The word Android originally means Human Robot.
But here what we are going to see is Android the Mobile OS that is ruling the world now. So Android basically is an operating system like windows xp, windows 7, Ubuntu, Fedora and many other.
Android is open source. So developers are all around world are always up to improving the OS for a better performance. So Android always comes up with new and latest features compared to other OS available in the market.
Android project started by an individual and then later bought by Google and now it is developed in a large scale.
Operating system is free and updates are also given out as free. After Google acquired the Android, Google services are also connected with android which enhanced the features and power of the devices.
Google is constantly working on new versions of the Android software. These releases are infrequent; at the moment they normally come out every six months or so, but Google is looking to slow this down to once a year.
Versions usually come with a numerical code and a name that’s so far been themed after sweets and desserts, running in alphabetical order.
- Android 1.5 Cupcake
- Android 1.6 Donut
- Android 2.1 Eclair
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Android 3.2 Honeycomb
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: The first OS to run on smartphones and tablet
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4 KitKat
Android is developed using a slightly customized JAVA also known as Android. The lower level architecture works on Linux.
Eclipse with ADT plugin and Android Studio are used as tools to develop apps for Android Phones.