The next generation of smartphone operating systems

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Posted by Bryan Hunter on 23rd August 2011

If you’re looking to purchase a new smartphone or upgrade your existing one, then a key decision factor will be the operating system that it runs.

Smartphone Operating SystemsAre you an Apple person that will stand by it’s simplified iOS no matter what? Are you an Android user who’s tempted by the promised 200 new changes to Windows Phone 7? Are you a loyal Blackberry user, but aren’t quite sure where they are going with their interface?

If so, then this quick summary should be helpful. Rather than ramble on, i’ve summarised the upcoming changes promised by each vendor in bullet point format.

Let’s jump straight in!

Apple’s iOS 5.0
iMessage, which is similar to Blackberry’s messaging service and will let iPhone users talk to each other
A new notification centre which will show notifications from apps on your lock screen
Twitter integration
Browser improvements and the ability to read offline
Access to the camera from the lock screen
Ability to take pictures by pressing the volume up key
iCloud, which will store everything on your device on the cloud rather than a computer

Microsoft / Nokia’s Windows Phone Mango (the update to Windows Phone 7)
Multi-tasking
Twitter integration
Internet Explorer 9 with significant browser improvements
Live tile access to third party so app info can be viewed on the homescreen
Turn by turn voice navigation
Local Scout feature to find nearby restaurants and businesses with ratings for each

Nokia’s Symbian Anna (the update to Symbian^3)
Much better browser capability
Better support for tabs
Better mutli-touch support
Brighter and more colourful icons
Horizontal onscreen QWERTY keyboard
Improvement to Nokia maps
Improvement to multimedia and general functionality
Improvement to social media network integration

Android Honeycomb 3.1
Smoother navigation around OS
Improved multitasking
Performance improvement in native apps like the browser, gallery, calendar, mail etc
Ability to change the size of widgets
Support for external keyboards, gamepads and other pointing devices

Blackberry OS 7.0
More attractive interface
Faster browser
Voice search for on-device and web content
Blackberry Balance allowing you to separate personal and business content on your device
Possibility of hi-def games
Update will not be available for older devices

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Written by: Bryan Hunter
Bryan is the founder of Phone Tips and Tricks which provides hundreds of tips, tricks and guides for smartphone users. While he isn't updating the website and blogging about phone related news, he will usually be found tinkering on his own wonder gadget.

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