Table 1

Smartphone Operating-System Platforms, OS Features
OS Platform → Symbian OS[158] Palm Web OS[159,160] Windows Phone[161] BlackBerry[162,163] iOS[164-166] Android[140,167]
Version 3 2.3 7 6 5 4.0
App Store Ovi Store Palm App Catalog Marketplace BlackBerry App World App Store Android Market
Developer Nokia Hewlett Packard (HP) Microsoft Corporation Research In Motion (RIM) Apple INC. Google INC.
OS Feature
Multitasking l
Notifications
System Bar
Tool Bar
Customizable Home Screen ×
Recent Apps × × × ×
Text Selection, Copy & Paste
App folders × ×
Universal Search ×
Adobe Flash ×
Live Streaming RTSP RTSP RTSP RTSP HTTP HTTP, RTSP
Widgets × × ×
Encryption * × *
Remote Wipe ×
WiFi Security WEP, WPA, WPA2 WEP, WPA, WPA2 WEP, WPA, WPA2 WEP, WPA, WPA2 WEP, WPA, WPA2 WEP, WPA, WPA2
Multilingual
Accessibility

This table compares the operating-system features of six smartphone platforms: Symbian OS, Plam Web OS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, iOS, and Android.

✓ This feature is supported by the OS platform.

× This feature is not supported by the OS platform.

* This feature is supported in a limited number of devices.

l The functionality presented by this feature is limited.

Mosa et al.

Mosa et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:67   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-12-67

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