Different Software for Different Mobile Phones

By: Gary Parsons

There are several factors that attract us to one of the many mobile phones on the market - the way it looks, what it can do and most importantly how user friendly it is. Although the way in which we interact with our phones is high up on our checklist, we often don't realise that just because we are swapping over from a Sony Ericsson to a Nokia mobile, it doesn't mean that the software it uses is going to be all that different.

Symbian is one of the biggest and most popular operating systems with ownership shared across the different mobile phone manufacturers. Nokia owns the biggest overall share in the company at 47.9%, followed by Sony Ericsson and Ericsson with a combined share of 28.7%.

The S60 platform (formerly known as Series 60 User Interface) is also popular and used on some of the leading smart phones and based on the Symbian platform. This platform comes bundled with popular email, internet browsing and calendar applications and sets is apart from the many other Symbian variants.

S60 was first brought to the market at a high level with Nokia's 6600 phone, naming the platform 'S60 2nd Edition'. This naturally has progressed and we have seen the company introduce its 3rd edition; promising users a more secure user environment.

One of the other popular and widely used software platforms is Microsoft's Windows Mobile. Like Symbian, Windows Mobile is used across many devices and is often the platform of choice for lesser known manufacturers of cheap mobile phones. The benefits of this software is that it derives from the popular Windows operating system on many of our computers and access to applications such as Word and Excel are scaled down for users to continue viewing and editing files transferred or emailed to their phones.

Competing with Microsoft both on a computer and now mobile phone level is Apple. Their first mobile phone system to be introduced takes advantage of new technology offerings that enable users to access their phone without the use of physical keys. This has seen Apple's brand awareness increase and demand for it's phone is high.

What's obvious is that no matter what mobile phone you use, all operating systems are likely to share the same or a similar base. Whilst one changes, the other is likely to be developed - offering similar features and meaning that overall users and manufacturers alike can keep pushing their technology further whilst keeping standards inline with others.

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