These are the features that Google’s Android Operating system brings to the phone market and more importantly the HTC phone:first: Open Source! Open Source is huge. This allows users to create applications for Android as well as make Andriod into the operating system that they want. Another good this about open source operating systems is that its free to everyone. Therefore, applications can be made by people who don’t even have the phone.Second: quick integration with other google applications such as google maps for use with the GPSA quick example of this would be having the ability to attach an address to a name. So when you call someone, you can then quickly open google maps to determine where the person lives and the quickly move to street view to determine what that looks like
Handset layouts The platform is adaptable to larger, VGA, 2D graphics library, 3D graphics library based on OpenGL ES 1.0 specifications, and traditional smartphone layouts. Storage The Database SoftwareSQLite is used for data storage purposes Connectivity Android supports connectivity technologies including GSM/EDGE, CDMA, EV-DO, UMTS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. MessagingSMS and MMS are available forms of messaging including threaded text messaging. Web browser The web browser available in Android is based on the open-source WebKitapplication framework. Java support Software written in Java can be compiled to be executed in the Dalvik virtual machine, which is a specialized VM implementation designed for mobile device use, although not technically a standard Java Virtual Machine. Media support Android supports the following audio/video/still media formats: H.263, H.264 (in 3GP or MP4container), MPEG-4 SP, AMR, AMR-WB (in 3GP container), AAC, HE-AAC (in MP4 or 3GP container), MP3, MIDI, OGG Vorbis, WAV, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP.Additional hardware support Android can utilize video/still cameras, touchscreens, GPS, accelerometers, magnetometers, accelerated 2D bitblits (with hardware orientation,scaling,pixel format conversion) and accelerated 3D graphics. Development environment Includes a device emulator, tools for debugging, memory and performance profiling, a plugin for the Eclipse IDE. Market Like many phone-based application stores, the Android Market is a catalog of applications that can be downloaded and installed to target hardware over-the-air, without the use of a PC. Originally only freeware applications were supported. Paid-for apps have been available on the Android Market in the United States since 19 February 2009. The Android Market has been expanding rapidly and after a year of availability, it currently offers over 10,000 applications for download.Multi-touch Android has native support for multi-touch which is available in newer handsets such as the HTC Hero. The feature was initially disabled at the kernel level (possibly to avoid infringing Apple patents on touch-screen technology).
The feature list of Google’s Android is always expanding. Google is committed to the platform and is releasing constant updates that continually expands on what it can do as well as increase access speeds and change User Interfaces. But Google isn’t the only company doing this. Features are always being added by the google programming community. On a daily basis new applications are being added that add new features, increase productivity or even entertain. Android is always evolving and growing.
Android has seen a number of updates since its original release. These updates to the base Operating System typically fix bugs and add new features.1.5 (Cupcake) On 30 April 2009, the official 1.5 (Cupcake) update for Android was released. There are several new features and UI updates included in the 1.5 update: Ability to record and watch videos with the camcorder modeUploading videos to YouTube and pictures to Picasa directly from the phoneA new soft keyboard with an "Autocomplete" featureBluetooth A2DP supportAbility to automatically connect to a Bluetooth headset within a certain distanceNew widgets and folders that can populate the desktopAnimations between screensExpanded ability of Copy and paste to include web pages1.6 (Donut) On 15 September 2009, the 1.6 (Donut) SDK was released. Included in the update are: An improved Android Market experience.An integrated camera, camcorder, and gallery interface.Gallery now enables users to select multiple photos for deletion.Updated Voice Search, with faster response and deeper integration with native applications, including the ability to dial contacts.Updated search experience to allow searching bookmarks, history, contacts, and the web from the home screen.Updated Technology support for CDMA/EVDO, 802.1x VPN, Gestures, and a Text-to-speech engineSpeed improvements for searching, the camera.2.0 (Eclair) On 26 October 2009 the 2.0 (Eclair) SDK was released. Among the changes are: Optimized hardware speedSupport for more screen sizes and resolutionsRevamped UINew browser UI and HTML5 supportNew contact listsBetter white/black ratio for backgroundsImproved Google Maps 3.1.2Microsoft Exchange supportBuilt in flash support for CameraDigital ZoomImproved virtual keyboardBluetooth 2.1
GOOGLE ANDROID Google Android
Background First Android phones in Canada HTC Dream and Magic Exclusively launched on Rogers June 2nd
Specs Both phones have a 3.2 inch touchscreen Dream has a slide out QWERTY keyboard Both run android OS
Specs ctd. HSPA/WCDMA Quad-band 3.2 Megapixel Camera
Custom Firmware Custom Firmware allows phones to be rooted
History of Android In July 2005, Google acquired Android, Inc., a small startup company based in Palo Alto, California, USA.
History of Android At Google, the team led by Rubin developed a mobile device platform powered by the Linux kernel, which they marketed to handset makers and carriers on the premise of providing a flexible, upgradeable system.
History of Android On 5 November 2007, the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of several companies which include: Texas Instruments Broadcom Corporation Google HTC Intel LG Marvell Technology Group Motorola Nvidia Qualcomm Samsung Electronics Sprint Nextel T-Mobile …was unveiled with the goal to develop open standards for mobile devices.
History of Android Since 21 October 2008, Android has been available as open source.
Features of Android OS Open Source! Allows users to add own apps free Integration with all of Google’s other applications
Other Features Java Support Application market Multi-touch support Supports additional hardware (accelerometers, magnetometers, accelerated 3d graphics) Web Browser Media Support Multi -threading
Features Due to the open source nature of Google Android and the extensive support for the system by Google, the feature list is continually growing through software updates and Apps.
Features Added through Updates The ability to record and watch videos Uploading videos to YouTube directly from phone Digital Zoom for cameras Revamped UIs