Light Reading
Smartphone OS hopefuls are lining up to challenge Apple and Google in 2013

5 Challengers to Apple & Android

Michelle Donegan
LR Mobile News Analysis
Michelle Donegan
1/15/2013
50%
50%

The dominance of Apple Inc.'s iOS and Google's Android mobile operating systems could be about to weaken as several startups and projects have emerged that will shake up the smartphone scene in 2013. From a band of cast-off Nokia Corp. employees to a giant like Microsoft, these groups have created platforms that could offer new devices, applications and services for consumers and more supplier choices for mobile operators. Here's a rundown of the mobile OS challengers to watch this year:

  • Firefox -- The open-source mobile operating system based on HTML5 from the Mozilla organization won support from several mobile operators and device makers in 2012, including Deutsche Telekom AG, Etisalat, Sprint Nextel Corp., Telecom Italia SpA, Telefonica SA as well as ZTE Corp.. The first devices are expected to be available early in 2013.
  • Sailfish -- Based on the MeeGo OS, this platform was created by a group of ex-Nokia employees at the Finnish startup Jolla. The company unveiled the Sailfish OS and Jolla user interface in November 2012, which featured multitasking capabilities. Jolla plans to launch the first Sailfish-based device early in 2013. (See Nokia Refugees Revive MeeGo and One Giant Leap for MeeGo.) Jolla also established an industry alliance in Hong Kong to develop a version of the Sailfish OS for the Chinese market.
  • Tizen -- Samsung and Intel led the project to develop this open-source, standards-based software platform that is a part of The Linux Foundation. The OS has support from mobile operators and device makers, including NTT Docomo Inc., Orange SA, Sprint, Telefonica, Vodafone Group plc and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.. The latest update was in September 2012 when the Tizen 2.0 alpha source code and SDK were made available. Tizen allows developers to use HTML5 so that applications can run on different devices. The OS is not only for smartphones but also for tablets, netbooks, in-vehicle devices and smart TVs. The big news for Tizen is that Samsung has said it plans to release smartphones based on the new OS in 2013.
  • Ubuntu -- U.K.-based Canonical is the company behind the Linux-based Ubuntu platform, and it announced a new mobile operating system at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month. With the new OS, Ubuntu aims to bring the desktop PC experience to high-end as well as entry-level smartphones. Devices running the OS are expected in early 2014.
  • Windows Phone – Microsoft's mobile OS has probably been eyeing a third-place spot behind Google and Apple for the longest time compared to the other challengers on our list. Nokia, the platform's biggest device maker, started the year with some good news for its Windows-based Lumia smartphones: The Finnish company shipped 4.4 million Lumias in the fourth quarter of 2012, which is better than it had expected. But Nokia isn't the only fan of Windows Phone, and the newer version Windows Phone 8. Other manufacturers for this platform include HTC, Huawei and Samsung. -- Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

    (5)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Michelle Donegan
    50%
    50%
    Michelle Donegan,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/16/2013 | 12:00:36 PM
    re: 5 Challengers to Apple & Android
    RIM's Blackberry 10 will have its moment of truth, so to
    speak, at the end of this month when the first new devices come out. I think
    the newer platforms mentioned here will have RIM's OS in their sights as well those
    of Apple and Google.-á
    Michelle Donegan
    50%
    50%
    Michelle Donegan,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/16/2013 | 11:29:15 AM
    re: 5 Challengers to Apple & Android
    A company called Phoenix International Communications is promising the rebirth of webOS, but I'm not sure that they have any device makers on board yet.-á
    http://phxdevices.com/
    Philliprr
    50%
    50%
    Philliprr,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/16/2013 | 9:21:05 AM
    re: 5 Challengers to Apple & Android
    What about Open Web OS (formerly Palm OS)?
    bogdanovici
    50%
    50%
    bogdanovici,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/16/2013 | 2:02:43 AM
    re: 5 Challengers to Apple & Android
    No mention of BB10?
    Michelle Donegan
    50%
    50%
    Michelle Donegan,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/15/2013 | 9:44:50 PM
    re: 5 Challengers to Apple & Android
    Windows Phone is the only OS on the list that's running on any devices now. But 2013 will see smartphones based on Firefox, Tizen and Sailfish, so change is definitely in the air.-á
    But I wonder how effective these new platforms will be. Firefox and Tizen at least have some big operator backers, which is important.-á
    Flash Poll
    Wagner’s Ring
    Data Centers Drive Telcos Into the Future

    8|28|14   |   2:20   |   (2) comments


    Data centers are at the heart of key trends driving telecom -- network virtualization, the drive for increased agility, and the need to compete with OTT providers.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Why SPs Should Consider Cisco's EPN

    8|27|14   |   5:40   |   (0) comments


    Sultan Dawood from Cisco discusses Cisco's EPN, which enables SPs to build agile and programmable networks delivering new network virtualized services using Cisco's Evolved Services Platform (ESP).
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei’s Showcase @ Big Telecom Event 2014

    8|26|14   |   2.56   |   (0) comments


    SoftCOM is Huawei's framework for telecom business and network transformation. Haofei Liu, Solution Marketing Manager, Carrier Business Group, Huawei, showcases Huawei's SoftCOM architecture in this video.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of Integrated Solutions on SoftCOM & NFV Monetization

    8|26|14   |   4.43   |   (0) comments


    Libin Dai, Director of Integrated Solutions, Carrier Business Group, discusses Huawei's SoftCOM and NFV monetization. Huawei believes that NFV monetization should be service-driven rather than network-driven, and that operators should have network transformation, service transformation and a compatible and collaborative ecosystem in place in order to deploy NFV.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of US NFV Lab on CloudEdge & the Future of NFV

    8|26|14   |   4.06   |   (0) comments


    Sean Chen, Director of US NFV Lab at Huawei, discusses Huawei's new approach to NFV in open collaboration. Huawei believes that through Proof of Concept tests, it could help operators learn and communicate with the industry more effectively. Sean believes that successful implementation of NFV should have its values reaching to end users and discusses how Huawei's ...
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Highlights @ Big Telecom Event 2014

    8|26|14   |   3.34   |   (0) comments


    At the Big Telecom Event in Chicago Huawei showcases its high-level strategy, the SoftCOM architecture, which helps operators reduce the cost of ownership of their network infrastructure and generate additional revenue in the ICT service environment. Huawei showcases over 30 pilot programs from across the globe, focusing on the industry-leading commercial ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    VeEX – Live from the Show

    8|21|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


    An overview of VeEX Test and Measurement solutions including TX300S multi-service test set with VeExpress cloud-based management system, UX400 universal modular platform supporting 100G testing, and the redesigned RXT modular platform.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Transitioning CE 2.0 Networks Into the SDN & NFV Era With Telco Systems

    8|19|14   |   5:19   |   (0) comments


    Telco Systems' Ariel Efrati (CEO) and Moshe Shimon (VP of Product Management) discuss virtualization and how the company's new Open Metro Edge solution utilizes the SDN and NFV concepts to accelerate and orchestrate service delivery through its innovative product portfolio and software applications.
    LRTV Custom TV
    NFV Myths: Is NFV Still Several Years Away?

    8|11|14   |   1:13   |   (0) comments


    Some say that NFV (network functions virtualization) is still several years away from being implemented on mobile operator networks. This isn't the case. Operators can get started on their paths to NFV now, as this short video from Skyfire shows.
    LRTV Custom TV
    A New Security Paradigm in SDN/NFV

    7|28|14   |   02:54   |   (0) comments


    Paul Shaneck, Global Director Network Solutions for Symantec, discusses the evolving virtualized network, explaining how Symantec is leading the security discussion as it relates to SDN and NFV, and helping to ensure the network is protected and compliant.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Sprint's Network Evolution

    7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


    Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
    LRTV Documentaries
    BTE Keynote: The Software-Defined Operator

    7|24|14   |   18:43   |   (1) comment


    Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg explains the concept of the software-defined operator to the Big Telecom Event (BTE) crowd.
    Upcoming Live Events!!
    September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
    September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
    September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
    October 29, 2014, New York City
    November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
    November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
    December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    A survey conducted by Vasona Networks suggests that 72% of mobile users expect good performance all the time, and they'll blame the network operator when it's not up to par.
    Hot Topics
    Rogers, Shaw Take Aim at Netflix
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 8/26/2014
    Utilities to Pump $11.2B Into Smart Grid – Study
    Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 8/26/2014
    Verizon Launches QR Code Security Solution
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/26/2014
    Fiber Revival at Deutsche Telekom
    Iain Morris, 8/25/2014
    M2M's In Fashion: Wearables Play the US Open
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 8/25/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed