Selecting The Ideal Mobile Operating System (OS) For Your Business

30 April 2014
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30 April 2014, Comments: 0

In today’s technologically advance business environment, choosing the right technology for your business can be a daunting task.  Therefore, when deciding which mobile operating system or platform is best for business, there are a number of considerations you’ll have to take into account… such as which handles email in the most efficient way, whether browsing is clear enough for online applications, and which platforms are best to carry out multiple functions. There are many different types of mobile phone operating system, and the speed with which the field changes means that the options available at one precise date aren’t necessarily the same choices a consumer will have 3 to 5 years from purchasing point. In general, the mobile space is dominated by two main categories. Brand-specific systems like BlackBerry OS, Windows Mobile, and Apple’s iOS work only on devices made for and owned by the system’s creator, or else on devices that have been specifically authorized to run the system. Open source platforms like Android and Linux, on the other hand, tend to be much freer and more flexible. We will get into the details of these Mobile Operating systems in the lower section.


The proprietary BlackBerry OS was one of the first types of mobile phone operating systems, and is the only system that will work on BlackBerry devices. Though it has adapted to include some media and entertainment features, it is designed primarily for business applications. Messaging, e-mail, and communication tools tend to be this system’s strengths, and it is often described as functional more than personal or appearance-driven.  Blackberry also offers messaging with a PIN, which literally saves on texting in the long run. This OS is a well-rounded Business Centric system.



Apple also uses a unique operating system, known as iOS, on its devices including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The system was designed and implemented by the company’s former president and chief executive officer, Steve Jobs. It is entirely closed-source, and Apple acts as the final decision maker when it comes to the sorts of software the platform will and will not support.  Most mobile applications, or “apps,” were originally designed for the iOS system, though, and Apple product owners often have some of the most robust choices when it comes to paid downloads and add-ons. With all these bells and whistles, Apple iOS is very E-Mail settings sensitive.  In other words, it will regularly stop receiving e-mails and sending out e-mails due to minor changes in the server settings which are not related directly to OS itself.


Windows Mobile

Windows Mobile, also known as Windows Phone, is the mobile phone version of Microsoft’s core operating system. It is easily compatible with many Windows programs such as Microsoft Office, and as a result it is a popular choice for business. Windows Mobile was originally designed for Microsoft’s line of Pocket PCs before being adapted for use in phones. The Microsoft operating system is usually seen as one of the most flexible in the closed-source family simply because it is available on several types of phones. Unlike the BlackBerry and Apple software that typically only come installed on phones also made by those brands, Microsoft sells its Windows OS to a number of different hardware manufacturers.  As such, many brands and styles of phone run it. Since Microsoft also dominates the business arena with its servers and business driven technologies, the Windows phone does not disappoint when it comes to reliability and collaboration throughout devices. This makes the Windows Mobile device extremely reliable in any given business environment.


Just after stepping into the smart phone and tablets market Android gained immense popularity due to its beautiful appearance and efficient working. Many new features were introduced which played a significant role in Android’s success. Google Play is an official app market which contains millions of different apps for android devices. Samsung, HTC, Motorola and many other top manufacturers are using Android in their devices. Currently Android is one of the top operating systems and is considered a serious threat for iPhone and even Windows Mobile as well.


In Conclusion

Mobile software development seems to change every few years, if not every few months. The physical technology fueling these shifts and evolutions necessarily adapts, as well. The general distinctions of “brand based” and “open source” are likely to remain the primary drivers of Mobile Operating Systems going forward, but what those systems will look like, how they will work, and what they will be capable of as time goes by remains to be seen. Therefore, picking the right Mobile Operating System for your business is essential to the longevity of your business in the technological spectrum.

Having this in mind, we have to take few things into consideration when looking into mobile solutions to improve business operations.  The business market differs from the consumer market in many ways. There’s the need for reliability and the need for availability of IT support in business applications.  The business market demands a rather more managed approach… an end-to-end managed environment where all elements of the service including devices, applications and servers can be managed and controlled to ensure the optimal business user experience.

Last but not least, we have to always look at the technologies we currently own. In some cases they are they for a reason. It can be anything from budgeting limitations to lack of space. But whatever the case is, we need to adapt to the bigger picture when it comes to Mobile.  For example, if your business is based on Windows technologies, it would be best to adapt the most compatible Mobile Operating systems which work well with Windows Technologies that you currently own.  In this specific scenario, Windows Mobile OS would be ideal to work with.  On the other hand, if your business is based on Linux technologies, you might want to look into Android OS, which is extremely flexible in any given environment and it’s absolutely Open-Source, which means it can be deployed on various devices.

Finally, from our in detail observation into various Mobile Operating Systems, Android is the clear winner due to the flexibility and the reliability point of perspective.  While Windows Mobile is an excellent choice for Windows Based Networks, Android absolutely exceeds Windows Mobile OS with reliability and flexibility as well.  This is directly due to the open source nature of the operating system, and the vast amount of development power around the world joining efforts to make the Google Android a truly Universal Mobile Platform for any type of a business environment.

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