Mobile computing has come a long way from the laptop, just under 10 years ago we had laptops running pentium 4 processors and we thought those were brilliant! Now we have the Exynos 5 octa core chips lodged into a device probably 10 times lighter and smaller than the P4 laptops of yesteryear. I’m not giving a history lesson on computer hardware here, I’m giving you an idea of just how far we have come in less than a decade, can the same be said about the operating systems?
Yes! Back then (2003) the most sophisticated handheld operating system, well at least in my opinion, was Windows Mobile. I remember seeing this OS embedded on HP iPaq palm top devices and I was blown away, you could do so much. Friends and I used to debate about how such technologies would change everything…little did I know that everything would in fact be changed, and sooner than anticipated.
Google’s gift to mankind.
Android OS is a open source mobile operating system developed by Google inc. At this point in time, it is the most widely used smart phone operating system, which makes it a very attractive platform for software vendors to distribute their applications. It has had some tough times mind you, for instance earlier versions were very difficult to work with and theres that issue of malware, but with time APIs were introduced and security measures have been taken so the latest version 4.2 Jelly Bean is pretty solid, I have worked on this from a developer’s point of view, as well as from a day to day user’s point if view and I must say that I have grown quite fond of the green robot!
To be honest, I still prefer my iPhone for my day to day usage and its for this reason; non of the hardware manufacturers have yet to sway me towards using their devices. Samsung has a vast range of android smartphones and tablets, look at the Galaxy S4 for example. HTC boasts the HTC One, which I must say is quite the looker, but all these smart phones have a gargantuan 4.8 or 5 inch screen which means two hands are required to type and navigate. There really isn’t a “small” phone out there with the kind of hardware specs one would want, except for iPhone. iOS is another brilliant work of art, almost flawless. But Jelly Bean is still the more attractive Mobile OS, if it could be installed on iPhones, that would be the dream.
With that said, I am advocating android (Jelly Bean) as the flash-ship mobile operating system of our time.