Today, the world is becoming smaller due to the round-the-clock and quick connectivity between the computing devices. The current generation in the era of I.T. development is of mobile devices, such as netbooks, mobile phones, smartphones, PDA’s, tablet PC’s and notebook computers. With increasing computing powers, increasing wireless connection capabilities, and reducing screen sizes, advanced developments in operating systems were also bound to take place. Linux, being one of the leading operating systems, impressed the world with its capabilities to run on the mobile platforms.
Although, there are several operating systems optimized to run on the mobile devices, such as smartphones, touch screen based phones, and netbooks. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, Apple iPhone OS, Symbian OS, Palm OS, and Google Android etc. are few of the bestselling operating systems that have proven their worth with their strong followership among the mobile consumers. Prevalence of open source and freely available software among these operating systems can be easily manifested by the growing popularity of operating systems, such as Google Android, Symbian, Nokia’s Maemo, and Palm’s WebOS in the recent quarters.
Undoubtedly, Apple iPhone jumpstarted a new era in mobile computing technology and came bundled with lots of goodies, in terms of a wealth of mobile based applications. However, the Linux based open source OS, Google’s Android is now proving to be a real rival to Apple’s proprietary iPhone. Essentially, the reason for its growing popularity is the freedom with which, developers can contribute to the application development for Android. They need not buy or learn any proprietary software or programming language and Android’s development kit fits nicely with developers’ existing tools and utilities.
Witnessing the success of open source software, such as Linux and its flavors for the mobile devices, mobile industry giants like Nokia got an inspiration and open-sourced their popular operating system, Symbian. Looking the success and growing consumer base of the devices powered by the open-source operating systems, it seems fair to say that future of I.T. lies with open source software and proprietary software vendors might soon look to change their business models and open-source their software applications.