Mobile Operating Systems: The impact of open source and importance of user experience

Published May 2009

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David McQueen

David McQueen is a Principal Analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media with a key focus on mobile device developments and vendor strategies worldwide. In his role David is… [more]

Gavin Byrne

Situated within Informa Telecoms & Media’s Industry Research division, Gavin’s role in the Handsets & Devices team leads him to examine developments across the mobile handset value chain. He addresses… [more]

Malik Kamal-Saadi

Dr Malik Kamal-Saadi is a Principal Analyst at informa Telecoms & Media. Within his role, Malik acts as a Thought Leader across different sectors of the global telecommunications industry… [more]

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This report gives you an exclusive analysis of the impact of open source on the mobile OS market
Gavin Byrne, Research Analyst
Mobile Operating Systems: The impact of open source and importance of user experience examines the entire mobile OS landscape with a focus on open architecture and open source software. It also addresses the importance of developer communities and user experience and provides key forecasts to 2013.
Key Coverage in this report
  • The reducing use of proprietary OS
  • The growing adoption of Open Source software
  • The importance of the developer community
  • Commoditisation of many mobile handset technologies
  • Handset differentiation
  • User Experience
  • Mobile OS roadmaps
  • Vendors’ approach to mobile OS
  • Operators’ mobile OS requirements
Key issues addressed
  • How will device vendors differentiate themselves?
  • What is ‘User Experience’?
  • What are the most suitable open source licensing models for mobile handset software?
  • How to succeed in an Open Source world
  • How to make money with Open Source
  • The challenges and risks of Open Source
  • What are the major trends in mobile handset OS?
  • Which OS platforms will be the most popular in 2009 and in 2013?
  • What strategies are being adopted by the leading handset vendors? What does this mean?
  • What is the future for proprietary OS?
  • What mobile OS strategies are operators adopting?
Forecasts include
  • Total handset sales by OS type (smartphone v non-smartphone) 2008-2013 & by region
  • Total smartphone sales by smartphone OS type (open v "closed" source, semi-open v open architecture v open source) 2008-2013 & by region
  • Total smartphone sales by OS (Apple, RIM, Symbian and Symbian Foundation, Microsoft, Android, LiMo, Web OS) 2008-2013 & by region
Companies covered
  • Apple
  • HTC
  • LG
  • LiMo
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • OHA
  • RIM
  • Samsung
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Symbian Foundation
Who should read this report?

Handset Vendors

  • Benefit from this complete analysis of the mobile OS landscape
  • Track the current position and performance of your competitors


  • Discover where your company can profit from new opportunities, current successes and potential partnerships

Consultants, Analysts and Financial Organisations

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the mobile OS market over the next 5 years
  • Base future investments and recommendations on unbiased, unique analysis and primary data