Android vs Symbian, Which One is More Superior?
Symbian.net will discuss about the two operating systems on smartphones that are circulating in Indonesia, namely Symbian and Android. For other mobile operating systems will be discussed on another occasion.
Why Symbian.net comparing both ‘Operating System’ / OS? Because as we know, mobile phones with Symbian OS and Android is that many in our society. Symbian has been known in advance because of his birth than the first Symbian Android. While Android is a newcomer who is now booming in Indonesia and the world. Even now some local mobile phone vendors also carry Android as their mobile platform.
First we will discuss thoroughly the Symbian OS. Its history in 1998, Symbian is a joint venture of several players in the mobile world is Psion, Ericsson, Nokia, and Motorola. Then in 1999, Matsushita (Panasonic) joined thereto. In the following years many mobile phone makers are starting to adopt Symbian technology. In 2000, Sony and Sanyo licenses Symbian OS, the 2001 Fujitsu and Siemens also purchase a license. 2002 Samsung bought a license, the same year also Siemens and Sony Ericsson became one of its shareholders. Samsung became one of the shareholders in the year 2003. In 2004, Psion and Motorola sold its shares to Nokia, Symbian is now controlled most of the shares by Nokia, the leader in mobile-phone sales worldwide.
Symbian OS is the operating system 32 bit, with little endian concept and runs on several types of ARM microprocessor architecture. Symbian process of working with the principle of preemptive multitasking. Support for integrated peripheral devices in the kernel as a kernel extension that is written in a DLL (dynamic linking library) apart. The kernel runs in privileged mode and provides services to applications that run in unprivileged mode via user library. Symbian OS also provides clusters library such as networking (TCP / IP, PPP, FTP), Communication (Bluetooth, IrDA). To access these services by using the concept of client-server relationship. Clients using services API provided by the server to communicate with the server. All client-server communication is governed by the kernel. Symbian OS has several advantages including the following:
Small, feature rich.
Open platform for applications, third-party.
Great connectivity with other devices.
The platform is growing.
High performance, 32-bit OS with preemptive multitasking.
Long battery life.
Support and commitment of the global handset makers.
Applications can be designed once and run on multiple devices.
Many developers who develop applications for this operating system, based because several considerations, including the following:
Symbian OS is written in C ++, the operating system entirely based on object-oriented system so flexible, efficient, reuseability, and extendability.
API (Application Programming Interface) that is clear, facilitate membuataplikasi-application.
Has multitasking and memory management efficient.
Based event driven process rather than multithreaded, thus saving memory for context switching.
In the matter of reliability, Symbian OS is designed so that no data loss occurs very rarely and the device reboots, since Symbian OS has the following capabilities:
Prevent memory leak with an effective memory management
Removing the instantaneous power source is not used anymore.
Properly handle the error out of memory with error-handling framework that is effective
Crystal, for rich features such as the type of Communicator, which has a full keyboard, large display lcd flat and holds a lot of information for business purposes.
Pearl, for which the smartphone as a standard mobile phone with a small lcd and keyboard are limited.
Quartz, to mobile phones with the ability to pen-based or touch-screen that does not require a keyboard.
To the weakness of the OS on this one, the most famous is the virus problem. But for S60v3 version up I think is rare for problems caused by a virus, there is not even (experience of the author during wear E63). Perhaps the Symbian has made massive improvements in terms of security or safety. Then (which is also the author’s own experience) if we make modifications / hacking and install many applications sometimes some default application can not run or shut down by itself.
Go to the Android OS. Android is an operating system for mobile phones based on Linux. Android provides an open platform to developers for creating their own applications for use by a variety of mobile devices. Initially, Google Inc. bought Android Inc., newcomers who make software for mobile phones. Then to develop Android, formed the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 34 companies for hardware, software, and telecommunications, including Google, HTC, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, T-Mobile, and Nvidia.
Android is not tied to one brand of mobile phones, several well-known brand HP already uses Android, among others, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, HTC, Nexus, Motorola, and others. Even the mobile phone vendors Bamboo Curtain country is famous for its low price-the price had also started to embed Android on cell phone range.
Android is made with a base Linux kernel has been modified. You may find it strange when I heard the names of designations in the various versions of Android. Because for each of his release was given a code name based on the name of the food dishes. So do not be surprised if there is a name of Android Honeycomb, Gingerbread (gingerbread?) Or Android Ice Cream.
Android there are several levels since the start of development in 2008 include:
· Android version 1.1
Was released in 2009 with a simple menu
· Android version 1.5 (Cupcake)
Android Version 1.5 is an improved version 1.1. On this version are the addition of several features in this version of the mobile the ability to record and watch videos with the camera mode, uploading videos to YouTube and pictures to Picasa directly from the phone.
· Android version 1.6 (Donut)
Donut (version 1.6) was released in September by displaying the search process better than before, the battery usage indicator and VPN control applet. Another feature is the gallery that allows the user to select the photos to be deleted; cameras, camcorders and interface the gallery; CDMA / EVDO, 802.1x, VPN, Gestures, and Text-to-speech engine; the ability to dial a contact; technological change text to speech (not available on all phones; procurement VWGA resolution.
· Android version 2.0 / 2.1 (Eclair)
Early Android versions which came into use by many smartphones, the main features of Eclair is a total change the structure and appearance of the user interface and is the first Android version supports HTML5 format.
· Android version 2.2 (Froyo: Frozen Yoghurt)
Android version 2.2 (Froyo) was launched in 2010. Android 2.2 was released with 20 new features, including the increase in speed, Wi-Fi hotspot tethering and support for Adobe Flash.
· Android version 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Changes in general obtained from Android version include increased ability games (gaming), improved copy and paste function,, support for video formats VP8 and WebM, new audio effects (reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost)
· Android version 3.0 / 3.1 (Honeycomb)
Honeycomb Android designed specifically for tablets. Android version supports a larger screen size. User Interface on Honeycomb is also different because it was designed for tablets. Honeycomb also supports multiple processors and hardware acceleration (hardware) for graphics. The first tablet is made by running Honeycomb is the Motorola Xoom.
· Android version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Ice Cream Sandwich is one of the biggest updates for Google’s operating system. They enhance Android by observing what works on the iPhone and Windows phone then match with their own OS is Android.
Pros and Cons Mobile Android – The rapid development of the Android Operating System is very obvious once. Android menandingin created for other operating systems such as Blackberry, Symbian, iOS did show a very significant development. Of course, also thanks to the support-support major mobile phone manufacturers who participate bring mobile phones that use this operating system.
Multitasking – If you ever feel the advantages of Symbian that can open multiple applications at once, as well as Android are able to open multiple applications at once without having to close one of them.
Notifications ease – Every SMS, Email, or even the latest articles from the RSS Reader, there will always be a notification on the Home Screen Android, do not miss the LED indicator lights blinking, so you will not miss a single SMS, email or even misscall ,
Easy access to thousands of Android applications via the Google Android App Market – If you are happy to install applications or games, via the Google Android App Market You can download applications for free. There are many thousands of applications and games that are ready for you to download on Android phones.
Mobile phones are diverse choice – Talk Android phones, will feel ‘different’ compared to iOS, if IOS is limited to the iPhone from Apple, then Android is available on mobile phones from various manufacturers, ranging from Sony Ericsson, Motorola, HTC to Samsung. And any handset manufacturer also brings Android phone with each style, such as Motorola with its Motoblur, Timescape Sony Ericsson with her. So you can freely choose the Android phone in accordance with the ‘brand’ favorite.
Can install a modified ROM – not satisfied with the standard view of Android, do not worry there are lots of Custom ROMs that you can spend on Android phones.
Widget – true, with the widgets on the homescreen, you can easily access various settings quickly and easily.
Google Mania – Excess other Android if you are loyal users of Google services ranging from Gmail to Google Reader, Android phones have been integrated with Google services, so you can quickly check email from Gmail.
It is undeniable advantages besides of course no shortage of this operating system.
Continuous Internet connection – Yups, mostly based phone systems require a simultaneous internet connection alias continuously aktif.Koneksi GPRS internet is always active all the time, that means you must be prepared to subscribe to GPRS package that suits your needs.
Ads – Apps on Android it can be obtained easily and free of charge, but the consequences in each of these applications, will always be on display ads, either the top or bottom of the application.
Power wasteful – Use applications and games as well as the use of internet features are always active causes wasteful consumption of battery power.
Now you already know the picture of the second OS is not it? About which one is superior to the relative, the views of each person is different. If you want a powerful OS and power saving, the Symbian could be an option. But if you want an OS that is now a trend, the application and the game a lot, and want to feel the sensation of touch screen phones you can choose Android.