Posted by: snukoantitheft | April 1, 2011

Overview of the Android Operating System

Android refers to the fastest growing mobile operating system available in today’s smartphone market. Purchased by Google in 2005, Android consists of thousands of applications which are designed by hundreds of developers. The Android platform offers applications created both by Google as well as third party contributors. Android’s success in the 3G and 4G smartphone market makes it the world’s best-selling smartphone platform and has garnered immense popularity due to its direct taking on of Apple in the application market and its unique usability and compatibility across multiple smartphone manufacturers.

Android, Inc. was founded in 2003 under a veil of secrecy. In the early years of development, the company admitted only to working on software for mobile phone devices. In reality, founders of Android, Inc. were hoping to develop smarter mobile phone devices more aware of users’ preferences and location. In August 2005, Android, Inc. was acquired by Google as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the search engine giant. The initial pairing of Google and Android left little but speculation. It was widely circulated that Google intended to enter the mobile phone market but details were vague. In 2007, Google filed patent applications for handset models. From there, the Open Handset Alliance was unveiled which consisted of nearly one dozen handset manufacturers. The Alliance sought to develop open, compatible standards across the mobile handset market. From there, Android was unveiled in November 2007.

Android consists of many unique features and specifications making it user friendly and preferable amount smartphone enthusiasts. The platform is very adaptable to larger icons and graphics, including three-dimensional (3D) viewing. SMS and MMS messaging are available in a “threaded” format similar to the Apple iPhone. Its web browser scored a 93/100 in performance. Applications for the Android platform are available in the Android Market, an application store powered by Google. By the end of 2010, nearly 200,000 applications were available from the Android Market and application downloads had reached numbers in the billions.

Android continues to climb sales charts and is slated to continue its successful reign as the number one mobile smartphone platform. As of February 2011, Android boasts 350,000 activations per day.  Android applications are available in 32 countries across the globe. Android owns approximately 31.2% of the U.S. mobile subscriber market. Many attribute Android’s rapid success to its availability across dozens of mobile phone manufacturers as opposed to Blackberry and iPhone which are only available on Blackberry and Apple products, respectively.

Android is on top of the mobile phone game and shows no signs of slowing down. Its rapid ascension to its current position as the leading smartphone platform is undoubtedly due to its accessibility, user friendliness and unique features. Android is the newest contender on the smartphone market but its ability to tune into users’ preferences and location make it the most popular mobile phone platform available today.