Android, World’s Most Popular Mobile Platform

Android is the operating system for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. It is a linux based system developed by the Open Handset Alliance, led by Google, and other companies. In 2007 Android was announced  with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 86 hardware, software, and telecommunication companies. Google releases the Android code as open-source under the Apache License. Android has a large community of developers which makes the apps for this system Now, Google play has 20 Billion apps to choose from. It is the world’s leading smartphone platform, having a 59% smartphone market share worldwide. Every day more than 10,00,000 new Android devices are activated worldwide.

Global partnerships and large installed base

Global partnerships and large installed base of Android

Android is the free Operating system which gives you every facility. It has every kind of app, from the app telling the weather to the app which gives you the information of the share market on your mobile phone. As android’s source code is open so anybody can edit it for their own device and any body can make the apps in Google Play. Google Play has 10 billion apps in the app store for users. According to Google, approximately 10,00,000 android devices  are activated every day. Everyday Android is growing faster and today it is the leading mobile platform in the world.

Powerful development framework

Android gives you every thing you need to build class apps. Android  provides developers with an easy-to-use framework to develop new applications as well as customize existing applications. In this framework, a common spot is given to developers to build apps by which the time is saved and the developers can make apps which attract the common man. CommonSpot enables developers to augment applications with the use of mashups. Developers can easily combine many applications (such as a wiki + comments + links + voting + forms) to create more powerful applications that suit their exact needs and provide end users with the richest experience possible.

Other Features Of Android  

  • Handset layouts:- The platform is adaptable to larger, VGA, 2D graphics library, 3D graphics library based on OpenGL ES 2.0 specifications and traditional Smartphone layouts.
  • Connectivity:  Android Supports technologies including GSM/EDGE, IDEN, CDMA, EV-DO, UMTS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE, NFC and WiMAX.
  • Multiple language support:- Android supports multiple languages
  • Media support:- Android supports the following audio/video/still media formats: WebM,  3GP or MP4, MPEG-4 SP, AMR, AMR-WB , AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, MIDI, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, WebP.
  • Video calling:- Android does not support native video calling, but some handsets have a customized version of the operating system that supports it, either via the UMTS network (like the Samsung Galaxy S) or over IP. Video calling through Google Talk is available in Android 2.3.4 and later. Gingerbread allows Nexus S to place Internet calls with a SIP account. This allows for enhanced VoIP dialing to other SIP accounts and even phone numbers. Skype 2.1 offers video calling in Android 2.3, including front camera support.
  • Voice based features:- Google has provided Voice actions with which you can perform calling, texting, navigation, etc. that are supported on Android 2.2 onwards.

Android Versions From its Launch

Android Versions From its Launch


Release date

API level


Key Lime

4.1.x Jelly Bean

June 28, 2012


Not Yet Known

4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich

October 19, 2011



3.x.x Honeycomb

February 22, 2011



2.3.x Gingerbread

December 6, 2010



2.2 Froyo

May 20, 2010



2.0, 2.1 Eclair

October 26, 2009



1.6 Donut

September 15, 2009



1.5 Cupcake

April 30, 2009







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