Well, we are now officially living in the early morning hours of the new age of Mobile platforms. The age of the true MOS, or Mobile Operating System. A transfer of our way of managing data on mobile devices, from simple little specialized tools, to a new and exciting system that is becoming harder and harder to distinguish from the full blown Operating Systems running on our Desktops, Laptops, Notebooks, Netbooks, and Servers. And with the advent of the touch-screen PCs and Notebooks, our way of interacting with these devices is becoming much more similar.
We have the birth of three exciting platforms. All of which have, interestingly enough, rejected the Windows Mobile Platform for their own proprietary MOSs. And each with their own benefits and appeals, as well as weaknesses.
These systems are known as OS X Touch, Android and BBOS. But where do each of these three fit into the new world of mobile tech? Let’s have a look at all three.
OS X Touch
The Firstborn of the modern MOSs. A direct port of the 8 year rising star of Apple Computer’s OS X. Based off of Darwin BSD UNIX, and known for it’s seamless integration with it’s personal computer counterpart.
The most well known. Compatible with the slimmest and most aesthetically pleasing devices. Backed by the perfectionist attitude and demands of Steve Jobs.
Slightly unstable. Closed Platform controlled by the whim of Steve Jobs.
Advice To Developers:
If this Platform is to survive it’s competition, it must stay one step ahead of the curve, in order to combat the name recognition that it’s competitors have at their disposal if their platforms become more widely known. In addition to this, it must become more flexible and open, in order to allow nimble movement in this complex world of data.
Google’s much anticipated Linux Based mobile platform. It is known at present as a novelty, due to it’s being developed by Goolge.
An Open Platform. Designed to be used with the much accepted QWERTY Physical Keyboard. I supported on a very affordable data plan.
Quite buggy as of right now. Available on a single, awkwardly-shaped device.
Keep up the good work Google and you will soon rule the MOS landscape as you do the Internet. This device appeals to the Internet crowd in a way only you know how to. All it needs is to have it’s kinks worked out, and become much more aesthetically pleasing. However, that has never been priority One with Google in the past.
BBOS (BlackBerry Operating System)
Having never used one, I can only say that it has two things going for it. The elegance of the OS X Touch interface, and the sheer name-recognition that comes with it being a BlackBerry.
I have no further comments to make on it at this current time, but I look forward to filling you in on more details in the coming days and weeks, as well as to your comments that may shed some more light on this new and exciting platform.
In short, the future of these devices will hing upon three things, Price, Elegance, and Openness. They must be affordable, attractive and elegant, and be Open Platforms in order to foster innovation and keep the platforms nimble in this new market.