January 15, 2013
The Underdog Operating Systems Set to Shake Up the Smartphone Scene
Apple�s iOS and Google�s Android rule the fast-growing smartphone market, but upcoming operating systems want to muscle in on their turf. MIT Technology Review reports.
The smartphone market is dominated by Apple�s iPhone and devices running Google�s Android software, with Microsoft and RIM hoping to carve out the remaining market share for their new Windows Phone 8 and Blackberry 10. But several completely new operating systems will soon be available.
... Today, according to IHS iSuppli, close to 46 percent of cell-phone users worldwide have smartphones, and 87 percent of those phones run either Google or Apple software.
New entrants include Tizen, a platform that�s supported primarily by Samsung and Intel; Firefox OS, created by the Mozilla Foundation, which makes the Firefox Web browser; and a version of the free, open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system designed for smartphones. There are also several efforts under way to revive Hewlett-Packard�s critically acclaimed webOS.
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