So far the world has seen a serious shift in focus from traditional methods of computing using desktop computers and laptops and in early 2000s, PDAs, to the current crop of mobile devices. Mobile computing has really caught on. What makes mobile devices even more popular is not just the hardware capabilities but how that hardware is exploited by the software. This is where the mobile operating systems come in handy. The more advanced the better, this explains why smartphones have risen to replace feature phones, or as they are called nowadays, dumb phones.
The world knows of two of the greatest mobile operating systems: iOS and Android. There is also increased competition to determine the third force between Windows Phone and Blackberry OS. The success of iOS and Android and the increasing competition and gradual growth of Windows Phone and the reinvention of BB OS has led many to believe that we have seen the best of mobile OSs and that there is no room for more. However, with the recent emergence of new kids on the block like Ubuntu for smartphones and tablets, Firefox OS and Jolla Sailfish, there is need for a rethink to this mentality. Is there a chance for these new comers? Can they rise to take on the big boys? While these new mobile OSs are still in various phases of development and are yet to launch officially on devices in the market, they are already being tested and will be out later in the year and thus their impact is still unknown and their potential unrealized. Do they stand a chance?
Read my thoughts on these newcomers: