Undoubtedly, Android and iOS have dominated the operating systems market in recent years. This is due to the high level of compatibility and the perfect support they offer for mobile applications. Compatibility and support are what people seek above all else. However, did you know that there are additional operating systems for Android and IOS that offer the same or even better functionalities? Here we offer you a complete list:
1. Ubuntu Touch
In perspective, Ubuntu Touch imitates any other operating system. While Ubuntu Touch is behind Android in some respects, the latest set of patches could result in a platform for a new confrontation between operating systems. The new updates include:
Improved updates panel: This allows you to be aware of the new updates and witness the changes they bring in real time.
Improved emoticon keyboard: The latest emoticon keyboard was discouraging when it came to browsing. The new version is quite simple to understand and to find the correct and suitable emoticon for that moment.
Calendar synchronization: The new operating system adds support for the iCal and for the CalDAV. It also allows you to synchronize several calendars through your Google accounts and your own cloud.
New notification panel: Brings a refined notification configuration. The new notification settings allow you to choose which specific applications will notify you with sound, vibration or a notification bubble.
2. Amazon Fire OS
The S.O. Amazon Fire is based on the Android operating system. Amazon is its producer and is specifically designed for the Amazon Fire Phone and the range of Kindle Fire smartphones and tablets. This operating system focuses mainly on content consumption. It comes with a fortified user interface and is tailor made to make the content of Amazon stores and services available. Some of the newest updates of the S.O. include:
Greater compatibility than the one that existed so far with current applications of Android: This means that many of your applications would work on Fire devices without added engineering effort.
Free compatibility testing within 90 seconds: This means that you only need to drag and drop your Android application into the Testing Service (App Testing Service) to find out the compatibility results of it.
Amazon Rapids: This is considered to change the rules of the game for Amazon. Amazon Rapids is an application for reading, specifically aimed at children. The stories are told to the children in the style of chat sessions.
Video support Alex: It is an application capable of searching games, audio books, TV shows and movies on Amazon video.
3. Firefox OS
The S.O. of Firefox is designed by Mozilla for smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. Initially, it was launched for sale in 2013. The S.O. Firefox OS focuses on HTML5 technology to align with capabilities such as SMS and Bluetooth support. It comes with added features such as:
Highly optimized for low cost hardware, which means that manufacturers can use it for free to produce low cost devices with a high degree of functionality.
It is written in open source, which means that it is run by the community.
It’s based on Linux and Mozilla’s Gecko technology
It requires a low battery capacity, since the mobile device is designed to start on the network and to run applications on the network.
It comes with three layers: the Giaia-UI layer (uses open web APIs), Gecko- application services at runtimes and Gonk- Linux kernel and Android HAL.
Samsung introduced this new operating system after announcing that it would discontinue the development of the S.O. Bada on February 25, 2013. Since then, Tizen has gained significant participation in the smartphone market. It is currently ranked as the 4th largest S.O. in the world. Its strongest point of sale is that:
It grants 100% of the income to the developers of the applications. This is the reason why most developers prefer it.
Tizen is a S.O. open source, which means that any company or individual can join and initiate any modification.
However, its biggest challenge will be to attract customers from Android and iOS operating systems.
5. Sailfish OS
Sailfish OS is a development of the Finnish mobile company Jolla Ltd. and the Sailfish OS community. Some of its key features, which concern the largest developers of operating systems, include:
Friendly with Linux: Uses the Linux platform, which means it is stable, perfect for smartphones and can be modified with relative simplicity.
Prepared for hardware: Adding hardware is relatively simple. It is also easy to replace a part.
Control by means of gestures and multitasking: It has been updated to move from the “click” to the swipe. It is easy to unlock the team. It is only necessary to give it a double knock. After unlocking, all that is needed is the slider to maneuver between applications.
6. Windows 10 Mobile
This is the operating system that Microsoft uses on smartphones and other mobile devices. This S.O. It is based on Windows CE version 5.2. In 2010, Microsoft inaugurated the new platform for smartphones known as Windows Phone 7. The launch of Windows Phone 8.1 came in 2014. The latest update is the Windows 10 Mobile operating system. The biggest selling point of the Windows 10 Mobile operating system is Cortana and the application for searches. Cortana is now available in Spanish, Portuguese and French. Window 10 Mobile aims to give more consistency than its computer counterparts, including:
A higher level of content synchronization.
An innovative global application platform that allows a single application to operate on multiple devices that use Windows 10, such as mobile devices, personal computers and Xbox.
The freedom to update your mobile device that works with Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile, subject to the approval and support of the manufacturer.