Just a few years ago, Symbian was the only choice for mobile phones but with the introduction of Android, the market of Symbian has toppled seriously. Android soon took over most of the market share lost by Symbian and now the battle of Android vs. Symbian seems to be almost won by Android once and for all. The Smartphones manufactured by most of the major firms already run on Google Android while Symbian is only supported by Nokia.
Android has become the second most popular operating system in the market of Smartphones, and is expected to become the most popular in the next few years. Although both Android and Symbian are open source, there are some critical differences between the two and these factors are playing a crucial role in deciding the fate of Android vs. Symbian war.
The immense popularity of Android over Symbian is not for nothing. There are certainly several factors that contribute toward the likeness of Android by the users. The first reason in this regard is probably the facility of update that comes with Android. For example, consider a certain user who has Nokia running Symbian and wants to change or upgrade the OS of the mobile.
To do this, the only way is to switch the mobile since there isn’t any other upgrade mechanism in Symbian. But, however, if the user has an Android phone with an older version of Android, he or she can easily upgrade to the latest version with just simple software. This is certainly a huge difference and shows the kind of ease and facility that Android is providing to its users.
The processor speed of Android phones is also better as compared to Symbian based phones. Processor speed can further be enhanced by over-cloaking the processor. The speed of the processor is important since it is critical when it comes to the development and management of high-end applications.
Besides, another effect that is also playing its role in this battle is the brand name. Google’s brand name means a safe, reliable and secure system and development environment. With Symbian these things are uncertain. The process of application development in Android is accelerating at an impressive pace and the Android app store has already been stocked with more than 50,000 applications.
The user interface, application programs, voice and data services and other aspects of Android are something that can prove to be a real competitor for Apple’s iOS, while Symbian seems virtually out of the competition.
Although both Android and Symbian are open source, the widespread support and acceptance that Android has received b0oth from the developers as well as common users is virtually non-existent when it comes to Symbian. After the announcement of Nokia to gradually move away from Symbian and to Windows Phone 7, we can safely regard that the battle of Android vs. Symbian has already been won by Android.
The support that Android has received from the Smartphones and tablet computer developers is quite astounding and is constantly increasing. Most of the Smartphones and tablet devices that we see in the industry today are Android dependent. Symbian can be considered the mobile OS of past while Android is on the rise and has an ability to become to most popular and widely used mobile OS after a few years.