Stelph

If you could make your own Mobile OS, what features would it have?

There's always discussions/arguments on what the best mobile OS is out there, but I was wondering today if you could pull the best bits from each of the OS's out there and put them together into one OS, how would you do it?

From iOS
- The App Store and developer support
- The close integration with a single desktop application (yes I know people love to hate iTunes, but a lot of its features are quite cool, like being able to backup/restore to a new iPhone if yours breaks, one desktop application for organising music and movies and renting films ),
- The core OS being able to be centrally updated (so you dont have to wait for the manufacturers to provide the update)

From Android
- WIDGETS!! Amazingly useful for providing easy to read, constantly updating news feeds
- The openness and customability of organising the homepage (i.e things like HTC Sense or spb homeshell)
- Being able to access the phone as a USB drive (so you dont have to use the itunes equivalent if you choose not to)
- micro SD card support (why oh why is this being phased out??)

From Windows Mobile 7
- The support for Microsoft Word, Excel,
- Support for Xbox Live and Live gaming

From Symbian (yes, symbian, bare with me)
- Being very memory efficent and able to run smoothly on relatily low specs (i.e the N8 with a 628mhz processor is still slick, able to multitask and push out 720p via HDMI!)
- Having a developer who isnt afraid to pushing into new areas or look for new uses for the software that goes against the trend (check out Nokia's Point&Find, Ovi Maps)

From WebOS
- The notification system
- The "Tiles" for multitasking apps

From Kindle (Bare with me on this)
- The WhisperSync - Now you may think Ive gone mental, but I really love the whisper sync feature where if you are reading a kindle book on your Kindle, where you are in the book is saved across all of your devices. So if you open the book on your iPhone then it opens to where you left off. Since there is a lot of talk about how "the cloud" is the way forward I would love to see a similar feature rolled out across a mobile OS and smoothly/seemlessly intigrated into the mobile OS without you being aware of it. For example, if you were writing a document on word on your PC at home and you closed and saved it, it would be saved to your home PC but also seemlessly synced with cloud account, then when you open word on your phone you could continue where you left off. Or when gaming on your Xbox at home, save your game and go to work and continue where you saved ect

If I could have all that, and have Nokia build the phone in the video below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGPxDCTIBX8

Add the screen from the iphone 4, the camera from the N8 and a magic battery that lasts several days then I would be a happy bunny for, ooooo, at least 6 months before I wanted an upgrade :-)

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Apr. 15, 2011 at 12:24

Good list :)
But it's Friday, I'm working, so I gotta nag:

"The openness and customability of organising the homepage (i.e things like HTC Sense or spb homeshell" <<=== How is THAT from Android?
SPB made MS for winmo YEARS before the iPhone or Android were conceived. There were literally dozens of home replacements and launchers for Windows and Symbian long before Android; not to mention the gazillion of Symbian themes, that allow you to easily change colour schemes and icons. I'd pay good bucks if I never ever had to look at a Samsung icon scheme again :p

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 15, 2011 at 12:24

Good list :)
But it's Friday, I'm working, so I gotta nag:

"The openness and customability of organising the homepage (i.e things like HTC Sense or spb homeshell" <<=== How is THAT from Android?
SPB made MS for winmo YEARS before the iPhone or Android were conceived. There were literally dozens of home replacements and launchers for Windows and Symbian long before Android; not to mention the gazillion of Symbian themes, that allow you to easily change colour schemes and icons. I'd pay good bucks if I never ever had to look at a Samsung icon scheme again :p

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 15, 2011 at 12:30

USB-On-the-go, expandable mass-storage

Stelph  Apr. 15, 2011 at 14:55

re - spb shell - Fair enough, I put that in the wrong place (I was first introduced to SPB shell using windows mobile as well), I was trying to get across that I wanted to keep the way that you can easily modify the homepage of Android, but I guess you could say the same about Symbian and the older Windows Mobile

mrew42  Apr. 15, 2011 at 15:01

+1 for USB-on-the-go.
removal of Network Providers bloatware. Just want pure as intended O/S without a 'take' on it (I HATED the orange logo on my HTC so much I went Cyanogen)

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 15, 2011 at 15:36

Yes. No bloatware! (RIM, that doesn't mean NO email client in your tab, though :p :D )

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 15, 2011 at 19:16

Actually... If someone polished Maemo, I'd be quite happy.
Hell, in my honour they could call it MEego. Oh, wait... Doh :p

shuwaz  Apr. 15, 2011 at 22:33

Dunno about OS-wise but physically:
- the weight and feel of the E71 and its qwerty keyboard;
- the silent/vibrate switch from the iphone and its retina display;
- the speaker from the sonyericsson (e.g. w810i, k800, the newer Arc) and the earphones;
- the camera from any flagship nokia (e.g. N95, N8);
- the weight of the sonyericsson t600 (ok, now we're pushing it).

equ  Dec. 24, 2011 at 10:42

The Clock on the Screen Locked page from the Nokia C7
Less Megapixels and Better Low light performance and better detail.
Xenon flash but also a Led to act am an emergency tourch.
HDMI out
4~5 Day battery life
Must have the Google apps like Earth and Skymap lol
USB OTG
Must be able to be USB Mass storage
SatNav with localy stored maps for SatNav with no signal (Cars can drive outside phone range lol)
Not cost more than £500

Soon to be important
Mouse and Keyboard support when using Apps on the HDMI out.

nazaiafghani  Jan. 1, 2012 at 07:43

Good list :)
But it's Friday, I'm working, so I gotta nag:

"The openness and customability of organising the homepage (i.e things like HTC Sense or spb homeshell" <<=== How is THAT from Android?
SPB made MS for winmo YEARS before the iPhone or Android were conceived. There were literally dozens of home replacements and launchers for Windows and Symbian long before Android; not to mention the gazillion of Symbian themes, that allow you to easily change colour schemes and icons. I'd pay good bucks if I never ever had to look at a Samsung icon scheme again :p

tui123  Sep. 17, 2012 at 11:17

Handwriting recognition, like the old WebOS Graffiti. It actually exists - in Android, but they don't tell you, and no one uses it.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 17, 2012 at 14:43

Handwriting recognition, like the old WebOS Graffiti. It actually exists - in Android, but they don't tell you, and no one uses it.

It was available 6+ years ago on WinMo. Okay, via 3rd party apps, but they worked as well as many of today's systems.

Stelph  Sep. 17, 2012 at 15:17

Good lord where did this zombie thread come from! Completely forgot id written this

Still waiting for this OS mind, hurry up Jolla

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