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Popular Mobile Development Platforms

By: Vishal Arora at Evon Technologies

Submitted on Wed, Mar 9th, 2011 6:53 am

Gone are those days where mobile phones acted just as a communication device used to talk and write short messages. Mobile phones are more than complete communication and entertainment device. Therefore, mobile development has become one of the most competitive territories for the developers. Around the world, mobile developers use mobile platforms for the development of some amazing apps.

Some of these platforms are exclusively limited to the firms, which produce products while others are available for third-party usage. There are offshore development centers around the world, which are using these platforms for the development and running of amazing applications, which run on these platforms. You can outsource custom development projects to such centers.

Popular Development Platforms

Symbian OS - Holding one of the largest shares in the market, Symbian OS is one of the favorites among mobile developers. It is an open source operating system (OS) and development platform designed for smartphones and maintained by Nokia. The Symbian kernel (EKA2) supports sufficiently fast real-time response to build a single-core phone around it.

Google Android Mobile development was revolutionized ever since the launch of Android, which is based upon a modified version of the Linux kernel. This user-friendly platforms software stack consists of Java applications running on a Java-based, object-oriented application framework on top of Java core libraries. Android started as an OS from a small start-up company and was later acquired by Google.

Apple iOS The i-generations development platform, iOS is used by mobile developers to create applications for the iPhones, iPads and Apple TV. It is exclusively used for iPhone development, as Apple does not license its iOS for installation on third-party hardware. This platform is derived from Mac OS X and is therefore a Unix-like operating system by nature.

BlackBerry OS This is a proprietary development platform developed by Research In Motion for its BlackBerry devices. RIM allows third-party developers to write software using the available BlackBerry API (application programming interface) classes. There are more than 15,000 downloadable applications, which are developed using this platform.

Windows Phone This is the latest offering from the big daddy of computing Microsoft. This is the successor to the successful Windows Mobile, which was used for development purpose for many years. It is a closed proprietary mobile development platform. A new design language Metro allows mobile developers to integrate the operating system with third party and other Microsoft services.

webOS This is one of the oldest mobile development platforms in the world. webOS proprietary mobile operating system running on the Linux kernel and was owned by Palm before being taken over by HP. The platform allows the development of third party applications. These applications have to be certified by HP. Applications for it is written in JavaScript, HTML as well as C and C++.

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About the Author

Vishal Arora
Evon Technologies
Vishal Arora is an iPhone and Flash expert working as a technical writer with Evon Technologies, an offshore development company dealing with mobile, software, and web application development.For more info, visit

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