The software in the smartphone is most important. And I will probably never give up this position. Why do we need a good camera and high performance if the smartphone's operating system will freeze and cannot offer the user sufficient functionality? Currently, there is already a certain trend in the market of operating systems, which in 1-2 years can strongly manifest itself and become a new stage in the development of the market of mobile gadgets.
How I see the future of mobile operating systems
To begin with, after the ban on the use of Google services in smartphones Huawei, the Chinese giant announced that it was working on its own operating system, HarmonyOS. It will feature a microkernel and modular architecture. This will allow you to use this operating system on smartphones, light bulbs, tablets, laptops, PCs, cars, smartphones, refrigerators and any other equipment. The modular architecture will also allow Huawei to make the system easier on smartphones. The company previously stated that the core Android uses only 20% of the 20 million lines of code. And this amount of boilerplate is certainly not cool.
Harmony OS will receive a microkernel and modular architecture
Now we have news about an operating system from Google called Pigweed. This is probably the commercial name for “fuchsia”. According to rumors, Google's new operating system will become a kind of analogue of HarmonyOS. It can also be used in any technology and gadgets.
Fuchsia – operating system from Google
The company Microsoft also offers its users full-fledged tablets Windows 10, creating a common ecosystem for devices in various form factors. In the future, I do not exclude that Microsoft can present a smartphone with a full-fledged Windows with the ability to install familiar desktop applications. This will become possible when the company promotes foldable phones so that when opened, mobile mode Windows automatically switches to desktop mode.
It would be nice if Google offered the same concept of a single system with shared applications with its new operating system, because it is obvious that foldable phones that turn into a tablet device will become the norm in the market very soon. And large manufacturers just need to offer a system that will offer an interface for any screen size and hardware of any power.
In this issue today, in my opinion, lags behind Apple. It offers iPad OS on iPad, iOS on iPhone, and MacOS on MacBook. This division into 3 different operating systems in 2020 is an extremely outdated option. It would be much cooler if the company offered a single operating system for all devices with a single interface that would adapt in real time to the screen diagonal.
Around 2021, a war will begin between 3 companies – Google, Apple and Microsoft for the influence on the market not only of mobile devices, but also of everything that an operating system requires to operate. A single operating system means a single ecosystem and a common user experience, and the winner of this battle will become the new leader in the gadgets market. Microsoft now looks more interesting in this matter, since in desktop mode it offers the ability to fully launch any Windows applications. You will be able to develop anything on your tablet if you are doing programming, for example. This makes Microsoft automatically the winner of the future general operating system supremacy war. And it is surprising that Microsoft since the release of Windows 8 in 2012 began to offer a tablet mode even on desktops. Even then, the company provided users with a single operating system for devices of different form factors, so we can talk about more experience Microsoft in this matter.
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