most popular mobile os     Undoubtedly the gadget lovers are mainly attracted by Smartphones which are running on different platforms. Most of the smartphone users don’t know that what are the Top 5 Mobile/Smartphone Operating Systems used by various Mobile manufacturing companies to provide a better and simple user interface to the users. It is very important to know about the different kind of mobile operating system are available in the technology world. The mobile operating system is nothing but the interface between the user and the device and the expectation for the user is that the interface should be simple and easy to handle. Smartphone OS versions will be updated by the development team in order to fix the issues founded in the previous version and to add some extra features to it. Smartphones has various features that was not present in personal computers are Touch Screen, Cellular, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS mobile navigation, Camera, etc., Here I come with a list of top mobile operating system used by various Mobile companies.

Top 5 Mobile/Smartphone Operating System:

1. Android:

Android is the most popular smartphone operating system which was launched by Google in 2008. Their first android version was named as “Alpha” which was not getting popular as expected by the development team. Soon they released an updated version and it got a huge response from the users. Then the android users are increased for their regular updates of their versions. The other reason for Android gets popular is that it is free and open source software which allows anybody to create an android application or a game. The official Applications provider for Android is Google Play Store where the users can find lots of applications, games, movies, etc.,

Android Versions:

  • 1.1 – Alpha
  • 1.2 – Beta
  • 1.5 – Cupcake
  • 1.6 – Donut
  • 2.0 & 2.1 – Eclair
  • 2.2 – Froyo
  • 2.3 – Ginger Bread
  • 3 – Honeycomb
  • 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.1 & 4.2 & 4.3 – Jelly Bean
  • 4.4 – KitKat
  • 5.0 & 5.1 – Lollipop

2. iOS:

iOS is previously called as iPhone OS, which was launched on 29th June 2007 by Apple Inc. It is the second largest installed Operating system on smartphones, because Android holds the first place with maximum installs. iOS is closed source so that it does not allow any unauthorized person to create or modify the apps or games. So the third party applications were not officially supported in iOS, but using “Jailbreaking” it can be allowed to install on the iPhone. Current iOS devices are manufactured by “Foxconn”. 

3. Windows Phone:

Windows Phone was launched in 2010 and it holds the third place for largest installed OS on smartphones. The Windows phone OS provides a simple User interface which was inspired by Microsoft’s “Metro Design Language” which is more attractive than any other OS interface. It is also closed source like iOS, so that it does not allow third party applications to install. On 21st January 2015 Microsoft announced that the Windows Phone brand will be replaced by Windows 10 Mobile. Windows Phone consists of some bundled applications like Xbox Music., Xbox Video, Xbox Live, etc.,

4. BlackBerry:

BlackBerry OS is from RIM (Research In Motion) and it was released in 1999. BlackBerry is quite different from other operating system, because of its interface style having a track ball for navigating the option to choose on the menu with a Qwerty keypad. It is also closed source.

5. Symbian:

Nokia officially owns the Symbian OS and it was used in various products by getting the permission of Nokia. Nokia is the king in Low-end mobile market by providing both Java and Symbian OS to the mobile manufacturing company. But when the smartphones entered into the market, Nokia products suddenly get decreased. Due to the graph getting downwards on the market, the operating system was discontinued in 2012.