Friday, July 27, 2012

What is an Android Phone?
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  • Nowadays, everyone while buying a phone at least uses the word “Android” once in a conversation. The technically left behind ones still try to crack their head on what an Android phone is. According to them, some phones from Samsung, LG, HTC, etc. are termed as Android phones, while some are not. So what is this Android exactly?

    The Most Sensible Explanation

    Android-like-WindowsImagine you bought a new laptop or a desktop computer. While buying, if you bought an Apple laptop, then it is going to have the Mac Operating System, whereas if you buy a laptop other then Apple, like from Dell, Lenovo, etc, then you most probably are going to have a Windows OS, like Windows 7, Windows Vista, or even Windows XP in some cases.

    The same concept brought to mobile phones, an Android phone is a phone (which can be either from Samsung, LG, HTC, or any company) which has the Android “Operating System” installed in it.

    Not all mobile manufactures use Android. For example, only smart phones (phones which have good hardware specs and cost more) have Android installed in them. This is because Android is a smart OS and is capable of doing many operations which a computer can.

    Other companies, like Nokia, do not make Android Phones, and instead, sticks to an alternate of the Android, called the “Symbian” OS and now the “Windows” OS, which is the reason why you don’t find any Android phones from Nokia.

    Why is it so Popular?

    Android-LogoWhat is the connection between the OS of a mobile and how popular it has become? Well, there is a BIG connection. Android is actually the most popular mobile OS out there, mainly because of the number of features it has, and also  because of another big reason – APPS.

    You must have heard of the term “Angry Birds”, “Cut the Rope”, “Instagram” etc. All of these are apps or applications which can be installed in Android, just like how anything can be installed in Windows. The Android Market or Google Play is one such website, which gives you a big collection of apps which you can run on your android phone.

    You also get Android Tablets…

    Not only is android restricted to phones, but you also get Android tablets. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is one of the thousands of Android tablets you get, running android OS.

    samsung-galaxy-tab-android

    This tells that the android OS is severely capable of any portable device you throw at it, and is also feature rich – even for the high capacity tablets out there.

    The Many Android versions

    Android was not developed from scratch, and was basically built from Linux (Hard to Believe?). So, all Linux commands works on the Android, though you do not need to know about them at all, because Android by default does not allow you to run any programming commands on it at all.

    Android is not a single version OS and has many versions of it, like how Windows has Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 as versions for it. The funny geeks who made android decided to give names of desserts to Android versions, in attempt to make them more consumer friendly. The many versions of Android are:

      1. Cupcake (Android 1.5)
      2. Donut (Android 1.6)
      3. Eclair (Android 2.0 and 2.1)
      4. Froyo (Android 2.2)
      5. Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
      6. Honeycomb (Android 3.0)
      7. Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
      8. Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)

    Gingerbread and Froyo are the more popular versions of Android, whereas ice cream sandwich (nicknamed ICS) and Jelly Bean are the latest versions of android available. Honeycomb was basically used only for tablets.

    If you notice, all the android version names are in alphabetical order, like Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, and so on… so it is only common sense to guess the next version of android will be a dessert by the name ‘K’, and according to my guess, would most likely be “Key Lime Pie”.

    Android varies from one phone to another because the phone manufactures tend to put their own additions on the original android OS, trying to make then unique from the bland and plain original OS.

    Rooting an android

    android-rootAnother famous term related to android is called “rooting” and android. Since I already mentioned that android is a linux OS, that means that all Linux commands would run in android, including the option to make you the “Super User”, which is a kind of a GOD MODE in Linux.

    With that kind of power, you could do anything you want in android, including deleting most important files, removing the irremovable apps, and basically anything you want.

    For all that to happen, you should root your android phone. There are many guides to root your phone online, which will help you do just that, and let you control your phone, like a your wife controls you (..well, you get the idea!).

    Rooting is a very delicate process and if anything bad occurs while rooting your phone, you warranty will be void. Already rooted phones can also be unrooted, but only if there is a firmware update available for your android.

    Rooting your android guide | Android Market Place | Android Version History

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