Mobile Platform versus Symbian
OS and Windows Mobile
A Research Paper
Presented to the Faculty of
ABE International Business College
Las Pinas City
In Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements for the Degree of
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Jihad Bob N. Carino
Kimberly Rose V. Rodriguez
Froilan C. Santos
The Personal Computer and Internet have found revolutionary ways to connect people, to entertain them and let them exchange information. But none of these is able to reach each person anywhere and anytime like the cell phone does.
1.2 Background of the Study
Based on the company “The Mobile World” in 2007 [MW2007] the global mobile phone usage had exceeded 3.25 billion at the end of 2007 which is equivalent to around half of the world’s population. This shows what a size is behind the brand “cell phone”. Ten years ago nobody would think about a development like this. That this development is going on is shown by a further survey according to the Lemelson-MIT invention index study in the beginning of 2004 [LE2004]. Nearly one in three adults say the cell phone is the invention they most hate but cannot live without. This clearly indicates how the cell phone affects the life of people and how important it is has become in today’s society. Considering the results of such surveys, everyone has to ask himself, how it will be possible to take advantage of such a trend.
Google has found perhaps the adequate answer to this question, as they come out with the new open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices called Android. It includes an operating system, middleware, user-interface and applications. It is manufacturer spanning and able to run on every cell phone. Unlike on the market for cell phones, where many manufacturers compete, there are only two main competitors in the domain of cell phone operating systems which are Symbian with “Symbian OS” and Microsoft with “Windows Mobile”. Android must successfully compete with them if Google wants to exist on the mobile market.
1.3 Statement of the Problem
The main problem is that most cell phone users don’t know much about their operating system and its potential. The most common applications like telephone, SMS and in the meantime camera functionalities are widely used. But a cell phone in today’s society is not only a toll for telephoning and writing SMS. It is a personal item which provides entertainment and information. It is important to keep in mind that there are different types of cell phone users. There are three different user groups to be considered:
1. The normal user who uses only the basic application provided by the cell phone.
2. The advanced user who use a large part of the provided applications.
3. The expert user, who tries to get deeper into the cell phone environment, develops applications and uses the total band of functionalities provided by the cell phone.
1.4 Objectives of the Study
The research introduces cell phones and operating systems for mobile devices, in general and evaluates the new mobile platform Android in comparison to the existing and commonly used mobile platforms Symbian OS and Windows Mobile. The intended audience of this research is the user groups identified above, including new cell phone users, but also advanced users, who are interested in new information, as well as developers who are engaged in application implementation on cell phones.
In detail, the research:
1. Provides an historical overview and introduction to cell phones and operating systems for mobile devices
2. Introduces and evaluates the new open mobile platform Android in comparison to the existing and commonly used platforms Symbian OS and Windows Mobile
3. Uses the implementation of a simple application on both the Android and Symbian OS to...