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  1. 1. July 2013 Lawrence Lundy, Consultant, Information & Communication Technologies “50 Years of Growth, Innovation & Leadership” Mobile & Wireless Communication Exploring Mobile Operating Systems A Shortened ICT Beat
  2. 2. Exploring Mobile Operating Systems A Shortened ICT Beat © 2013 Frost & Sullivan Page 2 Our ICT Beats are reactive articles, taking in key industry developments as and when they occur. Browse through some of the current happenings in these shortened extracts. The Challengers: Disrupting The Mobile Operating System Duopoly With Android and iOS controlling over 90 percent of the smartphone operating system market, it is extremely difficult to even make a dent in the space; just look at Windows Phone. If a company of Microsoft’s size and resources is unable to disrupt this market even with the backing of leading device manufacturers such as Nokia, what chance does everybody else have? Well, with Mozilla launching Firefox OS in early July - and Sailfish and Ubuntu to follow later in 2013 – we are about to find out. The Web is the OS Firefox OS is the long awaited open-source operating system developed by Mozilla. Firefox OS uses completely open standards, with no proprietary software or technology. Whilst Android is already open-source, that is only insofar as the source code is available to developers, the code itself is native code meaning that it is specific to that platform. In the case of Mozilla, the code will be HTML, CSS and JavaScript, which is the underlying code for the web. From Mozilla’s perspective, the web is the operating system. Finland to China Sailfish developed by Jolla, a Finnish-based start-up, is a platform that comes from Nokia’s abandoned MeeGo project. Sailfish - like Firefox OS - is Linux-based and open source, and completely open to modification by carriers and OEMs. In terms of apps, Sailfish will be compatible with Android enabling customers to download applications directly from the Google Play store. The First Truly ‘Device Agnostic’ OS Ubuntu Touch OS is a variant of Ubuntu developed by Canonical for smartphones and tablets. Ubuntu Touch utilizes the same core technologies as the Ubuntu Desktop and therefore apps and even full sessions can seamlessly switch from a mobile to a desktop and vice versa. Ubuntu wants to be the first smartphone that’s also a full PC, the aim is to make a ‘device agnostic’ OS, in that it can run on any connected device - smart watch, smartphone, tablet, smart TV. Whilst both Mozilla and Jolla have stated that they would like to move into tablets, Canonical has a more developed roadmap for Ubuntu connected devices. Can Any Platform Achieve Global Relevance? So, will these challengers disrupt the mobile operating system duopoly? Mozilla, Sailfish and Ubuntu may struggle in mature markets, where iOS and Android are established both in terms of customers and developers. But it will be the emerging markets where we they are likely to see real gains.
  3. 3. We may well see Mozilla develop into a strong third place player on the back of global carrier support, overtaking Blackberry and Windows Phone in the process. Sailfish is well placed to see success in China, but it is difficult to see the platform becoming globally relevant based on its relative lack of support from developers, OEMs and carriers. As for Ubuntu, it is difficult to see it gaining mass support compared to Mozilla. However its unique “device agnostic platform” is a very interesting proposition, and may play well in other connected device categories. However this preposition is unlikely to enable the device to gain mass adoption, instead it will play well with early-adopters and security and cost- conscious enterprise. That being said, this battle is just for one, albeit important and lucrative, product category, the war to dominate all connected device categories and the whole spectrum of the ‘Internet of Things’, has just started. To gain access to the full ICT Beat, and more industry analysis contact: Lawrence Lundy Consultant Information & Communication Technologies Frost & Sullivan Telephone: +44 20 7343 8322, Email: Twitter: @lawrencelundy LinkedIN: Exploring Mobile Operating Systems A Shortened ICT Beat About Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the Global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organisation prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies? Contact Us: Start the discussion CONTACT US +44 (0) 20 7343 8383 • •