Thursday, 17 April 2014

What is Android?

What is Android?
Introduction :

  • Operating Systems have developed a lot in last 15 years. 
  • Starting from black and white phones to recent smart phones or mini computers, mobile OS has come far away. 
  • Especially for smart phones, Mobile OS has greatly evolved from :
                   (i) Palm OS in 1996
                   (ii) Windows pocket PC in 2000
                   (iii) Blackberry OS
                   (iv) Now Android.

  •  Android is a powerful Operating System supporting a large number of applications in Smart Phones. These applications make life more comfortable and advanced for the users.
  •  Android is a Linux-based operating system designed for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers
  • The Android is a light weight OS and can easily embedded into different hardware devices like networking equipment, smart TV systems including set top boxes and built in systems and various devices like as house hold appliances and wrist watches.
What are the advantages of Android over other Mobile OS?

1)Opensource framework, Android OS is open source and it is part of the Open Handset Alliance, most of the leading handset manufacturers in the world have Android phones.
2)Uses of tools are very simple.
3)Availability of Apps, majority of the apps in Google Play are free as compared to the paid apps on iPhone.
4)Inbuilt support for the Flash.
5) Social networking integration like with Twitter, Facebook, ..etc
6)Integrated Applications & Features,  Eg: Android allows an option to share, after taking a photo with the Camera.
7)Free to customizes, We can customize widgets as our wish with new properties.
8)Better Notification System(comprises emails, updates from various widgets.)
9)Updated user interface design
10) It has a better App Market, to easily upload and download.
11) Different Resolutions for Different Screen Sizes.
12) System wide copy and paste functionalities.
13) Multitouch interfacing
14) Java Support, so can develop Robust applications.
15) Multilanguage support
16) Multitask Support, i.e  Android phone can run different applications simultaneously, which obviously makes it easier to multitask and improves the overall functionality of the phone.


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