What is Android?
Android is an mobile operating system. It was developed by Google. It was developed for touch screen mobile phones basically for smart phones. Since Android is open source, we can modify the code and we can bring it u in new forms. Right now this has lead to “SmartPhone wars” between technology companies.
Android Inc. was founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears. In July 2005 Android Inc. was formed,and formed a platform for the production of a flexible and upgrading system led by Rubin. On November 5,2007 Android was unveiled as its first product, a mobile device platform built on Linux Kernel Version 2.6.25. HTC Dream was the first commercially available smart phone with Android running.
Android applications are written in Java programming language. Android applications are composed of one or more application components. Here are around 200000 applications developed for android with over 3 billion+ downloads. Android relies on Linux version 2.6 for core system services such as security, memory management, process management, network stack, and driver model. These applications make life more comfortable and advanced for the users. Hardwares that support Android are mainly based on ARM architecture platform.
Features of Android
The following are the list of features in Android
1. Messaging :
SMS and MMS messaging features are available in Android devices along with Google cloud devices.
2. Web Browser:
Android has Google chrome as the default browser. Android has it’s web browser based on Open source WebKit engine.
3. Voice Based Features:
Google search through voice features have been enabled since the beginning of Android. It was implemented from Android 2.2. Voice actions for texting, browsing, Navigation are all available in Android.
4. Multi Touch
Android has multi touch facilities for phone like HTC Hero. Google has released updates for Nexus One and Motorola Droid which allows multi touch natively.
5. No Touch
Using Android apps such as Wave Control, users can control their phones touch-free, using only gestures. Have messy hands but need to turn off your screen or change a song? Simple. This could prove especially useful if you’re driving, so you can keep both eyes on the road.
6. Infrared Transimission
The Android operating system supports a built-in infrared transmitter, allowing you to use your phone or tablet as a remote control.
7. Alternate Keyboards
Android supports multiple keyboards and makes them easy to install; the SwiftKey, Skype, and 8pen apps all offer ways to quickly change up your keyboard style. Other mobile operating systems either don’t permit extra keyboards at all, or the process to install and use them are tedious and time-consuming.
8. Custom ROM’s
This is a big one. Because the Android operating system is open source, developers can tweak the current OS and build their own versions, which users can download and install in place of the stock OS. Some are filled with features, while others change the look and feel of a device. Chances are if there’s a feature you want, someone has already built a custom ROM for it.
Apps are versatile, but sometimes you want information at a glance instead of having to open an app and wait for it to load. Android widgets let you display just about any feature you choose, right on the home screen—including weather apps, music widgets, or productivity tools that helpfully remind you of upcoming meetings or approaching deadlines.
10. Near Field Communication
Most Android devices support NFC, which allows electronic devices to easily interact across short distances. The main aim here is to create a payment option that is simpler than carrying credit cards or cash, and while the market hasn’t exploded as many experts had predicted, there may be an alternative in the works, in the form of Bluethooth Low Energy (BLE).
The Android Versions started with the release of Android Beta. The most recent version of Android is Lollipop that is released in November 3, 2014. Android versions are developed under confectionery theme names named in alphabetical order. Cupcake(1.5), Donut(1.6), Eclair(2.0-2.1), Froyo(2.2–2.2.3), GingerBread(2.3–2.3.7), Honeycomb(3.0–3.2.6), Ice cream Sandwich(4.0–4.0.4), Jelly Bean(4.1–4.3.1), KitKat(4.4–4.4.4, 4.4W–4.4W.2), Lollipop(5.0–5.1.1) .The next version to be out would be Marshmallow.
New versions keep on releasing and we keep on updating our phones to the latest versions checking on it trends
Updating Your Android Version
First of all check whether your Android system is up-to-date:
- Open system settings in your phone.
- Go to About Phone then keep clicking on Android version
- A screen comes in with the basic wallpaper of your android application.
You will now have to go for updating the version only if your android version is not the latest.
There are two ways you can update :
- You can go to the Software Update center in your phone and check for latest updates. If you have updates then you will get notifications to update.
- If you couldn’t find any updates then you can root your phone and update your android version and make your phone more customized.
Check on my next blog post to how to root your phone.