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Mobile Email (Smartphones)

What is a Smartphone?

There is no industry standard definition of a Smartphone and the term is generally used for any mobile phone that offers advanced computing capabilities, often with PC like functionality.

Much like your computer, a Smartphone will have an Operating System (OS) and can be used for a range of tasks such as web browsing, email and social networking. They also can be used to edit documents, create and view photo albums and listen to music.

Smartphones will also have the capability to download and run additional applications that are not supplied on the phone. There are a wide range of applications available either for free or for a small charge. Popular apps include navigation services, reference information such as dictionaries and guides, business / industry specific tools and games.

Applications are generally available from a single site which is managed by the operating system owner for example, Apple use the App Store and BlackBerry offer the BlackBerry Marketplace.

There are five main operating systems available:-

Android

The Android Inc was purchased by Google in 2005 and is an Open Source platform. This means that independent developers are free to develop applications that extend the functionality of the system and the hardware that uses it. A range of manufactures use the operating system on their handsets. The system is frequently revised by the Android Team with the current version being 4.2 or “Jelly Bean”.

Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 8

Developed by Microsoft the Windows Mobile operating system can be found on devices from a range of manufacturers. The latest version is 8 and is broadly similar in appearance to the desktop version of Windows.

Windows Phone 8 was launched in October 2012 as a successor to the Windows Phone 7. It is designed with consumers in mind and, like it’s predecessor, offers the Metro interface. Windows Phone 8 mobiles are available from a range of manufacturers.

BlackBerry

This was developed by Research in Motion (RIM) for its BlackBerry handheld devices. BlackBerry is best know as a corporate email solution but RIM also offers options for small businesses and consumers. Currently only RIM devices operate using the BlackBerry OS.

Symbian^3 Platform

The Symbian^3 platform is generally found on Nokia handsets. It is the successor to the Symbian and S60 Operating Systems. Nokia have developed their own portal which allows users to synchronise and share information as well as download apps. The portal is known as the Ovi Store.

Apple iPhone

This OS was developed by Apple for its iPhone range of handsets although it can also be found on the iPad, iTouch and iPod. The platform synchronises with iTunes and has over 300,000 applications available from its App Store. Apple does not allow other manufacturers to use its OS.

If you are unsure which system is right for you and your business, then please give us a call and we will be pleased to discuss your requirements in more detail.