Top 10 Smartphone Mobile Operating Systems (OS) in World 2016

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5. Symbian

Symbian is a smartphone operating system and platform for computing which was originally developed by Accenture on behalf of Nokia.

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The operating platform was released in 1997 and was a result of the joint venture between Motorola, Ericsson and Nokia. Symbian reportedly reached a market share of 67% in the operating system market in 2006 when there were no real competitors, and even though it was a leader in the mobile OS market then, its complexity to code in Symbian C++ along with very high prices of APIs and SDKs rendered the operating system difficult to develop for.


The operating system has been taken over by Google and its partners in 2010. The operating system is generally considered to be the pioneer in the smartphone market. The current market share of the smartphone operating system is around 0.97%.

AVKON was the native graphic toolkit in Symbian. It was designed like a keyboard mostly the 15 key keyboard and the QWERTY keyboard. The new Symbian had the Symbian^3 interface for advanced applications. Symbian^4 was scheduled to be released in 2010 but later it was cancelled by Nokia. Symbian was the first smartphone operating system to use the Web kit platform and had Opera as its default browser. Symbian was most noted for its localization of the phone language which allowed the application developers to customize applications according to the language of a given country or region. The latest version of Symbian supports around 48 languages. The applications for Symbian are mostly developed with Symbian C++ or Python.

Symbian is known among the users for its memory protection and pre-emptive multitasking. The strategy of developing the OS was threefold – concentrating on users’ security and privacy, not wasting the users’ time and make efficient use of scarce resources.

Market share = 0.97%