Mobile Operating Systems (OS), also known as platform, is a program which controls hardware, such as cellular phones, smartphones, tablet PCs, PDAs, and other mobile devices. There are many mobile OS which is sold in the market and is used by people around the world. We often heard iOS, Android OS, Java OS, Symbian OS, and so on. Here are the top 5 mobile OS which is owned by renowned companies in the world.
1. Apple iOS
This is a mobile OS owned by Apple Inc. It is developed only for its products, such as iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and iPod Touch. It has more than 500,000 applications in App Store. Also, it got the best-selling mobile devices in 2011. It becomes the former for other mobile OS which brings multi-touch interface: slide, switch, and buttons. The new Apple products in the market are the newest version of iPhone4 and iOS5.
2. Android OS
This is designed for smartphones and tablet PCs. This Linux kernel-based, developed by Open Handset Alliance, is under the name of Google. In 2010, it got the best-selling smartphone with the range of 200 million devices. Since many independent developers compete to create this technology, it makes Android developed fast. Since 2008, Android successfully released many versions. They are Cupcake, Eclair, Donut, Froyo, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Gingerbread. Many Android smartphones are controlled with more affordable price than iOS. That is why many people in the world like this product.
3. Symbian OS
This is an operating system which has requirement only for 2.5G and 3G cellphones. Some companies which use this OS are Nokia, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson while Nokia is the highest investor. Thus, no wonder that many Nokia cellphones use Symbian OS.
4. Blackberry OS
Although its position is moved by the presence of Android OS, the prestige of Blackberry OS still shines. This is developed by Research in Motion (RIM), a company based in Canada. It was once booming with push-email service and the most successful smartphone in the market. Although Indonesia is the highest Blackberry products selling, but RIM still does not want to invest in here yet. RIM still prefers to establish the company in Malaysia, which has far lower product selling, to Indonesia.
5. Palm OS
It was first introduced in 1996 which was developed for PDA mobile devices at the beginning. It then was developed with graphical user interface-based touch-screen technology. The characteristic is shortcuts menu interface. The products which use this Palm OS are HP Touch Pad and Palm Treo Smartphone.