Operating Systems


Android is an open source operating system which allows developers to access unlocked hardware and develop new programs as they wish. Some of the best features of Android include the ability to customise multiple home screens with useful widgets and apps that give you quicker, easier access to the content and functions you most care about. It also has an excellent capacity for multitasking – with the ability to close programs by simply swiping them away.


iOS is the mobile operating system that runs on Apple’s mobile devices, i.e. iPhones, iPads, Apple laptops and iMac’s. Apple updates iOS every year to add new features and make it better. This operating system is the first thing you see when you power up your device, in the form of your phone or tablet’s lock screen and desktops (which are filled with shortcuts to your favourite apps). When you head into your iPhone or iPad’s settings menu, this is also controlled by the operating system. From here you can adjust the device’s hardware settings, toggling features such as Bluetooth and WiFi on and off, or adjusting the brightness of the screen.


Windows 10 Mobile is the first attempt by Microsoft to unify their desktop, tablet and phone operating systems into a single OS. Window Phone is recognisable from its tile-based interface – dubbed Metro – which features removable and interchangeable squares sections on the home screen, each with its own purpose and function. Its home screen is a tiled interface (UI), with resizable tiles flipping over to display more information about that app. You can swipe to the left to get to all your apps and just like iOS and Android, you can group apps together in folders.



Barraclough, C. (2016) What is ios and what does ios stand for Available at: https://recombu.com/mobile/article/what-is-ios-and-what-does-ios-stand-for#                         (Accessed: 3 May 2017).

Parker, M.  (2016) Which mobile operating system is best? Android vs iOS vs Windows 10 Mobile Available at: http://trustedreviews.com/opinions/which-mobile-operating-system-is-best (Accessed: 3 May 2017).

uSwitch (2016) What are the different mobile operating systems? Available at: https://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/guides/mobile-operating-systems/                                         (Accessed: 3 May 2017).


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