Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Come to Know the Android OS a Little Better

The Android OS, as you know it today, didn’t start out as this outrageously popular from its conception. It had its fair share of ups and downs; however, just less than six years after, it has become the dominant operating system, accounting to more than 80 percent share in the global mobile platform market. Thanks to the benevolent support of Google, it had reached this far and wide, being available to various handsets from different smartphone manufacturers across the globe.

September 3, 2013 was marked as the day Android has reached its 1st billionth activated device with the said OS. This is but a proof that more and more people are getting into the Android culture. So, why don’t we get to know the green fellow we all love a little better? Take a look at this infographic brought to you by SocialCubix, and take a dip into the Android story.

1st Android Device: The HTC Dream (G1) / 23rd September 2008
Integration with Google services
Web browser to show, zoom and pan full HTML and XHTML web pages, multiple pages show as windows
Android market app downloads and updates
Multi-tasking, instant messaging, WiFi and Bluetooth

ANDROID 1.5 Cupcake
Based on Linux Kernel 2.6.27 / 30th April 2009
Faster Camera start-up and image capture
Much faster acquisition of GPS location (powered by SUPL AGPS)
On-screen soft keyboard
Directly upload videos to YouTube and Picassa

ANDROID 1.6 Donut
Based on Linux Kernel 2.6.29 / 15th September 2009
Quick Search Box and Voice Search
Integrated Camera, Camcorder, Gallery and toggle between still and video capture modes
Battery usage indicator
CDMA Support
Multi-lingual text-to-speech function

ANDROID 2.0 Eclair
Based on Linux Kernel 2.6.29 / 26th October 2009
Multiple accounts for email and contact synchronization
Microsoft Exchange Support for syncing of e-mail
Bluetooth 2.1 support
New Browser User Interface and support for HTML5
New Calendar Features

ANDROID 2.2 Froyo
Based on Linux Kernel 2.6.32 / 20th May 2010
New tips widget for Homescreen & Improved Exchange support
Hotspot Support
Multiple Keyboard Languages
Adobe Flash 10.1

ANDROID 2.3 Gingerbread
6th December 2010
UI refinements for simplicity and speed
New Keyboard for faster text input
One-touch word selection and copy/paste
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Internet Calling

ANDROID 3.0 Honeycomb
3.1 SDK / 10th May 2011
Specifically optimized for tablets and devices with larger screen sizes
Refined multi-tasking, rich notifications, homescreen customization, widgets
Bluetooth tethering
Built-in Support for Media/Picture Transfer Protocol

ANDROID 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Faster, smoother, more responsive
Refined, refreshed UI
New ways to engage users
External display support
Enhancements for International Languages
New built-in developer options

ANDROID 4.3 Jelly Bean
3.2 SDK / 18th July 2011
Simple, beautiful and beyond smart
OpenGL ES 3.0 for high-performance graphics
Enhanced Bluetooth connectivity
Support for restricted profiles
Optimized location and sensor capabilities
Support for International Users
New media capabilities and ways to analyze performance

Printing framework
NFC Host Card Emulation for emulating smart cards
Web-Views based on Chromium (feature parity with Chrome for Android 30)
New framework for UI transitions
Storage access framework for retrieving content and documents from other sources
Sensor Batching, Step Detector and Counter APIs
Native infrared blaster API

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