The one edge that makes Android OS better than all its counterparts is the fact that it is a Linux-based operating system meant for smartphones, tablets and other mini devices. This means that if you own an Android device, you can stay assured that it will never get infected with any sort of virus. But then there were cell phones earlier too as were the computers systems such as laptops. Then why did the need to have such an operating system in mobile devices come into existence after all?
The answer is simple, yet complex. To make world a lot smarter place, to make things such as managing contacts or browsing internet and more easier, to let you have access to better things with ease of use, this device slowly but gradually took over the market share, and is today the most widely followed operating system for mobile devices all over the world with about 59% of market share as per the reports of Q1, 2012.
The History of it
The very idea came into existence in the year 2003 and was the brainchild of 4 professionals from different fields who were driven with the same passion to create a kind of software that would completely change the functionality of mobile world! Their association that was known as Android Inc. at that time became so popular in a short span of time that by the year 2005, search engine giant Google came forward and acquired it. The founders found the idea of merger thrilling, and 3 of the original 4 founders chose to stay with the firm and develop this idea even further.
A giant is unleashed
There were always speculations that Google was also planning to enter mobile industry, but the news never became public until November 2007, when it was officially launched along with the foundation of OHA (Open Handset Alliance) being set up. OHA, led by Google Inc. is a group of about 86 companies that deal in hardware, software as well as in various parts of telecommunication industry.
Different versions of it
There have been many ups and down for the company since then, as does happen to every business entity, but the popularity of this operating system never reduced. But in order to move further you have to keep developing what you have created, which also is necessary to sustain yourself in the industry and to get an edge over your competitors.
This is why since launching for the first time in 2007 with the first OS being named as “Andro”, the company has today brought out a line of these. These have been named in alphabetical order and are names of most popular desserts. Take a look at them:
- 5 – Cupcake
- 6 – Donut
- 0 and v2.1 – Eclair
- 2 – Froyo
- 3 – Gingerbread
- 0-v3.2 – Honeycomb
- 0 – Ice Cream Sandwich
- 1-v4.3 – Jelly Bean
- 4 – KitKat
- 0-v5.1 – Lollipop
- 0 – Marshmallow
- (Soon to be launched) v7.0 – Nougat
This operating system has over the time found numerous uses in a number of devices that include netbooks, eBooks, smart TVs and regular mobile smart phones. There are a lot of applications that only work on this operating system, some of which though require latter versions of it to function properly.
Concluding Lines and the Future of It
With its amazing capabilities and superior services, along with its widely popular “Market” application that lets you download over millions of exciting applications, an Android OS offers you a power in your hand that you can choose to use the way you desire to. These applications have kept this OS as the Market leader till date. The future is unknown, but given its rising popularity, it is certain to stay on the top for a really long time!