New Delhi: People often get confused between Smartphone and Android phone. They often puzzle whether certain applications will support their Smartphone or not. We will clear all your doubts on Smartphones or Android phoned.
To begin with, all android phones are Smartphones but all Smartphones are not android based. Android is an Operating System (OS) that is used in Smartphone.
There are several operating systems for Smartphones- Android OS (Google Inc.), Bada (Samsung Electronics), BlackBerry OS (Research In Motion), iPhone OS / iOS (Apple), MeeGo OS (Nokia and Intel), Palm OS (Garnet OS), Symbian OS (Nokia) and webOS (Palm/HP). So, android is an Operating System (OS) like others.
Smartphone is basically a core device which is more like a computer and OS is installed in them. Different brands prefer different OSs for giving different and better user-experience to their consumers. An operating system is the main software which enables the phone’s feature to function, like Windows 7 OS for a computer or a laptop.
Nowadays, android and iOS are the most popular operating systems for Smartphones. Companies like Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei, and others use Android in their Smartphones, while iPhone uses iOS. Blackberry uses Blackberry OS. Nokia had Lumia phones which uses Windows phone.
Therefore, Android is used for advanced computational enabler by the phone makers like-Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei, and others. Hence, android phones are just a subcategory of Smartphones.