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What is Android?

Android is a mobile operating system that is based on Modified versions of Linux Kernel and some other open-source software. It is mainly designed for Touch-Screen devices such as Mobiles and Tablets.  We can develop apps in Android so they run in the Android Operating System. It is the best selling OS worldwide ever since 2011. Google is the commercial marketer and main contributor to Android. Its first version was released by Google in 2007. And the latest hype about Android is its upcoming Android 11.0 that will be releasing in the mid of 2020.

Interesting Facts about Android

Here are some really interesting facts about Android:

  • The meaning of Android is, A Robot with Human Appearance.
  • Android was never the idea of Google.
  • The first-ever Android Phone had no headphone jack.
  • The sales of Android devices are even more than that of the total of Microsoft Windows, iOS, and Mac OS X devices.
  • The number of App installs in Google play is more than over 48 billion.
  • In 2008 many critics doubted that Android would be a Fail.
  • Outside Google’s headquarters, there are statues for each version of the Android Operating System.

History of Android

  • Android 1.0   – Released on 23 September 2003.
  • Android 1.1   – Released on 9 Feb 2009.
  • Android 1.5   – Known as Cupcake, Released on 27 April 2009.
  • Android 1.6   – Known as Donut, Released on 15 Sept 2009.
  • Android 2.0   – Known as Eclair, Released on 26 Oct 2009
  • Android 2.2   – Known as Froyo, Released on 20 May 2010.
  • Android 2.3   – Known as Gingerbread, Released on 06 December 2016.
  • Android 3.0   – Known as Honeycomb, Released on 22 Feb 2011.
  • Android 4.0   – Known as Ice Cream Sandwich, Released on 18 Oct 2011.
  • Android 4.1   – Known as Jelly Bean, Released on 9 July 2012.
  • Android 4.4   – Known as KitKat, Released on  31 Oct 2013.
  • Android 5.0   – Known as Lollipop, Released on 12 Nov 2014.
  • Android 6.0   – Known as Marshmallow, Released on  Oct 2015.
  • Android 7.0   – Known as Nougat, Released on  22 Aug 2016.
  • Android 8.0   – Known as Oreo, Released on  21 Aug 2017.
  • Android 9.0   – Known as Pie, Released on 6 Aug 2018.
  • Android 10.0 – Known as Android Q, Released on 3 September 2019.
  • Android 11.0 – This is to be released soon, we’ll keep you updated.

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Features of Android

While we think about learning a new technology, we see its features. Right? Similarly, Here we’re providing you the list of reasons to choose and learn Android. The new thing that we’ll show you here is features of Android for two perspectives, that are:

  • Why Learn it?
    1. It has Zero/ negligible development cost.
    2. It is an Open Source Platform.
    3. It has Multi-Platform Support.
    4. It has Multi-Carrier Support.
    5. It is an Open Distribution Model.
    6. A large number of Applications use Android.
    7. It is open for customization.
  • What is there in it?
    1. Multilanguage support
    2. Screen Capturing
    3. Video Call
    4. Split-Screen feature
    5. Multimedia support
    6. Live streaming support
    7. Optimized Graphics
    8. High Connectivity
    9. Motion Control

Android Quotes

“I don’t think there should be apps specific to a tablet if someone makes an ICS app it’s going to run on phones and it’s going to run on tablets”

– Andy Rubi (Co-founder, Android)

“Your mobile device has quickly become the easiest portal into your digital self.”

– Phil Nickinson (Editor of Android Central)

“In my opinion, the future of mobile is the future of everything.”

– Matt Galligan (Co-founder, Circa)

“The Android platform enables device makers to compete and innovate. App developers can reach huge audiences and build strong businesses. Consumers now have unprecedented choice in devices, at ever-lower prices”

– Hiroshi Lockheimer (Senior Vice President, Android Google)