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TIZEN to Rival Android and iOS

TIZEN LOGO

2013 has been a very successful and a special year for smart phone market. For the first time in smart phone history, worldwide shipments surpassed the 1 billion mark for the first time. When looking at the reports released by IDC (International Data Corporation), it can be seen that Android and iOS has contributed 95.7% of these shipments. Android has had a market share of 78.1% of the smart phones, while iOS has had 17.6% of the market chare at the end of the year 2013.

When looking at the year by year pattern, it is quite evident that trend is an upward and with more and more innovations and R&D, the trend would definitely be a positive one for smart phones.

This might be the reason why a global collaboration of tech firms have started developing a new smart phone OS to rival Android and iOS. The new OS has been given the name ‘TIZEN’. Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo has announced that new OS will be launched in the next few months. Rumors say that the OS will be available in some mobile phones which are expected be released after end of March 2014. It was reported that Samsung has had a dedicated booth for TIZEN OS powered Samsung devices at the Mobile World Congress 2014, Barcelona, Spain.

TIZEN Report

TIZEN Version of Brand New Samsung Galaxy S5 Was Seen At the World Mobile Congress 2014, Barcelona, Spain

Though TIZEN has the backing of a strong collaboration of tech firms – Intel, Fujitsu, Samsung, LG, HUAWEI, Vodafone and Orange, will it be possible to challenge Android’s dominance and iOS’s quality? Only time will tell.

One would argue, TIZEN being an open source platform and can be developed freely by anyone around the world, there is a huge chance that it would bring up more innovations than Android and iOS. And on the other hand, Chinese government has already banned a few Google products. That has brought down the relevance of Android vastly in world’s biggest smart phone market. Hence, TIZEN has a huge opportunity in China. Another plus point for TIZEN would be the expected planned mobile network charing between NTT Docomo, China Mobile and KT, with the idea of internationalize their businesses and stimulate the Asian market. All 3 countries in this collaboration support TIZEN and there is every chance that these 3 huge operators would use TIZEN as a business promotional media.

TIZEN_Association

Tizen Association is steered by a Board of Directors including representation from up to 10 companies.

The promotion strategy used by TIZEN Association would be very critical, since Blackberry and Windows Mobile OS, which were the number 3 and 4 in the IDC list, are also very strong and viable Oss with the backing of strong R&D teams and tech giants. But there is something wrong with these two Oss, because they did not make the expected revolution.

Only time would tell the fate of TIZEN. Looking at the trends, it is hard to believe Android or iOS would lose their market shares as TIZEN would like.

For further information about TIZEN, please visit,

https://www.tizen.org/

https://www.tizenassociation.org/

Reference : Telecom Review Asia Pacific

Android Continues to Dominate World Smartphone Operating Systems Market

In one of my previous blog posts I wrote about the negative effect Windows 8 operating system had on the sales of personal computers. But it has lifted the sales of Nokia smart phones for sure. It is evident from the latest report released by International Data Corporation (IDC). But the question is how long will it take for Windows RT to break the dominance of Google’s Android operating system. When looking at the stats, I feel like Nokia would never go back to its golden old days where they dominated the mobile phone market. In 2007 Nokia dominated the world smart phone market. In the third quarter of 2007, Nokia’s market share was 48.7 percent. By the third quarter of 2012 the company’s market share had slipped to just 3.5 percent.

According to the IDC, vendors shipped a total of 236.4 million smart phones in 2Q13. The quantity has gone up from 51.3% when considering 156.2 million units shipped in 2Q12. Second quarter shipments grew 9.3% when compared to the 216.3 million units shipped in 1Q13. Despite the rise of Nokia’s smart phone sales there is another notable decline. That is the decline of market share of iOS.

Despite the drop Ramon Llamas, Research Manager with IDC’s Mobile Phone team stated “Without a new product launch since the debut of the iPhone 5 nearly a year ago, Apple’s market share was vulnerable to product launches from the competition. But with a new iPhone and revamped iOS coming out later this year, Apple is well-positioned to re-capture market share.”

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Leaked image of the so-called low cost Apple iPhone – iPhone 5C

These days a rumor is going around about a low cost Apple iPhone. According to the rumor the low cost phone will be named as ‘iPhone 5C’. If such a phone would be released, then Apple would be able to catch a fare percentage of market share in all over the world. A big reason for Android’s success is the availability of Android smart phones for very low prices. The best example I can mention from Sri Lankan smart phone market is the success of ‘Dialog i43’ (~$135) and ‘Dialog i35’ (~$70), two smart phones introduced by Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka.

Top Smartphone Operating Systems, Shipments, and Market Share, 2013 Q3 (Units in Millions)

Operating System

2Q13 Unit Shipments

2Q12 Unit Shipments

Year-over-Year Change

Android

187.4

108

73.50%

iOS

31.2

26

20.00%

Windows Phone

8.7

4.9

77.60%

BlackBerry OS

6.8

7.7

-11.70%

Linux

1.8

2.8

-35.70%

Symbian

0.5

6.5

-92.30%

Others

N/A

0.3

-100.00%

Total

236.4

156.2

51.30%

Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, August 7, 2013

FireFox OS: Will It be the Next Revolution..

Firefox OS

Firefox OS

 “I have a FireFox phone”. Don’t be surprised if you may hear someone telling like this in next few months. Firefox brand is not only a web browser any more. Mozila released their open source operating system on 2nd of April 2013 named as “Firefox OS”. It is being developed by Mozilla, targeting the Smartphones and Tablets with open standards with several approaches such as HTML5 applications, JavaScript, a robust privilege model, open web APIs to communicate directly with cellphone hardware, and application marketplace.

“Boot to Gecko” (Project B2G) was the initial project started in 2011 by Dr. Andreas Gal, Director of Research at Mozilla Corporation to build a complete, standalone operating system for the open web to design new APIs to use the OS capabilities and device with a privilege model. But in 2012 Andreas Gal expanded the Mozila focus and introduced the Firefox OS and commented “We use completely open standards and there’s no proprietary software or technology involved”. Firefox OS software stack is entirely HTML5.  The whole point is to show off what a phone can do with web standards, so that’s not surprising, but it’s an interesting sales proposition for a company looking to compete with heavily entrenched app-based ecosystems.

Firefox OS Layers

Firefox OS Layers

 After launching Firefox OS in Europe Firefox OS has now landed in Latin America. Telefonica’s local brands in Colombia and Venezuela started selling two Firefox OS phones which Alcatel OneTouch Fire and ZTE Open. Firefox have also announced that LG Electronics, ZTE, Huawei and TCL Corporation have committed to making Firefox OS devices. Firefox OS is compatible with a number of devices, including Otoro, PandaBoard, Emulator (ARM and x86), Desktop, Nexus S, Nexus S 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Nexus. Analysts forecasts that Firefox OS would account for 1% of the global smartphone market in 2013.

Firefox OS

Firefox OS

Key Features in Firefox OS

  • Each application written in Firefox OS is a web page therefore it reduce the app size and enhance the hardware for better performance.
  • Simple to crate and work on for the developers. To program in Firefox OS it needs only HTML5 and JavaScript.
  • Compatible with flash player, which overcame a main drawback in some android versions.
  • Provide full access to device features including the hardware parts and program files itself.

Can Firefox OS beat Android giant and launch the next step of the Smartphone industry…. We can see it in near future.