& cplSiteName &

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        ADD A COMMENT
    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
    From The Founder
    The independent evaluation of Nokia's key virtual network functions (VNFs) was a defining moment for the Finnish giant.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    Charting the CSP’s Future
    Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it’s going from two industry veterans.
    LRTV Interviews
    Getting Somewhere With TV Everywhere

    5|31|16   |   7:08   |   (0) comments


    Comcast's Vito Forlenza describes the progress his company is making with TV Everywhere and the challenges that remain.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Cisco's Innovations in Cable

    5|26|16   |   03:18   |   (0) comments


    Marc Aldrich from Cisco discusses the latest in security, the evolution and momentum for CCAP and what the industry will be seeing next from Cisco.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Leading Lights 2016 Highlights

    5|25|16   |   02:26   |   (1) comment


    Some of the high points from this year's Leading Lights awards dinner at the Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Light Reading Hall of Fame 2016

    5|23|16   |   05:43   |   (0) comments


    Find out who has been welcomed into Light Reading's Hall of Fame this year.
    LRTV Custom TV
    ZTE TM Forum Highlights

    5|23|16   |     |   (0) comments


    ZTE showcased its new ICT solutions at TM Forum in Nice.
    LRTV Interviews
    Gamma's MD on the Emergence of UC2

    5|20|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Gamma Communications Managing Director David Macfarlane believes the unified communications (UC) market has reached a tipping point.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The Ultimate 5-Minute Guide to Digital Customer Engagement

    5|20|16   |     |   (0) comments


    In this short video, you will hear all about how Digital Customer Engagement is the key to meeting customer expectations, keeping them happy, and maximizing revenue. VP Product & Marketing at Pontis, Ofer Razon, breaks down for ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    NFV in 2016: Part 1 – NFV Use Cases Get Real

    5|19|16   |   05:57   |   (0) comments


    Consensus is building around the key use cases for NFV, including managed IP services at the network edge and on customer premises, which can generate new revenues from enterprises/SMBs and consumers; Evolved Packet Core to support LTE migration; and adjacent technologies, such as TAS and IMS, to support VoLTE and next-generation charging and policy control ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    Nokia's Steve Vogelsang on NFV – Part 3

    5|19|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Steve Vogelsang discusses the challenges of operational transformation and how Nokia helps its customers. Join Steve at the Big Communications Event in Austin the morning of May 24, on his keynote and optical networking panel.
    LRTV Interviews
    Level 3: Why UC Is In Demand

    5|17|16   |   04:12   |   (1) comment


    Andrew Edison, Level 3's senior VP of sales, EMEA region, talks about the drivers of growth in the unified communications services market.
    LRTV Custom TV
    ARM's OPNFV Action

    5|17|16   |     |   (0) comments


    At the ARM booth at MWC 2016, Joe Kidder and Bob Monkman speak to Light Reading about OPNFV and their upcoming action.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Nokia's Steve Vogelsang on NFV – Part 2

    5|16|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Steve Vogelsang gives advice to service providers on how to move to NFV. Join Steve at the Big Communications Event in Austin the morning of May 24, on his keynote and optical networking panel.
    Upcoming Live Events
    September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
    December 6-8, 2016,
    June 16-18, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    A new survey conducted by Heavy Reading and TM Forum shows that CSPs around the world see the move to digital operations as a necessary part of their overall virtualization strategies.
    Hot Topics
    DT: Telcos Must Escape Vendor Prison
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 5/24/2016
    AT&T to Start 5G 'Friendly' Trial by 2016 End
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 5/24/2016
    Cisco's Patel Hails 'Microculture' Successes
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 5/26/2016
    Cable Is Eyeing Its Retail Options
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/25/2016
    AT&T's Margaret Chiosi Retires
    Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 5/25/2016
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    In this latest installment of the CEO Chat series, Craig Labovitz, co-founder and CEO of Deepfield, sits down with Light Reading's Steve Saunders in Light Reading's New York City office to discuss how Deepfield fits in with the big data trend and more.
    Grant van Rooyen, president and CEO of Cologix, sits down with Steve Saunders, founder and CEO of Light Reading, in the vendor's New Jersey facility to offer an inside look at the company's success story and discuss the importance of security in the telecom industry.
    Animals with Phones
    Please Pass the Waterproof Phone Click Here
    Walruses: more tech-savvy than you might think.
    Live Digital Audio

    Our world has evolved through innovation from the Industrial Revolution of the 1740s to the information age, and it is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by technology. Technology is driving a paradigm shift in the way digital solutions deliver a connected world, changing the way we live, communicate and provide solutions. It can have a powerful impact on how we tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. In this radio show, Caroline Dowling, President of Communications Infrastructure & Enterprise Computing at Flex, will join Women in Comms Director Sarah Thomas to discuss the impact technology has on society and how it can be a game-changer across the globe; improving lives and creating a smarter world. Dowling, a Cork, Ireland, native and graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, will also discuss her experience managing an international team focused on innovation in an age of high-speed change.