As smartphones continue to become an integral part of modern life, open-source mobile operating system software is growing in popularity as an alternative to commercially developed programs. Generally, because open-source software code is reviewed by peers working together on a project, this kind of collaboration generally results in a more bug-free experience for the end user.
Some examples of smartphones operating on open-source mobile operating systems include the Samsung Z running on Tizen, or the Neo900 model, which is designed to be "hacked" by a user with an OS of their choosing like Marmo, Ubuntu, Firefox or something entirely of their own creation.
Earlier this year, Apple released ResearchKit, an open-source framework that invites researchers and developers to create apps that could aid in medical research. Beyond the health industry, open-source software could be applied to an infinite number of applications.
Now that some open-source programs are being designed to be extremely user-friendly for those who aren't extremely computer literate, this means that there's a huge amount of money that can be saved by both businesses and consumers.
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