Getting to know your mobile OS

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browsingberry.jpgI would just take it out for dinner, but ComputerWeekly’s done one better and put together an entire article. The report covers three big mobile OS’ – Window Mobile, BlackBerry, and Symbian – and gives a rundown of each. It appears as though BlackBerry gets preferential treatment with a little more pro’s than cons than the other two operating systems, but we all know that each has their flaws and each serves their own purpose.

I can’t be completely objective as I haven’t spent that much time with competing OS’, but if the readers wanted to fill me in on their success (or not) stories, that’d be great.

Tyler Lessard, director of independent software supplier alliances at RIM, says, “We recognise that each user wants to tailor their smartphone to their exact needs. To meet this, the Blackberry operating system enables applications – either Java-based or web-based – to be downloaded over the air. There are more than 650 independent software suppliers creating both bespoke and off-the-shelf applications, which are proving immensely popular with our seven million-strong subscriber base.”

Java-based applications available for Blackberry include sales force automation, field service dispatch and helpdesk service management, as well as systems for industries such as healthcare, real estate, law enforcement, finance and professional services.

Notable corporate roll-outs of Blackberry systems include West Yorkshire Police’s Streetwyse application, which allows officers on the beat to access the Police National Computer and download digital mugshots, and civil engineering firm Arup, which uses an application called Neverfail as part of its business continuity plan to ensure employees can always access corporate information.

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