Mobile OS trends to look at in 2013



In previous posts, i gave some details on the leading mobile operating systems and mobile OEM vendors for Q42012 (Read here: Leading Mobile OS Blog Post).

It is probably not going to change dramatically over the past few months, however i would like to highlight few new mobile OS’s which are starting to gain momentum in the market and we believe will play significant role in the next year.

1) BlackBerry OS10 – RIM is pushing hard to release the new innovative OS (expected to be launched by 1/30/13) as its most significant release to try and remain relevant in the mobile market.

In this new OS RIM will release a new line of devices from its L-Series (first one will be named Z10) with enhanced features which we see today in iOS/Android such as Voice activated assistant, New UI grid layout, an all-in-one messaging center and more (Read more here: LINK)



2) Tizen OS: New mobile open source operating system developed and led by Samsung and Intel, based on the old Meego OS (Linux based) . This new OS was already demonstrated on a draft Samsung device (Samsung device running Tizen OS), and rumors say that in the upcoming MWC2013 conference NTT Docomo will launch an official Samsung device running Tizen.

This OS is targeting various devices (Smartphones, Tablets, Net Books, in-vehicle devices, Smart TV’s and more).


3) FireFox OS: A new open source mobile operating system from Mozilla, fully based on HTML5 which also moving toward production should also looked at, since it is gaining momentum in the industry.

First device/s which will probably run this new OS are ZTE and TCL, while few carriers already announced that they will support this new OS (Deutsche Telecom, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefonica).

The OS aims to compete with Android and iOS and offer low cost devices .


4) SailFish: Last OS introduced in this post is the SailFish coming from ExNokia employees, based in Finland. This OS is a fork of the old Meego OS as well, meaning it is an Linux open source operating system which according to its developers, will introduce a flawless UI and also allow running Android Apps on is seamlessly.

Devices supporting SailFish (AKA -Jolla OS) are expected toward end of 2013.


5) Ubuntu for Mobile – Based on the known Linux desktop version, now Cannonical (Ubuntu) is announcing the release of a mobile version of its operating system – see a full video and info about it here: Ubuntu Mobile

Devices expected to ship out during early 2014.


Will keep updating on the changes and trends around these new OS’s.





Eran Kinsbruner is the Mobile Technical Evangelist at Perfecto. He is formerly the CTO for mobile testing and Texas Instruments project manager at Matrix, Eran has been in testing since 1999 with experience that includes managing teams at Qulicke & Soffa, Sun Microsystems, General Electric, and NeuStar. You can find Eran on Facebook, Twitter @ek121268, LinkedIn, and on his professional mobile testing blog at

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