What is Android? #1

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What is Android? #1

The current battle in the mobile tech world is Android vs iPhone. In this series of articles, we aim to enlighten you with the history and facts of Android, and let you know a little about how much better it is than some of Apple's creations. Now, what is Android?

We understand that many people are aware of Android, and that many people do know what it is - mobile software - but you may not realise the power of Android and how useful it may prove to be in your life.

The History of Android

Before we get on to the brilliance of Android, let's start of with the history of the mobile software. In 2007, the Android project was created by a budding young group of developers. On the 5th of November of that year - yes, just a few days ago we were saying "happy fourth birthday Android!" - the first beta version of Android was released. Shortly afterwards, in September of 2008, Android 1.0 was released to the public on the then-revolutionary HTC Dream. Since then, the platform has been rapidly expanding with several new versions appearing each year and, after being super-charged by Google, made huge developments which outshone much of the competition. We have now advanced up the generations to Android 4.0 which is due to be released later this month.

Android's Milestones

Some of the advances in Android were revolutionary: here are just a few examples. In Android1.5, widgets introduced a whole new way to interact with information on Android devices - they were a portal to what you needed, exactly when and where you needed it. In Android 2.0, Adobe Flash was introduced as a plugin for the browser which meant you could finally see, on your phone, all of the content a desktop browser could display - of course, HTML5 had already been added to the browser. Android 4.0 brings a new way to unlock your device - facial recognition. And, because this is Android, we should expect nothing less than outstanding and absurd features popping along in the future!

Android's Aims

Now that you know a little about the history and achievements of Android, you may be interested in it's main aims. Android aims to be open, universal, functional and, now, beautiful. Android is an open-source project meaning the source code for the software is available to be edited and improved upon. Because Android is open-source, it can be adapted to work on many devices - currently 550,000 Android devices are activated per day! Mobile carriers have the ability to add their customised software to their Android devices which allows them to become more functional and, because users are drawn to well-designed interfaces, more attractive.

Why Should I Choose Android?

So, why is Android better than its competitors based on the information in this article? Android is open-source so is developed at a rapid pace. All of the latest features are introduces as soon as they are created due to the pressure from carriers who modify the platform to suit their users' needs. It is more functional than other operating systems, because of the high level of customisation available, and is perfect for users of all experience level - from hackers and developers to those who have never held a smartphone before!