The year 2013 seems to be a year of new operating systems. Earlier we
saw BlackBerry make a big splash with their new BlackBerry 10 operating
system. There are news reports floating that ZTE will be launching a
smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013.
Mozilla has already unveiled Firefox OS-based Keon and Peak
for the developers and ZTE looks set to be the first company to bring
these devices to the consumers.
Ubuntu operating system seems
to be the other operating system that will be joining the league. It is
expected that smartphones based on Ubuntu operating system will be
available to the customers by October 2013. This information was given
by Mark Shuttleworth, who is the Founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd.
Canonical (that provides services for corporate customers using Ubuntu
operating system) in an interview with Wall Street Journal. He further
stated that the smartphones will be available in "two large geographic
markets in October," without clearly disclosing which these two markets
Ubuntu OS is an open source operating system, which is
based on the Debian Linux distribution and seeks to offer consumers a
unified experience on TVs, phones and PCs. This operating system for
smartphones became official for smartphone in January 2013. As per The
Wall Street Journal this operating system will be available to the
developers starting February 2013. The developers will be getting a
Galaxy Nexus smartphone, which will be running on Ubuntu operating
As Ubuntu OS can support both ARM and x86 processors, it
can run on most Android-based smartphones that are currently available
in the market. As of now there is no formal word on which smartphones
will be officially running on Ubuntu OS and what will be their pricing.
from Ubuntu OS, the other smartphones that are expected to see the
light of the day this year are Sailfish operating system, which is being
developed by ex-Nokia employees and Tizen.
These new operating
system will be competing head on with the existing iOS, Android and
Windows Phone 8. It will be interesting to see if they are able to make a
dent in their dominance or will they go the WebOS way.