Mobile operating system.
Mobile OS is also referred to as a Handheld Operating system. It is an operating system that controls mobile devices. Their principal is similar to operating systems like windows and Linux etc. These operating systems are a bit simpler than the desktop operating system and they deal with wireless devices, multimedia devices, and more similar technologies.
There are many challenges in mobile operating systems as new technology emerges every day and to cope with the user’s expectations. Open standards mostly loved worldwide.
Recently google announced a new mobile operating system named Android. This operating system Linux-based open source.
The main challenges for Mobile OS’es are to encorporte the following features:
Ø 24×7 connectivity between houses, vehicles, and base stations like WIFI spots.
Ø Interoperability of the device and applications.
Ø Coping up with the ever-changing mobile world.
Ø Behavioral tracking using GPS.
Ø Securely able to perform financial transactions such as Smartcards.
The most commonly found mobile operating systems are Windows Mobile, Palm Web OS, Symbian, Linux familiar,iPhone, and many more.
Let’s explore one of the New operating systems.
Windows Mobile 6.5: Microsoft has recently announced the new mobile operating system. It is actually the latest version of the Mobile OS. This operating system will directly challenge Android, the Mobile operating system by google.
Some of its features are:
Ø The OS resembles the touch controls.
Ø A grand new interface, the icons moved with a finger. The icons are in a “Honeycomb” design. The display is in a more ordered way.
Ø The phone in a lock mode can show time, upcoming appointments, and messages missed. (very similar to Android)
Ø The phone can access the Windows Market place. Windows marketplace will be available to only windows phones.
Ø Microsoft MYphone service available which allows you to take backups for contacts, documents, and photos, in case your phone is lost. This service is free and allows to the storage of 200 MB of data.
Ø It is also compatible with Windows 7 desktop operating system.