Mobile OSs their technologies and links

Posted on January 3, 2013

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Here is a list of Mobile operating systems, their technologies supported and links to developer sites.

Platform Language(s) Form Factor URL Notes
Aliyun Java, C, C++ Smartphone developer.aliyun.com Not enough Market share in Europe
Android Java, C, C++ Smartphone, Tablet, TV, Others Developer.android.com Dominant in market share, but with huge number of variants
Bada C, C++ Smartphone Developer.bada.com No market share
Blackberry Java, Web Apps Smartphone Developer.blackberry.com Shrinking market share, BB10 may turn this round
Blackberry Playbook (QNX Actionscript, C++, HTML Tablet Developer.blackberry.com Small base, again watch for BB10
Brew MP C Featurephone Brewmp.com Predominately American market.
iOS Objective-C, C Smartphone, Tablet Developer.apple.com/devcentre/ios 15% market share for smart phones, dominant in tablets.
Nokia OS (Series 30, 40) Java Me Featurephone Developer.nokia.com/develop/Series_40 Still good sales and market share in developing markets, less so EU.
Symbian (Series 60) C, C++, Java,Qt, Web Apps, others Smartphone Forum.nokia.com/symbian Rapidly dwindling market share.
Windows 8 C#, VB.NET, C++ Smartphone Dev.windowsphone.com Growing market share, but from low base

and some future

Platform Language(s) Form Factor URL Notes
BlackBerry 10 C, C++, HTML, AIR Smartphone, Tablet Developer.blackberry.com Launching Jan 2013. Large push by RIM to gain developer traction
Firefox OS HTML Smartphone Mozilla.com/en-US/b2g May be reduced to a reference architecture
Mer HTML, C/Qt Smartphone Merproject.org MeeGo made open source. No launch plans
Tizen HTML Smartphone Tizen.org Samsung are looking for non-Android solution.
Ubuntu Java, C, C++, HTML5, QML “Superphone”, smartphone http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/phone/app-ecosystem Desktop on your phone. Looking for non Google OEMs to take up.

Sourced from the Mobile Developer’s Guide to the Galaxy

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