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Tablet operating systems - Six alternatives to iOS and Android

Chrome, webOS and Mer - Tablet OSes you might not have heard of

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It seems like everybody is making a tablet these days, sparking talk of alternatives to iOS and Android (and, for that matter, RIM’s PlayBook OS and Windows 8, which will be a hybrid OS for either mobile devices or traditional computers). Here are six other OSs for tablets, which are in varying stages of existence: two in usable form, the others are being worked on now or have been speculated to be in the works.


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It seems like everybody is making a tablet these days, sparking talk of alternatives to iOS and Android (and, for that matter, RIM's PlayBook OS and Windows 8, which will be a hybrid OS for either mobile devices or traditional computers). Here are six other OSs for tablets, which are in varying stages of existence: two in usable form, the others are being worked on now or have been speculated to be in the works.


  • Open webOS
  • Ubuntu
  • Chrome OS
  • Mozilla
  • Mer
  • Tizen


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