What You Didn’t Know About Android
Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system and it powers more than 2.5 billion active devices. But there’s a lot about the operating system that most people don’t know.
It all starts with the fact that Android is open source. That means that device manufacturers can customize Android according to their own needs and design philosophies. That’s why you see so many different Android phones on the market with wildly different looks and features.
The operating system was created by Google (which now owns it) and the OHA (Open Handset Alliance). It is based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. It uses the Java language for software development but it can be adapted to use other programming languages.
As the popularity of Android grew, so did the number of manufacturers producing devices with the operating system. The first official Android phone was the T-Mobile G1 which hit the market in 2008. Its success led to the debut of cheaper models such as the Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Desire, and Android quickly became a household name.
Today, over 70 manufacturers make Android phones. In addition to the most popular flagship devices from Samsung, HTC and Google’s Pixel line of phones, there are also Android phones from companies like Motorola, Sony and OnePlus. The newest entry into the Android fold is Samsung’s next generation of foldable phones.
There are many reasons why Android is so successful. It offers a wide range of hardware configurations and is able to run hundreds of thousands of apps and games. Apps and games can turn your device into almost anything you can imagine. For example, you can use an Android phone as a credit card reader with Square or monitor your sleep patterns with an app that tracks your REM cycles.
When it comes to the Android user experience, Google is constantly making changes and introducing new features. Some of these are big headlines, but there are also lots of smaller changes that don’t get as much attention.
Whether you’re an Android veteran or are just starting to explore this exciting new platform, here are some interesting facts about the mobile operating system that you might not know.
The Android platform is based on the Linux operating system and was developed by Google and the OHA (Open Handset Alliance). This is an open-source project where code is freely available for anyone to modify. The core Android software stack is called the AOSP and it contains the operating system, middleware, and open-source apps like a phone dialer and email client. The AOSP is available to mobile operators, device makers and developers and it provides an easy way to create custom Android devices that work with their network. Android releases updates periodically, and each version of the OS is named after a dessert. The most recent is Lollipop, which was preceded by KitKat, Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Froyo.