Mobile Operating Systems
If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, you might be wondering about the different operating systems.
Here’s a closer look at some of the operating systems which are available along with an explanation of their differences.
What’s a mobile operating system?
A mobile operating system, also known as a ‘mobile OS’, is software especially designed for handheld devices such as smartphones, tablets and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
Think of your operating system like computerised instructions for your device. It manages all of your phone’s functions and features, interprets keystrokes and swipes, and connects you to mobile and Wi-Fi networks.
A mobile operating system provides many of the same functions seen on personal computers, with a host of nifty additional features specially geared to mobile devices.
What are the three main operating systems?
- Android OS. Android is an open source mobile operating system developed by Google. It is the OS of choice for a variety of handheld device manufacturers, including Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, Motorola and, of course, Google.
- Apple iOS. Created by Apple, iOS is a popular mobile operating system used on all Apple devices. iOS is a proprietary (closed source) mobile operating system, which means it can only be found on Apple products.
What are the differences?
As with most things, which mobile operating system you like really depends on your individual needs.
To help you decide, here’s a look at some of the benefits and differences of each:
- If you like to personalise your phone, Android allows you to customise some elements of the operation to your liking.
- Android devices come in a wide range of brands, screen sizes, weights and prices to fit your budget.
- Compatible with a wide range of apps and services
A good choice if you’re a fan of Google products and services.
- With its clean and intuitive interface, iOS offers simplicity and reliability right out of the box.
- Integrates seamlessly with other Apple products and services, such as iTunes and iCloud.
- Is compatible with a wide range of apps and Apple accessories.
- A good choice for first-time smartphone users or those who already own Apple products.
How do I know what operating system a phone is on?
If you’re shopping for a new phone, the operating system version can be found listed in the product specification.
Or, if you already have your smartphone in hand, check the settings to identify the current operating system. Remember, every time you update your phone’s OS, the version will be changed.
Last updated: 13/09/2021
*iSelect does not provide a comparison service for mobile phone or sim plans. You can contact iSelect’s contact centre where we offer you a range of mobile sim plans from Optus. We receive a commission for each plan sold through iSelect’s contact centre.