What is Android? ● Linux-based mobile operating system ● Worlds most popular mobile platform ● Open-source
The power of choice● Choose your own manufacturer (http://www.android.com/devices/)● Choose your own hardware specs● Choose default apps for browsing, emails, and others● Change default keyboard etc
Integration with Google Services● Gmail● Google Calendar● Google Drive● Google Maps● Google Talk● Google Chrome● Youtube
Wider app selection● Google Play (formerly Android Market)● Amazon App Store● Other market place
Home Screen and WidgetsAs you place widgets on the screen, everythingelse automatically moves to make room. Whentheyre too big, widgets resize on their own.Image Source: http://www.android.com/about/
NFC and Android BeamNFC = Near-field communicationAndroid BeamShare apps, contacts, music, videos via NFCJust touch two NFC-enabled Android devicesback-to-back, then tap to beam whatevers onthe screen to your friend.
Google Now and Knowledge GraphGoogle Now brings you the information youneed, when and where you need it, before youeven ask.The Knowledge Graph enables you to searchfor things, people or places that Google knowsabout—landmarks, celebrities, cities, sportsteams, buildings, geographical features,movies, celestial objects, works of art andmore—and instantly get information that’srelevant to your query.
Hadware● External storage● Standard USB cables
Other featuresMulti-taskingFace Unlock Screen-lock option that lets you unlock your device with your faceVoice typing and Voice search
Android is growingAndroid now has 72.4% of the SmartphoneMarket(Gartner Worldwide Mobile Device Sales to EndUsers by Operating System in 3Q12)25 billion app downloads675,000 apps and games1.3 million devices are activated worldwide daily(http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2012/09/google-play-hits-25-billion-downloads.html)
Powerful development framework● SDK provided by Google● Android Developer Tools● Android Emulator for testing● Free to download and use● Great documentation
Low learning curveImage Sources:http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/08/30/oracle_issues_patch_for_latest_java_security_flaw and http://devlup.com/mobile/cross-platform-mobile-development-tools/2416/
Where to start?1. Download the Android SDK (http: //developer.android.com/sdk/installing/index. html)2. Download the latest SDK tools and platforms using the SDK Manager. (http://developer. android.com/sdk/installing/adding-packages. html)3. Install ADT plugin for Eclipse (http: //developer.android. com/sdk/installing/installing-adt.html)