Anand Kumar Mishra
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Mobile apps are like magic wands that make for more accessible work for businesses and people. In that situation, it wouldn’t be incorrect to refer to mobile operating systems as the true magicians who fully support the functionality of all those practical apps. In reality, the heroics of iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, the three most popular operating systems on the market for mobile computing, have mesmerized the entire world.
To make it simpler for developers to create more dynamic, user-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing apps, all three mobile OS systems continuously add new features. The three mainstays’ genuine rivalry begins to heat up at this point. Let’s find out which of these mobile operating systems has been able to win over the hearts of mobile users all around the world or if they all have relatively similar statuses and a devoted following.
Mobile OS Overview
Windows Phone: Windows Phone 10, the most recent version from the tech giant, continues Microsoft’s attempts to create high-quality mobile apps. The mobile OS aims to simplify tasks for consumers while also maintaining high levels of data protection. Smartphone users have many reasons to adopt Windows phone, which has features like kid’s corner, data sense, quad-core support, etc., to discover the world from the comfort of their hands.
Android: Over a billion mobile devices are powered by Android, a mobile operating system from Google, worldwide. The majority of developers that are prepared to create affordable programs find it to be a valuable OS because it is adaptable. It is advantageous for touchscreen mobile devices and has consistently improved its services on smartphones and tablets.
iOS: Apple Inc. created iOS, which serves as the brains of all Apple products, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Due to its wide range of capabilities and valuable apps, it enables users to perform practically all activities linked to their personal and professional lives. It has its own clientele and restricts the use of apps to those that adhere to strict Apple standards.
Mobile OS Popularity
Android & iOS rank highly in this rivalry if we look at the market share of all operating systems across all devices. According to data from May 2022, Android holds a 43.23% share of the overall market. Windows comes in second on the list with a market share of 29.2%, followed by iOS with 17.67%, OS X (macOS) with 5.79%, and Linux with roughly 0.95%.
With a combined market share of more than 60%, it is clear that Android and iOS also dominate this market. This highlights the significance of mobile devices and apps even more while demonstrating Android’s substantial market share across all devices.
Interface and usability
The iPhone is renowned for providing a seamless user interface that is simple for most consumers to operate. Due to the design’s simplicity, it is now typical to observe young children correctly navigating menus. Even though it could appear counterproductive, iOS’s level of simplicity has led to the operating system of choice for many users worldwide.
Apple has a clear advantage in terms of application creation and availability due to the lack of compatibility issues and a vibrant developer community. Popular new apps typically debut in the Apple App Store before moving to Android after successfully demonstrating their viability in the iOS market.
All three mobile operating systems include app stores that almost completely satisfy all significant productivity needs; however, the difference is in the apps’ variety and quantity.
Compared to the app shops for iOS and Android, Windows Phone has fewer apps available. However, it includes most of the fundamental requirements that users have for their personal and professional interactions.
The Apple App Store is recognized as the best place to find a large selection of high-quality apps. Most of the apps offered in other stores are also available in the Apple store, and certain apps are only available on iOS, which helps it shine.
With more than 1 million apps available for download, the Google Play Store is the Apple store’s most formidable competitor. The open-source nature of the OS makes it easier to create android apps in comparison. Overall, the number and diversity of apps available on Android and iOS are comparable.
In conclusion, all three mobile operating systems—Windows Phone, iOS, and Android—hold a unique stance when it comes to accepting them. It would be unfair to separate any of them because they are all packed with interactive features, engaging user interfaces, and adequate security. However, it seems as though iOS performs better in terms of security.
The cost-effectiveness and usability of Android make it a wise decision. According to numerous survey data, Windows Phone is also quickly coming up to Android as the most popular mobile OS. However, the Microsoft-backed operating system must continually introduce new and intriguing features to eclipse the lustre of the other two OS (Android and iOS).