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Poll results: Which emerging mobile OS is most likely to succeed?

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Poll results: Which emerging mobile OS is most likely to succeed?
Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish, Tizen, and Firefox OS – they're all out there, all alive, all kicking, and all hungry for market share. But which one of them has the highest odds of succeeding given today's market reality? That's what we asked you in our latest poll, and from the looks of it, Ubuntu touch is our readers' favorite. Canonical's mobile OS got 39% of all votes, which bodes well for the OS's future despite the bumps that it hit along the way. We just hope that we'll see an actual Ubuntu Touch phone before it is too late. 

Sailfish OS, brought to us by the ex-Nokians at Jolla, came in second with almost a quarter of our readers' votes. The first (and only, as of this writing) phone to run the system is already on sale in parts of the world, and even though it doesn't come cheap, it has been selling well. Or at least that's what its maker is saying.

Moving further down the chart, Samsung's Tizen OS ended up in third place, having collected 23% of all votes. The system, being backed up by a number of well-established tech companies, does have a chance of making an impact eventually, but on the other hand, carriers seem to be losing interest in the new platform.

Firefox OS got only 14% of our readers' votes – a poor and unexpected result for a platform that's already commercially available as it is running on a handful of smartphones. But then again, we've had the chance to play with a Firefox OS smartphone and it didn't have anything to impress with.

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Which emerging mobile OS is most likely to succeed?
39.12%
1072 votes
(1072 votes) Ubuntu Touch
23.83%
653 votes
(653 votes) Sailfish
23.18%
635 votes
(635 votes) Tizen
13.87%
380 votes
(380 votes) Firefox

2740 votes

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posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:20

1. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 194; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Where's OpenWebOS?

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:41 1

8. akki20892 (Posts: 3614; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


we think firefox os will not emerge, but don't that because this os will powered Budget Phones. and we know budget phones sell well around world.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:22 2

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3165; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I voted for Sailfish since it's so beautiful and I love gesture based OSes!

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 09:14 1

14. ihavenoname (Posts: 1493; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Yeah, matching hardware, optimization, bug fixing, I wouldn't mind trying.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:22 7

3. LikeMyself (Posts: 294; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Tizen is a joke!I hate how Samsung will make people confuse how the interface of Android TouchWiz is the same as crap Tizen thinking that Tizen is android for average people!
I wish you all bad luck Tizen!

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:43 3

9. akki20892 (Posts: 3614; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


You are a great wisher. LOL

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:43 6

10. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Looking at the results it looks like near everyone missed the point of this poll. The results seem to indicate that people ended up voting for whichever one that they are a fan of...

No one seemed to look at this from an objective angle and would acknowledge that Samsung and Intel can and would stomp any other OS on that poll out of existence if they so chose. The average person wouldn't know or even care about how hipster different other Linux distros are.

If Tizen were to die off it would have to be because Google made a deal with Samsung to kill it off, and NOT because it never had the potential. But I didn't see anyone here making that connection. So many fanboys.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:02 1

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


^^^This. The combined marketing dollars between Samsung & Intel alone would ensure that the others wouldn't stand a chance. +1

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 16:28

23. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1005; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


yeah but besides the fact that carriers aren't showing interest it's taking too long to come out
does it have anything new to offer why would anyone wanna get it when they already have galaxy phones and tizen doesn't offer much new

the only way is by confusing people !

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 09:03 1

13. Jason2k13 (Posts: 657; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


why would the average person care if its touchwiz or not, as long as it works out for them? and why would people get confused when its clearly gonna be marketed as "Tizen".

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:44 5

22. keari (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Jul 2013)


Samsung will continue to produce Touchwiz as long as consumers like me are out there. We love that skin and those S-stuff

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:25

4. papss (unregistered)


Ha! I picked foxfire but I may have been a small percentage

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:31

5. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


The real threat for the big three phone systems is definitely ubuntu touch he's gonna be a big sold out believe me

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:38 1

6. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Ubuntu Touch is the only one that seems like a real evolution of Mobile Operating Systems. Firefox just seems like it's there just for the sake of it. Sailfish is cool but not that much different than Android. Tizen is going to be closed sourced and Samsung is horrible at UI so it will fall and crash. Windows 9 vs Ubuntu Touch ;). no more iToys

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:07

17. shuaibhere (Posts: 1657; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Ubuntu touch is best of the bunch...but it isnot going to stand a chance against Big two...samsung and Intel...i'll bet on Tizen...even though i prefer ubuntu..

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:09 2

18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Comments like this are exactly why I think most of the people on this site are idiots.

"Tizen is going to be closed sourced and Samsung is horrible at UI so it will fall and crash."

If Samsung's UI being so horrible is the reason Tizen will fail & crash, then why are the S4 & S3 the highest selling Android phones of all-time? Clearly, someone likes them. Get your head out of your fanboy *ss & try taking a more objective look at the facts.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:26

19. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Coming from someone who had a galaxy s3, touchwiz made a phone with great specs, lag from screen to screen. Things were poorly done on the software side.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:55 2

20. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


That's perfectly fine if that was your experience, but my point still stands. People obviously like Galaxy phones. Each one has sold more than its predecessor. That's obvious evidence that most people have no problem with Samsung's UI...or if they do, it's not a big enough problem to prevent them from buying.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 10:59 1

21. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Good to hear from you every once in a while Christian!!

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:40

7. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 772; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I think we should judge based on which company is more popular, not which one we prefer. The company's popularity is what ultimately decides which OS is likely to succeed

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:44 2

11. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Android was nothing, google came in and brought it. The OS that replaces Current Operating Systems will be the one that wins. I think the next successful OS must be a unified OS that at least has different versions for PC/Phone/Tablet/TV Only Windows and Ubuntu has such plans in the future. Android will never ever be used on Personal Computers even Google agrees (reason they have Chrome OS). IOS also is limited to mobile as Apple want apps for IOS and OSX to be seperate for whatever reason (might change but not their plan right now).

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 09:37

15. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 772; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Google was pretty popular when Android was bought, hence why Android got so popular

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:58

12. tokuzumi (Posts: 332; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Ubuntu will probably fare the best, due to their desktop popularity. And from what I've seen, it has a fairly slick interface. Tizen will probably end up in second place, due to Sammy's extensive market reach, but will not do much in the US. Firefox and Sailfish will probably only do well in certain emerging markets.

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