Which mobile operating system utilizes minimum hardware resources?

Dr.sunil V July 24, 2014

Which mobile operating system utilizes minimum hardware resources like battery , gps, random access memory, processor and other resources?

  1. Oron J
    July 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Between Android and Windows Phone, the Microsoft OS has the edge. It requires less CPU cycles and generally less RAM. It's not really sensible to compare iOS to either since iOS is part of "closed garden" system from Apple - you get a combination of software and hardware, and it works well. Firefox OS certainly uses far less resources than the lot (it was designed to run on much cheaper hardware), but it's also slower and more limited.

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 27, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Thank you. It has been heard and also noticed that battery on WP8 drains slower compared to Android device of same specs ( RAM and Processor strength+type , say ~ 1 GHZ + dual core ) and interface has lesser lag ( RAM resource comparison ) and quicker switching between tasks ( Processor resource comparison ). How much Nokia's hardware build ( for battery , RAM and Processor of same specs vis-a-vis Android same specs ) come into play for an overall better performance in WP8 for same-specs-comparison with Android?

    • Oron J
      July 27, 2014 at 9:57 am

      I'm sure Nokia use excellent components for their phones, but what would we be comparing it with? There are so many makes Samsung, LG, HTC at the front, ZTE and some others at the budget end and goodness-knows how many nameless Chinese makes. Each make, or rather, each phone model, has its own combinations of components, so it's pretty much impossible to make generalisations. Samsung and LG, for example, have been fitting very high-capacity batteries into their flagship phones, which is a good thing and helps with battery life, but other than saying that they've resolved the performance & battery life issues by throwing hardware at the problem, what else can we say?

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 30, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks for your answer. Your understanding and interest in the field of technology is masterful

  2. Susendeep D
    July 26, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    It's being reviewed that Android L will consume 250 MB of RAM(stock only) without any running apps.Windows phone also runs smoothly on low amount of RAM.Also,you can be sure that Firefox OS which is designed with HTML5 apps and for below $100 hardware will also consume less memory.

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 27, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Thank you. Is Android L and Android One part of same project?

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 27, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      I mean , is newer version Android L ( after kitkat ) and Android One project one and same?

    • Susendeep D
      July 28, 2014 at 10:27 am

      I think yes.As Android One is a project in which Google will directly deal with OS updates and it'll follow right from the newest version of Android which is L.

  3. Haroon R
    July 26, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I thing Google Incorporated's Android Operating System is the one which consumes the least hardware resources because it is based on Linux which holds simplicity. Apple Inc.'s iOS consumes really heck of an amount of hardware resources.

  4. Jeff F
    July 26, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Anything that runs Linux, period. With Android specifically, look at the earlier versions such as 1 and 2 because they included a lot less features and jazz. However, the more recent versions of Android are compiled with highly optimized output and include better data compression schemes so the trade off may or may not be significantly noticeable.

    You want to look for operating systems that offer minimal GUI and less fancy-shmancy-out-of-the-box, preinstalled apps.

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 27, 2014 at 7:38 am

      Is this true for forked version of Android?

    • Jeff F
      July 27, 2014 at 10:07 am


  5. Hovsep A
    July 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    minimum hardware requirements is dependent on the screen resolution. Also each application can require different memory/cpu, big application will ask more than small applications and this is independent from the OS plateform. Also system startup, Virtual memory management...are hardware dependent

    for Windows Mobile Phone:
    How can I tell if an app has requirements?
    Some apps and features won't work on phones with less than 1 GB of RAM. To see how much memory your phone has, check the manufacturer's website or your phone's documentation.

    Android KitKat
    Android 4.4 is designed to run fast, smooth, and responsively on a much broader range of devices than ever before — including on millions of entry-level devices around the world that have as little as 512MB RAM.

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you. Screen resolution is one of the hardware resources not specified but implied in query description. You mentioned about one hardware resource viz., RAM. Does kitkat also optimize other hardware resources like Processor ( less processor strength to maintain relatively greater speed and multi-tasking than versions older than kitkat? ) , Battery , Screen Resolution?

    • Hovsep A
      July 29, 2014 at 5:31 am

      Android 4.4 introduces platform support for hardware sensor batching, a new optimization that can dramatically reduce power consumed by ongoing sensor activities.

      Android 4.4 is slated to improve multitasking performance by optimizing memory

      Google tried to make Android Kit Kat Google a “lightweight” OS for the CPU to handle so this help increasing battery life due to less CPU power consumption

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks. I understood many points in your counter-answers

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