MWC: Mobile OS Scorecard

It’s not as fun as counting delegates from Super Tuesday, and figuring out which mobile operating system is pulling ahead can be complex, but we’re on it. And while we’re not tallying intangibles such as the “cool” factor of the phone, and have no idea how well each will sell, we are tracking which operating system is being used on the 28 (by our unscientific count) new handsets that have launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. We still have three more days, so stay tuned.

LiMo, the Linux Mobile OS, has topped the list, with 15 phones launching and three prototypes planned for later this year. Motorola and NTT DoCoMo are heavily behind the LiMo efforts, with six and eight LiMo phones launching respectively.

Microsoft has managed to get its Windows Mobile OS on the Sony-Ericsson Xperia line of phones. Although it’s being trumpeted as a coup for Redmond, in reality it’s kind of a letdown compared to the rumors of Nokia signing up for some Windows action.

Until those rumors come true, however, Nokia is squarely behind Symbian, an allegiance the Finnish phone maker has proven via heavy investment. Its four latest phones, including the N96, run on Symbian, as will two Sony-Ericsson devices, one from Samsung and an LG, for a total of eight new handsets.

In other I-wish-this-were-more-exciting news, Android got a showing, but only on prototype phones running chips chips from firms such as Texas Instruments, ST Microelectronics and ARM Holdings. Maybe we’ll see more from Android at CTIA in April.