Smartphone OS showdown: Apple, Google, Microsoft, RIM gear up for battle

Every major smartphone platform iis getting an overhaul with lots of features, and, presumably, hardware to go along with it

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Consumerization of IT, Android, Apple

Research In Motion is holding back a lot of information about its new smartphone OS, but we do know BlackBerry 10 is touch-centric with a WebOS-style card interface. BB10 will also have a camera feature that is similar to Smart Group Shot in Windows Phone 8. And the new BlackBerry OS features a predictive software keyboard that over time adjusts to your personal typing style.

That's all we know about BlackBerry 10 other than to say the OS looks slick and the company plans to launch the platform along with new devices in the latter part of 2012.

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean

Google is the only company that has yet to announce its next smartphone iteration, but that is expected to change next week when the company holds its annual developer conference, Google I/O. Little is known about the next version of Android other than it is expected to be called Android 5.0 Jelly Bean. Google is expected to launch Jelly Bean this fall with Nexus devices from five different manufacturers, according to The Wall Street Journal, including a new Nexus tablet that could debut during I/O.

If Android 5.0 does debut next week, it will be interesting to see if Google comes up with a solution to getting Jelly Bean to compatible Android devices as quickly as possible. Despite releasing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in November, only about 7 percent of active Android devices are using the new OS, according to Google. That's a pretty slow adoption rate when you consider iOS 5 was introduced in October and now accounts for more than 80 percent of all active iOS devices, according to Apple's numbers.


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