Choosing the Right Operating System for Your Mobile Phone

Ready to change your smartphone? How would you decide your next? Scratch deeper than just looks and get a closer look at the Operating Systems. Your mobile's OS is, after all, the heart of the machine. So let's take a look at what's humming under the bonnet!

1. Android OS 

Android seems like the best operating system in the world if you go by numbers. It has amazing multi-tasking abilities, 2d/3d viewability, speedy data connections for hiccup-free video calls, better social integration, breezy interface, dual SIM support and an amazing Android app market (Whatsapp, Angry Birds, Instagram and millions more). But, life's not all peachy with the Android OS. It needs a big memory, lots of RAM and causes higher battery drainage.

Some of the popular brands running on Android are HTC, Samsung, Sony and Micromax.

2. iOS 

iOS is the operating system from the Apple stable. A super intuitive interface with a fluid user experience and robust security ensures that iOS fans don't switch loyalties to other systems. iOS 8.4, the latest version, has a revamped music app and music search, new pay features weaved in with Siri, phone calls over wi-fi and better voice recognition, to name some.

Of course, iOS retains its flipside - so it doesn't support other devices, isn't open source, gives poor browser performance on 3G and doesn't have dual SIM.

The only mobile phone the iOS supports is the iPhone.

3. Windows OS 

The best bits of windows OS is that it supports Micro SD card, has Bing search and an X-BOX gaming experience. On the other hand, most windows devices don't support some video codes like .mkv, lacks a video player and doesn't provide Flash player support in browsers.

Mobiles running on Windows are the Lumia series from Nokia and Microsoft. 

4. Cyanogen OS

Based on Android's open source project, Cyanogen is an OS that comes with several options, great customization, plenty of apps, countless downloadable themes and a very good interface. An iffy booting message and a dicey wi-fi hotspot are the disadvantages.

One Plus runs on this OS. So does Micromax Yu Yuphoria- check our review of the phone.

5. Blackberry OS

Blackberry is an OS that delivers on the connectivity front, is great with emails, comes with a removable battery, and offers a great keyboard experience. However, short battery life, a less-than-great camera and lack of application support are the downsides of this OS.

6. Firefox OS

Deep social integration, frugal appetite for data (savings for you!), Google maps and support of the dynamic Mozilla community that's always upto something new and always ready to help, makes this OS a good idea. The app bucket falls quite short though.

Mobile brands on this OS are Alcatel, Huawei, LG, Spice, Zen, GeeksPhone, Cherry Mobile and Intex.

7. Ubuntu OS

Here's another OS that's based on open source software and is forever improving. Ubuntu's hardware requirements are modest too (512MB RAM). Other pluses are seamless cloud integration, VPN support and free apps. However, it can strain resources and doesn't enjoy much hardware vendor support.

Phones running on Ubuntu are Ubuntu and Meizu.

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