Archive | October, 2010

Mobile OS Wars

13 Oct

Mobile OS market domination war is as hot as it gets. We have Windows Mobile(R.I.P.), RIM Blackberry OS, iOS, Symbian, Android, webOS, and Windows Phone 7 officially coming out. The older brother of Windows Phone is not technically extinct yet, but its going to be. So we can count that out of our equation. Let’s talk about the rest.

Once upon a time it was all Windows Mobile and Blackberry OS and Symbian. Along came iOS, changed the smart phone market and blah, blah, blah. Thanks Steve J. for that, but since then we also have had Android and Web OS.

Now we have an OS that keeps the user are in a tight leash, walled garden or whatever you wanna call it. The users are happy, the phones are selling good, there is a solid app-media Eco-system. But also, the OS in my point of view fails to represent a real smart phone OS. It is sold by only apple, in both S/W and H/W. This strategy has paid for apple so far, but recent studies are showing that they are heading to what happened to their Mac platform. Recently apple has started to loosen their grips a little, but they really need to adapt themselves to market changes as new competitors arrive, or end up with Mac like market share.

Then we have the OS from big G! Android is as different as possible from iOS. It’s every aspect is the opposite of iOS. It’s available to OEM, customizable, free etc. etc. Multitasking, copy-paste……… it has all the iOS do not. So far the market is shaping up nicely for them. But Android is not without its flaw. Its customization has led to big time clustering. FOUR different versions of the OS is co-existing in the market. Which has given birth to app incompatibility. Even sometimes apps are incompatible in case of different manufacturer though same version of the OS. True that Google has promised many positive changes for many of the issues, they need to act in time.

I am going to say the same thing for Symbian and Blackberry OS. Both of them are capable and popular platform. But, both of them are truly outdated. They both need a complete a re-write, break from the past or whatever. People are going for phones with them for either ignorance or for not having any other choice. But none of them is a viable modern day OS.

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