Mobile Platforms

A mobile operating system (mobile OS) is the operating system that controls a smartphone, tablet, PDA, or other mobile device. Modern mobile operating systems combine the features of a personal computer operating system with touchscreen, cellular, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS mobile navigation, camera, video camera, speech recognition, voice recorder, music player, Near field communication, personal digital assistant (PDA), and other features.

Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) , Netbooks, Internet Tablets, Smart phones and Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs) maybe just buzzwords today, but they are without doubt the devices of the future. In a nutshell, these are portable, small form-factor devices capable of browsing the Internet and having their own set of applications which can be executed in limited memory and processing power.

Traditionally OSes like Windows CE and Symbian's S60 were the popular smart-phone OSes a few years ago. Today Linux as an embedded or a Netbook OS takes the top slot.

As a result of this a number of SIGs (Special Interest Groups) were formed by bigger companies who decided to start investing seriously in Open Source Mobile platforms.

Industry Leading Mobile Platforms
The following are few of them which are not only popular, but are also backed by big companies in terms of resources as well as funds.

  • Apple iOS
    iOS (formerly iPhone OS) is a mobile operating system developed and distributed by Apple Inc. Originally released in 2007 for the iPhone and iPod Touch, it has since been extended to support other Apple devices such as the iPad and Apple TV. more >

  • Android
    With an amazingly fast browser, cloud sync, multi-tasking, easy connect & share, and the latest Google apps (and thousands of other apps available on Google Play) your Android powered device is beyond smart. more >

  • Windows Phone
    Windows Phone is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft, and is the successor to its Windows Mobile platform. Unlike its predecessor, it is primarily aimed at the consumer market rather than the enterprise market. more >

  • Unity
    With Unity, game developers can more rapidly create compelling and complex 3D worlds and do better device testing, without having to know all of the ins and outs of Xcode. more >

  • Appcelerator
    What makes Appcelerator and other cross-platform toolkits important in the world of mobile application development is that they help break down some of the barriers to getting software created in the first place. more >

  • Symbian
    The Symbian platform is the successor to Symbian OS and Nokia Series 60; unlike Symbian OS, which needed an additional user interface system, Symbian includes a user interface component based on S60 5th Edition. more >

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