Android OS: The Power Of Portable Computing From Mobile Phones To Tablets



Android, the Linux-based mobile operating system, is designed primarily for touchscreen smartphones and tablet computers. It was initially developed by Android Inc., which the online giant Google backed financially and later bought in 2005.

Android is open source, with the code released by Google under the Apache License. This allows the software to be freely modified and distributed by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and independent developers. As a result of this, Android has built up a huge community of developers who write apps which extend the functionality of the devices exponentially, as thousands are written every month. These apps are written primarily in a customised version of the Java programming language which has been used by 71 per cent of the mobile developer population.

As of May 2013, 900 million Android devices had been activated and 48 billion apps installed from the Google Play store. Below is an image of which brands dominate the Android app scene; as you can see Samsung is the largest with 47.5 per cent of the market share, mainly because of Galaxy S range.
Android OS brand wise fragmentation (Image courtesy of opensignal.com)

The future is octa-core processors - yes, that's eight cores, twice the amount in standard Android phones at the moment. This will allow for bigger and better apps, along with more standard features in phones such as full 1080p resolution on 5.5" screens.

Compared to iOS, Android has 5 more versions of its OS still in use, with 37.9 percent of those on the latest OS, Jelly Bean. It also boasts approximately 40,000 more apps in it's store



Below are our top five android phones:

1. HTC One

2. Samsung Galaxy S4

3. Sony Xperia Z

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 2

5. Google Nexus 4

Here are our top five android tablets:

1. Google Nexus 10

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

3. Google Nexus 7

4. Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.

Which are your top five Android smartphones or tablets? Tell us in the comments below!

This was written by Adam Stevens, who is never found without his smartphone or computer. He is a writer for ITRentals, the event solutions and IT equipment hire specialists.

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