Last time, I posted an article “Find best smartphone for me.” If you haven’t read it yet, please go read it first. As this article will focus on one of the major steps to ensure you find the best smartphone for you. This step is the “Platform” step.
We will be discussing the following regarding the platform step:
- Why is it important to know the different smartphone platforms available?
- Explain the different smartphone platforms available.
- What impact these smartphone platforms have on their users.
After reading this article you will understand a bit more how smartphones differentiate between each other and will help you make the right smartphone selection.
Why must we know the different smartphone platforms?
Reason why it is important to know different smartphone platforms, is that it impacts you in terms of being satisfied with your smartphone selection or not.
Certain smartphone platforms are limited with which applications they can download. For example: I purchased a smartphone to play a specific game. When I search for the game I want to install, it does not appear under the smartphone platform store. Thus, resulting me being unhappy with my smartphone selection and will most likely hate my selection.
Thus, it is critical you know the different smartphone platforms available to ensure you do not fall into a trap of selecting the wrong smartphone.
Different smartphone platforms available worldwide
There are 3 different smartphone platforms currently worldwide. Namely, they are the following:
- Android (GMS)
- Android (HMS)
We going to go in detail with each smartphone platform mentioned above.
The iOS platform is a smartphone platform that is only made available for the Apple smartphone brand. These iOS platform smartphones are highly secured and that do not run on an Android platform.
The iOS platform make use of the following applications:
- Safari browser
- App Store
- Wallet & Apple Pay
- Game Center
These are just a few and there are many more. Most of these applications, all smartphones have
something similar, however not the same application and has different icons based on the smartphone platform.
One of the cons the iOS platform has, is that some applications are not available to find on the app store. It is usually caused by the following factors:
- The region you selected for your iOS account, does not have that specific application available.
- The specific application has not been made available on the iOS platform yet.
- There is a ban on the specific application of which the iOS platform does not want to distribute from their platform’s app store.
Now like any other smartphone, there must be an account to link your smartphone data. For the iOS platform you will need a iCloud account. Luckily if you have a gmail account, you may use that account to link with your iOS platform smartphone. However, some applications or features might request you still create a new iCloud account. Thus, resulting you will have two accounts. Hopefully this issue has been resolved.
GMS is an acronym for Google Mobile Services. The Android (GMS) platform is available for Android smartphones that are approved and certified by Google. Thus, means that the Android smartphone are all pre-installed by GMS applications.
The most popular pre-installed GMS applications are the following:
- Google Maps
Just like the iOS platform, GMS smartphones have similiar applications, but different icons.
Now GMS Android smartphones store all their data under their user’s Google accounts. Usually it is the user’s Gmail account. Unlike the other platforms, GMS smartphones have the most popular applications to choose from to download. They also experience region restriction, however they tend to experience this problem less than the iOS platform.
Clients tend to use a GMS android smartphone as it is easier to use & able to find any application that will satisfy their needs.
HMS is an acronym for Huawei Mobile Service. This platform is specifically designed for the Huawei brand smartphones. This platform was created due America banned the sell of Huawei smartphones. This ban resulted the Google banned Huawei to use their GMS service on their smartphones.
The previous Huawei smartphones that have the GMS platform before this banned, was allowed to continue the use of GMS applications. Plus Huawei gave these previous Huawei smartphones the ability to have HMS applications also due they want clientele to learn how Huawei smartphone is advancing away from GMS platform.
The HMS platforms like to make use of the following applications:
- App Gallery
- Huawei Themes
- Huawei Back up
All applications are similar, however are different from just different icons.
HMS platform has its own account to store your smartphone data on. It does allow you to use your gmail account to link up with it, however it will generate a second account which links with the HMS system.
Now the question everyone asks how does HMS differ with the other platforms. Firstly, HMS does not have any pre-installed Google applications which majority use or want. The google applications are also not available to download under the HMS store which is known, App Gallery.
However, you might find sites or download these google applications through other store applications, namely the following:
Even though you can download google applications through these stores or sites, the applications may not always function properly that they would on a GMS smartphone.
It is important to note that the HMS platform is still in the developing stages and Huawei is trying to improve on these errors. Huawei consider rather to work on the HMS platform than beg Google to change their minds. Plus, Apple has proven that it is possible to move a smartphone to a different platform.
So basically we got a better understanding of the three different smartphone platforms available worldwide which are: iOS, GMS and HMS. All three of these smartphone platforms have similar applications with different icons on them. However, certain applications. Are not available to download through their smartphone platforms due to the following:
- The region you selected or based in.
- The applications not available for the specific smartphone platform.
- Some applications are banned with specific reasons.
Also all smartphones link their user’s data with a platform specific account. Some smartphone platforms do accept other platform accounts as a link, however some functions on the new smartphone platform will not function correctly until a new platform link is created. Thus, it is best to stick with one smartphone platform to ease transition from a old smartphone to a new smartphone.
You probably say now: “So I must say goodbye to all the things stored on my old smartphone?” It is not the case. There are applications available that will help you move all your data or applications from one smartphone to a new different smartphone platform.
Here are a list of these applications that can make this:
- Samsung Smart Switch
- Send Anywhere
- Huawei Backup
- Bluetooth File Transfer
So this article, basically showed us how important it is we know all our smartphone platforms and what repercussions it might have by not knowing all your different smartphone platforms.
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