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How to choose the right smartphone operating system

How do you decide which phone to get? Being familiar with different smartphone operating systems will help make the decision a little easier.


Sure, the hardware matters when you’re shopping around for a new smartphone, but have you considered the software behind the screen? It’s worth looking into the various smartphone operating systems out there before you make the purchase commitment. Here are some of the top selling points of Android™BlackBerry® and Windows® Phone operating systems.

What is an example of a smartphone operating system?

A smartphone operating system is essentially the engine that smoothly runs your smartphone; it manages both the hardware and the software to create an enjoyable user experience. Examples of smartphone operating systems include Android, BlackBerry and Windows.

The newest Android operating system

Google enthusiasts might want to turn to Android, given that Google apps are deeply integrated into the OS. Google Now™ is an amazing personalized and location-based app that learns your search habits and serves up the right results at the right time. Another benefit to the Android OS is the availability of apps—there are more than a million of them in the Google Play™ Store. With Android, you have a customizable Home screen and the ability to add widgets, like a fun weather or clock widget. Keep as many or as few apps as you want on your Home screen, and you can even create folders to house multiple apps for easy access and organization.

If you think an Android operating system is right for you, check out the Samsung Galaxy S7LG G5 or Droid Turbo 2 by Motorola.

BlackBerry operating system

Are you just looking to text, call, update your social media profiles and check your email? The BlackBerry operating system offers you the ease and simplicity to do so, without any unnecessary clutter. The web-browsing experience is unmatched by any other OS out there, and busy professionals will enjoy fast and easy email correspondence. BlackBerry also groups your messages together across all communication mediums-so if you have an email thread with your coworker who then sent you a follow-up text message, they'll all be in one convenient place.

If you think a BlackBerry operating system is right for you, consider the BlackBerry® Classic.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system

While Google fans might want to look toward Android smartphones, Microsoft enthusiasts may want to go with a Windows Phone. With the familiarity of Microsoft products and services-including Microsoft Office and Xbox apps-there's a smaller learning curve and more comfort in a familiar ecosystem. With bright colors, sharp visuals and a smooth user interface, the Windows Phone operating system is an ideal move for people who are looking to purchase their first smartphone.

Is Windows Phone the operating system for you? Take a look at the Microsoft Lumia 735 or LG Lancet™.

Whichever operating system appeals to you, Verizon Wireless has you covered.


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