The first thing that most people consider when buying a smartphone is the brand and probably the phone’s capabilities, very few think about the operating system (OS). Knowledge of OS is important because the wrong choice can lock you out from accessing certain services which are specific to an OS.
An OS is software used in smartphones which which interacts with the phone’s hardware, giving it commands. It also provides a platform for developing apps which have various purposes. Currently, the market has three commonly used OS’s; android, apple and windows.
Android is the dominant player in the market so far boasting a greater than eighty percent market share. Android is owned by google and it is an open source operating software which is used by top phone manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC and Motorola. Since android is an open source, app developers can design as many programs as they wish and place them on google play store where users can access them for free or at a price. This factor has greatly influenced the popularity of android. Android also has a beautiful appealing appearance; it is efficient and can multitask greatly and users have the option of customizing their homescreens with valuable widgets and apps which grant easier and faster access to functions and content. Its latest version is Android 7.0.
Apple iOS comes second with close to 18 percent market share. The iOS is more geared towards performance rather than appearance and as such it has a very basic appearance which has not changed much since its launch in 2007. Unlike Android, iOS is not open source so users are only limited to products made by apple. Fortunately, the App Store has millions of application which users can choose from. iOS is very user friendly and it comes with an iPod application for playing music. Its latest version is iOS 10.
Windows OS by Microsoft closes the list at a market share of one percent. Initially, the UI for Windows OS was labelled difficult by most users but it was redesigned to fit the expectations of users. Basically, the OS uses Metro interface which has movable square tiles with individual purposes and functions. It also has hubs which groups all specific content together such as photos or documents, regardless of their sources. Users can access the Windows App Store to choose a wide range of apps. Its latest version is Windows 10.
These are just some of the OS in the market, currently there are more and as time goes by, more will be created. The choices for mobile OS are thus many but the decision lies on both the user and the smartphone manufacturer.