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Android, A Leader in the Smart Phone Industry


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Android, A Leader in the Smart Phone Industry

  1. 1. Android, A Leader in the Smart Phone Industry(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return;js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src ="//";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, "script", "facebook-jssdk"));FacebookSince the advent of science and technology, new developments and discoveries have been thekey in the world around. These developments have tremendously heightened the humancomfort levels and made life easier and worthwhile. One such discovery has been that of mobilephones. These cellular devices, brought to life in 1973, have reduced distances and made theworld shrink. Initiating and receiving calls is not only the purpose solved by these machinestoday, however, as additional features like text messaging, MMS, e-mail, internet access, shortrange wireless data transferring via infrared and Bluetooth, business application , gaming anphotography have all been introduced over time to create the ultimate smart phone we knowtoday.This milestone turned out to be a path-breaking discovery when cellular phones were combinedwith the features of a computer, creating the smart phone. A smart phone is a device that suitsthe purpose of portable media players, low-end compact digital cameras, pocket video cameras,and GPS navigation units altogether. This has been possible because of its high end mobileoperating systems (OS) such as Googles Android,Apple’s iOS, Nokias Symbian, RIMs BlackBerry OS, Samsungs Bada, Microsofts WindowsPhone, HPs webOS, and embedded Linux distributions such as Maemo and MeeGo. 1/4
  2. 2. Android was one of the first to try out this new territory of smart phones and has been the mostroaring of all with an estimated one million activations per day and 400 million devices in useglobally. Android is a Linux based operating system developed by Open handset alliance, led byGoogle and other partners. The unveiling of Android distribution began in 2007, and started withthe purchase of the initial developer of software, Android Inc., in 2005 by Google. Theadvantage enjoyed by Android over other operating systems was that of being a multi-channel,multi-carrier OS, which made Android the world’s leading Smartphone platform by the end of2010, owning59% market share worldwide within the 1st quarter of 2012.Android applications and software’s are being developed at a fast pace. These are developedin JAVA programming language using a software development kit in unison with otherdevelopment tools available in the market. These development kits are needed to run variousandroid-based apps. These comprehensive kits are well known as the android softwaredevelopment kit with tools like a debugger, libraries, a handset emulator, documentation,sample code, and tutorials featured within it.One such tool needed to run various android games is the android emulator. An emulator ishardware or software that emulates the function of a guest computer to that one host computerso that the host computer system closely resembles that of the real one. With the availability offree or inexpensive emulators, one can enjoy almost all the games in an android device atanytime, anywhere.A few of the best running android emulators are, the Atari 2600, UAE4droid, Mobile C64,Marvin, Game Boy Color Emulator, GBAoid, NESoid, GENsoid, SNESoid, and many more.Android, as a mobile platform, enables its users to download and showcase variousweb-enabled apps. These apps enable the user to have an experience of various applicationsoffered by the computer now available in a smart phone. A few of the top apps available in themarket are Seesmic, an app supporting multiple accounts, and a home page widget showinglatest tweets in a professional and slick design. Others are Facebook’s official app, NationalRail Inquiry, USA Jobs, HotMail, Google Sky Map, Layar, FourSquare, GoogleGoggles, andmany more that all provide a great experience for the user.With all of these apps and many other features, Android has been destroying the competition asa major contender in the market since 2010. It is expected to continue to develop exponentiallyin the near future.Author: Thomas Hughes 2/4
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