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Introduction to Android

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One of the most widely used mobile Operating System which comprises not only operating system but also middleware and key applications. Android Inc was founded in Palo Alto of California, U.S. by Andy Rubin, Rich miner, Nick sears and Chris White in 2003. Later Android Inc. was acquired by Google in 2005.

List of Android Major Releases
1. Android 1.0 - Release Date: September 23, 2008
2. Android 1.1 - Release Date: February 9, 2009
3. Android 1.5 Cupcake – Release Date: April 30, 2009
4. Android 1.6 Donut - Release Date: September 15, 2009
5. Android 2.0/2.1 Éclair – Release Date: October 26, 2009
6. Android 2.2 FroYo – Release Date: May 20, 2010
7. Android 2.3 Gingerbread - Release Date: December 6, 2010
8. Android 3.0 Honeycomb - Release Date: February 22, 2011
9. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - Release Date: October 19, 2011
10. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - Release Date: July 9, 2012.
11. Android 4.4 KitKar - Release Date: Nov 1, 2013.

Features of Android OS
Hardwares that support Android are mainly based on ARM architecture platform. Some of the current features and specifications of android are:

Android Features

Android comes with an Android market and allows Android users to select, and download applications developed by third party developers and use them. For software development, Android provides Android SDK (Software development kit).

Android relies on Linux version 2.6 for core system services such as security, memory management, process management, network stack, and driver model.

posted May 24, 2014 by Santosh Prasad

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