of global smartphone users are comfortable with. Why would anyone want to make a switch? Windows itself is struggling to make a mark with its OS even though it is quite stylish.
However, a change is always welcome. There are a group of users who would love to break away from Android or iOS, if they find something that is refreshingly different.
1. Ubuntu for Mobile
For those who enjoy Linux on their PC’s, Canonical will be releasing a mobile operating system that gets rid of the fragmentation issue that arises with Android. Handset providers can tweak the OS, adding custom content and apps while the basic structure remains the same. This is exactly what third party app developers will be looking for.
A smart move by Canonical is that they allow their Linux-based OS to run on devices that were originally meant for Android. This could be a huge selling point once it’s out in the market. Ubuntu for Mobile will come into the spotlight when Canonical releases a version later this year for the Google Nexus.
A joint project between Intel and Samsung is bound to be an interesting move and the Tizen OS has been creating a lot of waves recently. This is mainly because Samsung plans to unveil smartphones running on this operating system.
Tizen 2.0 is already set to be released and this gives the OS a head start over other new ones in the field. Moreover, Samsung’s idea to merge it with their successful Bada OS gives Tizen another boost. Since Samsung backs Tizen, it could receive favorable reviews from many users.
Intel has a huge hand to play in this, as well. If Samsung manages to popularize this OS, then the chip giant could well be looking at the entry into the mobile market that it has wanted to make for a long time.
3. Firefox OS
While other new operating systems look at tackling Android and iOS dominance head-on, Firefox OS has a different target. The developer aims at budget smartphones that require a flexible OS, like Android. Spanish mobile biggie, Telefonica, is on board so that the operating system can make its presence felt in many Latin American countries.
The OS will most probably run on hardware that isn’t too expensive, thus making it a first choice for those who can’t spend too much on a smartphone. Very similar to Android in build and looks, Firefox OS will run apps available from the Mozilla app store. ZTE and Alcatel smartphones are nearly ready to be unveiled with this nifty OS.
Remember when Nokia cut ties with the MeeGo OS in favor of Windows? Well, Jolla (Finnish developer) is hoping to revive interest with a neatly developed interface and gesture controls. It is the only OS in this list that doesn’t have major hardware backers, but it still looks like a dark horse in the race.
At the end of it all, choosing one of these OS’s is a big move for any user. However, for a smartphone first-timer, the choice will always be welcome. Let’s see how they stack up against the already established names in the mobile market.
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