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

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1. Android

The world leader in mobile and smartphone operating system in Android which is developed by Google and is built on a Linux kernel.


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The operating system has mammoth market share of around 66% which is almost three times it nearest rival – iOS. The user interface is based on direct manipulation and uses real world gestures like tapping, swiping, pinching to interact with on-screen objects, and in addition to smartphones, Android is also developed for Android TV, Android Auto and Android Watch.

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Android leads other smartphone operating systems in any metric. The Android Play Store has over 1 million applications that have been downloaded over 50 billion times. It has a large developer base also with around 71% of developers around the world creating application for Android. As of 2015, Android has over 1.4 billion active monthly users.

Android was originally developed for Android Inc. which was bought by Google in 2005. Android is released by Google as open source. However, most of the devices based on Android come with proprietary software owned by Google for accessing Google’s services. The open source propagated by Android has resulted into a large developer community which delivers upgrades to older devices as well. One of the criticism for Android is that there is no centralized update server and system for Android and many phones fail to take advantage of upgrades. Android is also held up several patent wars between different companies due to its huge success.

Android based devices also use advanced mechanisms like gyroscope, accelerometers and proximity sensors. The home scree typically displays the applications and widgets and can be of several pages. Some smartphone manufacturers customize the look and feel of the interface to differentiate in the heavily contested smartphone market.

Market share = 65.58%


Ranking Methodology:

The rank wise list of the top 10 smartphone operating systems is made by ranking them on the basis of their market share.