Phy-gital Roundtable: Breakfast Roundup from Germany and Netherlands

02 May '15 | Debjyoti Paul

German Shoppers: Meet Them in the Fast Lane to Phy-gital

15 January '15 | Ralf Reich

Shoppers Will Share Personal Information (But They Don’t Want to be “Friends”)

15 January '15 | Anil Venkat

Modernize or Perish: Property and Casualty Insurers and IT Solutions

14 January '15 | Manesh Rajendran

Benelux Reaches the Phy-gital Tipping Point: Omnichannel Readiness is Crucial

13 January '15 | Anil Gandharve

The New Omnichannel Dynamic: Finding Core Principles Across Industries

13 January '15 | Debjyoti Paul

Technology does not disrupt business – CIO day 2014 Roundup

02 December '14 | Anshuman Singh

Apple Pay – The Best Is Yet To Come

02 December '14 | Indy Sawhney

Digital transformation is a business transformation enabled by technology

01 December '14 | Amit Varma

3 Stages of FATCA Testing and Quality Assurance

06 October '14 | Raman Suprajarama

3 Reasons why Apple Pay could dominate the payments space

18 September '14 | Gaurav Johri

Beacon of Hope: Serving Growth and Customer Satisfaction

05 August '14 | Debjyoti Paul

The Dos and Don’ts of Emerging Technologies Like iBeacon

30 July '14 | Debjyoti Paul

What You Sold Us On – eCommerce Award Finalist Selections

17 July '14 | Anshuman Singh

3 Steps to Getting Started with Microsoft Azure Cloud Services

04 June '14 | Koushik Ramani

8 Steps to Building a Successful Self Service Portal

03 June '14 | Giridhar LV

Innovation outsourced – a myth or a mirage or a truth staring at us?

13 January '14 | Ramesh Hosahalli

What does a mobile user want?

03 January '14 | Gopikrishna Aravindan

Upcoming Mobile Operating Systems – A sneak peek

Posted on: 23 July '13
Jayantharaja Patla
Senior Technical Architect

In an era when smartphones have been on the rise, the urge to know more about the operating system of the phone and the advantages or shortcomings over others is inevitable. While traditionally being dominated by the iOS and the Androids, more and more operating systems are being pumped into the marketplace.

Why then would corporations like Samsung really look forward towards backing up new operating systems? Is it probably to just create a USP and reduce the dependency on manufacturers like Google? Google’s acquisition of Motorola and the proposed release of the new Moto X phone may have actively fueled this race for existence/ dominance in the marketplace.

Here’s an initial look at some of the new operating systems that might hit the market in the days to come

Operating System App Dev. Technology Target Devices Backed By Highlights
Firefox OS HTML5 Smartphones, Tablets Alcatel, ZTE, KDDI, LG, etc. Supports only Web technologies.
Prototypes released by Alcatel and ZTE. Sony and Huawei to follow
SailFish QT/HTML Smartphones, Tablets Jolla,
SailFish alliance
Android runtime, may support Cordova and Firefox APIs
Tizen HTML5, Native Smartphones, Tablets, smart TVs, in-vehicle infotainment devices, Samsung, Intel, etc.  
Ubuntu HTML5, Native using OpenGL and QML, C/C++, compiled JavaScript Smartphones, Tablets Canonical  

Interestingly, html5 has been supported by almost all the operating systems. What we are about to see is if these new operating systems like Tizen, Sailfish, Firefox OS and Ubuntu enter and create a niche for themselves. Or will they fade away like the Symbian or Bada?

Factors that will play a role in the adoption of these operating systems will be

  1. Technology inclination
  2. Cross platform compatibility
  3. Application store availability
  4. User experience
  5. Differentiation from the existing OS

Samsung, a heavy user of the current Android family has backed both Tizen and Intel and also plans to develop a new firefox browser along with firefox, which could be the new concept behind the firefox OS. With the lack of reference devices, any new app developers will have to wait. How are marketers going to position them when the primary goal of most of the users is to make calls and send messages?

With too many open questions to ponder on, it will be too difficult to predict the future of these operating systems. We need to wait and watch for the developments happening in this area. Meanwhile, please feel free to share your comments.

Jayantharaja Patla

Jayantharaja Patla is a senior technical architect at Mindtree. He has over 15 years of experience in embedded systems and mobile software development. He has extensively worked on the UI framework development for Qualcomm's BREW platforms, mobile applications on various domains and platforms. He holds a Master of Science Degree from Mangalore University and an MCA from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.