A lot of path breaking advancements have been witnessed nowadays, particularly in the field of smart phones. With increase in the quantum of users worldwide for smartphones, features too are being added natively or via app eco system increasingly.
As earlier with simple phones that enabled us just to make and receive calls. Now there are phones capable enough to access GPS , GPRS, NFC, Wifi, 2G, 3G, even 4 G and lot much other cool and advanced features which one just can’t imagine. Defining Android for a layman, it’s an application bunch comprising not just the operating system but also the middleware and key applications. Historically, Andy Rubin, Rich miner, Nick sears and Chris White founded Android Inc in Palo Alto, of California, U.S. in year 2003.
As Android stands today, its a Linux –based operating system for mobile phones developed by Google. This was actually started by others as mentioned in earlier paragraph, but there company was later taken over by Google in year 2005. Further improvements were made by Google Inc to make it an open source platform. It is widely adapted by the people over the world and preferrence also roots as it is open source and also popular amongst the Smartphone manufacturers. Not just Smartphones, android could also be used on the tablet PCs.
Android offers great customization in widgets and apps, as these are free of cost, could be easily installed on the phone by simply clicking the install tab for the respective app at the Google Play Store app. This is a standard feature that comes with every android Phone. The open source feature for this software enables it to be freely modified and distributed by wireless carriers.
In the year 2012 Android had a 75% market share. The users interface for android accepts touch inputs that corresponds with that of the real world actions such as tapping, pinching and reverse pinching with the screen objects. Android devices can also boot to the homescreens. A homescreen could be made up of several pages. The user can swipe back and forth between these pages. Also the Android’s homescreen interface is customisable and allows the user to adjust the look and feel of the device as per their tastes. There is a large community of developers writing applications for Android to bring in more and more advancements.