Android versions released by Google has been dominating the mobile market since quite some time. Though mobile manufacturers tweak it a little bit, its mostly like the original release which we can call “the traditional android”.But now we can see that the windows OS for phones has become quite popular impacting the dominance of android by a tiny little bit. But now, a user gets a whole lot of choices on the OS (other than windows or IOS or traditional android) that we could have had on our mobile phones. Here are a few that I came across :-
Jolla recently their phones running the Sailfish OS. The main motive of using sailfish was simplifying the users work by providing effortless, gesture-based controls, live multitasking and many other features. And being open source, it can be highly customized.
Sailfish OS is based on the Mer project and QT5 The UI is built using QML and QtQuick2 and wayland.Sailfish OS is claimed to run most of the android apps, though google play doesnaot come by default with the phone there are ways to get the apps and run them on the phone. The Jolla phones are only released in Europe as of now and hopefully will be released elsewhere. For any one who hasnt seen it yet here is Sailfish OS at work:
Jolla – A new beginning (Official)
Ubuntu Touch (Ubuntu for phones)
Ubuntu for phone is a fast and an amazing OS. It provides some features like edge swipes for navigation, Like the Ubuntu dash for PCs it has a favorites screen where the frequently used apps will be stored and also a powerful search to search any kind of content on the phone as well as on the web simultaneously. The user can also reply to Facebook, twitter , text or picture messages right from the notification screen. it has all the native and useful apps pre-installed and many more can be found from the Ubuntu software center (app store).
The Firefox OS for phones is the Mozilla’s Linux based opensource OS programmed using HTML5 and other web standards. being a community based project , it provides some very good features like the adaptive app search which is not present in the other OS.
Firefox debuted in the ZTE phones but s also available on alcatel one touch devices. All the usual standards apps like facebook, twitter,sporTV, SoundCloud, etc are preinstalled but lots of different apps can be downloaded from the marketplace.
Oppo released the CyanogenMod phones and got a go ahead from Google. So the end of 2013 saw the release of Oppo N1 with cyanogenMod in it which is a custom Android version.
This version is much more faster and provides features not present in the traditional Android. Those extra features included are native theme support or support for FLAC format. This Custom MOD has been installed more than 10 million times on android devices and now its officially released. The Oppo Phones also come with a legal version of the android market (google play).