Indypub: Mobile Device Apps, Part 1.

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The first step of figuring out what mobile-device users use to read ebooks is to figure out what mobile devices are out there.  I don’t need to find out what the main models are–they’ll be changing faster than I can keep up, anyway.  I need to find out what OSs are most popular.

A note–the more I find out about how strict the volunteer Wikipedia editors are, the more likely I am to trust the site on articles with a lot of public awareness.  I think Wikipedia has become a social gathering place of the Upholders of Law, in a philosophical sense.

Smartphone Operating Systems:

  • Symbian (Nokia)(36.6% worldwide)
  • Android (25.5%)
  • iOS (16.7%)
  • Blackberry OS (14.8%)
  • Windows Phone
  • Linux (mainly used to develop other OSs)
  • webOS (HP/Palm)
  • Bada (Samsung) (in development)
  • BrewOs (Qualcomm) (an invisible OS hiding under a phone’s proprietary logo, like Sprint Nextel)

Tablet Operating Systems (computer-like tablets and mobile-like tablets, not in a special order):

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows
  • webOS
  • Blackberry TabletOS
  • Maemo Linux
  • Novell Linux
  • SUSE Linux

ARM-architecture OS (mobile-like tablets: iPad, Galaxy Tab, etc.)

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Blackberry Tablet OS
  • webOS

I’m going to narrow my focus to the following:

  • Symbian
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Blackberry OS
  • Windows Phone
  • webOS

A starter link to Dear Author on the best mobile reader apps.  At first glance, this looks like something I want to come back to.

Personally, I just have Aldiko installed on my relatively ancient HTC Eris, but I don’t use it much, because the battery life on that phone is so poor.

I predict that a pattern that will come up is that US users will use iBook, Kindle apps, Nook apps, and Kobo a lot, regardless of phone.  I’m not sure what will show up as a pattern outside the US.

Posted on June 6th 2011 in Indypub

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