Google Android (Operating system)(top)
Android is a Linux-based operating system for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Developed/founded by the Open Handset Alliance, led by Google and other companies.
In 2005 Google purchased Android.inc
The unveiling of the Android distribution in 2007 was announced with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 86 hardware, software and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.
Google released the open-source code, better known as the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
The AOSP will focus on maintenance and further development of Android.
Nowadays Android has a large community and it keeps growing every day.
Mobile companies like Samsung, HTC, LG Electronics, Asus, Acer, Sony and Huawei accepted Android with open arms.
Andrew E. Rubin (grew up in Chappaqua, NY) is a pioneer, co-founder and former CEO of both Danger Inc. and Android Inc. Andy Rubin leads the mobile division as Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google. He’s in charge of the Android development (AOSP).
Rubin owns four patents for his inventions.
Everyone knows the green mascot of Android. But not everyone knows why he’s called Andy.
Trusted Android followers know where the name Andy comes from…named to Andy Rubin.
Open Handset Alliance(top)
Open Handset Alliance is a consortium of several companies like: Broadcom Corporation, Google, HTC, Intel, LG, Marvell Technology Group, Motorola, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and Texas Instruments.
As already written…the goal of the Open Handset Alliance is to develop open standards for mobile devices. On the same day they unveiled Android built on Linux Kernel version 2.6.
Google Play Store (Formerly known as Google Market)(top)
Google Play Store (GPS) is an online store developed by Google for Android devices.
It allows users to install apps (Application program), developed by third-party developers.
With the right compatibility requirements, users are allowed to access to Play Store to install and re-install apps.
Left: Android Market (Old) / Right : Google Play Store
Also known as GApps. You will find this term only when you’re in a situation of flashing custom ROMs (More info can be found in the Rooting section).
Google Apps are developed by Google themselves. Some apps you already might know are:
·Google Voice (currently only available in the USA)
·Google Talk (preinstalled on most devices)
·Voice Actions for Android (Launched in 2010)
·Google Chrome (Beta phase)
·Google Maps (with integrated navigation)
·Google+ (social media)
·Google Drive (Formerly Google Documents)
·Androidify (creating your own Andy Avatar)
·Google Chrome to Phone
Android Firmware Releases(top)
The first Android firmware release began in November 2007. It started as a beta.
Android 1.0 as it called was released in September 2008. The Android operating system developed by Google and Open Handset Alliance has seen a number of updates since its original release.
Most update releases were needed to fix different bugs. But also to add more features.
Since April 2009 Google decided to give each upcoming Android version codenames based on a dessert or a sweet treat.
All upcoming versions will be in alphabetic order.
Android OS Timeline(top)
Codename: Honeycomb for tablets
Codename: Ice Cream Sandwich
Created by APG85
Sunday 27, 2012