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Android OS- the perfect blend of sustainability and quality

By Sushant-tech Subscribe to RSS | December 21st 2011 | Views:

Android OS has become famous and all praises in a very limited time. This proves the mettle of the manufacturer. Android is an operating system for mobile devices such as Smartphones and tablet computers. It is developed by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google.

Google purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005. Google released most of the Android code under the Apache License, a free software license. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is tasked with the maintenance and further development of Android.

Android consists of a kernel based on the Linux kernel, with middleware, libraries and APIs written in C and application software running on an application framework which includes Java-compatible libraries based on Apache Harmony. Android uses the Dalvik virtual machine with just-in-time compilation to run Dalvik bytecode, which is usually translated from Java bytecode. Android has a large community of developers writing applications ("apps") that extend the functionality of the devices. Developers write primarily in a customized version of Java. There are currently approximately 300,000 apps available for Android, from a total of 500,000 apps over the life of Android. Apps can be downloaded from third-party sites or through online stores such as Android Market, the app store run by Google.

Android was listed as the best-selling Smartphone platform worldwide in Q4 2010 by Canalys with over 190 million Android devices in use by October 2011. Latest Android Phone Review has seen a number of updates since its original release, each fixing bugs and adding new features. Each version is named, in alphabetical order, after a dessert.

2.3 Gingerbread refined the user interface, improved the soft keyboard and copy/paste features, and improved gaming performance. 3.0 Honeycomb was a tablet-oriented release which supports larger screen devices and introduces many new user interface features.3.1 Honeycomb, released in May 2011, added support for extra input devices, USB host mode for transferring information directly from cameras and other devices. 3.2 Honeycomb, released in July 2011, added optimization for a broader range of screen sizes, new "zoom-to-fill" screen compatibility mode, loading media files directly from SD card. 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, announced on October 19, 2011, brought Honeycomb features to Smartphones and added new features including facial recognition unlock, network data usage monitoring and control, etc.

The Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich is providing a treat to many handsets and tech devices. Latest Android Phone Review reveals all the deserts running on Smartphones.

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