This article is the first of a series. Tackling an analysis of the Android operating system is a huge task. From analyzing the actual OS and user experience, to looking at all the amazing applications out there, this will be our first crack at looking at Google’s Android. Think of it as a snapshot summary or overview that is used to give you a taste of this amazing product operating system.
Google Android History:
Originally, the Android operating system/software was created and developed by Android Inc. It is based off of the open source platform Linux kernel. In 2005, Google decided it was worthwhile to purchase this promising company and use the existing technology.
Soon after purchase Google and other members of the open source community in particular the Open Handset Alliance worked together to launch the Android Open Source Project or AOSP. This project would be dedicated to the continual improvement and maintenance of the Android platform.
The main language used for this community is Java. Android has a large community of developers that create applications or “apps” for the platform. Currently, there are over 100,000 applications available to download for the Android market.
Google runs the Android Market and is the conduit to which consumers can purchase these apps for their devices. More and more Android companies are popping up devoted to the creation of these Apps on the Android system. The Android versions are: Android 1.1, Android 1.5 Cupcake, the Android 1.6 Donut, Android 2.1 Eclair, Android 2.2 Froyo, Android 2.3/2.4 Gingerbread, and the Android 3.0 Honeycomb. We will dive into these versions in a future article.
Apple: Android’s Biggest Competitor
To date, Android is the World’s best selling Smart phone platform, though now some would argue that Apple’s iPhone has now changed that fact. The biggest difference between the Android and Apple’s platform is that the Android is open source. Apple and Steve Jobs have been criticized for keeping their platform closed.
The biggest out cry has been the notable missing presence of Adobe Flash. In an interview on GPS, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in the big picture, open source will always win. With more people investing into the platform and thus overall more resources, Android will eventually overtake Apple.
How is Android related to Tablets?
Yes, the Android system originally and still does assist smart phones, the same software infrastructure has been used to be leveraged with Android based tablets. For all intents and purposes, Android Tabs are bigger, more powerful smart phones.
Android Tablet PC’s:
There are many popular models that make use of the Android system. Dell’s Streak line, LG’s G-Slate, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, Acer’s Iconia Tab, HTC’s Flyer are all examples of Tablet PC’s that use the Android system. Some main competitors that do not use the Android operating system are Fujitsu’s Lifebook line, Apple’s iPad and iPad2, Motorola’s Xoom, and Blackberry’s Playbook.
Many Android Tabs will have pre-loaded apps before you even open the box. When navigating through the Android Market Place, there are three sections to notice: Featured, Top-Paid, and Top-Free. These are pretty self-explanatory.
The apps themselves are split into 22 different categories: Comics, Communications, Finance, Health & Fitness, Medical, Lifestyle, Media & Video, Media & Audio, Photography, News & Magazines, Weather, Productivity, Business, Books & Reference, Education, Shopping, Social, Sports, Personalization, Tools, Travel & Local, Libraries & Demo. There are also games that are split into puzzles, cards & casino, casual & sports.
We hope this article was useful in giving you a snapshot of the Android and how it relates to Android Tabs. It is a fascinating piece of software and it will only get more interesting as time progresses. How will the battle with Apple turn out? What will be the next new innovation coming out on the Android? You can be sure that we will be watching with great anticipation. Stay tuned and there will be more content coming on Android based tablets! Be sure to check out our Best Android Tablets Reviews.