Alternative operating systems for mobile devices

Without a doubt, Android has a greater advantage over iOS in terms of extending the functionality of mobile devices. Android has a host of apps that add more features to what the tablet phone can do by default. In addition, the installation of mobile applications provides third-party providers with easy access to users when they provide their services. For example, power applications provide daily real-time updates to users who read the news and weather reports using their mobile device. However, Android and Apple’s proprietary operating system are not the only firmware available to users.

Ubuntu for Android phones and tablets

The default Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean operating system on Android phones was developed from a Linux-based architecture. Although they work well according to the hardware specs, users who prefer an operating system similar to what they have on their desktops or laptops can get Ubuntu for mobile use. Versions 12.x or higher of this Linux distribution have been redesigned to work with touchscreens and work efficiently on portable electronic devices.

Ubuntu for Android works effectively on high-end multi-core phones and tablets. Users can open multiple tabs in browsers and open multiple applications at the same time. In addition, the tablet or smartphone can also handle two workspaces together, just like with a desktop computer. Through wireless updates, the firmware is updated to the latest version and allows more applications to run efficiently on your system. The software comes with default applications such as Ubuntu Music Player, Chromium web browser, Google Calendar, Thunderbird email client, Google Docs, VLC Player, Ubuntu Photo Gallery, PiTiVi, Gwibber, and the Android bookmark.

Symbian Belle for Nokia smartphones

Nokia has been a leader in the mobile industry. Most phone users probably started with a Nokia than any other brand. However, advances in mobile technology have shifted user preferences towards phones with operating systems for which developers can quickly create applications. This is the reason why Android took the lead from iOS in just a few years. This also means that Nokia must also change along with the trends.

In response, the company has developed Nokia Belle which is the latest firmware update for its smartphones running on Symbian S60, which include Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia E7, Nokia X7, Nokia E6 and Nokia 500. Owners of these units can upgrade to Belle through the desktop package or their network provider. After the update, the new operating system allows up to six home screens that can be customized with live and dynamic widgets. It has a drop-down task bar and improved applications for navigation, image editing, and web browsing. In general, the new user interface has characteristics similar to those of an Android phone.

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