Mobile Operating System

A mobile operating system, also known as a mobile OS, a mobile platform, or a handheld operating system, is the operating system that controls a mobile device or information appliance—similar in principle to an operating system such as Windows, Mac OS, or Linux that controls a desktop computer or laptop. However, they are currently somewhat simpler, and deal more with the wireless versions of broadband and local connectivity, mobile multimedia formats, and different input methods.

Typical examples of devices running a mobile operating system are smartphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), tablet computers and information appliances, or what are sometimes referred to as smart devices, which may also include embedded systems, or other mobile devices and wireless devices.

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Above picture: Table showing most of the current mobile operating systems for smartphones, PDAs and netbooks in 2010
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Upper left picture: The Palm Pre running HP (formerly Palm) webOS. HP purchased Palm in 2010.

To the left: The Apple iPad tablet computer uses a version of iOS.