No other operating system has changed the way we use our mobile phones today, in such a short span of time, as the Android Operating System has. The OS, which first debuted in 2008, has evolved quickly over the last few years, and played a major role in the evolution of smart phones as well.
What is Android OS?
Android OS is a linux-based operating system developed for mobile phones. It is developed by the Open Handset Alliance, which has several members including software giant Google. Apart from the operating system, the term “android” could also refer to the middleware and key applications, which can be used to develop mobile apps. It has an open development platform, which means that developers can build their own applications for the OS.
How it Began?
Android Incorporated was set up in 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. The company operated without publicising the work they were doing; it was only known that they were working on some form of mobile software. In 2005, Google acquired the company, and all of its employees; the founders of Android stayed on with Google. Google did not reveal its plans for Android, and industry watchers could only speculate that Google was planning to enter the mobile OS market. In 2007, the Software Development Kit – which allows developers to make their own apps – was released. Continue reading
Perhaps people are more aware of the fact that it’s much easier to seamlessly maneuver from the desktop to your Android device more than it is to do the reverse. The fact is that you can sync Android on your laptop or desktop although you may be required to add a few extra features for this to be carried out successfully. The feature of Androids that makes this possibility a tad difficult is that they are basically designed to operate Google’s web services more than those that have to do with Windows.
Steps for Syncing Android on Your Laptop or Desktop
a) Install Android on Flash Drive
This can be done on either a flash drive or a memory card. The only requirement is to make sure that the device has enough storage space. This should not be less than 256MB. If the drive has other programs or documents, it is better if you remove them before using it to run Android.
Go to the Android x86 page and download this facility. After downloading it safely and successfully on your drive, the next step is to set it up following the instructions which prompt you. Continue reading
Andy Rubin originally developed the Android market in 2003. Since 2003, the Android market has become known worldwide. The android market is a Linux based operating system led and developed by Google. This operating system was created to give customers a smarter phone that was more aware of the customer’s preferences and surroundings.
850,000 cell phones are activated each day with the Android market. As of February 2012, over 300 million people own an Android phone. The Android market now has 450,000 applications for customers to enjoy as well. Over 10 billion Android applications have been downloaded since December of 2011. This phone truly is an exceptional customer service phone. Continue reading
Ever since Siri, Apple’s personal voice assistant tool came bundled with iPhone 4S, people have been talking about it. Siri-like programs have been around for a while, though Siri has been programmed to be a little whacky and fun. Android owners don’t despair – you have many free alternatives to Siri, some that were around even before iPhone 4S came to be! Here are 10 free ones for you to download.
1. Google Voice Action
Google Voice Actions has been around much before Siri. You can use this assistant to send texts, get directions, and search the web and so on. You can launch other apps using this assistant, plus play with your browser favorites, set alarms and reminders, control Wi-Fi and search eBay, etc. Google Voice Action is built into Android so it’s right there for you to use. You can also control your phone’s volume, turn Bluetooth on and off as well. This app uses Google’s phenomenal Speech Recognition software, which responds to questions, commands and even just chatter with relevant info. Continue reading
Because Android is an open-source operating system, anyone can create applications for the OS when they want something that isn’t out there or they want to make some money by offering their creative ideas to others. If you want to develop apps for Android phones, you simply have to get a basic knowledge of how the OS works and find the right tools. The first things that you need are an IDE and SDK. Those letters are important, because without them, development can’t happen. The Android SDK is your first stop. This is the software development kit, which allows you to get all the tools that you need for development in one place.
Once you install the SDK, you’ll be given the option to choose your IDE, or integrated development environment. Most kits will include Eclipse, Android Development Tools plug-in, and others. Your computer does need to have the right operating system and environment to develop applications, so make sure that you check with SDK to see what you need to have. Next, you’ll want to get the native development kit, or NDK. This is a companion to the SDK and it allows you to use native code to build the elements of your apps that are critical in terms of performance. Continue reading