How To Choose A Smartphone Operating System

When you want the get the most out of your Smart Phone You need the best OS available.
Today’s smartphones are changing rapidly and with the changes in tech and hardware, you need to make sure your cell’s OS is current and that you are using the right OS.

This has prompted the writing of this article with the intent of bringing you up to speed on what the current releases of the popular Operating Systems.

Currently there a number of Operating Systems available and each function best on the right platform. These Operating Systems are what currently on the majority of Smart Phones today:

Android OS


Android is the open source operating system of choice for many developers of handheld and smartphone technologies. However, most implementations are a combination of open source as well as proprietary code.

Android was originally a standalone company until Google, who helped finance it, bought it out. Today, 71% of mobile application developers work under this operating system.

Based on the Linux kernel, this robust operating system can be found on a plethora of various companies’, cell phones, both foreign and domestic.

Android now supports x86 devices and is seen as a replacement for Windows, which is especially pleasing to China after a recent ban on purchasing Windows 8 for use on government PCs.

This takes android from the realm of handheld and tablets into direct competition with the Windows OS.

As of January 2015, android devices accounted for approximately 62% of the US smartphone market, as well as 82.7% of the Chinese market and whopping 73.3% of the European market. This makes android the #1 operating system for handheld devices in the world today.

These are 3 most current versions of android in circulation at this time:

Advantages of Android

Disadvantages of Android

iOS 8


Currently, the iOS operating system is on over 1 billion devices worldwide. This gives the Apple operating system approximately 21% share at the smartphone mobile operating system market.

It is versatile and operates across the board with almost all Apple products, and there are over 1.4 million iOS application available with over a half a million developed for use with the iPad.

While lagging behind Google’s android operating system. The iOS operating system is rapidly coming into its own. With the recent release of iOS 8 designed to operate the new iPhone 6, as well as the rest of the Apple stable of products.

Designed with the graphical user in mind, this visually oriented operating system as a massive amount of features designed around multimedia as well as smartphone applications and their development.

This in combination with the suite of applications it comes standard with. It works with either the iPad or iPhone 6 and provides a user with an integrated, robust, and highly versatile OS.

A new development language called SWIFT allows applications to be developed more quickly than previously.

Current Releases: 8.0 and 8.1



Windows Phone OS

Window Phone

If you like the touch and feel of Windows you can get it on your smartphone and tablet as well today.

Windows operating system starting with version 7 and various versions of 8 and 8.1 with their related update patches is now a viable operating system in the handheld market.

Nokia is one such vendor that has adopted Windows as its primary operating system.

However, this may change in the light of the fact that China has put a ban on Windows 8 government purchase in China, where Nokia is a major player and wants to stay competitive with their 1.3 billion Chinese customer market. Samsung is looking to release their own cell Phones using the Windows Phone OS as well.

Moving up on its chief rival Apple, Microsoft watchers predict that it will capture 20% of the smartphone market in 2015.
We do not believe it will happen but only time can tell.



What do the Stats Say?

You already know that Android is the big boy in town and Apple and Window are slugging it out for 2nd place.

Gardner put android at 48% however, current stats and industry analysts put android much higher.

Apple may be slumping. However, the release of iOS8 raised the market share from Gardner’s 11% to around 20%.

Microsoft is expected to equal Apple and surpass them possibly, we will see soon.
This brings us to the question – Which OS should you choose?

mobile operating systems market share

The Statistics has been collected by the IDC & CC BANK.

Conclusion: Which OS should you choose?

If you are enamored with the iPhone, you don’t have a choice you have to go with iOS as Apple has a proprietary lock on the OS and the hardware.

If you want the most apps and something that runs on the most devices, android wins hands-down.

Microsoft is building up steam, but it isn’t there yet.

In the final analysis, it will also depend on your personal taste.

Apple is tempting but android is everywhere and the Asian Markets like India and China shy away from Apple proprietary nature and prefer the Open Architecture of the Google approach.

So, unless Apple makes an earthshaking announcement and Microsoft can do something dramatic.

Your best bet is to go with Android as it is tried and true as will it has the Apps you want and need on your smartphone.

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