Android Android™ delivers a complete set of software for mobile devices: an operating system, middleware and key mobile applications. Android was built from the ground-up to enable developers to create compelling mobile applications that take full advantage of all a handset has to offer. It was built to be truly open. For example, an application can call upon any of the phone’s core functionality such as making calls, sending text messages, or using the camera, allowing developers to create richer and more cohesive experiences for users. Android is built on the open Linux Kernel. Furthermore, it utilizes a custom virtual machine that was designed to optimize memory and hardware resources in a mobile environment. Android is open source; it can be liberally extended to incorporate new cutting edge technologies as they emerge. The platform will continue to evolve as the developer community works together to build innovative mobile applications.
Android, This word means a lot in present High-Tech World. Today Smartphone are known for its operating system which is Android. Earlier there is no option for operating systems like Android in mobile, as usual there are symbian, java featured operating systems but today things had changed a lot, everyone wants a Smartphone which is functioned on Android only. Even if someone asks me that what smartphone would i should buy? I suggest them to buy a one which consist of android in it with latest version no matter what’s the cost. In a very short span of time android created a reputed place in the market. What is this Android actually? Android is a software cluster for mobile devices that includes an operating system OS, key applications and middleware. The Android SDK provides the tools and APIs required to begin developing applications on the Android platform using the Java programming language. About the design, Kernal of Android is based on Linux kernal and further furnished by Google. Android doesn’t have a essential X Window System nor does it support the full set of standard GNU libraries, which makes it difficult to port existing Linux applications or libraries to Android.
History of Android Android,Inc. was co-founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. Their company set out to create a smartphone OS that was, “more aware of its owner’s location and preferences.” Their operations were mostly concealed, with there not much known about what was being developed internally. On August 17, 2005, Google announced it had bought Android Inc. Key executives and employees transferred to Google after the acquisition, but others decided it wasn’t in their best interests to work for Google. With the purchase, many analysts saw this as a move for Google to enter the mobile market. For the next few years, Andy Rubin and Co. worked hard at creating a mobile operating system based on the Linux kernel.
Released just over three years ago, the Android mobile operating system has gone through a number of dessert- inspired iterations, bringing new features that adapted to hardware changes and evolving platforms with each new version. Created by Google and a coalition of hardware manufacturers, more properly known as the Open Handset Alliance, the OS that was launched on a single device is now the most popular of its kind in the world. With partners like Motorola, HTC and Samsung Electronics, Android is now found on smartphones, portable media players and tablets throughout the world and on just about every wireless provider in existence.
Android 1.0 Available: September 23, 2008 Launch Device: T-Mobile G1 For the most part, Android 1.0 established the general design for the operating system, remaining a constant throughout each major iteration, pre-Honeycomb. The launcher and icon layout should be familiar to just about every Android user. One of the most notable features of Android 1.0 was the pull-down notification bar. As most know, this allows users to view, and occasionally get a preview of, e- mails, text messages and so on. In addition, the original Android OS introduced Google Sync, essentially pulling together your contacts and calendar information from your Google account on your phone.
Android 1.1 Available: February 9, 2009 The second major iteration of Android was mainly fine tuning the OS. Most functions remained consistent across the change, except for some app enhancements, particularly to those made by Google.Android 1.5 Cupcake Available: April 30, 2009 Launch Device: T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Enter the age of Android OS versions being titled after sweets, in alphabetical order. Copy/paste functions were finally introduced to the browswer and camera functionality was finally included.
Android 1.6 Donut Available: September 15, 2009 A number of enhancements with Donut cleaned up the operating system and its base applications. Support for higher resolution screens was also implemented.Android 2.0/2.1 Eclair Available: October 26, 2009 Launch Device: Motorola Droid With Eclair, Google and company brought one of the best features to be found on Android devices, free turn- by-turn navigation. Android 2.0 also improved on the OSs keyboard and auto-correct capilities and enhanced built-in camera functions. The infamous Live Wallpapers were also brought on board, as well as the important inclusion of HTML5 support.
Android 2.2 FroYo Available: May 20, 2010 Launch Device: HTC Nexus One With FroYo came the introduction of the Nexus line of smartphones. These devices were co-created by Google to provide the most pure Android experience, complete with timely operating system updates.Android 2.3 Gingerbread Available: December 6, 2010 Launch Device: Samsung Nexus S Following the trend set by FroYo, the next major iteration of Android was released on the second Nexus device, this time manufactured by Samsung. The user interface was upgraded, including a darker color scheme. Support for higher resolution screens and front- facing cameras were also established, in addition to Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities with properly equipped devices, like the Nexus S.
Android 3.0 Honeycomb Available: February 22, 2011 Launch Device: Motorola Xoom Honeycomb was the first version of the operating system made specifically for tablets. Adjustments for the lack of hardware buttons were made, a charactertic that carried over to the next OS iteration. The most important feature that came with Honeycomb was multi-tasking. Previously, Android supported a form of quick app switching, but Android 3.0 allowed users to bring up active apps with a push of a button and let them jump straight into most of them right where they left off.Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Available: October 19, 2011 Launch Device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus The latest and greatest from Android, ICS completely revamps the phone interface, adopting a number of features previously introduced with Honeycomb. Specifically for the Galaxy Nexus, hardware buttons were removed, replaced by the same on- screen navigational buttons seen on Android 3.0 tablets.
Android, the worlds most popular mobile platform Android powers hundreds of millions of mobile devices in more than 190 countries around the world. Its the largest installed base of any mobile platform and growing fast—every day another million users power up their Android devices for the first time and start looking for apps, games, and other digital content. Android gives you a world-class platform for creating apps and games for Android users everywhere, as well as an open marketplace for distributing to them instantly.
Global partnerships and large installed base Building on the contributions of the open-source Linux community and more than 300 hardware, software, and carrier partners, Android has rapidly become the fastest- growing mobile OS. Every day more than 1 million new Android devices are activated worldwide. Android’s openness has made it a favorite for consumers and developers alike, driving strong growth in app consumption. Android users download more than 1.5 billion apps and games from Google Play each month. With its partners, Android is continuously pushing the boundaries of hardware and software forward to bring new capabilities to users and developers. For developers, Android innovation lets you build powerful, differentiated applications that use the latest mobile technologies.
Powerful development framework Easily optimize a single binary for phones, tablets, and other devices. Android gives you everything you need to build best-in-class app experiences. It gives you a single application model that lets you deploy your apps broadly to hundreds of millions of users across a wide range of devices—from phones to tablets and beyond. Android also gives you tools for creating apps that look great and take advantage of the hardware capabilities available on each device. It automatically adapts your UI to look its best on each device, while giving you as much control as you want over your UI on different device types. For example, you can create a single app binary thats optimized for both phone and tablet form factors. You declare your UI in lightweight sets of XML resources, one set for parts of the UI that are common to all form factors and other sets for optimzations specific to phones or tablets. At runtime, Android applies the correct resource sets based on its screen size, density, locale, and so on.
Open marketplace for distributing your apps Google Play is the premier marketplace for selling and distributing Android apps. When you publish an app on Google Play, you reach the huge installed base of Android. As an open marketplace, Google Play puts you in control of how you sell your products. You can publish whenever you want, as often as you want, and to the customers you want. You can distribute broadly to all markets and devices or focus on specific segments, devices, or ranges of hardware capabilities. You can monetize in the way that works best for your business—priced or free, with in-app products or subscriptions—for highest engagement and revenues. You also have complete control of the pricing for your apps and in-app products and can set or change prices in any supported currency at any time.
Android phones Android smartphones, like their iPhone competitors, feature a touchscreen as a primary interface. With its user-friendly interface and open source mentality, Googles Android has become an immensely popular smartphone platform. In only three years from its release, it obtained a plurality in market share. Drawing from a wide base of independent developer support, the platform offers a multitude of applications, supported phones and carrier options.
Top 10 Android Phones HTC One S Rated: Apr 18, 2012 2:00 PM The HTC One S is the ultimate multimedia phone, from gaming to music to snapping high quality photos. Samsung Galaxy Nexus Rated: Dec 16, 2011 4:30 PM The best Android phone to date, the Galaxy Nexus dazzles with its curved display, sleek design, fast performance, and, of course, the Ice Cream Sandwich update
HTC RezoundRated: Jan 3, 2012 4:50 PMIf you can deal with subpar battery life,the HTC Rezound is an excellent phonethat wont feel outdated anytime soon.T-Mobile MyTouch 4G SlideRated: Jul 15, 2011 7:00 PMThe MyTouch 4G Slide has one of thebest cameras weve ever tested--andthe rest of the phone is pretty amazingas well.Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXRated: Jan 28, 2012 11:30 AMThe Droid Razr Maxx packs in a dual-core processor, large battery and LTE ina very thin frame.
Motorola Droid RazrRated: Nov 7, 2011 5:15 PMThe thin and elegant Motorola Droid Razr issmoking when it comes to data speeds andperformance, but the short battery life is adisappointment.Motorola Droid BionicRated: Sep 7, 2011 5:30 AMThe long-awaited Droid Bionic is blazing fast andhas a slew of great entertainment and businessfeatures, but the high price might make it a hardsell.Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)Rated: Oct 11, 2011 4:10 PMLike the rest of the Galaxy S II series, the Galaxy SII on T-Mobile is one of the best phones currentlyavailable, hands down.
Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)Rated: Oct 11, 2011 4:10 PMLike the rest of the Galaxy S II series, theGalaxy S II on T-Mobile is one of thebest phones currently available, handsdown.HTC Evo 3DRated: Jun 21, 2011 4:31 PMUneven call quality doesnt stop theEvo 3D from being the best phonecurrently available on Sprint.
An Android™ phone, sometimes called a Droid™ phone, is a mobile telephone that uses the Google-developed Android™ operating system. This operating system has become a popular option in recent years for so-called "smart phones," because developers and manufacturers may freely customize it to their specific needs. This customization means that different Android™ phones can have widely varying user interfaces. Most smart phones — including those using competing operating systems — offer similar overall capabilities, however, including Internet browsing, personal information management, video streaming, and access to a large repository of freeware and payware applications. Google partnered with the High Tech Computer Corporation (now HTC Corporation) to build the first mobile phone to run the Android™ platform, known as the G1™ in the United States. In 2008, T-Mobile premiered the G1™ Android™ phone to the American public. Since then, dozens of manufacturers have brought hundreds of phones with this operating system to market.
Respecfully submitted to:Prof. Erwin M. Globio,MSIT
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