Many of us know two (well, maybe three) operating systems for mobile phones – Android, iOS, and Window Phone. However, at least 5 more mobile operating systems can be found today, and they can easily become Android and iOS’s main competitors in 2013.
What we are talking about is such operating systems as BlackBerry 10, Ubuntu phone, Sailfish OS, Tizen OS, and Firefox OS. Maybe it’s high time to change your Android and iOS for any of them?
A touch screen smartphone BlackBerry Z10 with a new BlackBerry 10 OS is available already. BB10 is based on a real time operating system QNX which looks very impressive in theory. Nuclear reactors and missile launchers work on it, so it would seem that a BB10 smartphone should work ultra stable and quickly. However, as the first tests of BlackBerry Z10 demonstrate, BB10 OS doesn’t work very good yet. A Twitter client freezes, there is a problem with a calendar, and some other nasty stuff can be found. Certainly, these bugs will soon be eliminated, but today it’s too early to speak about BB10 as a serious competitor of iOS and Android.
As for database applications, BB10 OS looks much more solid here in comparison with the rest of new OS: there are about 70 thousand applications in Appworld store right now.
If you are the owner of Nexus 4 or Galaxy Nexus smartphone, a new Ubuntu Phone OS is already available to you (since February, 21). Ubuntu Phone developer, Canonical, promises to release the original device with UP OS by the end of the year, or even most likely in 2014. “The older sister” of Ubuntu Phone, a desktop Ubuntu Linux OS, has many loyal fans around the world who have got rid of the status of marginality a long time ago. What is interesting, the largest computer manufacturer Dell has released a version of its flagship ultrabook XPS13 preloaded with Ubuntu. UP version for smartphones is not Ubuntu Linux rearranged to a smartphone: this is a separate assembly, and a standalone product. But the developer says, that a compatibility between these two systems will be the maximum.
Jolla Sailfish OS
And now let’s turn to the project appeared in 2012 – Sailfish OS from the Jolla company. The company emerged from the project Maemo & MeeGo developed with Nokia in 2005 – 2011. Most of programmers, designers, and engineers who developed Maemo and MeeGo Harmattan mobile OS, come from Nokia to Jolla and announced their intention to create a new system Sailfish OS.
In November 2012 interface developments have been presented, and SDK for Sailfish OS will appear in the nearest future. We already know that a Chinese manufacturer will produce Zopo budget smartphones on Sailfish OS for the Indian market, and this production is scheduled for the third quarter of 2013. The main characteristics of the Sailfish OS have also been claimed: a full multitasking, no-buttons interface, and the support of many applications written for OS Android. This support will be implemented through Alien Dalvik virtual machine.
Another branch of the same MeeGo tree from Nokia is Tizen OS. After the Finnish concern came out of the project, the development was picked by Samsung, Acer and other manufacturers. The Intel corporation also stayed in this project. For several years, Samsung promises to release a smartphone, or even more than one, on the new Tizen OS. It has recently been another similar statement, but only 2.0 SDK for Tizen appeared instead of a new smartphone. Perhaps, Samsung plans to have its own operating system for all its clients in the future, and to forget about Android OS at all. On the other hand, Koreans are probably afraid of losing some of their customers in this case. Most likely, even if the change of mobile operating systems takes place, it will happen very slowly and incrementally.
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