Do We Need More Operating Systems

Each year, some operating systems sail away into oblivion while new ones take their place. Will any of these be powerful enough threaten the dominance of Android or iOS, or even so intriguing that we might consider abandoning them?


Let's take a closer look at this question.


There are a lot of mobile operating systems out there worth talking about. For starters, there’s Android, iOS, and BlackBerry. Things get even more interesting once you take into account UIs like Sense (Android) and TouchWiz (Samsung).


Given the number of mobile OS’s out there, it seems like a good idea to find out more about what they are and how they can be useful to us. Who knows? Maybe one of these will come to rival Android or iOS.




The Tizen OS can run applications using OpenMobile, a program which ports Android applications to non-Android devices. Though this doesn’t seem quite fair, Google can always close the code if it feels threatened by this upstart OS. Tizen is actually quite similar to Android. It’s open source, based on Linux, and has its own API and SDK. It’s still too early to know if Tizen will come to challenge today’s mobile market leaders.


Firefox OS:

The Firefox OS promises customers "freedom from proprietary mobile platforms", which means users will have access to any mobile application, regardless of what system it was initially developed for. Nevertheless, there isn’t much there to interest the average user. Firefox OS will most likely be a success amongst early adopters and those who just want to try something new. The overall feel is akin to using Chrome and its applications instead of a complete operating system. Firefox OS may be easier for developers, but it doesn’t offer much to buyers.


Ubuntu OS:

Ubuntu promises a sense of "comprehensiveness", just like Tizen. The difference is that Ubuntu is already a widely-used OS. Many people use Ubuntu on their laptop or PC, and the opportunity to have the same interface and functionality on mobile devices is very attractive. Ubuntu uses a web application on mobile devices which can feel cluttered and limiting on the small screen of a smart phone.


Sailfish is an operating system that can be configured according to a user's tastes, and is aimed at supporting developing companies. Sailfish also plans to support Android applications. Though Sailfish doesn’t take that much time to modify, the language used to educate users is dry and technical, and likely to puzzle many.


New versions of existing OS’s appear regularly, and it’s sometimes difficult to determine the best. So long as mobile device usage keeps growing, the quest for a better OS will not stop.


While Android and iOS are still leaders in the mobile industry, we shouldn’t neglect the growing demand for applications built for alternative OS’s.


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