Android has taken over the mobile platform with it being the largest installed base of the mobile phones and yet it is still on swift expansion. Every day millions of people are introduced to their Android devices as they power up their mobile devices for the first time to use. Android devices are keys to another dimension of technology with which users can explore beyond their imagination about technology with thousands of apps, games and much more of digital content.
Android’s ingenuousness has made it most preferred for customers and developers similarly, causing strong increase in application expenditure. Billions of people install and update tons of new applications for games, entertainment, digital content, keeping in touch with people with the help of messenger apps and e-mailing and many more. Android is used significantly in life as our daily activities are partial without the use of it.
The consumption rate of the customers is spreading out but less likely do these consumers know much about the origins and important facts about Android. They are more likely to use it then to know depths about it. So, here we are going to share 5 things you need to know about Android.
Android was founded by Andy Rubin and Google bought it later
Android, Inc. was established by Andy Rubin with his coworkers Rich Miner, Nick Sears, Chris White on October 2003 in Palo Alto, California. Rubin wanted to develop, in his words, “smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner’s location and preferences”. The company actually intended to develop a sophisticated working system for digital cameras but the company neglected the idea because of its insignificant market value and decided to put its efforts on manufacturing a Smartphone operating device which would be the equal opponent of Microsoft Windows phone and Symbian.
Later Google bought Android Inc. in July 2005 for $50 million. Even after the attainment, the key employees, with Rubin, White and Miner, remained with the company. People assumed after such a step that Google had entered the mobile phone market. Rubin led a team at Google that produced a mobile device platform which was powered by the Linux kernel.
There was Android 3.0 known as Android Honeycomb
The only Android version that did not get the limelight it deserved. The Android “Honeycomb” 3.0-3.2.6 was released on February 22, 2011. It was preceded by Android “Gingerbread” 2.3.7. The “Honeycomb” Android platform introduced stirring new features for consumers and developers. It’s currently a ceased version which was basically intended for devices with larger screen ranges, tablets to be exact. It first emerged in the Motorola Xoom and was developed by Google. Honeycomb brought in the interaction model which was manufactured on the main characteristics of Android, for instance notifications, widgets and enabled the user to multitask, also a so called “Holographic” user interface theme. Its latest version was 3.2.6 which was released in February 16, 2014. It was later succeed by Android “Ice Cream Sandwich” 4.0.
Daydream Android Virtual reality platform
On May 2016, Google proclaimed that it is developing a feature called Virtual Reality Mode into its operating system’s latest version. The VR Mode is said to improve the application’s performance by including a sequence of optimizations. People will access apps and other digital content as they use the headset let by a Daydream home screen with controller designed by Google. Version N is said to have the platform of VR built in, distinguishing from separate VR headset gadgets. The software will be released on big scale later in 2016 and is available for the developers.
Android Adaptations on Tablets
Even though its utmost achievements on Smartphone devices, Android tablets were slowly adopted. Because of the less significant value of tablets in the market, developers were uncertain to develop them and so consumers were less likely to buy them for their low quality tablet applications. Android tablets lacked its specific applications for use so previous Android tablet devices had to alter and make use of the Smartphone existing apps. Such apps were unfitting to adjust to the large sizes of the screen whereas Apple’s iPad was filled with Tablet-specific applications for its high quality use and it attracted more customers.
With the launch of Nexus 7 in 2012, Google persuaded its manufactures to code enhanced tablet apps. With such enhancements, shipments of Android platform tablets exceeded iPads’ according to International Data Corporation.
The world’s most popular mobile platform
Billions of people around the globe switch on their new Android phone for their extensive use all day. People have become addicted to its use and have made it their partner throughout the day for multiple tasking. Android is active on around 1.6 Billion devices as of today, and the Google Play Store has over 2.2 Million applications to entertain Android users. The number of downloads from the Google Play Store has already crossed 50 Billion. People keep in touch through it with its magnificent calling enhancement and applications accessed through the internet. It can locate you in any place of the world and give you gateway to thousands of handy applications to make easy your everyday tasks. Android gives major opportunities for developers to built apps and also distribute them on a marketplace.
The consumption of the Android is never ending with its major advancements and new features and adaptations to tablets as well. Android give you first class app experiences and gives you a single app model that enables you to distribute your applications largely to billions of users with a extensive range of devices. Android also provides tools to develop your own apps. Google Play Store is the solely market place for selling and allocating Android applications. And also the most convenient features of Android devices never fail to attract customers.
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