First off, I’ll be talking about the most popular OS(Operating System) currently- Yes, you guessed right, the Android!
According to Wikipedia, Android has the largest “installed-base” worldwide on smartphones and devices. Apart from being the most popularly used OS, Android is also (perhaps), the most user-friendly and pocket friendly OS around. By this, I mean Android can work on different hardware configurations – simply put, it will work on the most expensive, mid-range and low/lowest budget phones/devices. It is no surprise therefore, that there are currently more than 1.4 Billion Android users worldwide (as at February 2016).
So, how much do you know about your Android OS? Well, I will take you on an amazing ride into the world of Android, and you will be astonished at the tips, tricks and a whole lot more…come along.
Android FACTS, TIPS AND TRICKS
- Android is owned by Google. It was acquired from Android Inc. in 2005, and was unveiled in 2007.
- Android OS Major Versions are all named alphabetically and after sweet treats? Yes, sweet treats. See a list of all major Android versions up to date below :
ANDROID 1.0 – Apple Bread, ANDROID 1.1 – Banana Bread, ANDROID 1.5 – Cupcake, ANDROID 1.6 – Donut, ANDROID 2.0 – Éclair, ANDROID 2.2 – Froyo, ANDROID 2.3 – Gingerbread, ANDROID 3.0 – Honeycomb, ANDROID 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich, ANDROID 4.1 – Jellybean, ANDROID 4.4 – Kitkat, ANDROID 5.0 – Lollipop, ANDROID 6.0 – Marshmallow, ANDROID 7.0 – (TBA)
- Android 3.0 is the only version of Android, not designed for smartphones. It was designed primarily for Tablets.
- HTC Dream is the first ever smartphone to run on the Android operating system, it was released in the year 2008.
- The Android logo is actually a male robot (Bugdroid), its female version is called a
- You can see information about your ANDROID Phone, Battery and General usage by dialing *#*#4636#*#*
- Rooting an Android phone/device means unlocking the OS, in order to install unofficial apps, update the OS, overlock/underlock the processor, customize UI, and replace the firmware (permanent software programmed into a read – only memory) and a whole lot more.
- You can transfer files between Android devices, using Wifi Direct.
- Your Android device can be erased remotely when you lose it,
- You can use voice to control your Android device
There are quite a lot of other cool stuffs you could do with your Android device. One of the most important things about the Android OS is, it is an Open Source Operating System i.e., Developers can take the Source code (collection of computer instructions), and create custom ROM (Read-Only Memory).
As at Q2 2009, Android had a 2.8% share of worldwide smartphone shipments. By the Q4 of 2010, it had grown to 33% of the market share, becoming the top-selling smartphone platform, surpassing the Symbian OS. By the Q3 of 2011, Android was already having over half (52.5%) of the smartphone sales. By Q3 of 2012, Android had a 75% share of the global smartphone market according to a research firm- Canalys. Since 2013, Android has been the highest-selling Operating System overall, surpassing Apple’s IOS, Blackberry, and Nokia/Windows.
Android OS is not just used in smartphones and devices alone. It is also gaining popularity in Home Appliances and the Automobile industry. In 2011, “Android@Home”, was demonstrated -a home automation technology which uses Android to control a range of household devices, including light switches, power sockets and thermostats. Prototype light bulbs were announced that could be controlled from an Android phone or tablet.
On June 25 2014, Android Auto was launched. A smartphone projection standard that allows mobile devices running the Android operating system (version 5.0 “Lollipop” and higher) to be operated in automobiles through the dashboard‘s head unit. The system gives drivers control over GPS mapping/Navigation, music playback, SMS/Telephony, and web search; both touchscreen and button-controlled head unit displays are supported, (although hands-free operation through voice commands is emphasized to ensure safe driving).
And future of Android?
Techradar magazine says Google Map will be one of the major high-points of Android in the nearest future. The reason for this is not farfetched, as it might not be possible for you to get lost any more, as long as you have a Google Map.
Also, you can imagine having at your fingertips, all the mai-suyas, mamaputs, libraries and akara sellers, nearest to your location- bliss. Or imagine having a real-time video update of traffic situation and alternative routes, locations of broken down vehicles and obstructions, and a whole lot more.
The Android OS has been a great enhancement of productivity, with quite a lot of potentials to come. Other Operating Systems are also very relevant and packed with a whole lot of goodies, surprises and functionalities, but again, it all boils down to individual preferences.
Keep a date with me next Friday, as we explore more in the world of Technology. I promise to bring you hot, sizzling how-tos, simple DIYs, reviews and a whole lot more. Until then, I remain yours truly…Jay, the Tech Mafiosa……remember, this is not my real face oh!!!