Till now we have been going through the conflicts between Android and iOS, the patent tiffs, the mapping wars, feature and service comparisons. Microsoft and Blackberry are also gearing up to make a mark in the mobile ecosystem. The picture is going to get even more complex with few other mobile platforms ready to join the league. Here is a list of few upcoming mobile OS that have the potential to change the whole mobile equation as they have something different to offer and have sound backing from its promoters and device manufacturers. So be ready to have some fresh, out of the box mobile devices based on these mobile platforms in 2013.
1. FIREFOX OS
The platform is built on Mozilla’s “Boot to Gecko project” is a true open source Mobile OS built entirely to open web standards(W3C), where all of the device’s capabilities can be developed and accessed as and via HTML5 applications. The platform is optimized for entry-level smart-phones and does not include any unnecessary middle-ware layers.
It is a true open source platform in which even the underlying capabilities of a phone such as hardware acceleration, calling, messaging, games and more.can be accesses via HTML5.
The open FireFox OS has already managed to attain a lot of backing from the industry leading operators like Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Telenor as an exciting new entrant to the smart-phone marketplace. Device manufacturers like TCL Communication Technology (under the Alcatel One Touch brand) and ZTE have also announced their intentions to manufacture devices featuring the new Firefox OS, using Snapdragon™ processors from Qualcomm.
Aliyun is a Linux based Mobile OS developed by AliCloud a subsidiary of Alibaba, the world’s largest online business-to-business trading platform for small businesses.
Aliyun it aims to bring cloud functionality to mobile devices where apps need not be downloaded but used as a service. It has a great potential to replace Android in China atleast, as it provides better services in terms of maps, gmail and searches inChina as compared to Google and would be a good alternative to costly iOS based devices.
Aliyun already has production support from Tianyu Communication Equipment Co and Haier and 3 more vendors are likely to extend support by end of the year 2012.
Tizen is a free and open source Mobile Operating system based on Linux. Tizen’s software framework for third-party developers is based on web standards such as HTML5 and web technologies WAC and other and will be designed for use in tablets, netbooks, smartphones, smart TV, and in-vehicle infotainment systems.
It is based on web standards like HTML5 and Web technologies like WAC
It has the backing of Linux foundation with development is led by companies gathered around Tizen Association, which is a not-for-profit consortium steered by a Board of Directors composed of Huawei, Intel, NEC, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Panasonic, Samsung, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telefónica and Vodafone. There are rumours that Samsung is planning a version of Galaxy S3 phone based on Tizen instead of Android. Tizen 2.0 is now available as an alpha release with an accompanying Software Development Kit (SDK),
4. JOLLA OS
Jolla OS is a Linux-based mobile operating system developed by Jolla. Jolla OS is built on top of the Mer operating system core, an in-house user interface, HTML5, QML and Qt.
Jolla OS has a proprietary user interface developed by Jolla that will set it apart from the other available mobile OS and it has the capability to run android apps in addition to HTML5 and Qt applications made possible through Application Compatibility Layer (ACL).
Jolla has plans to come out with smart-phones based on Jolla OS by the end of this year or early next year.
5. OPEN WEBOS
Open WebOS is a mobile operating system based on a Linux kernel, it was open sourced recently by HP. It is a platform built on open standards featuring touch-optimized user experience that works for small and large devices. It is designed for the web with a vision of web standards for creating apps.
Developers still believed that WebOS handles multi-tasking significantly better than any other embedded OS and Card view of system running multiple applications is much more intuitive than anything available as of date. Some people believe that WebOS died an early death and HP has done full justice to it by Open Sourcing it as it still has the potential to stand out and power devices.
No products planned with the Open webOS as of now but I am sure we might see devices running on Open webOS in time to come.