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Which emerging mobile OS is most likely to succeed?

0. phoneArena 03 Feb 2014, 03:18 posted on

While smartphone manufacturers are popping left and right nowadays, the same can't quite be said about the software running our pocket tech. As with the PC space, creating an operating system is an extremely laborious process, one that offers slim odds of success. Even today, our trusty computers are mostly limited to a choice between Windows and Mac, with Linux still being the strict domain of power users and beyond. The situation is not that much different in the smartphone world right now -- Android is dominating, while iOS has got its committed following and its second place. Windows Phone 8...

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posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:31 8

1. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 775; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Ubuntu Touch seems really resource-hungry, the first Sailfish OS device is overpriced, we know almost nothing about Tizen (although their minimum system requirement is juicy) and Firefox is almost an incomplete product.

Can't believe I'm saying this, but I'll go with Tizen

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:45 6

10. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


I'll go with tizen also. Just yesterday i was in a store upgrading my contract and a lady walked in wanting to by a new phone. the consultant asked would yoy like an android or windows phone, The lady replied, NO I WANT A SAMSUNG PHONE. This is not an isolated coincidence as there are many people out there who are obliviouse to what OS their phone runs on. Im not saying it will be as popular as android or IOS, what im saying is it will sell better than the new comers because of Samsung

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:28

16. aksa123 (Posts: 229; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Tizen is just like android and wp8 mixed together; no new experience.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:31

17. Finalflash (Posts: 1878; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, went with ubuntu because it should offer a near full linux experience which allows a lot of customization and allow running desktop applications maybe. Tizen is just not something that appeals to me because of their lack of any real value over current choices.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 05:19

21. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


In my opinion the sailfish and ubuntu will be good smartphone os because ubuntu is good looking and easy to use and sailfish is made my ex-members of nokia and have android app support........... Since i haven't seen anything about tizen os i will stuck to ubuntu and sailfish

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 10:01

39. tasior (Posts: 248; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


I think, the success of Tizen is strictly bond to the relation between Google and Samsung. For now it looks, like this relation is good eegain. That means no future or 'backup of android future' for Tizen.

As for me, I really hope, Sailfish will succeed. It looks, like there really are right guys, at the right place. They work on every detail, to make it convenient for everyday use. There may be steep learning curve, but once You learn the gestures, it looks great to use. I think, that right now it's a niche - people who want to learn gestures, but there was a time were touch screens were a niche. If people will see advantages of gestures, Sailfish may change the world.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 07:57 2

33. akki20892 (Posts: 3623; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


All are good, but let's wait for tizen release. I guess Ubuntu and Selfish are great os for high end. Both have great UI. And Firefox is great for budget range. And tizen is just for Samsung so i don't care about it.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 08:44

35. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


I voted for Ubuntu because as of right now, it's the only one I'd consider leaving Android for, but Tizen is the most likely to succeed because it's got potentially the deepest pockets behind it. That said Tizen could also be the ruination of Samsung, if they start pushing Tizen and focus less on their galaxy line, they may lose what's made them so rich in mobile.

PErsonally I don't get the need for Tizen, I guess they make more money because they can take home more ad revenue, but Android is a free OS, you dno't have to spend time doing R&D on your OS.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 09:02

37. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 775; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I guess it's their backup OS in case Android fails? I don't bother with the intention of companies, I just accept that it has happened

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:36 3

2. SleepingOz (unregistered)


My money is on Ubuntu Touch since we know almost nothing about Tizen atm..

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 16:17

43. bart7773 (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Oct 2009)


I think that Ubuntu is a very cool offering especially with convergence in mind. I'm a fan of the concept but I'm also concerned about adoption. Based on the voting polls, I was pleasantly surprised by the support Ubuntu is getting. On the other hand, what little we do know is that Tizen is that, based on what I've seen, very similar to Android. I would have to say that right now, I think Tizen has the best chance of being a "success" because of who is supporting it. Samsung has deep pockets and several years of success in this market. Additionally, they have been very good at marketing their brand and not Android. PURE speculation... I could see Sammy sliding Android out and Tizen into one of their handsets, even if it's an off-shoot. Something like Galaxy S5 is Android but a few months later there is a Galaxy S5.1 that runs Tizen.

With that said though, I hope all of these OS's do well and keep pushing innovation.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:36

3. reckless562 (Posts: 987; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


ppl know about firefox at least.....

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 10:03

40. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


That's why I voted for it. I'm hoping for Ubuntu, but Firefox is practically a household name.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:38

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Neither will succeed.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:38 5

5. snowgator (Posts: 3276; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I voted Tizen. Samsung's deep pockets and Intel working with them = best chance.

But that is all relative. I am not sure what any of them bring to the market so amazingly different they would pose a threat.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:32 1

18. Finalflash (Posts: 1878; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Maybe, but I have seen Samsung OSes now and in the past and they aren't exactly inspirational. Intel can't really do anything much for software though so I am not exactly expecting them to be the killer feature maker in that group.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:39 5

6. srk_srinivas (Posts: 21; Member since: 27 Dec 2010)


Tizen because of mighty samsung...

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:42 2

7. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Although I want Ubuntu Touch to be the most successful, let's face it, Samsung and Intel have a ton of cash and industry presence.. So I'm gonna go with Tizen to be the one most likely to succeed.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:43

8. NotAGeek (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


What about China Operating System?

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:44

9. hmd74 (Posts: 382; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Do these run Android apps? So what's the deffrence between Android and these?!?

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:48 3

12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Dude, we're talking about the future.. Look past Android.. Not to say that Android won't be a strong player in the future, but circumstances will be less dependent on what current leaders are doing, and have to offer... Times will change.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:06 1

13. hmd74 (Posts: 382; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


No i'm just talking about apps... And i think if an OS can run applications from another OS, there's no deffrence between them!
For example Amazon could say Kindle devices use Kindle OS but the OS can run Android apps!

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:34 1

19. Finalflash (Posts: 1878; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


They can emulate Android apps but there is always a performance hit and some instability with that. Some will have more unique navigation and such with more gestures maybe and what not. Most will be about the same and will only have a niche following when released.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 03:45 1

11. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Probably Tizen for obvious reasons...
This is the most logical bet.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:13

14. m_sam7 (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


if sailfish get well promoted then it will be on top for sure..

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:18 1

15. Genersis (Posts: 203; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Hmmm, I think it's between Tizen and Sailfish...
I guess I see Sailfish doing well if it can differentiate itself from Android more than Tizen,
Unfortunately they don't have the backing to make too many mistakes...

So I'll go with Sailfish; they have more potential to succeed.
But Tizen does have less chance of dying off considering the companies supporting it.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:44 1

20. nicholassss (Posts: 355; Member since: 10 May 2012)


I'm most interested in Ubuntu touch, but the financial resources Samsung and Intel Tizen probably has the best shot.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 05:25

22. Burtalmighty (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


I've gone Ubuntu Touch as Ubuntu already have experience with their desktop OS. Firefoxs mobile OS might get somewhere, we've seen a browser evolve into an OS before (Chrome OS) but I don't think Sailfish or Tizen will get far. Especially Tizen. I'm sorry, I know a lot of people think it's going to be a strong contender... But look at its roots... Samsung are making it, and that's what worries me. They once made Bada, and I know from experience that it was its name minus the second 'a'.
Just my opinion guys.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 05:25

23. bakarock (Posts: 52; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)


can't decide between ubuntu touch and sailfish OS.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 05:26

24. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 254; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


at least I know that Ubuntu will have the support of the linux user community, which is not small...
Personally I would pay for a device that would give me the openness of the Nokia N900, so I would go with Ubuntu

Sailfish had a really bad start; considering their outdated specs and high price tag, I think they will be acquired by a big name

Tizen will just disappear like Bada

Firefox, a half baked OS

I wish Meego was a part of Nokia's strategy, I believe we would have been somewhere else by now...

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 05:36 1

25. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Ubuntu, the Ubuntu UI is just awesome.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 05:42 1

26. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1276; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I just can't pick any of those choices. I can't even pick Apple over Android.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 06:02

27. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 429; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Ubuntu Touch is the most interesting so far but Samsung has way more industry presence and money to spend on promoting Tizen. There's no way any of these will pull ahead unless a larger company aquires them

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 06:03

28. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


How about LG's WebOS???

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 06:43 1

29. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


It´s funny to see that on smartphones, positions has changed, windows is first in pc market and third in smartphones, while linux is doing the oposite way(going from third to first) and of course we have apple that stays in second all the time(what I think it is exactly what they want)

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 07:11

30. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Tizen for the simple reason that it has the blessings of many top tier carriers around the world. Html5 and hardware oem is a bonus on top

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 07:40

31. BillyBoy (Posts: 26; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


None, maybe the 5th, WebOS, will resurrect some day.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 07:50 1

32. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 116; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


I don't know if Tizen, Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish or Mozilla because each OS have some pros and cons.

Samsung is already giving us the hint about the Tizen on how it actually work and I think this OS might be the Android next enemy.

Ubuntu Touch is great, it have some great aspects and I like the design of their home screen but the only thing is they don't advertise unlike Samsung who have too much money to advertise.

Sailfish OS which have a bad pricing strategy, I don't really like what Jolla did on the price of the phone because if they want to have an impact in the market they must price it lower.

The last thing is Firefox OS which is the opposite on what I said on SailFish OS, I like what Mozilla did coz they are totally want to target the lower price margin to have some impact.

But most of all we need to wait and see on what will happen in each Smartphone Operating System, But what I pick is the Tizen OS even though that I hate Samsung. I liked it coz they partnered with Intel and most great companies.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 08:32

34. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1020; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


finance wise tizen no joke

on the other hands with sailfish you get android app compatibility the developers are like your if you go on meamo.org and if they play it right they can get enough support and sucess if lucky nokia can buy them off and fund them and then they'll be a force to be reckoned with !

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 08:45

36. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Though they are pretty cool, neither Ubuntu Touch nor Sailfish have the backing to become mainstream. Firefox is just not as finished as the others, and will only survive in the low-end market if it survives at all. Tizen has the backing to do better, and seems to have a more appealing product with potential at both ends of the market... though I have to admit that it doesn't seem super-original, but it seems to have features that people will probably like.

I want to see what Tizen will do. They could bump BlackBerry for 4th place. I vote Tizen.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 09:53

38. plantman60 (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


WebOS is still better than any of these, to be honest.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 11:07

41. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Personally I think out of these 4 choices Tizen has a really good chance at succeeding. I am not saying it's the best out the group, but Samsung has the money/resources to market it. They're the top Android vendor, and helped get the Android OS to where it is whilst competing with iOS. I'd really like to see Ubuntu Touch become more refined.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 13:04

42. ausnote2 (Posts: 84; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


the first os that gives me true desktop web browser experience on mobile gets my money. So too early to pick a winner, looks like tizen though

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 20:12

44. a_tumiwa (Posts: 295; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Where is COS??http://www.phonearena.com/news/China-launches-its-own-Linux-based-mobile-OS_id51526

just kidding :p

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 22:06

45. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 158; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


Here's my choce: 1. Sailfish. 2. FireFox. 3. Ubuntu Touch. 4. Tizen. In that order.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 13:00

46. magnum44 (unregistered)


Sailfish because I own a Nokia N9

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