Mobile operating system alternatives that stand a chance

How many of you out there are sick of the smartphone wars? You know the war of the mobile OS’, largely dominated by Android and iOS. The smartphone wars has chewed up and spit out lot’s of competition over the years, completely destroying some companies (Palm/Hp, Symbian) and some who just refuse to give up (RIM, Microsoft). There’s certainly no lack of choice when it comes to mobile OS preference, but what happens if you get bored with the so-called “Big 4”, wouldn’t you like more options? Well here’s a list of the mobile OS’s that I think may actually stand a chance.

MeeGo

You may have heard of MeeGo before, it’s the OS everyone claimed was doomed. Nokia released it on the N9 stating it was “Our first and last MeeGo phone”. It released to mixed emotions, some praised it for its great simplicity and multitasking where many thrashed the lack of apps and the Ovi Store. No one really paid much attention to MeeGo presuming it would be gone forever, but alas! A group of Nokia employee’s and MeeGo fanboys left Nokia to work on MeeGo and asked the great king Elop if they could have the necessary legal documents to pursue their dream, so with Nokia’s blessing they continue to develop MeeGo and offer it as a free, open operating system, and they all lived happily ever after. The End. (Notice how this story actually works as a fairy tale? that’s pretty neat!)

Mozilla Firefox OS

A Firefox, everyone’s backup browser. The way I see this is, Mozilla saw that google was making “Chrome OS” and they decided that they would do the same thing, but mobile! Firefox OS offers the same experience you get on the Firefox browser, plus a few more features. It’s a very simple operating system with all the basic features you’d expect out of a phone, it’s not really for people who do everything on their phone, it’s for people who do only the basics. App support isn’t that good but considering all the apps will be HTML5 based you should see a lot of web apps appear, they’re not as speedy as native apps but developers won’t mind making them as they’re easy to program and debug and will release them to have a larger market share/consumer base. There’s not much else to say about this other than what we know so far, so we’ll have to wait and see!

Open WebOS

WebOS was actually really promising before HP sent it packing. I always wanted to buy an HP Pre 3, at heart I might still be a webOS fanboy. If you’re like me, there’s hope my brethren! A while back HP released WebOS to the public (this allows anyone to work on the code) and some people got it running on the Galaxy Nexus! So you can say that I’m fascinated, and can’t wait for further development!

Ubuntu Phone

And here we have reached my favourite of the bunch, the ubuntu phone! I’m a huge fan of Ubuntu, I use it on my PC and laptop and have Xubuntu (forked Ubuntu with xfce) running on my laptop. I love the open-ness, the interface, Linux and everything about it. Ubuntu’s been great for me the past couple of years and I’m super stoked that it’s finally going to be arriving on the phone. It has a great new user interface and has support for native apps as well as HTML5 and, when you dock the device it has the capability to turn into a full-fledged ubuntu desktop. The only thing that would make this better is if you could dual-boot it with android and open webOS (high hopes).

There are a couple I didn’t go into detail with such as the Jolla Sailfish and Samsung’s Tizen, but these are the ones I felt would have the most potential to turn into your daily drivers. Sadly we now reach the end of this post, but fear not as there shall be more in the near future, for now you can keep in touch with my twitter @SnazzyHam, thanks for reading folks and as always, Stay Snazzy!

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2012’s top tech might be obsoleted in 2013?

We all know that technology has been advancing at a rapid rate, so fast that the rate of new technology has more than quadrupled over the past couple of years. So fast that some technology tends to die out even a couple of months after it’s inception. So which of these many new technologies have I presumed to be doomed by next year? The portable charger of course!

A year ago, portable chargers were nothing, they were unheard of. Now, everywhere you turn, you’re bound to see a couple. Five in ten of the people in my school have them now; every restaurant, coffee shop, mall and even somewhere like the golf course I see people walking around with those bulky things hooked up to their phone. The main reason of this is, the hardware in smartphones is advancing rapidly, but the batteries aren’t. My blackberry 9360 couldn’t get more than 4 hours maximum on a single charge, thus making it essential for people to have portable chargers. In less than a year, portable chargers have become the norm, they’ve become the most rapidly growing technology that doesn’t classify as a daily driver. Therefore my question arises, what next?

Many people speculate that 2013 will be the year of the extreme batteries, with battery technology expected to advance and with new technologies predicted to be announced at CES in a couple of weeks, does that mean that all these companies that manufacture power packs are going to be going out of business? I’m not sure about that.

While I do believe that power packs are going to be redundant by the year 2013, there’s a large probability that the companies responsible for making portable chargers will be the same companies that invent some sort of technology that will dawn as the new age of batteries. However, what this means for the world of technology is that the market is fluctuating right now and that nothing can prove to be stable. What’s booming this year could just be ancient tech next year, which is why I feel that to jump into the tech industry at a time like this has a very high payout, along with an equally high risk.

What do you think will trend this year? Sound off in the comments below! Also, Check out LinkedGeek.com, a site I work for.

iPhone/iPod FilmMaking

 

well, some of you may know that I’m a big fan of the movie and film industry, and I love directing and editing. So far I haven’t ever really directed a video and the only thing I’ve edited is a music video, which you can find here My YouTube)

So now I’ve decided to venture into the realm of mobile film making, I actually have a few pending projects but they will remain pendingĀ untilĀ I get a camera :p Right, back to the topic, I’ve decided to shoot, color correct and edit a few short movies right from my iPod touch, so stay tuned to my youtube for that, the first one will be up by the 6th of december, so follow me on my twitter (@nerdherd69) to stay in the realm of all things me-ishh