Most people only know of few popular phone operating systems like Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows phone. But there are other phone operating systems we may not be conversant with and this article is going to introduce you to such phone operating systems you may not have heard of. In this era of smartphones, some developers have created their own phone operating systems and I want to look at some of those mobile OSes here. Some have come to stay, and some will definitely fade away into obscurity.
Phone Operating Systems:
Bada: Bada is a mobile phone operating system from Samsung. Bada OS was released in 2010 and the first mobile device to run on it is called ‘Wave’. Though Samsung has announced earlier this year that they will discontinue the development of Bada in favor of another phone operating system called ‘Tizen’.
Tizen: Tizen was created by Intel and Samsung as an open-source mobile operating system. Though Tizen has a lot of similar features like other existing mobile OSes like Android, its main components are the Linux kernel and Webkit runtime. Tizen is targeted at a variety of platforms like tablets smart TVs, mobile phones and in-vehicle entertainment.
Tizen released version 2.1 in May 2013 code-named Nectarine. Not much is known about Tizen as no known smartphone is currently running on it now.
Ubuntu Mobile: Ubuntu mobile is one of the little known phone operating systems. Ubuntu mobile just like Android are based on Linux and as such users can be able to dual boot their smartphones into Android OS or Ubuntu mobile OS. The mobile OS has the same general look-and-feel with the desktop version of the OS with actions being based on gestures.
Ubuntu mobile is based on HTML5 and QML and this will most importantly allow porting desktop web apps to Ubuntu mobile. There are currently few known carriers that support Ubuntu mobile. These carriers include Deutshe Telekom, Chine Unicom, SK Telecom Verizon and SK Telecom, among others.
Sailfish OS: Sailfish OS is one of the little known phone operating systems developed by Jolla. After being layed off by Nokia, some ex-developers of Meego OS decided to form their own company and few months later Sailfish OS was born.
Sailfish OS is a Linux-based mobile operating system developed for smartpones. The OS will be able to seamlessly switch between screens by mere gestures. The OS will have a couple of different features, one of which is compatibility with Android apps thanks to the built-in Alien Dalvik layer from Myriad Group known for running Android apps on the Nokia N9 and API-level compatibility with Ubuntu.
The first known smartphone to run on Sailfish OS is called Jolla its already out of stock as its been on pre-order ad will be available once the first production run is complete. The Jolla smartphone has a 4.5-inch Estrade display, a dual-core chip with LTE capacities 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot a user replaceable battery and a back panel and will be shipped by the end of this 2013.
Smartphones running on this OS are not to be compared to the likes of Nexus 4 and iPhone 5 but rather it was designed to run on low-end and low-cost hardware so as to improve smartphone usage experience in emerging markets. Though the interface looks like that of Android and iOS, but has rows and columns of icons with a dock at the bottom of the screen and also has a notification center.
Some phone makers like ZTE, Geeksphone and Alcatel are already making smartphones based on this OS. Keon and Peak by Geekspower are the first two phones running on this OS already and have been in the market for awhile now.
I hope you find this article informative as it is aimed at other phone operating systems we may not know much about other than the popular Android, iOS and Windows OSes we already have.