WHAT IS ANDROID? A Software platform and operating systemfor mobile. Based on the Linux kernel. Android was found way back in 2003. It was developed in Palo Alto, California. Android was developed by the AndyRubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and ChrisWhite. Android was purchased by the GOOGLEin AUGUST,2005 for 50 million $.
It’s consortium of several companies. This group of companies are allowed to usesource code of Android and developapplications. Reason for Nokia not to develop AndroidMobiles is Nokia is not part of OHA.
Android is not a single piece of hardware.Android supports wireless communicationusing:- Android is a multi-process system, inwhich each application (and parts ofthe system) runs in its own process. 3G Networks 4G Networks 802.11 Wi-Fi Networks Bluetooth Connectivity
FEATURES OF ANDROIDInterface that is better then the previoustouch screen mobiles.User gets millions of applications that usercan not get in any other mobile operatingsystem. Android supports advanced audio/video/stillmedia formats such as MPEG-4, H.264, MP3, and AAC, AMR, JPEG, PNG, GIF. Developing an android application is nottough using SDK(standard developmentkit) and java emulator we can easilydevelop applications that we want.
Android MarketAndroid Market is the online software storedeveloped by Google for Android devicesUsers to browse and download apps publishedby third party developerAs of October 2012 there were more than5,00,000 apps available for AndroidAndroid has several famous apps like voiceaction, sky map, place directory, GPS, etc.,
Other then Android there are several othermobile operating system which is used. Symbian, iOS, windows this are one of the mostused mobile operating systems.
FEATURE ANDROID iOSEase of useVoice to textGamingCustomizableMusic PlayerNotification systemGoogle voice
Features iOS AndroidDeveloper Apple GoogleCopy/Paste Yes YesMultitasking Yes YesFlash Support No YesHTML 5 Support Yes YesUnified Inbox Yes YesExchange Support Yes YesThreaded Email Yes YesVisual Voicemail Yes YesVideo Calling Yes Yes(Third party App)Universal Search Yes YesInternet Tethering Yes YesRemovable Storage Support No YesFacebook Integration No Yes(Third party App)Twitter Integration No Yes(Third party App)Folders Yes YesApps Organization Customizable CustomizableApp Store 500000+ 500000+Microsoft Office Support Yes(Third party App) Yes(Third party App)Widgets No YesMedia Sync iTunes Mac & PC Direct Transfer +Third party App
Versions Name Date OfLaunch1. Android 1.0 Alpha 23rd Sept 20082. Android 1.1 Beta 9th Feb 20093. Android 1.5 CupCake 30th April 20094. Android 1.6 DoNut 15th Sept 20095. Android 2.0 & 2.1 Éclair 26th Oct 20096. Android 2.2 Froyo 20th May 20107. Android 2.3 GingerBird 6th Dec 20108. Android 3.0 HoneyComb 22nd Feb 20119. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich 19th Oct 201110. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean 13th Nov 201211. Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie Not Yet Launch
First Version of Android. The focus of Android beta is testing incorporating usability. Android beta will generally have many more problems on speed andperformance. First full version of android. Released on September 23, 2008. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. Quite slow in operating. copy and paste feature in the web browser isnot present.
Released on April 30, 2009. Added auto-rotation option. Copy and Paste feature added in the webbrowser. Increased speed and performance but not uptorequired level. Released on September 15, 2009. Voice search and Search box were added. Faster OS boot times and fast web browsingexperience. Typing is quite slower. Released on October 26, 2009. Bluetooth 2.1 support. Improved typing speed on virtualkeyboard, with smarter dictionary. no Adobe flash media support.
Released on May 20, 2010. Support for Adobe Flash 10.1 Improved Application launcher with better browser No internet calling. Released on December 6, 2010. Updated User Interface with high efficiency and speed Internet calling One touch word selection and copy/paste. New keyboard for faster word input. More successful version of Android than previousversions. not supports multi-core processors. Released on February 22, 2011. Support for multi-core processors Ability to encrypt all user data. This version of android is only available fortablets.
Released on November 14, 2011. Virtual button in the UI. A new typeface family for the UI, Roboto. Ability to shut down apps that are using data in thebackground. Released on June 27, 2012. Latest version of Android. Smoother user interface. Accessibility Google Now Android Beam Offline Google Map
Making source code available to everyoneinevitably invites the attention of hackers. Android operating system uses moreamount of battery as compared to normalmobile phones. As there are so many user sometimes itbecomes difficult to connect all the users. As we call Android is world of applicationswe continuously need to connected withthe internet which is not possible for all theusers.
Android is now stepping up in next level ofmobile internet. There are chances of Android Mobile salesbecomes more then iPhone in next twoyears. Google may launch another version ofandroid that starts K because Google islaunching all the android versions in thealphabetical order. There are chances of Android may becomethe widely used operating system in world.