ANDROID is a word with a huge mean in mobile devices. Yes I hope I am right. You might have heard people talking about android phones, android tablets or any other device with its prefix as ANDROID. So today I am going to give you a brief intro about android, that what is this android who invented it why, when and what is its use. So here I begin with it.
Android is an operating system for mobiles as well as tablets. It is a Linux based operating system (Windows Linux), and was founded by ANDY RUBIN (Co-Founder, CEO of ANDROID and Senior Vice President at Google) in United States October 2003. He was secretly working on this project and simply wanted to make a smarter mobile device which could be aware about its owner’s location and preferences but the same year he ran out of money. Then Google acquired android in 2005 making Android Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Google Inc. and there Google begins to enter its journey into mobile devices. Google after purchasing developer in 2005 was handed over to Open Handset Alliance from Google only and this was then announced in 2007 further launched on 20th September,2008 in its first handset T-Mobile G1. An android open source project is also working upon it to more develop it. Now the thing is how did this android got upto this and made such a reputation in the world of Palm devices. With luck and hard work Google started making android with a thought in its mind just to rule the world through a different way. One of the main reasons for this device to hit at peak is the developers who resulted in functionality of devices and made apps written in customized version of java as this operating system has been licensed by Apache 2.0, Linux Keneral.
Google while working with android handed over the third parties to make apps or games available though their sites but after that Google made its own particular market from where the android users can download apps, music, games etc. Similar like other devices have their particular kind of location to download apps, music and games. Android applications run in a sandbox, an isolated area of the operating system that does not have access to the rest of the system’s resources, unless access permissions are granted by the user when the application is installed. Before installing an application, Android Market displays all required permissions. A game may need to enable vibration, for example, but should not need to read messages or access the phonebook. After reviewing these permissions, the user can decide whether to install the application. The main hardware platform for Android is the ARM architecture. There is support for x86 from the Android x86project, and Google TV uses a special x86 version of Android.
This operating system includes all the features you wish to have and in such a well mannered way that you could never hate its features. It will just take you in its arms and spread itself with the increase of your size.This thing I really observed and is true.
The system has four versions available to public named in alphabetical order, after a dessert.
2.3 Gingerbread refined the user interface, improved the soft keyboard and copy/paste features, improved gaming performance, added SIP support (VoIP calls), and added support for Near Field Communication.
3.0 Honeycomb was a tablet-oriented release which supports larger screen devices and introduces many new user interface features, support for multi-core processors, hardware acceleration for graphics and full system encryption. The first device featuring this version, the Motorola Xoom tablet, went on sale in February 2011.
3.1 Honeycomb, released in May 2011, added support for extra input devices, USB host mode for transferring information directly from cameras and other devices, and the Google Movies and Books apps.
3.2 Honeycomb, released in July 2011, added optimization for a broader range of screen sizes, new “zoom-to-fill” screen compatibility mode, loading media files directly from SD card, and an extended screen support API Huawei Media Pad is the first 7 inch tablet to use this version.
4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, announced on October 19, 2011, brought Honeycomb features to smartphones and added new features including facial recognition unlock, network data usage monitoring and control, unified social networking contacts, photography enhancements, offline email searching, app folders, and information sharing using NFC. Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest Android version that is available to phones. The source code of Android 4.0.1was released on November 14, 2011.
The carrier Telstra opened the world’s first Android store, Android land, on Bourke Street, Melbourne in December 2011.