This post will follow a bit of a different format in comparison with previous posts!
Years ago, most phones would run an individual OS, with most manufacturers having their own. This, apart from giving the manufacturer a lot more costs and work, meant that we had a lot of different mobile phone OS’s available, with different UI, features and options.
Now, we have more or less reached a point where we have less than 5 major operating softwares.
I understand there are a lot more than these 4, but none of the others are as large as these 4 in the UK anyway, with Blackberry sales decreasing rapidly in recent times.
With the increasingly frequent patent disputes, it looks as though one company is introducing a great feature with all other rival companies looking to make their own version ASAP. This is something that has been going on for years in F1, and although making each OS better in their own right, is incredibly disappointing from a creative and innovative viewpoint.
It seems as though any new feature now has to be patented and protected till the death by lawyers with each company preferring to find ways to copy technology without being sued as opposed to actually creating the next great thing and using resources more wisely !
I hope that the recently discussed ‘patent amnesty’ as such can be achieved and that the companies strive to constantly develop and innovate the next best tech and spend more time developing than in the courtroom !
I’d love to hear your views on the current Patent wars that are ongoing, and who you feel will prevail in the battle of the OS? JellyBean has been a hit so far for the very few devices that have received the update with iOS6 looking to be a massive hit in the Autumn. Windows Phone 8 is also thought to be releasing nearer the end of the year as well as a new range of Blackberry’s, I think Windows is looking like a dark horse and will hopefully gain a larger share of the market and help with the competitiveness of it all !
A quick reminder also that any of the previous posts I have made can be viewed by clicking any of the category buttons at the right hand side, or choosing a Tag in the Tag Cloud, this will bring up any articles I’ve Tagged under the Tag you have clicked! I understand this may be simple to some, but this is a great way to find some older articles without endless scrolling, or if you are looking for any subject matter in particular !!