Since their inception, the android cellular devices have taken over the retail market of mobile phones. These devices are popularly known as Smart Phones and use the Linux Operating System as for their functioning. The open handset alliance was the first ones to design and bring the Android mobile apps to the market. However, Google took over soon after and now heads it. With Google’s purchase of the Android Inc., a one of its kind software developer, this technology became popular. It was the year 2005. Using the Java platform to design its apps, about 4 lac 50 thousand apps were developed in the year 2012 itself. Android didn’t take much long to become one of the brightest stars in the horizon of mobile operating systems.
The Various Versions
In October 2013, Andy Rubin from the Pao Alto, California branch of Google developed the Android Inc. for the first time. However, this OS has undergone up gradations and betterment a number of times through these years and consequently today we have a number of Android versions. Some of more popular of these are 3.0 Honeycomb, 2.3 Gingerbread, 4.0 Ice cream sandwich, 3.1 Honeycomb and 3.2 Honeycomb. With the 2.3 Gingerbread Android one would get a soft key facility, a better interface, Near Field Communication support, along with a support for native codes. The 3.0 Honeycomb was on the other hand, designed to support apps that are more complex and thus was meant for tablet phones. This system supported devices with a larger screen and newer interface features.
The OS also supports full encryption, multi-core processors, hardware acceleration and obviously graphics. On February 2011 the Motorola Xoom tablet came up with this android version. It was just followed by the 3.1 Honeycomb, which was introduced to the market in February 2011. It came with even better features and even more input support devices. It also has a USB host that allows one to transfer files from a camera or any other external device and several other applications like Books apps. and Google Movies. In July 2011 came the 3.2 Honeycomb versions of the android apps.
These versions allowed the user to load media files directly from the SD card to the device and came with a great feature called “zoom-to-fill”. Moreover, it could also support an extended screen API. The tablet phone Huawei Media Pad was the first one to some up with this android OS.
Speaking of the various versions of android OS, the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the recent and undoubtedly the most up graded one. It was introduced to the market on 19th October 2011. The various add-on features that it came with were face detection, keeping track of the data usage, app folder, social networking, searching mail in offline mode, so on and so forth.
Android mobiles have certain unique features. They are namely storage, the handset layout, messaging, connectivity, web browsing, multi-lingual access etc. more common features are Bluetooth, video calling, multi-touch, streaming media, java, additional hardware, tethering etc. Obviously, the better an android device is the more will it cost.
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