What is android?<> Open software platform<> os + middleware + key applications<> An Open Handset Alliance (OHA) project<> Open source under the Apache 2 license<> Based on the Linux Kernel 3.0.
timeline<> Open handset alliance announces android on November 5th, 2007.<> android market(Open content distribution system) announced on august 28th, 2008 to connect users and developers.<> android 1.0 SDK release 1 available on September 23rd, 2008 and android developers have access to first 1.0 compatible SDK.<> android open source project released android source on October 21st, 2008.<> World’s first android mobile (T-Mobile G1) launched on October 22nd, 2008.
(contd.) <> Its a consortium of several companies. <> Devoted to advancing open standards FOR mobile devices. <> Develop technologies that will significantly lower the cost of developing and Distributing mobile devices and services.
advantages<> free to customize<> All applications are equal<> A more mature platform<> More apps (because of its age)<> Fast and easy development
Limitations<> Very unstable and often hang or crash<> Extremely inconsistence in design among apps<> Difficult to use because if the above<> Relatively few if any update because the updates come from phone manufacturer not Google.
Conclusion<> Solid, proven, popular, open platform<> Used on wide range of devices<> Support from Google, OEMs, telecoms<> Low barriers to entry<> Major opportunity for new developers<> Creativity, hard work, persistence