Another contender for third place behind Android and iOS is Research In Motion’s upcoming BlackBerry 10, set to make its final debut on January 30. At that time, RIM will announce pricing and availability for the first two BlackBerry 10 devices. The new version of RIM’s smartphone platform features a touch-centric, card interface that has echoes of Hewlett-Packard’s WebOS.
There will be a difference between Chrome OS and Firefox OS. The latter can work without an internet connection. You can edit documents, read mail, play games, and etcetera without having to connect to the internet. Of course, downloading Firefox OS apps (they are not just website links, but real native applications) still requires internet access, but once you download them, you can use them offline. Also, Firefox OS applications are multiplatform, meaning each app is a purchased once and used everywhere(Firefox OS, iOS, Android, Windows, OS X and Linux).
Samsung Electronics will be the first to sell a smartphone running on the Tizen operating system through Japanese carrier NTT Docomo and other partners next year, according to Japan’s Daily Yomiuri.
Samsung, NTT Docomo, and their partners hope to build a platform that will rival the major operating systems from Apple and Google. Other carriers interested in Tizen include the U.K.’s Vodaphone and France Telecom, according to the report.
Tizen is a Linux-based operating system that emerged from the death of Nokia’s MeeGo. Intel, which originally worked with Nokia on MeeGo, and Samsung took over the development of the operating system, which is also overseen by the Linux Foundation. It is seen as more open than Google’s Android, which despite its claims of openness, has irked some partners with certain restrictions, including the inability to make massive changes to the underlying platform.