Wednesday, 26 June 2013

What is Android ?

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      Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world used by large number of smartphones, tablets and many more handheld devices.It is based on Linux Kernel. Android is open-source and is released by Google under Apache License.The android open source code and provided licensing allows android software to be modified freely and distributed by mobile device manufacturers, wireless carriers and enthusiastic developers.
      So, the above description gives a brief idea about what is android ?, To dive into android's brief history, It was initially developed by Android Inc. founded in 2003 in Palo Alto, USA. Google later acquired Android Inc. in 2005, thereby making it a completely owned subsidiary of Google. After the initial release there have been large number of updates in the initial version of Android. The current popularity of android is evident from the fact that as of May 2013, around 900 million Android devices have been activated and 48 billion apps have been installed from the Google Play store. The evolution of Android version by version is detailed below:
      As Google maintains and develops Android, it is shipped with a number of Google services installed right out of the box. Google Web search, Gmail, Google Maps, and  Google Calendar are all pre-installed, and default web page for the Web browser is google. But as Android been open source, carriers can  modify this according to their convenience. Android is shipped with Google Play store which is an online software repository to obtain android apps. Using Play store Android users can select, and download applications developed by third party developers and use them. Till April 2013, there are around 8.5 lacs+ application, games and widgets available on the play store for users.
      Finally we can conclude that, Android is an incredible platform for consumers and developers. It is in principles contrary to the iPhone in many ways. As the iPhone aims to create the best user experience by restricting hardware and software standards, Android aims in insuring to open up as much of the platform as possible.


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