With 81.5% of market share, Android continues to dominate in indisputable way the sector’s operating systems for phones and tablets. The domain is such that large systems of competition seem to stagnate hopelessly far to aim if you want to reach them, while new choices are forced to fight among them or the few miajas share remaining free.
But the history of the technological world is littered with fallen giants and lost thrones, reason why on Google they should be very attentive to new proposals that carry appearing since the year past, because you never know which of them could be that put the hard things in the future.
Tizen, the union of two giants
Once the meego OS definitely died by the end of 2011, from the ashes was born Tizen, a new adventure developed jointly by Intel and Samsung, and has arms like the lightness that is supposed to be based on HTML5 and its promise to be compatible with Android applications.
Although the first stable version of Tizen was released during the year 2012, putting in motion has since been marked by countless delays and rumors of cancellation. Even so, in 2014 Tizen became a reality as the operating system chosen by Samsung to several of their wearables, while that principles of this 2015 finally reached the hand of the Z1 Samsung phone market.
Tizen could be a dangerous rival if Samsung eventually committed to the
Tizen was born with the aspiration to be the operating system that govern all devices from Samsung, and the fact that he get it will depend to a large extent that Koreans dare to stake everything to the letter and give it the importance that it deserves. If so Google could happen it really bad with the abandonment of one of its major allies.
Ubuntu, breaking the schemes
In January 2013 Canonical decided to step forward and put squarely in the mobile telephony sector. Apparently, dominate the ecosystem of GNU/Linux distributions already wasn’t enough, and were launched to adapt Ubuntu to our smartphones with the promise of that year the convergence between phone and PC with a single operating system.
The months passed and the project was delayed, he spent the first year and Canonical had to see how a giant such as Microsoft It was added to the race for convergence and ahead of them with its new Windows 10. But Shuttleworth’s were strong and did not surrender, and in early February was presented the first Ubuntu Phone signed by BQ, which a month later joined the proposal of Meizu.
Ubuntu has achieved more in two months that Firefox Os in two years
Ubuntu has been slow in coming to mobile phones, but has made a very good start, leaving good sensations with its innovative interface based on scopes and webapps, and with some first high mid-range devices. You could say that in two months they have succeeded much more in two months than other projects like Firefox OS in two years.
Is, therefore, a risk for Android? Hard. Canonical is not a giant like Google and Microsoft, and its distribution It is not powerful enough in the sector of household PCs to pull its mobile version. Still presents a refreshing proposal giving you any opportunity, and step shows competition that mobile operating systems still have margin to evolve and reinvent themselves.
Sailfish OS, step by step
Sailfish part of MeeGo, and is developed in HTML5
From Finland, and also from the ashes of MeeGo, the Jolla company founded by former employees of Nokia presented at the end of 2012 the OS Saifish OS, HTML5-based and which also It would be able to use Android applications In addition to their own.
Since then, Jolla gone pasito a pasito with your operating system. In the year 2013 released its first mobile, a year later, begin to make compatible with some Android phones like the Nexus 4 OS Sailfish, and Crown that 2014 financing successfully its first Tablet at Indiegogo, where would return at the beginning of this year to finance a vitamin version of it.
Jolla they are not ambitious, and it seems that their greatest concern at the moment is doing things slowly and with good lyrics. And it is precisely because of this philosophy that, despite not jeopardize short-term or be doing both noise and the others, Google will be forced not to lose sight of the Finns for years.
Cyanogen OS, the rebel son
CyanogenMod has spent years being the most important ROM of the Android scene, and the last hope for those who want to keep up to date a mobile of which its own manufacturer wanted to forget. In the summer of 2013 CyanogenMod became Cyanogen Inc, a company that since then he has aspired to free Android weaned him high Google.
Cyanogen is the greatest danger for Google in the short term
But this Cyanogen needs allies, and seems to have found. Yesterday announced that he had achieved a funding round of $ 80 million with the participation of companies of the likes of Twitter, Telefónica or Rupert Murdoch, and this morning, we learned that he was already preparing the launch of the first mobile free Google Apps.
Based on own Android and be fully compatible with all your applications, OS Cyanogen is possibly the most dangerous for Google in the short term operating system. Although precisely for being a more of the same, no real innovations and having to wait for new versions of Android to present their own, in the long run could suffer.
What about Firefox OS, iOS, and Windows?
But clear, so these new alternatives have option of dispute nothing in Google, they first have to be able to overcome some of the operating systems that already have years settling in the market. These They also want to be part of the cake, Although their fates are still quite different.
Firefox OS is possibly the operating systems more difficult has it. It is not to be excessively veteran, but in two years carrying mobile phones in the market just has got to go beyond the lower ranges. This, with the arrival of new contenders, could leave sentenced to this HTML5-based system, although if something years characterized Mozilla is wearing for their patience with their projects.
iOS has spent years with a stable share, and possibly not be neither better nor worse
iOS has been enough years seated in a stable market of between 15 and 20 per cent share, so while Apple has lagged behind in the battle for the innovation, the logical thing is that its users to remain faithful to them, and we don’t see big changes in the amount of people who bet on them for years, or for better or for worse.
Windows Phone is one of the mobile with the most potential market operating systems, although it is being greatly burdened by their problems with applications, and the fact that Google follow playing dirty with them refusing to get Google Apps on its platform does not it seems to go to put things easier. In any case, with the output of 10 Windows will be key this summer, and with it we will see if he manages to climb positions or resigned to a secondary role.