Global ICT manufacturers and service providers are expected to start fierce competition for dominance in the Internet of Things (IoT) operating system (OS) market, which has been in the limelight since 2014. ICT giants, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Intel, Cisco, and the three smartphone rivals of Samsung, Google, and Apple, have all joined the competition with their own strategies and products.
According to Techtimes, Microsoft will show off the features of Windows 10, the new OS for IoT, at CES 2015 in Las Vegas from Jan. 6 to 9. Windows 10 has reportedly expanded and improved its IoT features, and will clearly show its future plans to compete in the IoT OS market.
Qualcomm and Intel, the world leader in mobile application processors (APs) and semiconductors, respectively, have also set their sights on an IoT OS, and introduced their new IoT OS early this year to take the crown from smartphone giants.
The competition among smartphone giants will get stiffer. Google is working to build an Android ecosystem in the smart home IoT market, and will introduce its Android TV with SONY, Sharp, and Philips at CES 2015. Samsung is also switching applications and features of its own OS Tizen from smartphones to IoT.
In the meantime, Apple is setting its own strategy to tackle the market. The company will introduce a variety of convergence platforms such as the connected-car platform CarPlay and the near field communications-based information sharing platform iBeacon along with iWatch.