What is Android?
Smartphones, Tablets, Notebooks – today markets is flooded with gadgets and though they add to variety, people are going berserk deciding which one to buy and which one is better than other. Even if you decide about the brand you might still want to read up about the latest operating systems on which the model based on.
Off late you might have a lot of noise about this new operating system which is not technically speaking new but then it has captured the market in like no time. Android is an operating system that is based on linux and has been specifically designed to run on devices like mobile phones and tablets . Google had initially funded and finally purchased android in year 2005. Statistically speaking, in over 5 billion mobile phones users in the world almost 1.08 billion use Android. What sets apart Android from its competitors is the huge variety of applications, provision of upgrading it time to time and the fact that it has enviable speed which is very much required if you are a game lover.
If you refer dictionary, you would find Android actually means an automated human or human that exhibits automation. Android Incorporation was founded last trimester of year 2003 at California. Andy Robin, Rich Miner, Chris White, Nick Sears are founders of Android and have contributed in various forms towards its development and distribution. Android since 2003 has undergone a number of technical upgrades and is now in direct competition with the likes of Apple, Windows, Symbian etc.
Top 10 facts about Android are listed below:
1. Android is an open source:
Many of us must be clueless about what is this open source and how is it so beneficial that it deserves a mention in Android’s top facts. To put it simpler words, in an open source, users of that operating system have an access to its source code, they can change it and create newer versions which if successful is then available to the other users.
2. Android and ABC:
Even if it feel like a coincidence, but one interesting fact about Android is that somehow all the versions of this OS have a sequence to it. A-ndroid, B-eta version(1.0), C-up cake version (1.5), D-onut version (1.6), E-clair version(2.0) and so on. And, probably the Android developers have also “developed a sweet tooth” as all the version keep referring to something that has a sweet taste.
3. How did Android phone came into existence:
If you think that Android developers had always planned to come up with an android phone or something similar, you are grossly wrong. The initial intention of the company was to to develop an advanced operating system for digital cameras, for which they figured out the market is not as large as they wanted it to be. So, they then diverted their energies to come up with OS for phone which would be in direct competition with Symbian and windows phone. Did you just Thanked God for it ?
4. Android and Apps:
Whether want to know weather forecast or you want to how many calories your cupcake has; there is probably an app for each in an Android phone. Android users can enjoy access over 48 billion apps and almost half of them are free to download. With around 20,000 apps developed monthly, Android is the closest competitor to IOS.
5. Android had a Shaky start:
Not many people are aware of the fact that Android had a very shaky start in smartphone business. Their very first Android phone was not well received. Even though, the operating system was appreciated the critics had issues with its designing. Also, Android collaboration with Blackberry to come out with a Blackberry Playbook was an unsuccessful attempt.
6. Other companies can come out with Android phones:
Unlike Blackberry and Apple which strictly confine themselves and restrict others to replicate their operating systems. The open source of Android allows companies like HTC/Samsung/Motorola to customise it and use it for their own branded devices. They can add their own features and change the layout at their will.
7. Market share & Android:
According to the latest news(Aug 2013) in a very famous magazine,, Android has captured almost 80 percent of the market share as compared to other mobile operating systems.
8. Programming Languages used by Android:
C, C++ and Java are the main languages on which Android is based. While C is used as its core language, the software developers behind Android use Java for its user interface.
9. Android Logo:
The green human like robot logo of Android is supposedly based on the game called “Gauntlet- The third encounter”.
10. Google And Android:
When Google financially backed Android and then moved onto buy the whole company is was speculated that Google is going to launch its own phones, with Android as its operating system. But for now, Google has marketed the platform to companies which manufactures handsets and has lined up various components related to software or hardware in order to extend cooperation to such companies.