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Which is the better software: android or symbian?

Android is a Linux based OS and is very stable. Symbian is old and dated. 

Sure, Symbian is on about half of all mobile phones in the world, but the operating system is expected to drop to less than a third of mobile devices worldwide, while the open-source Android system is expected to flourish, according to Gartner Research. 

While VentureBeat circulates rumors that Nokia may adopt the Windows Phone 7 OS to prevent a complete abandonment by users, there's been no official word from Nokia. Still, many point to the hiring of Microsoft alum Stephen Elop as chief executive as evidence for this view. Also don't expect any Symbian upgrades soon, since Nokia's still working on them. 

3. Applications 

Symbian cannot compete with Android and Apple's hundreds of thousands of apps available. No 12MP camera (available on the N8) or video playback can make up for that. 

4. Speed 

With features called "slow" and "underwhelming", many are blaming the phone's 680 MHz processor--considered a dinosaur in comparison to the many 1 GHz smartphones being released onto the market. 

5. No Demand 

A recent national poll of smartphone buyers from JD Powers and Associates rated Nokia dead last in the smartphone market, with satisfaction of a Nokia handset below the industry standard. Android phone makers Motorola and HTC, as well as Apple, reported a gain in satisfaction. 

Sure, the Nokia N8 has a 12MP camera, 720p playback, and a vivid viewscreen, but it had to have that just to get users to look past what it doesn't have: a popular, updateable operating system, plenty of applications, and a reasonably priced product. Save your time and money for a handset that's easily upgraded, cheaper and faster.
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Android vs Symbian
The entrance of the Android operating system into the smartphone market has ruffled more than a few feathers. Not just because it is backed by the Internet giant Google, but also because of the exuberant acceptance of many to the new platform. Compared to the industry giant Symbian, Android is very new with just a handful of handsets under its belt. Symbian roughly has 44% of the market while that of Android is about a tenth of that. But in terms of growth, Android far exceeds Symbian as the former has grown exponentially in just a couple of years while the latter has constantly been losing market share for quite a while now.

Since Symbian has been around for quite some time, it was in use with ordinary phones back when smartphones are not yet very common. Â It was designed to work on phones that have typical keypads and QWERTY keyboards. On the other hand, Android was designed from the very beginning to work with touch capable devices and includes all the tools to take advantage of the GUI and the touch screen interface. Rather than navigating through multiple menus, many of Android’s features can be reached with a few taps on the screen.

Although there have been updates to Symbian to add new features like touch functionality, its core has remained the same for quite some time now. The lack of major changes means that Symbian is quite outdated when it comes to new trends and technologies. Although the initial versions of Android was full of bugs and lacked many features, Google has maintained a brisk update schedule to address the issues. The latest version can now compete with other smartphone operating systems.

The Symbian OS has almost become synonymous with Nokia mobile phones because it is used mostly on the aforementioned phones. Although there are a few manufacturers who use Symbian every now and then, the great bulk is still with Nokia. With Android there is no single phone manufacturer that clearly dominates the production of Android phones. The competition between manufacturers to produce the best Android phone is also one of the reasons why development maintains a very fast pace.
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