Current Development of Emerging OSs for Smart Handheld Devices

Current Development of Emerging OSs for Smart Handheld Devices

MIC Taiwan, Date of Publication: Jul 26, 2013, 15 Pages

The smart handheld device market has been dominated by Android and iOS, with their collective market share topping 90%. While Windows Phone and BlackBerry are struggling to catch up, many vendors have launched emerging OSs to vie for the growing market. With unique business models and alliances, emerging OSs are posing a threat to the incumbents. This research profiles the development of emerging OSs, including Firefox OS, Tizen, Ubuntu Touch, and Sailfish OS.

List of Topics:

  • Development of the worldwide smart handheld device market and OSes adopted by major device vendors
  • Profiles of emerging OSes, such as Firefox OS, Tizen, Ubuntu Touch, and Sailfish, with their platform features, app ecosystem, app stores, and market releases included

Companies and organizations analyzed or mentioned in the report include:

Acer, America Moovil, Apple, Asus, BlackBerry, Canonical, China Unicom, Dell, DNA, Etisalat, Foxconn, Fujitsu, Geeksphone, Google, HTC, HP, Huawei, Hutchison Three Group, Intel, Jolla, KDDI, KT, Lenovo, LG, LiMo Foundation, Linux Foundation, MegaFon, MI, Microsoft, Mozilla, NEC, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Panasonic, Qtel, Qualcomm, Sailfish Alliance, Samsung, SingTel, SK Telecom, Smart, Sony, Sprint, ST-Ericsson, TCL, Telefonica, Telenor, Telstra, Tizen Association, TMN, VimpelCom, Vodafone, ZTE


1. Development of the Smart Handheld Device Market

1.1 Growing Interest in Low-cost Sector

1.2 Vendors Open to Various OS Options

2. Firefox OS

2.1 Platform Features

2.1.1 Open Source

2.1.2 Cross Device

2.1.3 Multiple Payment Options

2.2 App Ecosystem

2.3 App Stores

2.3.1 Web App Features

2.3.2 Firefox OS Apps

2.3.3 Firefox OS App Stores

2.4 Target Markets

2.5 Market Releases

2.5.1 Geeksphone

2.5.2 ZTE

2.5.3 LG, Sony

3. Tizen

3.1 Platform Features

3.2 App Ecosystem

3.3 App Stores

3.4 Market Releases

4. Ubuntu Touch

4.1 Platform Features

4.2 App Ecosystem

4.3 App Stores

5. Sailfish OS

5.1 Platform Features

5.2 APP Ecosystem

5.3 App Stores

5.4 Market Releases

6. Conclusions

6.1 Open Web OS Enables Device Differentiation

6.2 Samsung Bolsters Tizen to Cut Ties with Google

6.3 Mozilla, Canonical Earn Developers' Support for Open OS Communities


List of Tables

Table 1 OSs Adopted by Major Device Vendors

Table 2 Firefox OS Ecosystem

Table 3 Tizen OS Ecosystem

List of Figures

Figure 1 Firefox OS

Figure 2 Geeksphone's Firefox Demo Phones

Figure 3 ZTE Open

Figure 4 Tizen OS

Figure 5 Ubuntu Touch OS

Figure 6 Sailfish OS

Figure 7 Jolla's Sailfish-based Smartphone



Date of Publication:
Jul 26, 2013
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Number of Pages:
15 Pages