1. Introduction: One of the most widely used mobile OS these days is ANDROID. Android is a software bunch comprising not only operating system butalso middleware and key applications. Android Inc. was founded in Palo Alto of California, U.S. by AndyRubin, Rich miner, Nick sears and Chris White in 2003. Later Android Inc. was acquired by Google in 2005. After originalrelease there have been number of updates in the original version ofAndroid.
2. Key Features Of Android: Android is an open-source operating system. Android OS based on the Linux kernel provides more stability andperformance. Apps written in the flexible version of the Java language. Developing apps is a cost-effective affair with no licensing required to usethe software. The Android operating system gives you numerous choices of phones andtablets. Supports Adobe Flash which is used to create all sorts of multimediacontent.
On November 5, 2007, the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of technologycompanies including Google, device manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung, wirelesscarriers such as Sprint Nextel andT-Mobile, and chipset makers such as Qualcomm andTexas Instruments, unveiled itself, with a goal to develop open standards for mobiledevices. That day, Android was unveiled as its first product, a mobile device platform built onthe Linux kernel version 2.6.The first commercially available phone to run Android wasthe HTC Dream, released on October 22, 2008.
Uploading videos to Youtube & pictures to Picasadirectly from the phone.New widgets & folders that can populate the HomescreensBluetooth A2DP supportAbility to record & watch videos through camcordermodeA new soft keyboard with text prediction.Animated screen transitions.Android 1.5Release Date:30 April 2009
Speed improvement in searching and cameraapplications. The universal search function helped pinpoint apps andcontacts on the phone, or jump to searching the Web. Support for more screen resolutions opened the door toAndroid phones of different sizes. Google Maps Navigation added free turn-by-turnnavigation.Android 1.6Release Date: 15 September 2009
Support for multiple Google accounts lets you stock up on allyour Gmail. Camera settings including support for a flash, digitalzoom, white balance and colour effects. Searching within text messages and MMS messages. Multi-touch support in the on-screen keyboard helps it figureout what youre trying to say if you accidentally type twoletters at once.Android 2.1Release Date: 26 October 2009
Supported Flash Player 10.1 enabling Videos, photoslideshows and streaming audio. The portable Wi-Fi hotspot hepls share phones 3G Internetconnection with other gadgets, over Wi-Fi. Speedier Websurfing because of changes to the browser. Better Bluetooth compatibility with docks and in-carspeakers, and the addition of voice dialling over Bluetooth.Android 2.2Release Date: 20 May 2010
Supported Flash Player 10.1 enabling Videos, photoslideshows and streaming audio. The portable Wi-Fi hotspot hepls share phones 3G Internetconnection with other gadgets, over Wi-Fi. Speedier Web surfing because ofchanges to the browser. Better Bluetooth compatibility with docks and in-carspeakers, and the addition of voice dialling over Bluetooth.Android 2.3Release Date: 2 February 2011
A blue wireframe design gives Honeycomb a Tron-inspiredlook. Home screens appear to rotate on a 3D carousel as you swipethrough them. Widgets are bigger and bolder to suit the tablet-size screen. Key apps, such as Gmail and YouTube, are heavily redesignedto take advantage of the space available. The Web browser introduces tabbed browsing, a featurefamiliar from desktop browsers such as Chrome.Android 3.0Release Date:22 February 2011
A speedier, smoother browser. A data traffic monitor to help you avoid busting yournetwork data limit. More storage space for apps. A new user-friendly action bar replacing the Menu button. Face recognition for unlocking your phone. The ability to decline calls with pre-penned text messages. Supports Live video effects.Android 4.0Release Date:19 October 2011
A higher frame rate makes swooping through menus andhome screens feel buttery smooth. View photos youve taken quickly by swiping from thecamera to filmstrip view. Notifications now include more information. A new gestures mode to improve accessibility for blindusers, letting you navigate the UI using touch and swipegestures, in combination with speech output.Android 4.1Release Date:27 June 2012.
Future Versions…??The successor to Jelly Bean is widely rumored to be dubbedKey Lime Pie, although no official statements have beenmade confirming this.In February 2013, a leaked document from semiconductormanufacturer Qualcomm revealed that Key Lime Pie willbe released in the second quarter of 2013
Android is a Linux-based operating systemdesigned primarily for touchscreen mobiledevices such as smartphones and tabletcomputers.
Android OS is Low-cost, customizable, light-weight operatingsystem for high tech devices .As a result, it has seen additional applications on televisions,games consoles and other electronics.
WashingMachine:[SamsungWashingMachine]Features:- Samsung washing machine which can be connected to the web. The washing machine carries a touch-screen on top of it and ispowered by Android OS. This washing machine can take a load of 12Kg. A separate application has been developed which when connectedto Wi-Fi, acts as the remote control of the washing machine. A Smartphone operates this washing machine.Price:-$7499
SmartRefrigerator:[SamsungT9000refrigerator]Features:- The display enables users to keep up with the news, weather and evenTwitter from the fridge door. It has a 10-inch Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen. It can also replace hand-written calendars with Google Calendarintegration, and run slideshows of photos. Shopping lists can be created on the fridge with the Evernote app, whichwill sync to smartphones and recipes can be found at Epicurious.Price:-$3,999.
SmartOven:[Androidwalloven]Features:- The wall oven runs on Android OS platform and under the hood it is powered bya 1 GHz Samsung processor. They have also provisioned a 512 MB RAM forefficient running of the applications along with a Wi-Fi connectivity. The oven is also equipped with stereo sound capabilities along with a Power VRSGX 540 Graphics processing unit. The system has 7 inch LCD touch display. In-built Discovery IQ controller one will be able to access the cooking applicationwhile simultaneously scanning through other applications in Google Play Store.Price:-$4499.
AlarmClock[Archos35]Features: Provides weather, real time traffic, news, sports, movies, music ,Tune in radio, social networking and much more through the built-in WiFi. A webcam on the front, supporting apps like Tango for videocalling, a rechargeable battery to take the party with you, and a3.5 headphone jack for more personal use. Based on Android 2.2 supportes over 30,000 appsPrice$149.00
SmartGlasses[VuzixGoogleGlass]Features: The Ice Cream Sandwich -based eyepatch, features a WQVGA displaywith a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 1GHz OMAP4430 processor, 1GB of RAM and4GB of internal memory. Vuzix Smart Glasses,M100 include an integrated head tracker and GPSand an integrated camera enables video recording and still image capture. Powerful enough to connect to theInternet, run applications and games on its own.Price: $999
CarStereo[ParrotAsteroid]Features: Single Din Android Based Deck Hands-free Calling, Bluetooth, 4 USB ports, analogue & GPS inputs, detachablescreen, automatic phonebook sync, Multipoint & AM/FM Radio, A2DP streaming Internet connectivity via 3Gdongle or tethering for Apps including Google Maps, Roadtrip, Wikango, TuneIn & more Search for and play your music simply by speaking the name of the album or artist Powerful audio platform that includes 3 sets of pre-outs and a built in 4x55W Mosfet amplifier.Price$269.00
GamingConsole[Ouya]Features: Ouya will include the Twitch TV application and access to the OnLive video game streaming service. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. 1.7 GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. 8 GB internal flash memory. Supports Wi-Fi 802.11,Bluetooth LE 4.0,Ethernet port connectivity,wireless controller input.Price$99.00
AndroidTreadmillFeatures: Built-in i-fit live features workouts powered by googlemaps, training with Jillian Michaels. 10-Inch full-color touch screen with browser poweredby android. Space saver design with vertical folding feature,dual-grip EKG heart rate monitor.Price:$2499.00
Headphones[NOXAdmiralTouch]Features: A 2.4-inch touchscreen color LCD embedded in the right ear-cup. Running Android 2.1 on an ARM11 chip with 1GB flash storage and256MB of RAM -- on top of a set of noise-canceling, 7.1 virtual surroundsound wireless headphones that connect via both 2.4GHz andBluetooth simultaneously.Price:Price not yet released
AndroidWatches:[SonySmartWatch]Features:- Initiate calling. Texting (pre-saved messages like "Im busy"). View missed calls, Text Messages, Twitter, Facebook status updates. Training app synchronizes countdown clock with your phone, can alsomonitor heart rate. Listen to music.Compatibility:- All phones running Android 2.1 or higher.Battery Life:- 24 to 48 hours, depending on usage.Price:- $149