Mobile Management Guide: Pros and Cons of Top Mobile Operating Systems
Despite fragmentation in the mobile enterprise landscape, mobile developers still need to choose the best platform for their particular business. If you've yet to pick a mobile operating system to focus on for your business, here's an overview of the top contenders and what they offer. Smartphones are entering the enterprise through the back door. This is nothing new. Plenty of technologies (laptops, WiFi, thumb drives) first caught on in consumer markets and then sneaked their way into the enterprise. Employees began using the devices for work well before organizations adapted secure usage policies and IT controls. With an array of handsets, carriers and development platforms to deal with, the mobile enterprise today is -- and will probably remain for the next two years -- extremely fragmented, which is industry jargon for: everyone in the workplace is using different phones/devices running different operating systems.
While developers may want to bet on a platform that best matches their organizations business goals, chances are theyll wind up having to eventually develop for several different mobile OSes. Many firms are already coping with both BlackBerrys and iPhones. Meanwhile, Android is starting to trickle in, and theres a huge legacy of old Windows Mobile phones that wont necessarily run Windows Phone 7, but could be replaced by it.
Still, most organizations dont have the resources to tackle everything at once, so you have to start somewhere. Developers can do their due diligence and choose a best platform, but its unlikely that all of their users will be on the same OS. To muddy the waters even further, theres talk of how future mobile apps will all be Web-based and built on HTML 5, which will obviate this problem.
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