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(Operating System)

The "core" software that controls the basic operation of an electronic device. Examples include Mac OS for computers, and Android for phones.

More advanced OS platforms for phones, such as iOS, Windows Phone, and Android, allow full software applications to run on top of the OS, such as games, organizer applications, and communication applications.

Standardized OS platforms also provide a mostly consistent user interface (UI) across devices from different hardware manufacturers.

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