In the world of technological innovation, the Android OS has emerged as a growing engine of change. The Android operating system which already feeds a fast-growing range of smartphones and tablet computers, has grown into a prominent role in the technology and gadget market in just a few years. A solid indication of the Android OS role is that smart consumers now consider Android as a factor in making a purchase decision, along with price and other features. In fact, Android powered phones are growing faster than any other platform including Apple's iOS.
What is the Android operating system?
Android is a mobile operating system originally developed by Android Inc. According to the web of Android.com site: "" Android is an open-source software stack for mobile phones and other devices. "The key here is that the Android operating system is open source and therefore available to all licensed developers at relatively low costs. Android is based on a modified version of the Linux operating system kernel. It is also being improved, expanded and maintained by a wide range of people and organizations together with Google.
Once again from the Android website, "Android was created by a group of companies known as the Open Handset Alliance, led by Google. Nowadays many companies ̵
Google unlike Apple or Nokia, makes its own smartphone hardware. Instead, Google offers the Android operating system for free to other phone and tablet computer manufacturers that customize Android to best suit their smartphones.
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Android OS: A Bit of History
The original Android, Inc. was recorded in 2003 in Palo Alto, California. Android Inc., which initially produced mobile phone operating software, was acquired by Google in 2005. The development of Android at Google included important elements of the Linux operating system in the new mobile platform.
The new platform offered handset manufacturers the flexibility of an upgradeable system. Through an Open Handset Alliance with various mobile companies, the first Android OS platform powered by Linux kernel, version 2.6 was revealed. Companies that participated in the alliance are Sony Ericsson, LG, Samsung Electronics, Asustek Computer Inc., Toshiba Corp., Motorola and Texas Instruments.
Since the Android operating system was released, there have been a number of updates with most being focused on updating OS functions and minimizing bugs. The latest versions of Android OS include version 2.0 / 2.1 (Éclair), 2.2 (Froyo), 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Version 3.0 (Honeycomb). A combination of versions 2.3 and 3.0 will be released mid-2011.
Android operating system: changing the landscape of smartphones and tablets
The software of the Android operating system has grown explosively with an increasing number of consumers switching to gadgets powered by Android. To date, Android OS is activated by 350,000 users a day. In addition to offering more options for their budget, Android phones and Android tablet PCs offer a high degree of flexibility when choosing handsets and wireless providers.
An important feature of Android phones and Android tablets is the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously while keeping all information visible on your home screen.
After the release of HTC Dream in October 2008, more and more mobile phones and tablet PCs have entered the gadget market. One of the best Android phones released this year are: HTC Desire, Google Nexus One, HTC Evo Shift 4G, LG Optimus, Motorola Droid X, Motorola ATRIX 4G, Samsung Galaxy S4G and the Sony Xperia Play. On the Android tablet market, a wide range of devices from Samsung, Motorola, Acer, HP, Dell, Toshiba and many others, including Google itself, is currently available or will be available in 2011.
Add a growing number of applications for the Android operating system to the growing number of hardware devices and a constantly evolving operating system platform and a lot of momentum continues to build. So although the Android OS has been very successful so far, it is quite possible that the greatest growth is yet to come. If you are interested in more tablet PC information, read the Tablet PC Primer section for more insights.