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The smartphone business is in continuous change and innovation, it is actually quite hard to keep up with them. For the last 6 years, since 2007, back when Nokia and Microsoft where the leaders on the market, things have changed radically and those two were left behind. But the new giants that are now forming together the monopoly of this field, Samsung and Apple, are yet to encounter a new challenge. It seems that the Chinese manufacturers, with the help of their inventive low-cost technology, are gradually moving from local to worldwide.

But what happens with the operating systems? In the latest period there have been reported some important shifts regarding the operating systems as we knew them. We are talking about Samsung and Intel’s Tizen, WeboS bought by LG, Google with WebKit, not to mention Mozilla’s new attempt at making their own mobile operating system.

While Android and iOS are holding almost 90% of the smartphone market on a global scale, the new platforms barely have any solid developer support. Besides Tizen which is supported by Samsung and Huawei, and the Firefox’s which has Huawei, ZTE and LG’s support, the others don’t benefit from something like that. This makes us wonder if these upcoming platforms even stand a chance at least for the next few years in front of Android.

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What is interesting to observe for the next period starting this year, is how a rivalry between Tizen and Firefox will be growing, in a race for a third or forth place in the hierarchy of operating systems.

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