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9 types of phone operating systems

9 types of phone operating systems

By  Steve Lowry 2018-08-17 24279 0

Mobile phone operating system is commonly applied in high-end smartphones.The overall market competition has already started to show a tendency of diversification because more companies are involved in. Let's talk about some main phone operating systems.
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Android, an open source mobile operating system, is developed by Google based on Linux platform. It includes operating system, user interface and application --- all the required software for mobile phone, and there is no any previous proprietary problem which impedes the  innovation of mobile industry.


Android OS


iPhone OS (iOS)


iOS (formerly iPhone OS) is a mobile operating system created and developed by Apple Inc. exclusively for its hardware. Originally unveiled on January 9, 2007 in the Macworld conference for the iPhone, iOS has been extended to support other Apple devices such as the iPod Touch, iPad and Apple TV.


iPhone OS


iOS and Apple's Mac OS X operating system, both belongs to the Unix-like operating system. Originally this system is called iPhone OS, since iPad, iPhone, iPod touch are powered on iPhone OS, it was announced to rename as iOS in 2010WWDC conference.


In iOS, there are four abstraction layers: the Core OS, Core Services, Media, and Cocoa Touch layers. The System operation occupies about 512MB of storage space. 


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Windows Mobile OS


Windows Mobile OS (abbreviated as WP) is a kind of mobile operating systems developed by Microsoft for smartphones and Pocket PCs. It integrate the Xbox Live game, Xbox Music under Microsoft and exceptional video experience into the phone.


Windows Mobile extends the familiar Windows desktop to portable devices, like PPC mobile phones, PDA, portable music player. It is just the "mobile version of Windows". There are three kinds of Windows Mobile operating system, namely, Windows Mobile Standard, Windows Mobile Professional, Windows Mobile Classic.




colorOS is an operating system created by OPPO Electronics (OPPO) of Guangdong, China, based on Google's operating system Android.




The major difference between Google Android and OPPO ColorOS is that the later includes some features unavailable in the former. Such features include: customizable gestures for screen off, screen on, communication, a security centre, lock screen magazines, options for long screen shot, eye protection changing to a warmer color temperature, FTP Server and others. ColorOS, in some respects, looks similar to iOS made by Apple. ColorOS was available for OnePlus smartphones from their forums page.



Flyme OS


Flyme OS is a customized mobile operating system developed by Meizu for smartphones based on the Android operating system. It allows easier navigation using only one physical button without on-screen navigation buttons.


Flyme OS


Flyme OS 4.0 was released in 2014, initially for the Meizu MX4. Later Flyme OS is available on non-Meizu devices for competing with Xiaomi. Eventually, it was officially released for devices from Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC.





OxygenOS is a customised version of Android operating system developed by Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus exclusively for their smartphones. Oxygen OS was developed for their overseas market. There is also another version of the OS designed specifically for the Chinese home market called the HydrogenOS.




Smartisan OS

Smartisan OS is an Android-based smartphone platform developed by Chinese company Smartisan, which was unveiled on March 27, 2013. It will compete with MIUI from Xiaomi and FlymeOS from Meizu in the Chinese cellphone market. 


Smartisan OS

Emotion UI

Emotion UI is an emotional operating system developed by Huawei based on Android. The original Me Widget integrates common functions, one step at a time; fast and convenient one-on-one desktop, reducing secondary menus; colorful and colorful themes, let you dazzle. Smart guidance at your fingertips, from the white state. Intimate voice assistant, instantly liberate your hands. Feel free to experience anytime, anywhere.


Emotion UI



MIUI is developed by Xiaomi, is a mobile operating system for smartphones and tablet computers based on the Google Android operating system. MIUI includes various features such as theming support. Xiaomi has released various smartphones, all of which come pre-installed with a complete version of MIUI. This includes various apps and features not available in the aftermarket version of MIUI.




Other than supporting their in-house smartphones and tablets, Xiaomi also offers MIUI to be flashed on other smartphone brands such as Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG, OnePlus and Nexus.



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