There used to be simpler days when we used mobile phones only for calling and texting. Now the market is flooded with smartphones of all kinds. Mobile operating systems (OS) are the software that makes our laptops and computers run. Mobile OS has made it possible for smartphones to multitask and run various applications.

Although there are tons of mobile operating systems in the market, we are aware of only two or three, android and iOS being the most popular.

Here are the top mobile operating systems you should be aware of in 2021:

  1. iOS – One of the best in the market, iOS is developed by Apple Inc. and was originally released for the iPhone. The operating system was later extended to Apple’s other products like the iPad and the iPod Touch. The OS is based on direct manipulation, and various third-party apps are supported by it.
  2. Android – Google’s Android is the most widely used OS globally, with more than a billion devices active. A Linux kernel powers Android. It is an open-source software, unlike iOS.
  3. Windows – Developed by Microsoft, Windows is a graphical operating system. It was originally introduced for personal computers and professionals. Windows OS lets users do multiple things like view and store files, watch videos, play games and connect to the internet.
  4. Blackberry – A Canadian company Blackberry Limited developed Blackberry OS for its Blackberry line of smartphones. The OS supported multitasking and other special features like trackwheel, trackball, and recently trackpad and touchscreen. Blackberry OS has now been discontinued.
  5. Symbian – Symbian Limited developed the Symbian OS. A smartphone operating system, it was easy to operate and supported an interactive forum. This OS is written in C++ and was a descendent of Psion’s EPOC. Major smartphones like Samsung, Motorola, Sony Erikson and Nokia used this OS.
  6. Bada – Bada OS was developed by Samsung Electronics for its smartphones and tablet computers. Samsung’s Wave S8500 was launched with the Bada OS. However, later, Samsung smartphones adopted Android OS.
  7. Tizen – A Linux-based mobile operating system, Tizen is backed by the Linux Foundation but is developed by Samsung Electronics. It is an open-source software. The software is flexible and can be used on smartphones, wearables, TVs and other devices with screens.
  8. MeeGo – It is an open-source Linux-based OS for smartphones and tablets. MeeGo was developed initially by Nokia and Intel. It is built to run on various hardware platforms. MeeGo OS uses multiple user interfaces depending on the device it runs on.
  9. Sailfish – Again, a Linux-based OS, Sailfish is based on free software and open-source projects. The OS is being developed by a Finnish company named Jolla. It has tons of modern security functionalities, which are built for corporate and government technologies.
  10. KaiOS – It is a Linux-based mobile operating system for keypad feature phones. KaiOS was developed by KaiOS Technologies Limited, a Hongkong-based company. Written in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and C++, Mozilla Firefox used it.

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