What is Android Operating System(OS)?
Android is a Linux mobile Based Operating System developed by Google. it is primarily designed for touchscreen mobile devices such as Smartphones, smartwatches, and Tablets based on a modified version of the Linux kernel and other open-source software.
Google has additionally created AndroidWear OS for wrist watches, AndroidAuto for autos, and AndroidTV for TVs, each with a specific UI. Andr0id Game Console, STB, Digital Cameras, PCs & other electronics are the other Variants of this Operating System.
It is an open-source project (led by Google but it doesn’t belong to them) called AOSP (Android Open Source Project). Google uses this project as a base to create its version of Android, which is then used by the other manufacturers.
It is developed by Google and later the OHA (Open Handset Alliance). Java language is mainly used to write the android code even though other languages can be used.
Android Inc was founded in Palo Alto of California, U.S. by Andy Rubin, Rich miner, Nick sears and Chris White in 2003. Later Android Inc. was acquired by Google in 2005. Android was unveiled in Nov 5, 2007.
The first commercial version, Andr0id 1.0, was released in September 2008. it’s code names are confectionery-themed and comes with major updates every year in alphabetical order since 2009’s Andr0id 1.5 Cupcake. Andr0id 8.1 Oreo, is a latest released Version released in December 2017.
There are All Versions listed below with it’s release date.
Global Market Share of Operating Systems
With more than 328 million Andr0idOS gadgets operating around the world. The Operating System has since quite a while ago ruled the smartphone industry. In the third quarter of 2016, Andr0id figured out how to catch a record 88% of the worldwide market, as indicated by Strategy Analytics. Then, Apple’s iOS share slipped to 12.1% in a similar period, from 13.6% the year earlier.
Features of Android OS
- It is Open-Source.
- Anybody can customize the Android Platform.
- Easy access to the Android App Market.
- There are a ton of applications that can be picked by the users.
- It gives numerous interesting features like weather, opening screen, live RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds etc.
It provides support for messaging services(SMS and MMS), web browser, storage (SQLite), connectivity (GSM, CDMA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi etc.), media, handset layout etc.
Why does Android looks Different on Each Smartphone?
Android doesn’t look to be different on each device, But it has various distinctive version. It is open-source, which implies that manufacturer are allowed to tweak the software and make it their own. The ‘purest’ version of Android is often referred to as ‘stock Android’ and it’s often preferred by the Android community: it’s the original software as Google intended.
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Google owned Pixel and Nexus phones use stock Andr0id, Some other Manufacturer like Nokia, Motorola, Micromax, Mi etc. also use Stock Andr0id of the OS with some bloatware under ‘Android One’ Program with Google partnership. Most of the Manufacturers uses custom skins over OS like Samsung uses TouchWiz, Huawei’s Emotion UI, Xiomi’s MIUI etc.
What’s the Best thing about Android OS?
With Andr0id You have tons of options available in Market, from cheapest to the most expansive. It is Open-Source so it is customizable, both in their operations, as in his appearance. Smartphones that running on this OS, are smart enough to handle various operations comfortably.
Tons of apps are available on Google Play Store that comes with different different usability. Most of the techie uses custom ROM to make this own and expands the function according to their use. You can make marvelous mobile experience with this OS.
Worst Thing about Android
Google Owned Pixel/Nexus Devices gets the first updates when google releases any major or minor updates, But most of the manufacturers don’t seem to care about releasing software updates for devices after they’ve already sold.
Sometime they release the updates or security patches late, Even when they release the updates they choose the time that suits them. That’s why User root their phone to get updated instead of waiting.
Google Play/Play Store
Google Play Store is a Digital Market where user can install free & purchase Apps, music, books, games, movies, and more. And it’s a big advantage to owning an AndroidOS device. Lots of Andr0id-Market from where you can download APK file and install the apps but Google Play store is a safest place from where you can get tons of Apps.