Platforms for Mobile Devices

Mobile platforms are intended to provide mobile software and mobile applications to the mobile devices.  Every mobile platform provides a unique environment for mobile application and software development. Mobile platforms have different compatibilities with different devices.

Popular mobile platforms – Android, App Catalog, App Store, Ovi store and Windows Phone Marketplace stores.  
 
Mentioned below in the Exhibit are the popular mobile platforms for the mobile devices. All these mobile platforms are the available in the market place and allow individual developer’s to develop applications on the platforms. The IDE for all these platforms are as well freely available. Samsung in second half of the 2010 has launched Samsung Bada.

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Exhibit : Popular Mobile Platforms
 

Name


Established


Owner


Available apps


Installed base

Device platform

Development tool(s)


Android Market

October 22, 2008

Google

250,000
(Jul 2011)
estimated 440,000 (Jul 2011)

130 million
(Jul 2011)


Android


Android SDK


App Catalog

June 6, 2009

Palm/HP

7,062
(Jun 2011)

2.6 million
(Jul 2010)


webOS


Mojo SDK


App Store

July 10, 2008

Apple

425,000
(Jun 2011)

222 million
(July 2011)


iOS


iOS SDK, Xcode


App World

April 1, 2009

RIM

37,176
(Jul 2011)

46 million
(July 2010)


BlackBerry OS


BlackBerry SDK


Ovi Store

May 26, 2009

Nokia

83,579 (Jul 2011)

825 million (Jun 2011)


MultipleSymbian, Java, MeeGo, Maemo


Qt SDK, Nokia Web Tools, Nokia SDK 1.0 for Java


Windows Phone Marketplace

October 21, 2010

Microsoft

28,038
(Jul 30 2011)

3.5 million
(Mar 2011)


Windows Phone 7


Windows Phone Developer Tools, includes specialty versions of Microsoft Visual Studio, Expression Blend