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Introduction – What is Android

Android is a mobile operating system that is based on Linux. Initially it was started by a start-up called android. Later on Google purchased it and took over its development.

Key points

  • Its free and open source.
  • It provides the unified approach to application development.
  • Android is very attractive so it many vendors are interested in it.
  • Developers need only develop for android and their application will work on many different devices.


Android Versions

ANDROID VERSIONS CODE NAME
1.1
1.5 CupCake
1.6 Donut
2.0/2.1 Eclair
2.2 Froyo
2.3 Ginger Bread
3.0/3.1/3.2 HoneyComb
4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
4.1 Jelly Bean
4.4 Kit Kat
5.0 Lollipop (Not Confirmed)

 

Features of Android:

  • Storage – Uses SQLite, a lightweight relational database, for data storage.
  • Connectivity: Supports GSM/EDGE, CDMA, IDEN, EV-DO, UMTS, Bluetooth, Wi-fi, LTE, WiMAX.
  • Messaging – Supports both SMS and MMS.
  • Web Browser – web browser in android is based on the open source WebKit, along with Chrome’s V8 JavaScript.
  • Media Support – Android supports JPEG, BMP, GIF, WAC, MP3, MPEG-4, PNG and many more.
  • Hardware Support: Accelerometer sensor, Camera, Proximity sensor, GPS and many more.
  • Multi-touch
  • Multi-tasking
  • Flash Support
  • Tethering – sharing of internet connection as wired/wireless hotspot.

We will look in Android Framework in next session

Happy Androiding 🙂
Sumit Jain

 

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