Choosing a Smartphone Operating System

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Owners of smartphones often ask if it is alright to match the operating system of one’s desktop to that of one’s smartphone.  In other words, “would it be alright if one chooses for example to have a Windows operating system in his smartphone just because his or her desktop also uses Windows?” According to Dan Baldwin in his article, “Which Smartphone Operating System Should Your Business Use in 2013” which was published on the website  Business Phone News, he explains that it is ok to match operating system software of one’s desktop to his or her smartphone. But the problem or dilemma that businessmen face is choosing which one.

In Baldwin’s opinion, small business owners who started using Google powered Android phones and Google software are likely to stick with this operating system. Larger businesses however who have already invested much in Microsoft Windows and Windows powered smartphones might also do the same. But for new businessmen, Baldwin predicts that they are likely to choose Google over Apple and Microsoft since the former has spent many years developing applications that are suitable for managing small businesses.

If one takes notice of what kind of smartphones small business owners are using nowadays, one cannot help but agree with Baldwin’s observation. This is because today’s generation of Android phones can seamlessly integrate with several third-party services, both free and paid, such as Skype VoIP RingCentral small business phone package. These can appeal to the budget of small business owners since the Android system is more lenient with third-party services and applications.

Another one of these features is its being icon driven. That means that you activate an app by simply clicking on its icon. Because Android phones allow you to switch from one window to another by simply sliding your finger across the window, each window can contain a different set of icons. Another feature that you find in Android phones is the virtual keypad. The nice thing about this feature is you don’t have to worry about accidentally touching a key which suddenly activates an application. This usually happens when your feature phone is inside the pocket of your pants or skirt.

One important reason why Android phones enjoy popularity among small business owners is not its price but its flexibility when it comes to apps. Between IOS6 and android, the latter has more apps available to small business owners because it is an open source. By this we mean that anybody can develop apps for the Android phone unlike the IOS6 which is limited to few developers.

Being a small business owner, it is easier for me to find apps for Android phones in different websites. You don’t necessarily have to limit yourself to Google’s Play Store in the same manner that iPhone users who have the look for apps in Apple’s App Store. You can get for free most of the apps for your Android phone and you don’t have to pay even a single cent.

With these wonderful features of the Android operating system, some large business owners may be tempted to switch to a different or the latest operating system. But what holds them back is the thought of letting the old operating system such as Microsoft Windows go to waste after having spent considerable money in adopting the system to their business operation. Microsoft has recently come up with Windows 8 and hopefully, it will match the capabilities of Android so that large business owners wouldn’t have to feel being stuck with the operating system they are currently using.


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