Mobile technology: Popular operating systems you should know about

What makes a phone work? How is it possible to move virtual objects, talk to your mobile and even play games on your mobile? The answer is simple- operating systems. You don’t even have to be very keen to notice the different interfaces between various smartphones. A common example would be the iPhone and other android phones. However, there are a few others out there too. As a mobile phone user, it is important to be aware of some popular operating systems so that you can know what works best for you.


Created by Apple, the iOS is among the most popular mobile operating systems in the world today. It is characterized with class and prestige when it comes to smartphones.

This OS is only found in the iPhone and other Apple’s devices. It’s not that they are selfish, it’s just business. As a matter of fact, this limited sharing is what has made the iOS thrive today, being considered as a luxury OS more than just a commercial OS. Furthermore, the iOS is not that difficult to use. It has a fairly understandable interface that is easy to adapt to and manoeuvre around. Unfortunately, the iOS is not compatible with most software from its competitors.


The android is also a popular mobile OS. In fact, it could even be more widespread across the globe than any other OS ever made. The android was created to suit almost anyone in society. Take a look around. Android smartphones have the largest price ranges out there. It’s easy to get a cheap android phone and yet again a pricey one too. You could call it the “budget” OS. Moreover, the android comes with one of the easiest user interfaces ever. If you are thinking of getting your aged parents a smartphone, then it definitely has to be an android phone. Android is very easy and fun to use, making it simple for the elderly to learn. The issue with android is that it’s over-fragmented whereby it comes in too many versions that are not that necessary.


Just as the name sounds, this is one powerful OS that has really stood the test of time. The Blackberry has a very unique user-interface. One thing you’ll like about the Blackberry OS is the BlackBerry world that introduces you to limitless applications that you might not find in any other OS. Additionally, Blackberry smartphones are also associated with prestige with most of them being costly to acquire. Therefore, if you want an OS for your corporate affairs this is it, thanks to Blackberry’s Enterprise server. Although it’s not as easy to use like android, it doesn’t take long for you to get the hang of it.


Not only has Microsoft’s Windows dominated the PC World; the impact of this famous OS has also been felt in the smartphone industry as well.  When it comes to the Windows OS, you should expect a more futuristic and retro-look when it comes to the user interface. Additionally, you’ll get to enjoy its beautiful animations and strong in-built resistance to viruses. Apart from that, you will also experience the unmatched speeds of internet explorer even from your smartphone. Fact is that this OS is not as user-friendly as the android or iOS. Windows is a bit tiled and will feel strange for the first time, especially if you are used to other operating systems. However, it won’t take long for you to get used to it.

Top reasons IOS beats Android

Smartphone users are always in constant competition about the two biggest names in mobile phone operating systems, Android and iOS. For those who have used previous models of iphone and likely have had an iPhone as their first smartphone, let us look at top reasons why they would never consider switching to android.

Selling your phone

When you want to sell your phone in order to upgrade to a better phone, you will notice that the iPhone doesn’t depreciate as fast as android phones and will therefore fetch a better price. Good news when thinking of getting the latest iphone model.

User friendliness

When you consider how long it takes to understand and familiarize yourself with the iOS, the rate is considerably faster when compared to understanding the android operating system.

Headphones control

With the iphone headset, you have access to more controls such as play, pause, skip back, as well as volume up and down buttons. Most of these are not found with android headphones. However, some headphones may contain these features.

Unnecessary Apps

Android phones come with stock applications that you cannot uninstall and there are those that you’d probably never use. They end up consuming storage space and even some RAM. This is not the case with iOS. While it comes with apps that are useful, you can uninstall them and download only the ones you need.

Apple store customer support

When it comes to finding solutions and assistance when dealing with your phone issues, or whether you want to make a replacement, apple customer support are a step ahead of android. You will find most of the help you need in apple store and can even get a replacement outside your warranty at a cheaper price than getting one out of contract.

Storage management

Android phones often require you to add a micro card to boost your storage. While there is nothing wrong with this, you cannot download some apps such as whatsapp on your micro sd card. With an iPhone, you can choose a phone with a bigger storage space and although this will cost more, it will ensure that all your apps are stored in the phone for better use.

Notification management.

IOS notification management is far superior to android. While android makes it easy for you to clear and delete notifications, you can easily alter the settings if you do so in a rush. IOS allows you to quickly access your notifications without the need to worry about hastily making any changes to the settings.

Apps updates

When you consider the speed at which updates are delivered, iphone users are at an advantage when compared to android. Iphone delivers quick and regular updates regardless of the model. In contrast some updates may take months to be available to android users.

File sharing

When using different devices to share files and data and they use iOS such as Mac, iPhone and iPad, the process is far easier than when file sharing and synchronization between say an android device and windows. The data interchange process is simplified in iOS. iPhone apps are also better looking and simpler to use than android apps.