Google’s answer to PC Revolution
Today's announcement is more
Ambitious than any single
'Google Phone‘. Our vision is that
the powerful platform we're
unveiling will power thousands of
different phone models
Annndroid ? Androooid ?
Where on earth did it come from ?
Is it handsome ?
Why it’s gonna rock ?
How will it rock (us) ?
And why it won’t rock ?
Who’s gonna rock Android ?
android is designed to look and act like
human. Interesting huh ?
It is a software platform and operating
system for mobile devices
Based on Linux
Developed by Goooooogle for OHA
In 2005, G00G acquired a small start-up
The android team, led by Rubin (co-
founder), developed a Linux-based
mobile device OS
Google wanted its search and
applications on mobile phones and it
was working hard to deliver that
Open Handset Alliance – 5th Nov, ’07
was unveiled with the goal to develop
open standards for mobile devices
Google pledged assistance in complete
software lifecycle for OHA members
Nokia, Microsoft, RIM (BlackBerry) are
only major players to not align with OHA
Google, HTC, Intel, Motorola,
Qualcomm, T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel and
Sony Ericsson, Vodafone Group, ARM
Holding, Asustek Computer Inc, Toshiba
Corp and Garmin Ltd
And 34 other heavy-weight corporates
At least three prototypes were unveiled
for Android at the Mobile World
Congress on 12th Feb ’08
At the Google IO conference on 28th
May ‘08 had a 528 MHz Qualcomm
processor and a touch screen and had
a 128 MB of RAM and 8 GB of flash.
It was released in the US on October 22, 2008, in the UK on October 30, 2008,
The platform is adaptable to VGA, 2D
graphics library, 3D graphics library
based on OpenGL ES 1.0 specifications,
and traditional smart phone layouts.
The Database Software SQLite is used for
data storage purposes
Android supports a wide variety of
connectivity technologies including
GSM/EDGE, CDMA, EV-DO, UMTS,
Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
SMS and MMS are available forms of
messaging including threaded text
The web browser available in Android is
based on the open-source WebKit
Dalvik virtual machine
Software written in Java can be
compiled into Dalvik bytecodes and
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
Android will support advanced
audio/video/still media formats such as
MPEG-4, H.264, MP3, AAC, OGG, AMR,
JPEG, PNG, GIF.
Additional hardware support
Android is fully capable of utilizing
video/still cameras, touchscreens, GPS,
accelerometers, and accelerated 3D
Includes a device emulator, tools for
debugging, memory and performance
profiling, a plugin for the Eclipse IDE.
Google threw open the entire source
code (including network and telephony
stacks) that were not available
previously, under an Apache license
Software installed by users must be written in Java
utilizing Android's specific API. A non-standard Bionic
C library in use at core.
Compared with Openmoko Linux, Android runs a
customized Linux stack with no support for GUI
libraries other than Skia
Android ain’t 100% open-source despite what was
announced by Google. Parts of the SDK are also
proprietary and closed source
Google can control the platform
Micro$oft is readying WinMo 7 OS which looks
promising as well (if rumors are to be believed)
Nokia has bought Symbian Inc. and is readying
new OS in alliance with SonyE
BlackBerry has released Strom, which
converges HD-movies, Internet, Apps, Phone
into one device (expect more releases in
coming months !!)
And not to forget Apple’s iPhone