Mobile Operating Systems (Mobile OS) is the operating system that operates on digital mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. It extends the features of a normal operating system for personal computers so as to include touch screen, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS mobile navigation, camera, music 28 player and many more. The most commonly used mobile operating systems are – Android and Symbian
Android: It is a Linux derived Mobile OS released on 5th November 2007 and by 2011 it had more than 50% of the global Smartphone market share. It is Google’s open and free software that includes an operating system, middleware and some key applications for use on mobile devices. Android applications are quiet user friendly and even one can easily customize the Smartphone with Android OS. Various versions of Android OS have been released like 1.0, 1.5, 1.6, 2. x, 3.0 etc. Most Android phones use the 2.x release while Android 3.0 is available only for tablets. The latest Android version released is 4.2.2. The Android releases have dessert inspired codenames like Cupcake, Honeycomb, Ice Cream sandwich and Jelly Bean.
Symbian: This Mobile OS by Nokia (currently being maintained by Accenture) designed for smartphones. It offers high level of functional integration between communication and personal information management. It has an integrated mail box and it completely facilitates the usage of all Google applications in your smartphone easily. Symbian applications are easy to shut down as compared to Android applications. Various versions like S60 series, S80 series, S90 series, Symbian Anna etc have been released. The latest Symbian releases (Symbian Belle) can support 48 languages.