With its second Operating System (OS) version hitting the street, Google’s Android OS is going to take market share from its competitors, but it won’t kill Apple’s proprietary OS that runs on the iPhone. Who will be the biggest loser in the Global OS battle?
The most likely losers will be Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Nokia’s Symbian OS; why you ask? Well, let’s take a peek at those two for a moment; the new Window’s Mobile version 6.5 is still largely based on a Pocket PC device introduced in 1997…any further questions? It may hang on for a bit due to IT departments are comfortable using it, which at this point is it’s only selling point. Nokia’s Symbian OS, the world’s largest, is mainly installed on cellular phones and not smartphones; plus Nokia is moving to an open source platform called Maemo, but skeptics are not in favor of its potential.
With that being said, with all the new Android smartphones hitting the street in the U.S. and 3 of the major carriers now offering them (T-Mobile with 3, Verizon Wireless launching the Motorola Droid, and Sprint with the HTC Hero), Apple and BlackBerry can’t be very comfortable right about now.
What’s so great about Android? It’s an open source platform based on Linux, which means it’s open for development and not proprietary like Apple and BlackBerry’s OS’s. Apple and Android have tons of apps and it’s not the sheer number that will win this battle, and both have more than anyone could ever need. What Android has that the others don’t have, is Google’s turn-by-turn navigation which is built in to the Motorola Droid on Verizon Wireless. It’s easier to use and more robust than its competitors and also free; Garmin’s Nuvi Phone, just entering the U.S. market, is going to have even tough sledding now.
So, in the long run, Android is predicted to win the OS war in the next 3-5 years, but Apple and BlackBerry aren’t going to go down without a fight, and the three behemoths will all continue to grow at the expense of Windows Mobile, Symbian, and Palm.
As for me, my new Motorola Cliq should be on its way soon and I got to play with one extensively today at my local T-Mobile store and I have to say…hurry Mr. Postman.
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