The Android Operating System
For recent Android news articles, please > click here <
Consumers have become very educated when it comes to the technology purchases they make for business and personal use. We are well beyond the point where users will go out any purchase a computer, smartphone, or mobile device without first researching very specific details about the product such as the operating system and they can use these devices in conjunction with other products.
While they may not have been part of the decision making process in the past, more and more users are taking a device operating system into consideration when making a purchase. One operating system that has become very popular is Android.
What is Android?
Android is an operating system that was developed for mobile devices. It is not used for desktop or laptop computers and is used only for smartphones and tablets.
The following is a brief history of the development of the android operating system:
- In 2005 Google purchased the software developer Android inc.
- In 2007 Android distribution was announced in conjunction with Open Handset Alliance
- Google released the majority of the code through a free software license
- The AOSP (Android open source project) maintains and work on the future development of Android
Since it is open source, Android has a large number of third party developers that continuously write new apps for the operating system. These apps, which can be downloaded from many different websites online, and from online stores such as Android market, help to enhance the functionality of the mobile devices.
Android is equipped with a number of features that makes it attractive to both individual and business users. They include:
- An integrated internet browser: This open source browser allows users to access the internet in the same way they would on a computer.
- App integration: Android allows users to download third party apps that can be used for gaming, entertainment, news, and many other functions.
- Wireless integration: Android allows users to wirelessly connect to the internet through WI-FI, Bluetooth, 3G, EDGE, and a number of other connection methods.
- Diverse media capabilities: Android supports most of the commonly used video, image, and audio formats much as MP3, JPG, and PNG.
- Data Storage: Data can be stored through SQLite, which is a relational database
- Messaging: Android supports both SMS and MMS forms of messaging.
- Language: Android can support a number of commonly used languages
- Java Script support: The majority of Android applications are written in Java programming language
- Video calling: This is available in some mobile devices that have a customized version of the Android operating system.
- Streaming video: Android support streaming video capabilities through a Flash plug in
- Multi touch: Touch screen capabilities are available for mobile devices such as tablets.
- Tethering abilities: Android allows mobile devices to act as a pseudo WI-FI hotspot for both wired and wireless connections.
- Voice Features: Users can take advantage of voice functionality such as voice calling, navigation and texting.
- Multitasking: Android supports the multitasking capabilities of a number of applications simultaneously.
Android also supports many other hardware components that increase mobile devices functionality. The operating system can be used for:
- Act as a number of types of sensors
- 2D and 3D graphics
- A gaming control
Since it uses open source programming and has a considerable amount of flexibility and functionality, Android can is used by many mobile phone manufacturers and developers, allowing it to be widely distributed and used in many different ways by many different users.
Monday, January 16, 2012Technology News Gallery: Week of January 16, 2012 The week's worldwide technology news in pictures, courtesy of IDG News Service. This week: The horde descends on CES 2012, giving your TV Android brain power, and a Canadian tablet maker targets India
Thursday, January 12, 2012CES: The Power Panel delivers and so does RIM RADIO ITWC From the show floor at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, Info-Tech's Mike Battista recounts the highlights of the Power Panel and finds some interesting headphones
Wednesday, January 11, 2012Android Arrives: Consumerization of IT Gets Muddy The consumerization of IT has arrived in full force
Wednesday, January 11, 2012The year's best hardware, software, and cloud services InfoWorld's Test Center unveils the 2012 Technology of the Year Awards
Wednesday, January 11, 2012CES: Polaroid plans Android Camera with phone The storied camera maker said the device will launch around April in the U.S., though technical details are still being ironed out
Monday, January 09, 2012Huawei introduces "world's slimmest smartphone" The Ascend P1 S measures 6.8 millimeters at its thinnest point, 0.3 millimeters thinner than the Motorola Razr
Wednesday, January 04, 2012The date is set for Google vs. Oracle The trial that will decide whether or not Google infringed on Oracle’s Java patents in creating Android is set to commence on March 19
Wednesday, January 04, 2012Atom chip on Android smartphones expected at CES Analysts looking for new Android devices toting Intel's Atom chip from LG and Samsung
Tuesday, January 03, 20122012 tech predictions from IDG editors Technology editors from around the world look at the year ahead and see Apple losing its influence, even greater attention to big data and a turn to solid-state storage
Monday, January 02, 2012RIM's market share slide continues In the U.S., BlackBerry is down to just under 17 per cent of the smart phone market, which is led by devices using the Android OS
Wednesday, December 21, 2011Developers: RIM’s legacy platform 'cumbersome' An updated QNX-based OS could be a game-changer -- if it arrives in time
Wednesday, December 21, 2011ITC favors Microsoft in Motorola tiff International Trade Commission judge issues initial finding that gives Microsoft a win in six of 10 patent infringement cases
Wednesday, December 14, 2011Android vs iOS vs BlackBerry: Which is the most secure gift? Each has their advantages and disadvantages. Read what a security expert says about the operating systems and app stores behind the most popular mobile devices
Tuesday, December 13, 2011Opinion: Mobile predictions for 2012 There's consensus that malware on smart phones will proliferate and location-based marketing will multiply. But will and Windows Phone make a resurgence?
Friday, December 09, 2011The Kindle Fire: Can it work as an enterprise device? The Kindle Fire has amazing value as an entry-level Android tablet, but it’s lean specs and incredibly customized design might make it harder to recommend for business
Friday, December 09, 2011Android in 2012: What’s after Ice Cream Sandwich Better graphics, better cameras, and maybe even a voice-command feature could be on the horizon
Thursday, December 08, 2011Hacker gets Ice Cream Sandwich onto Kindle Fire The hack is incomplete, lacking support for audio, Wi-Fi, the accelerometer and the light sensor
Wednesday, December 07, 2011Sub-$100 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet to debut in U.S. The game-changing, Google-certified seven-inch tablet good shake up the market more than Amazon's Kindle Fire did with its November launch
Monday, December 05, 2011The Dell Streak is dead: Lessons for other tablets There is a market out there for tablets other than the iPad, but tablet vendors need to take some tips from those who have failed
Monday, December 05, 2011Paessler tweaks iPRTG remote network monitor app iPhone/iPad users may find it easier to send precise messages to staff about which device on a network to fix in the latest release of the app
Friday, December 02, 2011Google's Android 4.0 ported to AMD x86 processors Following ARM, an open-source project has ported Google's Android 4.0 to work on a tablet with an AMD chip
Thursday, December 01, 2011Android exploits new mobile banking enemy The increase in malware targeting the mobile OS is a disturbing trend, but financial information is not being targeted in significant way, say banks and industry experts. At least, not yet
Tuesday, November 29, 2011RIM’s Fusion will manage iOS, Android too The struggling mobile device maker refocuses on the enterprise with a complement to BES that manages Apple and other mobile devices. How Fusion will add Balance, and why one CIO is cautiously optimistic
Thursday, November 24, 2011Developers hold the Ice Cream Sandwich While the features that have been announced for Google’s newest mobile operating system are desirable, developers may be slow to start using them. The problem? A fractured user base
Thursday, November 24, 2011ING Direct gets its bomb IT LEADERSHIP AWARDS The CIO of the financial institution spearheaded the drive to create cross-platform mobile banking apps