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Nowadays Mobile phones are becoming more popular in our daily lives. Mobile technology has a great effect on human life. Our daily tasks are dependent on mobile devices. Memory Management (MM), Security and Performance plays an important role in every handheld device specially in mobile phones, which are very much dependent on their operating system (OS). These embedded operating systems are on the driving seat when we talk about efficient and useful memory management and secure handling. Three popular OS in mobile phones are Android, Windows and iOS (iPhone OS). Each OS has its own way of managing the memory and provide it to certain number of applications. Android is an open software available for the people to modify as per their needs. But Windows and iOS operating systems didn’t allow their software as open source. Researchers have done a large amount of work using different mechanisms and decision makings to develop new ways to manage the memory of these OS’s. This work shows a comparative analysis of different memory management and security related techniques in above three operating systems. In this paper, we present the analysis of memory management and security in mobile phone operating systems with respect to apps, main memory, cache memory and virtual memory. Also, we compare the overall performance of these OS’s in terms of MM, security concerns. This study will help in finding better operating system in terms of efficient memory management and security.