A mobile operating system, also known as a mobile OS, a mobile platform, or a handheld operating system, is the operating system that controls a mobile device. (Mobile= capable of moving or being moved readily, something handheld)
It is the software platform on top of which other programs, called application programs, can run on mobile devices such as mobile phones, smartphones, PDAs, and handheld computers.
It has the same principle as to an operating system such as Windows, Mac OS, or Linux that controls a desktop computer or laptop.
Typical examples of devices running a mobile operating system are smartphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), tablet computers and information appliances.
Operating systems that can be found on smartphones include Nokia’s Symbian, Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS, RIM’s BlackBerry OS, Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Linux, Palm/HP’s WebOS, Samsung’s Bada, Nokia’s Maemo and Meego among many others.
Share of 2010 Q3 smartphone sales to end users by operating system, according to Gartner.
Dics: Information from WIkipedia.
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